Animal Hero Award 2


C.A.R.I.A.D. founder Linda Goodman was presented with the People’s Postcode Lottery Local Hero Award at the Animal Hero Awards on Monday, 30th September.

Here’s what Linda had to say: “It was extremely humbling to receive this amazing Animal Hero Award on Monday night and huge thanks to the People’s Postcode Lottery for sponsoring my Local Hero award. It was also a huge thrill to be presented with my award by the wonderful Paul O’Grady. The atmosphere at the awards was quite extraordinary, so warm and genuine and in some cases deeply moving. The hosts were superb as was the delicious vegan menu. And it was just brilliant to be sitting around a table of people I love and respect including my incredible C.A.R.I.A.D. colleague Sue Davey, Lisa Garner and puppy farm survivor Plum Pudding who accompanied me onto the stage, the brave Dave Wardell and beautiful Finn, Eileen Jones – founder of Friends of Animals Wales who is the reason I founded C.A.R.I.A.D. in the first place having adopted two ex puppy farm breeding girls from her years ago, and of course my superhero buddy Marc Abraham, with our adored patron Peter Egan close by. It was a night I will always treasure and such a morale booster for what lies ahead.”

Here’s Linda and the wonderful Paul O’Grady backstage at the awards:

So lovely to catch up backstage with the fabulous Linda Goodman and the lovely Paul O’Grady C.A.R.I.A.D.

Posted by Animal Hero Awards on Thursday, 3 October 2019



Following the BBC One Wales documentary on Monday 30th September 2019 highlighting the appalling state of the licensed, legal, regulated puppy farming trade in Wales, the failures of the inspection process, the inconsistencies and inaccuracies of Council licensing inspection reports and the often disturbing guidance provided to licensing inspectors (who are not animal welfare experts) by vets on the fitness of dogs to be bred from, we are calling on the Minister to intervene with immediate effect and instruct all Welsh Councils to embargo any further licensing, licensing renewal and planning applications relating to dog breeding until such time as there has been a full inquiry into these failures.






This STOPTOBER we’re focusing on potential puppy buyers and asking them to STOP shopping and START fostering.

One of the reasons C.A.R.I.A.D. launched Foster First was to help stem the flow of unwanted purchased puppies entering the rescue system. As well as warning about the dangers of buying a puppy farmed pup, we are also trying hard to educate potential first-time puppy buyers about what the responsibility of having a dog entails BEFORE they leap into purchasing a puppy, by asking them to consider fostering a dog first.

Puppies are only cute and fluffy for a short time. They grow up to become dogs, fast! So, the dream of getting a puppy and the reality of being responsible for a dog can be very different. In fact, one in ten puppies purchased are not with their new families just one month after bringing them home – an utterly shocking statistic! And one we don’t want anyone adding to by being impetuous. Nor do we want anyone to be the other kind of puppy buyer statistic who ends up buying a sick puppy that could die and leave your heart and your finances in ruins.

OUR MESSAGE TO POTENTIAL PUPPY BUYERS: Obviously we’d prefer it if you considered adopting a new best friend. God knows there are plenty of fabulous dogs of just about every breed, age and size who would love to come home with you right now. But we’re realistic. We know that not everyone is a ‘rescuer’ at heart.

But, before handing over your money and taking your chances, why not take the Foster First test and try fostering a dog first?

Being a foster carer allows you and your family to experience the companionship of a dog and look after one without being tied down for the long term. And of course, the best thing of all is that wonderful dogs get to have a much-needed break from being kennelled and enjoy some home comforts while they wait for their forever home. (But be warned, sometimes a foster dog will steal your heart so completely that you find yourself becoming what’s known as a #FailedFosterer which means that you end up applying to adopt them yourself!)

All over the UK, rescues are desperate for new foster carers to open their hearts and their homes to rescue pets in need right now. To help these rescues and to encourage more people to foster C.A.R.I.A.D. launched their Foster First initiative in December 2018. The result to date has been astonishing, heart-warming and inspiring not just for the dogs and rehoming organisations, but also for the fosterers themselves.

In addition to helping rescues and animals in need, Foster First has been a lifeline for people in need too. This is especially true for victims of Domestic Violence who need to get their pet to safety before they can flee abuse, and for those who suddenly find themselves homeless with nowhere for their pet to stay.

So, this STOPTOBER, if anyone you know is considering buying a puppy, please ask them to STOP, take a breath and visit FIRST.




After 10 years of hard graft, fighting the exploitation of breeding dogs and puppies, supporting the work of rescues and most recently being part of a team that has changed the law to stop puppy dealing in England with #LucysLaw (hopefully soon in Wales and Scotland too!) our tiny organisation has never stopped trying to make a difference for dog welfare.

In all that time it never occurred to us that we would actually be acknowledged for our work with an award! But we’re overwhelmed to have been voted ‘Dog Protection Charity of the Year 2019 – UK’ in the Pet Product and Services Awards by LUXlife Magazine.

We know there’s still a lot of work to do until Care And Respect Includes All Dogs, but we’re more than up for the challenges in the years ahead and getting this public recognition of our work is the most wonderful morale booster for the team.

