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AngelIn December 2012, a German Shorthaired Pointer called Angel was stolen after being exercised with the owner’s other dogs. The dog was about to be loaded into the owner’s car when she saw a white van leave the area and no Angel in sight. Unfortunately in spite of the great efforts being made by the owner, Angel was never found. It was at the height of this search in March 2013 that Arnot Wilson, director of the Dog Union, saw a graphic about pet theft on the social media feed of an online pet retail website. This lead to the founding of Pet Theft Awareness by him and co founder Richard Jordan.

It is appreciated at this time that the government and local authorities are short of funds and the onus of educating the public on safeguarding its pets is on the shoulders of small organisations such as Pet Theft Awareness and although promoting animal theft awareness throughout the year it has two highlight events - Pet Theft Awareness Week in March and Gundog Theft Awareness Week in October.

As well as providing an educational service, Pet Theft Awareness is involved in lobbying for a change in the law to get recognition for pets as a “valued living possession” as opposed to an inanimate object and to get a custodial sentence for pet theft. It is also campaigning for compulsory scanning to increase the chances of reunification of stolen and missing pets.

Pet Theft Awareness is a member of the Stolen & Missing Pets Alliance (SAMPA) which also embodies the aims of Pet Theft Awareness. The aims of Pet theft Awareness are:

  • To prevent pet theft through awareness.
  • To provide information to assist victims.
  • To campaign for the reclassification of pet theft and tougher penalties to deter pet theft including custodial sentences.
  • To get compulsory microchip scanning to encourage greater reunification of stolen and missing dogs with their owners.

Pet Theft Awareness is an non-profit making organisation.

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