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Groundwork London has teamed up with the RSPCA and Southwark
Council and to help support dog owners in the capital and improve
dog welfare. The partnership met dog owners on 11 and 12 March at
the Gloucester Grove estate in Peckham as part of a drive to target
areas which have been having problems with dogs.
Dog owners were invited to bring their pet
pooches along to meet Southwark Community wardens and RSPCA
inspectors and nurses from Putney Animal Hospital. Dog owners were
able to get flea and worm treatments, get their dogs micro-chipped
and ask questions about dog health, welfare and training. Advice
about neutering, and low cost vet treatment options locally were
“A lot of people acquire dogs through
friends, family and neighbours, but they are not given the right
advice to care for the dog properly in a way that meets its needs,”
said Liz Andrews, the RSPCA’s Community Events Liaison Officer.
“We were there to advise people on issues
which they might feel are too small to take to the vets, but still
Based around Burgess Park in Peckham, the
project aims to promote responsible dog ownership by working with
different age groups, and potential dog owners as well as people
who already have pets.
Last month, Groundwork London and the RSPCA
met 90 Year 4 pupils from Gloucester primary school to educate
young people about dogs and how to care for them properly. Suzanne
Wood from Putney Animal Hospital brought her dog Maxi along to meet
The workshops looked at ways of approaching
dogs safely, keeping dogs on leads near roads and how to train them
by rewarding good behaviour. They also discussed dog welfare and
examined different breeds of dogs and their reputation, and status
dogs such as Staffies. The advantages of micro-chipping were also
“These young people are potential dog owners,
so the earlier we can educate them the better,” said Liz. “We will
be visiting more schools in the area, and speaking to teenagers and
The Gloucester primary school pupils have
designed banners featuring what they have learned about dogs which
will be displayed in Burgess Park when the park’s regeneration
project is launched on May 14.
“Through this project and others in London we
are working closely with communities to improve people’s
understanding of dogs and their welfare, and promote the best way
to look after them. That way we will improve dogs’ welfare and
people’s enjoyment of owning them, and everybody benefits,” said
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