Sit Stay Leave Wait Campaign


If like us, you become incendiary when you see a dog left in a car, especially in warm weather; or people walking their dogs at the hottest time of the day; or a dog tied up outside a shop – then let’s do something about it together!

Clearly, we can’t rely on messages being seen purely on social media. This educational process urgently needs to be out there in high streets, supermarket car parks – highly visible to people who aren’t like you and us and don’t follow animal welfare issues on social media.

We’re desperate to help and prevent a potential tragedy, but obviously we don’t have the money to print tens of thousands of posters and distribute them across the UK. So, with your help we’re hoping to do the next best thing. We’re equipping you, our wonderful dog loving friends, to make a difference in your local communities.

We’ve created four posters, each addressing a specific issue. And we’ve taken a different approach by using common dog-training phrases such as Sit, Stay, Leave and Wait to train humans in what to do to keep their dogs safe all year round – but with a particular push during warm weather.

Wherever you live in the UK, could you download and print out a poster with a message that matters to you? Or if you’re able to – print out all four posters (maybe even ask a friendly local printer to do it as a favour) and urge your local shops, supermarkets, vets, pet shop, dog groomers – wherever you think will have the most impact in your area to display a poster in their windows, where people can easily see them.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if just one of these posters prevented a dog dying from heatstroke, or from being stolen? And wouldn’t it be amazing if thanks to all of you, the wider public finally got the message about how to protect their canine companions from harm? Click on images to download.





Foster First Packages for Rescues


The C.A.R.I.A.D. team had a very busy and productive weekend recently putting together the first batch of Foster First leaflets and poster packs for smaller rescues to help them attract more fosterers in their local communities. Even little Alice bichon lent a paw to help her fur friends!

Foster First was launched just before Christmas last year and thanks to the exceptional dedication and compassion of Ana Cossart, our Foster First Co-Ordinator, and the overwhelmingly positive response from smaller rescues across the UK who are already involved in this initiative, there are dogs, cats, rabbits and other homeless animals beginning their journeys to happier new lives.

Our spotlight on fostering as a lifeline for rescue pets initially came about in preparation for the greater numbers of puppy farm breeding dogs being surrendered as a result of Lucy’s Law. We know from personal experience that in order to start the rehabilitation process, these special dogs need to be in a home environment, normally with a calm resident dog, so that they can start learning how to be dogs and living the lives that should always have been theirs.

But of course, this is only one aspect of the vital work fostering animals fulfills. From companionship for the elderly who are increasingly isolated, to helping provide a safe haven for animals so that human victims of domestic abuse can flee to safety, to freeing up valuable kennel space for a pound dog that may otherwise be euthanised, fosterers are amazing people and the small rescue world would collapse without them.

And there’s another key reason for Foster First. We want to encourage potential first-time puppy purchasers to stop and think before they leap into a purchase they may regret. To give first timers a taste of what having a dog in your life really means, how it affects your daily life, your routine, your environment and your finances – we are urging anyone who thinks they want to buy a puppy to foster a dog or puppy first – before making that huge, life-changing commitment. With one in ten pups being surrendered to rescues within a month of being purchased, we are committed to doing whatever we can to get people to stop and take a breath before taking home the ‘dream’ and then using local rescues as recycling depots when they decide their cute fluffball is a noisy, destructive, pooing, weeing nightmare – or whatever excuse they decide to come up with in order to ‘get rid’ of their costly mistake fast.

Yes, there is still a great deal of work to do in order for Care And Respect to Include All Dogs. But this is our name and this remains our aim. For nearly ten years we have been working tirelessly to bring about an end to the suffering caused by the exploitation of dogs and puppies through puppy farming. And we will continue to do so. But our work has always included a focus on adoption and supporting the work of small local rescues wherever we can as well. In creating Foster First our aim is to provide a resource for rescues to use to help them in their own vital work.

With the majority of our work carried out behind the scenes it’s great to be able to share one of the highly visible ways your donations are helping us to make a tangible difference to our animal friends. We have other initiatives in the pipeline which will come to fruition if, or when we have enough funds.

We’re so very grateful to the small number of supporters who have set up monthly direct debits, and to those groups and individuals who donate to us from their amazing fundraisers. This is what makes it possible for us to plan campaigns and make them a reality. We do all of our creative work and design in-house which means there are no costs involved there, but printing, packaging and postage for campaigns like Foster First are costly. So, if you’d like to support an organisation that always puts the real needs of dogs first, and you like what we’ve done over the years, please help us do even more by setting up a monthly direct debit now, or by making a one off donation. We promise that with your help we will continue to make a difference.

C.A.R.I.A.D. loves Hownd


C.A.R.I.A.D. are thrilled to have launched our new website page C.A.R.I.A.D. Loves … where wonderful companies have agreed to donate a percentage of your purchase to our campaign when you shop with them.

Please visit our C.A.R.I.A.D. Loves … page where you can shop with HOWND, Dicky Bag and Molle Collection.

C.A.R.I.A.D. Loves HOWND!

C.A.R.I.A.D. Loves Dicky Bag!

C.A.R.I.A.D. Loves Molle Collection!

