What animal welfare means to me

Please note, all information found on my Did You Know pages are from my own research and experiences, If you are concerned about your pets health and wellbeing please seek Professional advice from your Veterinarian, Behaviourist or Trainer.

What animal welfare means to me

For me animal welfare is about giving an animal the best. Its simple really, before i decide on housing an animal in my home I do research, read books, search the internet, talk to people who own them. I try to get as much information as possible in order to make the decision on whether or not I can give that animal everything they need.

To me animal welfare is more than the 5 freedoms

1. Freedom from hunger and thirst: by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour.
2. Freedom from discomfort: by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
3. Freedom from pain, injury or disease: by prevention through rapid diagnosis and treatment.
4. Freedom to express normal behaviour: by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind.
5. Freedom from fear and distress: by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.

The 5 freedoms give the animals an ok life, but why not give them the best. By getting to know their natural behaviours, getting to know what they need to have the best life possible. To me animals should and are part of the family.

I find it very disheartening seeing all these unwanted animals in rehoming centres, on social media, people deciding they can not look after their animals anymore, for numerous reasons with a lot of them being my child has lost interest, because people see the fluffy cuteness of baby animals and fall in love but sadly they have underestimated how much time that animal needs, handling requirements, husbandry requirements, welfare requirements and even the lifespan of the animal.

Animal welfare was a huge reason why I started Pooch and Pets, because I believe animals should have the best.