The Kennel Club’s first ever conference for breed rescue organisations, held on May 3 to support breed rescue work being done in the UK, has been hailed as a success by organisers and delegates alike.

The Kennel Club’s first ever conference for breed rescue organisations, held on May 3 to support breed rescue work being done in the UK, has been hailed as a success by organisers and delegates alike.

Trevor Cooper of Cooper & Co Solicitors gives a refreshingly honest and amusing take on dog law and the legal responsibilities of KCBR organisations.The purpose of the one day conference was to support breed rescue work being done in the UK and to provide presentations from a wide range of speakers on areas of interest relevant to the breed rescue co-ordinators.
 
The Kennel Club has received much positive feedback following the event, which saw around 200 delegates visit the Kennel Club Building at Stoneleigh Park.
 
Following an opening welcome from Mike Townsend, chairman of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, Kennel Club chairman Steve Dean outlined the work being done by KCBR and the future plans of the organisation to improve the health and welfare of dogs.

This was followed by a brief talk from Heidi Ancell of the KC’s external affairs department, who advised delegates on how the Kennel Club can help KBCR organisations gain more media coverage for the work that they do.
 
The event also saw presentations on:

  • KCBR logosuccessful legacy marketing;
  • the work of Pets at Home charity Support Adoption for Pets;
  • the benefits of the Petlog microchipping and reunification database and how KCBR organisations can best make use of its services;
  • the power of social networking to dog rescue organisations and how they can improve their web presence;
  • dog law and the legal responsibilities of KCBR organisations;
  • the Blue Cross‘ tailor-made rehoming programme;
  • fundraising in animal welfare.

 
The event also included a trade exhibition and a raffle, with prizes kindly donated by the trade stands present.
 
Delegate Jill Holley from the Irish Setter Rescue Group said it was an “excellent day. I found all the speakers very interesting. Also picked up lots of ideas”.

Mike Townsend, chairman of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust.Fellow attendee Garbo Garnham of Garbo’s GSD Rescue said the event was “a splendid opportunity to share and listen to the experts” which provided delegates with “many useful ideas and advice.”
 
Speaking after the conference, Mr Townsend said he was delighted with the inaugural event and pleased to have received such positive feedback.
 
He said: “I would like to thank the many people who came from KCBR organisations around the country for taking the time away from the great work that they do, and hope that they each left with some good ideas about how to continue to make a difference for purebred dogs in need of a home in the future.
 
“I would particularly like to thank the speakers for their time and effort in sharing the knowledge that they have, and for the work that they each put in to come up with such interesting and well-prepared presentations on a variety of topics.”

  • A full list of speakers and PDF copies of selected presentations from the conference can be downloaded from the Kennel Club website.
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