The Dogs Trust Advice and Adoption centre at Birstall is hosting a doggy awareness week to teach people about all aspects of dog ownership from nutrition to grooming. The adoption centre has been open for the past 18 months in the Pets at Home store and 33 dogs have been rehomed from the office.
Dogs that have been rehomed through the store are being invited back to take part in a celebratory picnic at the end of the awareness week.
A Police Officer who died in 2011 has been honoured by the Dogs Section at West Yorkshire Police. PC Mark Goodlad, a Road Policing Officer, was waiting to start work as a Dog Handler. Sadly he was killed in a road traffic collision in October 2011 after he stopped to help a member of the public.
He has now been honoured with the opening of the Goodlad Suite at the Dogs Section. The suite will be used for kennelling the brood bitches who deliver the puppies born into the Force's breeding programme.
Superintendent Pat Casserly said: "We don't need a plaque to remember Mark - his memory is still very strong here. It was such an easy decision to name the new suite in his honour. We hope it reflects his commitment to his role as Roads Policing Officer and his aspiration to become a Dog Handler."
Money for the plaque and redeveloping the suite came from donations from Mark's friends and colleagues. The first dog to use the suite will be Milly who is expecting puppies any day.
The Dogs Trust is calling on dog owners in Yorkshire to nominate their pooches for the 6th annual Dogs Trust Honours awards. The ceremony celebrates the difference dogs make to people's lives and recognises stories of devotion and courage.
The winning VIPs (Very Important Pooches) will be chosen by a panel of celebrity dog-lovers and will be awarded in July at the star-studded Dogs Trust Honours ceremony.
You can find out more information about how to nominate your dogs here.
The categories are:
Hero Dog (Pet and Service) - celebrating dogs that perform amazing acts of bravery or courageous feats
Dogged Devotion - recognising pet dogs that provide emotional or medical support to their owners by acting as canine lifelines
Pawfect Company - recognising dog-friendly businesses in the UK
Dog's Best Friend - recognising adults and children who make a big difference to the lives of dogs
Dogs Trust Honours is now in its 6th year and we continue to be amazed by tales of courageous canines, devoted dogs and furry fabulousness! The awards ceremony reminds us why the faithful hound has earned the much deserved title of man’s best friend.
We are urging dog lovers of Yorkshire to nominate their marvellous mutts and help us celebrate the very special relationship between man and dog.”
A centre in Sheffield which provides support dogs for people with disabilities needs more people to care for its puppies to help it carry on.
Sheffield Support Dogs needs volunteers to take their puppies home for a few months to walk and socialise them - before they get intensive training for detecting seizures or helping with household chores.
Abandoned dogs cared for by an animal charity could be put down because they bark too loudly. Sheffield Council has made a noise abatement order to Mill House Animal Sanctuary. The sanctuary's owners say it's the first complaint they've ever had in over sixty years.