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Dog-friendly chocolate and other top treats for your pets this Easter

Your dog may not be able to indulge in traditional chocolate, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to treat them this Easter. From tasty snacks designed specifically for pets to hard-wearing, seasonally-themed toys, Pet Hamper has got you - and your beloved animals - covered this year.

Can dogs eat chocolate?

First of all, a definitive answer to this common question: No, dogs should not eat chocolate.

The chocolate that humans eat contains theobromine which is poisonous to dogs. Symptoms can include vomiting and diarrhoea, hyperactivity, seizures and fits, heart problems or even death.

While we strongly encourage you to keep your chocolate away from your pets - and make sure all children and visitors understand the rules too - there’s no reason that your pet can’t join in the festivities in other ways.

From delicious snacks to loveable toys to grooming essentials, we’re here to help your furry friends safely join in the family fun.

Easter eggs for dogs

Our brand new Easter eggs look just like the real deal, but have been especially formulated to be kind to pets.

All the fun without the harmful ingredients, they’re free of cocoa and gluten and are instead made from the dog-friendly alternative ingredient carob.

Beautifully presented like any other Easter egg, now your dog can join in the family fun.

Rosewood Dog Easter Egg (£3.95)

Easter activities for dogs

A easter egg or treat hunt is a great way to spoil your dog. Hiding treats around the home/garden and let your dog sniff them out!

Start with smaller treats ending with the special gift to complete the hunt! Here are some examples of what we would use.

Easter treats for dogs

Beyond the traditional Easter egg, we stock a full range of snacks that tick all the boxes: visually appealing, tasty and - best of all - healthy!

We now stock another Easter staple: Hot Cross Buns. Iced by hand and beautifully presented, these treats are made without yeast or raisins and only contain carefully selected ingredients that are perfect for all dogs - even those with sensitive stomachs and intolerances.

Life Of Riley – Easter Hot Cross Buns for Dogs (£7.95)

Suitable for any day of the year, but all the more fun at Easter, our crunchy, realistic carrot biscuits offer the best of both worlds. They’re packed with only the best ingredients for healthy, happy dogs, and the cheerful carrot shape (complete with tops) are an enjoyable way to get your pets involved in the Easter celebrations.

For the main course, we have a healthy and hearty lamb dinner. Our Lush Nosh Lamb complements fresh meat with vegetables, power seeds and superfoods to create a complete dog food suitable for adults and puppies alike.

For a lighter bite, we have Lamb Treats. With a similar recipe of fresh meat, veggies and goodies, they make for ideal tasty training treats.

Marleybones Lush Nosh Lamb (£3.80)

Marleybones Lamb Treats (£5.95)

For dessert, we have a delicious serving of carrot cake. These longer-lasting chews are entirely vegan, made with crunchy carrots and a hint of ginger. There’s no added sugar or nasties, and they’re presented in plastic-free packaging for a healthy treat that’s as kind to the planet as it is to your pet.

Denzel’s Carrot Cake Traybake (£3.00)

Easter toys, teddies and more

Beyond edible treats, we have a great selection of fun presents to gift to your dog this Easter.

Our toy range includes a chocolate bunny lookalike and a giant (37cm!) winking carrot. They’re adorable, they’re fun, they both contain squeakers and as well as being extra durable. they’re both machine washable, meaning they can be enjoyed over and over again.

FuzzYard Choc Bunny Easter Dog Toy (£8.95)

FuzzYard Winky Carrot Large Dog Toy (£9.95)

Continuing the Easter and sunny springtime feel, we have rabbit toys in three fabulous and fun options. Our sniffer rabbit is the gentlest opinion - it’s not only the cutest bunny we’ve ever seen but also gives great snuggles.

Our Scrumplez Bunny is designed to be a little sturdier and is tough enough for gentle chewing, tugging and fetching.

Our rope bunnies, available in beautiful lilac and olive options, are designed to withstand the rigorous affections of chewers. Better still, soak them and freeze them and they’ll provide much-needed relief for your teething pups.

