In December 2012, a German Shorthaired Pointer called Angel was stolen after being exercised with the owner’s other dogs. The dog was about to be loaded into the owner’s car when she saw a white van leave the area and no Angel in sight. Unfortunately in spite of the great efforts still being made by the owner, Angel is still missing. It was at the height of this search in March 2013 that by chance Arnot Wilson, director of the Dog Union saw a graphic on social media on pet theft by VioVet.co.uk which lead to the founding of Pet Theft Awareness by him and co founder Richard Jordan from VioVet.co.uk.
It is appreciated at this time that the government and local authorities are short of funds and the onus of educating the public on safeguarding its pets is on the shoulders of small organisations such as Pet Theft Awareness and although promoting animal theft awareness throughout the year it has two highlight events - Pet Theft Awareness Week in March and Gundog Theft Awareness Week in October.
As well as providing an educational service, Pet Theft Awareness is involved in lobbying for a change in the law to get recognition for pets as a “valued living possession” as opposed to an inanimate object and to get a custodial sentence for pet theft. It is also campaigning for compulsory scanning to increase the chances of reunification of stolen and missing pets.
Pet Theft Awareness is a member of the Stolen & Missing Pets Alliance (SAMPA) which also embodies the aims of Pet Theft Awareness. The aims of Pet theft Awareness are:
- To prevent pet theft through awareness.
- To provide information to assist victims.
- To campaign for the reclassification of pet theft and tougher penalties to deter pet theft including custodial sentences.
- To get compulsory microchip scanning to encourage greater reunification of stolen and missing dogs with their owners.
Pet Theft Awareness is an non-profit making organisation and is sponsored by:VioVet.co.uk and the Dog Union (www.dogunion.org)
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