Beatrice Wishart MSP attends canine welfare event hosted jointly by Dogs Trust and Shetland Islands Council

MSP for Shetland, Beatrice Wishart, attended a community roadshow event hosted by Dogs Trust and Shetland Islands Council in Scalloway last week. Local dog owners were invited along and given the opportunity to receive advice and support on responsible dog ownership.

Those who attended were offered a free ‘check-up & chip’ service for their dog, along with advice on how they could keep their pet’s microchip up to date. This included free basic health checks for their dogs, including nail clipping; advice on diet and neutering; and resources on responsible dog ownership. Free on-the-spot microchipping for dogs was available as well as a free check your chip service with advice about how to update the registered details.

Jennifer Terris, Campaigns Manager for Dogs Trust in Scotland, said:

“We are really grateful to Shetland Islands Council for helping to make this event possible and to Beatrice Wishart for coming along and showing her support. The purpose of our community roadshow events is to help ensure more dogs remain in happy homes by providing valuable and practical advice and support to dog owners.

“Our community events are not only a great way to engage with the public, but they also help us understand dog welfare issues affecting the canine population in Scotland. By working with local councils and housing associations, we are in a strong position to develop tailored campaigns in regions most in need of our support.”

Beatrice Wishart said:

“It was great to see Dogs Trust’s Check Up and Chip initiative in action, meeting Dogs Trust staff and finding out more about the wider work of the charity and its community engagement initiatives. This is such a valuable service to offer as a way of keeping the public informed about the responsibilities of being a dog owner and safeguarding the wellbeing of the nation’s pets.

“Passionate dog owners will agree that their pets are valued members of their family and it is important that we give them the best life we possibly can. I’m looking forward to supporting Dogs Trust further, in a bid to help try and make this a reality for all dogs.”

Hollie Liquorish, Environmental Health Officer at Shetland Islands Council, said:

“We’re pleased to continue our work with Dogs Trust, to share positive messages about dog ownership. Shetland has many responsible dog owners who care for their dogs and we hope these free drop-in sessions were helpful to them.”

If you are interested in attending one of Dogs Trust’s community events, please visit www.dogstrust.org.uk/help-advice/community-events and follow the link to find out where the nearest events are. If you would like to arrange an event with the Campaigns team in Scotland, please email [email protected].