Rosewood Sniffer Rabbit (£7.95)

KONG Scrumplez Bunny (£11.95)

Rope Bunny Dog Toy (£9.95)

And for the dapper dog, our banadas are available in a range of designs. Dress them for the season in our Bugs Bunny or  cartoon carrots styles. They’re available in four sizes, from small to XL, and they’re hand-made from 100% cotton and fully washable.

Bugs Dog Bandana (£12.00)

Carrot Dog Bandana (£12.00)

Easter hampers for dogs

Whether you’re treating your own pet or you’re looking for the perfect gift for a friend, family member, customer or member of staff, our hand-picked hampers bring together all of the best Easter-themed items in beautiful, luxury packaging.

We’ve got two ready-made options: both the mini and the regular hamper are filled with a mix of tasty treats and Easter-themed toys that are suitable for all pups.

Or our bespoke hamper option allows you to fully personalise your gift - including your very own combination of snacks, toys and petcare essentials, your wrapping of choice (we have luxury gift bags and totes) and a personalised note for the perfect finishing touch.

Our hampers are lovingly picked and packed by our team and delivered to your door.

Mini Easter Dog Hamper (£25.00)

Easter Dog Hamper (£35.00)

Fur-tastic Adventures: Travelling with Your Beloved Pets, and Why Pet Insurance Matters


Travelling with your furry friend is an exciting venture that requires lots of research. For many people, a holiday with their pet signals a peak point in the pet ownership journey where they can trust their pet and relax into the dynamic, looking forward to the endless adventures ahead.

Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway in the UK or are thinking of flying further afield and taking your pet abroad with you, planning is always important and can ensure your trip goes as smoothly and safely as possible.

With an insurance policy from Waggel, your pet is covered whilst they’re on holiday or travelling in a country within the EU Pet Travel Scheme for up to 90 days each year. It’s just one of the many added benefits of their Lifetime policies that help bring owners peace of mind. 

Pet-friendly hotel stays

So you’ve decided to take your pet on holiday with you, great news! But don’t forget, you’ll be packing for two so it’s important not to forget everything they need. Whilst lots of hotels are now dog-friendly, it’s unlikely they’ll include beds and toys. You’ll also need to work out how much food to take so your furry companion has plenty to chow down on.

Taking a pet on holiday isn’t limited to just dogs - cats are also welcome at many hotels both in the UK and abroad. Though this means not forgetting a litter box and familiar items to soothe your cat, especially if this is the first time they’ve travelled with you.

Fortunately, Pet Hamper is the perfect place to shop for all your pet travel essentials. From dog and cat beds to toys and treats, we’ve got you covered. Why not build your own hamper or gift one to a friend who’s travelling with their pet?

To ensure there are no hiccups on your trip, it’s best to take some time to research pet-friendly hotels. A quick call to the reception desk of your chosen hotel should give you all the information you need. It’s best to do this ahead of time rather than being stuck in a pickle during check-in when you find out your chosen hotel doesn’t accommodate pets.

Pet passports

A pet passport is a document that allows pets to enter different countries without having to be placed in quarantine. Whilst this once applied to pets in Great Britain, since Brexit, pet owners can no longer apply for or use pet passports. If your pet passport was issued in an EU country or Northern Ireland, you are still able to use it. Alternatively, if your pet passport was issued in Great Britain before 1st January 2021, you can legally still use it. 

If you don’t have a pet passport, don’t fret - the good news is that you and your pet can still travel together, you just need to ensure you follow the regulations and meet the criteria. These are as follows:

  • Your pet is microchipped (this includes cats and dogs)
  • Your pet is more than 12 weeks old
  • They have a valid rabies vaccination 21 days prior to travel (for both cats and dogs)
  • They have an Animal Health Certificate (if the pet passport is invalid)
  • They have had tapeworm treatment upon return to the UK 

Great Britain is now listed as a Part 2 country in terms of travelling to Europe and Northern Ireland. This means that those wanting to travel to the EU or NI with their cats or dogs won’t be able to use a Great Britain-issued passport. Instead, you’ll need to obtain an Animal Health Certificate (AHC). You can get these from your vet and will need one for each trip you wish to embark on.

