Vets backed to help tackle ‘alarming’ rise in domestic abuse referrals

One of the UK’s biggest veterinary care providers has called for the industry as a whole to do more to support animals and their owners who are facing domestic abuse. The plea from IVC Evidensia comes after two charities reported an “alarming” surge in the number of animals being referred to their fostering services. But … Read more

Charities issue foster care plea amid soaring domestic abuse referral rates

Two charities have issued an urgent appeal for new foster carers after the number of animals referred to them to enable their owners to flee domestic abuse soared. The plea from Cats Protection and Dogs Trust coincided with the launch of the annual 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign on November 25. The … Read more

Dogs Trust hails new pet guidance on domestic abuse

A leading charity has welcomed new government guidance that formally recognizes violence and threats towards pets as indicators of domestic abuse. Dogs Trust leaders said the document is “a great step forward”, but have also warned that more foster carers are still required to help others in need. The guidance has been issued under the … Read more

Rare wild ancestors of domestic pigeon found on Scottish islands Birds

Colonies of extremely rare and endangered birds that are the wild ancestors of domestic and feral pigeons have been found on secluded Scottish islands. Researchers have spoken of their excitement and surprise at discovering small populations of wild rock doves in places that include the Outer Hebrides. It is thought that rock doves were domesticated, … Read more

Scientists find dingoes genetically different from domestic dogs after decoding genome | Wildlife

Dingoes are genetically distinct from domestic dogs and their evolution has been shaped by Australia’s environment, scientists who have fully decoded the dingo genome have said. An international team of researchers have analyzed the genetic makeup of a pure desert dingo called Sandy Maliki, finding that dingoes are an intermediary between wolves and domestic dog … Read more