Dogs Trust works to help improve the welfare of dogs not only in the UK but also across Europe!
There are many pooches across Europe whose welfare is less protected because of different animal laws and standards. Dogs Trust felt it was important to work to improve companion animal welfare legislation not only in the UK, but also in other countries, as well as the European Union as a whole.
That’s why in 2014 it launched the EU Dog & Cat Alliance, which is now a leading European expert on companion animal welfare. The Alliance is a network of dog and cat welfare and veterinary organisations from across the EU. It started with a modest 11 member organisations from two countries, but very quickly grew to the current 77 organisations from 24 countries, now covering almost the entire Union.
The EU Dog & Cat Alliance works within the EU on issues relating to animal welfare, and national legislation to protect dogs and cats across all 28 EU Member States. It is working to tackle the issue of puppy smuggling, which affects almost all countries in Europe, on a continent-wide level. Most recently it launched the EU Pet Advertising Advisory Group (EU PAAG), which aims to bring together websites, animal welfare organisations and government department representatives to agree on a set of voluntary minimum standards for advertising pets online.