An AHC has its own restrictions and criteria that must be strictly adhered to. These are as follows:

  • An Animal Health Certificate is valid for one single trip. 
  • New trips must be issued with additional AHCs for trips into Northern Ireland and the European Union.
  • You must use your AHC within 10 days of it being issued.
  • Once you have entered the EU or NI, your AHC is valid for 4 months, or until your pet’s rabies vaccination expires (whichever one comes first).
  • This means you can spend up to 4 months in Europe or Northern Ireland and must return at the end of the 4 months
  • The AHC can only be used in the EU and NI - to visit a country outside of the EU you must ensure you obtain the correct documentation
  • The AHC only applies to non-commercial dogs and cats (or ferrets)
  • You can use the AHC for a maximum of 5 pets.

If you’re travelling from Britain to a non-EU country, you’ll need to obtain an Export Health Certificate that checks your pet meets the requirements of the country you wish to enter. Every country has its own requirements which can be found on the website. 

Pet Travel Scheme

The EU Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) allows pets to travel between certain countries without undergoing quarantine. To qualify, pets typically need a microchip for identification, a rabies vaccination followed by a waiting period and a pet passport or health certificate issued by a veterinarian. 

Some countries may also require a rabies titre test to demonstrate sufficient antibodies. Pets might need treatment for ticks and tapeworms and must travel using an approved route and transport method. Upon arrival, they may face additional entry requirements such as inspection by customs officials. This scheme facilitates international pet travel while ensuring health standards are maintained.

The Pet Travel Scheme has made it easier for pet owners to travel internationally with their furry companions while ensuring that appropriate measures are in place to prevent the spread of diseases like rabies. However, as pet owners, we encourage you to familiarise yourself with the specific requirements of both the country you’re travelling from and the country you’re travelling to, as regulations can vary.

Pet travel insurance

Pet travel insurance is vital for ensuring your pet's well-being during holidays and trips away. It essentially provides peace of mind by covering unexpected medical emergencies, accidental injuries and expenses related to lost or stolen pets. With a pet insurance policy in place, you can focus on enjoying your holiday knowing your pet's veterinary bills are covered, even if you're travelling abroad and jetting off multiple times throughout the year.

Waggel's pet insurance offers comprehensive coverage, including protection for accidents, illnesses and third-party liability. Their Lifetime policies include travel cover, extending protection to trips in countries within the Pet Travel Scheme. Waggel also provides emergency treatment coverage abroad, ensuring your pet receives prompt medical care while travelling for up to 90 days each year.

Tips for travelling with pets

When travelling with pets, it's essential to ensure their comfort and safety. Crate training can help dogs to feel secure during travel and prevent them from roaming around the vehicle, which could be distracting or dangerous for both you and them. Introduce the crate gradually, using positive reinforcement to create a positive association. We also recommend investing in a secure harness or seatbelt designed for dogs to keep them safe while in the car.

For cats, getting them accustomed to their carrier and the car is crucial. Start by placing the carrier in a familiar and comfortable environment at home, allowing your cat to explore it at their own pace. Gradually introduce short car rides, offering treats and praise to create positive associations with the experience. Ensure the carrier is secure in the car and consider covering it with a blanket to provide a sense of security.

When staying in hotels with pets, research and choose pet-friendly accommodations in advance. Look for hotels that welcome pets and offer amenities such as pet beds, food bowls, and designated pet areas. Inform the hotel staff in advance about your pet's needs and any specific requirements.

Upon arrival, familiarise your pet with the new environment, keeping them on a lead or in their carrier when moving through common areas. Be respectful of hotel rules and policies regarding pets and clean up after your pet to maintain a positive relationship with the hotel staff and other guests.


When travelling with your pets, planning ahead and prioritising their comfort and safety is crucial. Start by crate training dogs and familiarising cats with carriers and car rides to reduce stress during travel. Invest in secure harnesses or seatbelts to ensure carriers are securely fastened in the car at all times.

