Veterinary professionals are being urged to swap their stethoscopes for spoons next month (June) and take part in a charity fund-raising bake sale.
World Animal Protection has thrown down the culinary gauntlet and is encouraging the profession to rise to the challenge for animals in need by taking part in its first Big Barking Bake Sale.
Members of the profession can take part in a number of ways: from holding a bake sale at work to making home-made dog treats to sell to owners.
The charity works to protect animals around the world by tackling cruelty and suffering and has hubs in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, and in North and Latin America.
Help thousands of animals
A spokesman said: “However you choose to get involved, you can be sure the money you raise will directly help vulnerable animals overseas.
“While we love to pamper our dogs here in the UK, it is a sad reality that, around the world, millions of dogs are threatened by disease, violence and culling. Every day, thousands of dogs are culled to control the amount of strays on the streets, or in misguided attempts to stop the spread of rabies.
“Our vets are vaccinating hundreds of thousands of dogs around the world and we are advising governments to manage their stray dogs humanely, instead of using cruel culls. The event runs throughout June, so turn it into the tastiest time in the vet calendar.”
Budding bakers can obtain a free Big Barking Bake Sale pack containing cupcake toppers, bunting, flags and a poster to help promote the event. Recipes for home-made pet treats and cakes for human consumption are free to download from the charity’s website.