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Thursday, 21 June 2012 (3027824)
Freshfields to raise awareness during Bull Breed Welfare Month
by Natasha Young


SEFTON'S Freshfields Animal Rescue is lining up a series of events throughout July, as it launches Bull Breed Welfare Month.

The Ince Blundell based animal shelter will be working to promote the welfare needs of bull breeds, as well as offering free microchipping to all breeds of dog across Merseyside.

According to Freshfields, at least one bull breed is euthanized every four hours in the UK and 40% will be put to sleep before the age of four due to overpopulation and the misconceptions surrounding the breed.

A spokesperson told the Champion: “Overbreeding means the numbers of bull breeds, in particular staffies, being abandoned at the doors of rescue centres or simply dumped on local streets has reached critical levels.

”Responsible ownership, i.e. microchipping and neutering, is the solution and is also key to changing public perceptions of these typically loving, friendly breeds. Just a year ago bull breeds made up one third of Freshfields waiting list, that number has now risen to over 50%.“

Two fun dog shows will also be held between 11am and 4pm in North Park, Bootle on June 24 and Marion Park in Netherton on June 30, featuring competition categories which will be open to all breeds including ‘most handsome male,' ‘prettiest bitch,' loveliest eyes' and ‘best in show'.

During the events there will also be stands offering advice to dog owners on neutering, as well as on-site microchipping, and fun for all the family with a tombola, a free raffle, face painting and cake stalls.

For more information about Bull Breed Welfare Month call Freshfields Animal Rescue on 0151 931 1604 or email kennels@freshfieldsrescue.org.uk.

Full details of July initiatives can be found at www.freshfieldsrescue.org.uk/bullbreedwelfare.






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