To further safeguard your pet's well-being, consider Waggel Pet Insurance. Their comprehensive coverage offers peace of mind and travel protection - covering unexpected medical emergencies, accidents and treatment in countries within the Pet Travel Scheme for up to 90 days each year.

With Waggel, you can enjoy worry-free travel and get back to making long-lasting memories knowing that your furry friend is protected every step of the way.

Don’t forget to check the regulations for the country you wish to visit as the criteria are likely to vary from country to country. For a stress-free travel experience, find everything you need to know by visiting

owner and dog sat looking out of campervan


Can I take my dog to France from the UK?

Yes, you can take your dog to France from the UK. However, your dog must be microchipped, have had a rabies vaccination with the appropriate waiting period and will need a pet passport or a health certificate from a vet. You must also ensure your dog has received tick and tapeworm treatment before travelling. As an owner, it is your responsibility to fulfil any entry requirements upon arrival in France.

What are the requirements for taking a dog to Spain?

The requirements for taking a dog to Spain are the same as travelling to France since they are both members of the EU Pet Travel Scheme. Your dog will need to have received a rabies vaccination and be microchipped. They’ll also need to have received parasite treatment to protect them from ticks and tapeworms. When arriving in Spain you’ll need the appropriate documentation such as a pet passport or health certificate if you’re travelling from the UK.

How much does a dog passport cost?

The cost of obtaining a pet passport (or health certificate) can vary depending on several factors, including the veterinarian's fees for the necessary vaccinations, microchipping and issuing the document itself. On average, you can expect to pay between £60 to £150 for the entire process.

Can I fly with my cat?

Yes, you can fly abroad with your cat from the UK. However, it's essential to check the specific requirements and regulations of the airline you plan to use, as well as the entry requirements of the destination country. Typically, you'll need to ensure your cat is microchipped and has received a rabies vaccination. You will also require a health certificate issued by a vet. Before you travel it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the airline's pet travel policies, including carrier specifications and any associated fees.

Can Dogs Eat Peanut Butter?

The short answer is yes, dogs can eat peanut butter. But there's a few things you need to consider before serving up this treat.

Dogs CANNOT eat all peanut butters

Many Peanut Butters found on supermarket shelves may contain Xylitol. This an artificial sweetener that's often used in foods to keep the product sugar-free. This ingredient is toxic to dogs and even eating small amounts can be fatal. If you are ever offered peanut butter (or peanut butter ice cream) for your dog, always ask to see the container and ensure that xylitol is NOT listed on the ingredients.

Ideally purchase doggie specific peanut butter like the Poochnut Peanut Butter For Dogs listed on our site. This is a 100% natural peanut butter, for your dog! A natural source of protein, made from quality peanuts with no added salt, sugar, sweeteners, additives, or palm oil.

How much can I feed my dog?

Peanut butter is high in calories and fat, so less is more.

As a guide:

½ teaspoon for a small dog, twice per day
1 teaspoon for a medium or large dog, twice per day

No more than 10% of your dog’s total calories per day should come from treats. If given as a treat, your dog will find a small amount just as thrilling as a large amount. Just licking the spoon makes our Barneys eyes light up. Always serve in moderation.

Can my puppy have peanut butter?

You should never feed peanut butter to a puppy under 6-weeks old. Even at 6-weeks it is advised to wait until your puppy is more developed as the oils and fats can be hard to digest.

If you are feeding this treat to your puppy, ensure you;

  • Choose a smooth variety to avoid any risk of choking.
  • Only serve in extremely small portions.
  • Do not use as a daily treat. The level or protein and fat isn’t healthy for your puppy (or even older dogs) in large amounts.

Read more puppy information information over at Ruffle and Snuffle.

Three fun ways to use this tasty treat with your dog

1) Include in a Kong. Our Barney loves fruit, so we tend to blend lots of different fruit together, pour into a KONG, and finish off with a teaspoon of peanut butter. We then freeze the whole thing ready for when we require a cool snack which will keep him occupied.

