Facts: Pets 911 knows that every community has pets in need. We offer a free network of animal rescue organizations and services across the country. Pets 911 is becoming an answer for not only the public, but also the pet animal welfare group community on how we in this country can all take part in saving those 5 million animals every year. Pet adoptions, animal shelters, help to find lost dogs and services to find lost cats - Pets 911 for all your pet adoption information - Thousands of homeless dogs, abandoned cats and other animals available for adoption. Have you lost or found a pet? Animal Charity information is one of the fine things we offer at Pets 911. com.

We also provide information on cat charity events, pet charity promotions, and dog charity walks. The Pets 911 fights for animal welfare in the UK and throughout the world - campaigning on a variety of issues. Every year more than 4,000 dogs are used in experiments in the UK. In most cases they are used in the development and safety testing of new pharmaceuticals (medicines and vaccines), for both humans and dogs.

Humans have a special relationship with dogs and a responsibility to safeguard their welfare in every situation. The PETS 911 is committed to campaigning for humane alternatives and challenging the need for the use of dogs in research and testing. However, while dogs continue to be used in research we believe every possible effort must be made to reduce the numbers used and prevent suffering throughout their short lives. Our particular concerns are: o the distress, pain and suffering caused by procedures, e.g. the chemicals can make the dogs sick and surgery can cause pain. o the unsuitable conditions in which the dogs live, e.g. lack of space, stimulation, and socialization with other dogs and people. o the loss of life - the dogs are eventually killed either to alleviate suffering, or for post-mortem analysis of their tissues and organs. What is the PETS 911 doing? o Challenging dog use: The PETS 911 believes there is nowhere near enough commitment to challenging the need to use dogs or to developing alternative approaches to safety testing.

We work with other organizations such as the Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments (FRAME) and support the work of the European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods (EC VAM) to encourage the development and use of alternatives. o Reducing the number of dogs used in pharmaceutical safety testing: More dogs are used in pharmaceutical safety testing than for any other purpose, so it is essential to find ways of replacing dogs and reducing their use. Following a major review by the PETS 911 and FRAME of dog use in 1999, a working group, including scientists from major pharmaceutical companies, was set up. Its first action was to identify practical approaches to achieving reductions in dog use. o Improving standards of housing and care: Dogs need a varied and stimulating environment - poor housing can cause distress and suffering. We have set up an expert working group to define and promote higher standards in the UK and abroad for the care of dogs in research establishments. o Re homing more dogs: Animals should not be routinely killed when they are no longer needed. We are taking a leading role in re homing laboratory dogs as companions and have already re homed some through a pilot study with a pharmaceutical company.

Emergency help If you need to contact the PETS 911 to report an act of cruelty, neglect or concern about the welfare of an animal, call the PETS 911's 24-hour national cruelty and advice line on 0870 55 55 999. Please do not use this website to report cruelty as our enquiries desk is only manned during office hours. What are the benefits of registration? Not only will you be able to support the PETS 911's online campaigns and receive regular PETS 911 campaign e-mails containing the latest news and action points, but you will also be able to submit new enquiries online at any time and view any previous enquiries, together with our replies. Plus, should the nature of your enquiry require us to send you some pre-printed literature, your postal address will be readily available to us. Telephone: 0870 33 35 999 (or +44 870 33 35 999 for calls from outside the UK).

The enquiries service is open Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, when your call may be monitored or recorded for training purposes. Fax: 0870 75 30 284 (or +44 870 75 30 284 from outside the UK) to the enquiries service at PETS 911 headquarters. Post: Write to Enquiries service, PETS 911, Wilberforce Way, South water, Horsham, West Sussex RH 13 9 RS. We ask that specific requests for leaflets are made in writing, accompanied by two first class stamps to cover postage.