Kenneth Gibson MSP attends canine welfare event hosted jointly by Dogs Trust and North Ayrshire Council

MSP for Cunninghame North, Kenneth Gibson, attended a community roadshow event hosted by Dogs Trust North Ayrshire Council at the public library in Saltcoats. 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 free responsible dog ownership resources. Free on-the-spot microchipping for dogs was also available. A free check your chip service will also be available with advice about how to update the registered details.

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

“We are really grateful to Kenneth Gibson for coming along and showing their support today. 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.”

Kenneth Gibson said:

“It has been a fantastic day, 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.”

If you are interested in attending one of Dogs Trust’s community events, please click here 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].