The Rainbow Dogs by Nicky Jevon


The Rainbow Dogs – written during Year of the Dog 2018 by Nicky Jevon.

Our dear friend and supporter Nicky Jevon has so very kindly shared with us The Rainbow Dogs, which she wrote during Year of the Dog 2018.

We are thrilled to be sharing this with our friends and supporters, we hope it too brings you love and light.

To view and download The Rainbow Dogs, click the following link: The Rainbow Dogs

Peter Egan


Care And Respect Includes All Dogs (C.A.R.I.A.D.) is proud to announce that the brilliant actor and passionate animal advocate, Peter Egan, has agreed to become Patron of the organisation.

The much-loved and respected actor is passionate about rescue dogs and has five adopted dogs as part of his family. Of his new role with C.A.R.I.A.D. he said: “I have admired and supported the great work C.A.R.I.A.D. have been doing for many years now, so I am both proud and thrilled, in equal measure, to become their Patron.”

C.A.R.I.A.D. Founder Linda Goodman said, “We are honoured and thrilled that Peter has agreed to be our Patron. It is an amazing start to what we hope will be another extraordinary year of progress for the Lucy’s Law campaign with Wales launching its consultation on 22nd February. We have many ambitious plans for this year as part of our solutions-based approach to dog welfare issues and this is a huge boost for the morale of our small team. Peter has always been an active supporter of our work over the years and an incredible friend. His compassion for all animals is an inspiration to us and to millions around the world. He is a national treasure.”


As we move into a new year with new challenges ahead, we want to thank you all for your support throughout 2018. To those of you who have and continue to support our work through donations and fundraising, we are so incredibly grateful to you for believing in us.

2018 has been an extraordinary year – a year where our actions have seen genuine results – from providing evidence that has resulted in raids on unscrupulous breeding establishments, and exposing dealers trading in misery, to contributing to documentaries and TV programmes and helping journalists expose puppy farming and puppy dealing like never before. We’ve rallied, protested, exposed, educated, petitioned, campaigned and lobbied our hearts out and will continue to do so for as long as it takes to rid the UK of those who exploit, neglect and abuse dogs and puppies.

We’ve had the enormous pleasure of working with some absolutely amazing animal champions who are also committed to actually putting dogs at the centre of the expression ‘dog welfare’. The incredible Marc Abraham, Julia Carr, Lisa Garner, Sarah Clover, Peter Egan, Beverley Cuddy, Andrew Penman, the Boycott Dogs4Us crew, the Linton Pet Shop Protesters, Eileen Jones, Leigh-Catherine Salway, Dr Lisa Cameron, Eluned Morgan AM, Vikki Howells AM, Kirsty Keenan, Andrew R.T. Davis AM, Cllr Maureen Webber and so many more. We thank each of you so much for your passion, dedication and hard work to help make our world a better, happier and more compassionate place for dogs, cats and other companion animals.

Being part of the Lucy’s Law team is an honour and a privilege – in the same way that we believe having the love, loyalty and companionship of a dog is an honour and a privilege.

Sadly not everyone who has a dog, or buys a puppy, appreciates this yet. And it’s up to all of us as true animal lovers, to remain vigilant and active for our animal friends and never imagine that ‘someone else’ will do something about a situation where an animal is suffering. We all have the power to make a difference, to save lives and prevent suffering.

There is still a lot of work for C.A.R.I.A.D. to do and there are still many who will do whatever they can to oppose our aims in order to protect their financial interests. We’ve learned never to underestimate the lengths some people will go to. But over the last 8 years we’ve also grown as individuals and as campaigners and we are no longer as naïve as perhaps we once were when it comes to knowing who we can trust to genuinely have the best interests of animals at heart.

2019 will see more campaigning, educating, lobbying, events and no doubt more exposing of those who continue to consider animals as commodities and not sentient beings. But we are more than up for this challenge. And we have more initiatives to bring to the table in an attempt to find solutions to problems, not band aids that maintain the status quo. Our first big initiative, Foster First is gaining momentum by the day and we’re thrilled to say that people are coming forward to become fosterers and more rescue and rehoming organisations are getting involved every day – not just for dogs, but also cats, rabbits and even ex-battery farmed chickens and other animals. And we want to say a special thank you to Ana Cossart Hall for not only embracing #FosterFirst and running with it so brilliantly and with such enthusiasm, but for being such an amazing fosterer herself.

We’re also thrilled to announce the launch of a new Group called Friends of C.A.R.I.A.D. Campaign and a huge thank you goes to Jackie Bartholomew for volunteering to help us co-ordinate fundraising for our work with likeminded dog lovers. Please do get involved if you think you can help out.

Finally, we want to take a moment to remember three very special women who were friends and fellow campaigners and who were tragically taken from us all too soon this year. Each has left an enormous hole in the world of animal welfare. They contributed so much, cared so passionately and truly had hearts of gold. They are and will continue to be missed beyond words. We will never forget you Sue Rouhan, Fiona Scourfield and our very own #TeamLucy colleague, Philippa Robinson.

We wish everyone and their animal friends a happy, safe and peaceful 2019.

With love from Linda and Sue xx