2) Spread on a LickiMat. Have you tried a LickiMat yet? These are a great way to keep your pup entertained and slow down their feeding. You could also look to purchase a Bathtime Buddy Suction Lickmat. The suction cups stick to the side of the bath, and the licking sensation is proven to have calming properties as well as distracting from the bath time itself.

3) Medication – is there a pill or supplement your dog just won’t eat? Why not try coating it in an irresistible layer of the sticky stuff. This should disguise the smell and taste and make the whole task a lot less stressful all round.

Looking to treat your pampered pouch? Why not browse our full range of dog treats to find something perfect for them. We cater for all dietary requirements, from grain free and gluten free, so those mighty meaty lovers.

If your dog has allergies, is obese, has any special dietary requirements, or If you think your pet has eaten an excessive amount, always consult a vet.

Puppy Checklist

The Definitive Guide to Puppy Essentials in one ‘Puppy Checklist’

What do Puppies Need?

You’ve decided on a new puppy. You have a rough idea of what date your new family member should be coming home. Now you’re asking yourself, what do puppies need, what are the puppy essentials and where do I start? Speaking from experience with Barney, I’m hoping this new puppy checklist will prove helpful.

Step One // Home Preparation

Is your home prepared for the new addition? A little like bringing home a newborn baby, there’s a lot to think about when you bring home a new puppy.


Currently the top priority on everyone’s list should be security. Making sure your property is secured both in terms of dog theft and the puppy making its own ‘great escape’ should be the first task on your list.

Is your garden secure? Check all your walls and fencing to ensure there are no holes or gaps where the puppy could escape.

Are your gates secure? Check all your gates are secure. If you have top bolts that can be accessed from the outside, consider putting additional lower-level bolts that can only be opened from the inside.

Puppy Proofing

In the case of Barney (and most breeds), puppies should not be allowed up or down stairs until they are at least 12-months old. If you do allow your puppy to go up and down the stairs regularly at a young age, this can affect their legs in later life. We recommend getting a pet gate to stop your dog making their own way upstairs (and also prevent any miss haps when out of sight).

We’ll touch on teething shortly, however a “keep off” spray is also handy to spray on anything you don’t wish for them to chew. This could be furniture legs, skirting boards and even the dog gate if you’re buying a wooden one.

Sleeping Arrangements

From our personal experience, we found it helpful to have Barney in a crate in the evening. We’ve started off with a medium sized crate, which is still just large enough for him to stand up and turn around in. Once this is getting a little hard for him to achieve, we will upgrade to the large crate which should be suitable for him during his early adult years.

When choosing a crate, don’t purchase one too big as you want them to feel cosy when inside and see it as their safe place. Consider your puppies dimensions and ensure they can stand up and turn around with ease. Too much bigger than this and you could end up with toilet issues inside the crate.

Using training and treats, Barney now sees his crate as his safe place and will happily take himself in there when he’s ready for bed in an evening.

Lets re-cap on this first section:

  • Have you secured your garden from theft and escape?
  • Purchased a stair gate to secure your stairs?
  • Protected anything that could be tasty to chew?
  • Purchased a suitable sized crate for your dogs breed?

Now the core tasks have been completed, we can move on to the nicer task of purchasing puppy toys, puppy treats and gifts for your new puppy.

Step Two // Puppy Essentials

There are so many new puppy gifts out there, but it’s important that first you buy the essentials. Here’s what we bought for Barney that we’ve found to be extremely useful:

  • Comfy Bed – key to a goodnights sleep is a comfy bed. Try and find a bed that is cozy and fits well inside the crate you’ve purchased.
  • Cozy Blankets – a snuggle blanket is always a winner. Ideally your breeder should send you home with one that has a smell of their mum. This will help with first night anxiety.
  • Little Buddy Heartbeat Sheep – this plush toy is perfect to relieve first night anxiety and aid sleep. We personally took the heartbeat inner out of ours as we were conscious he may get it out in the night. The toy itself however has worked really well and he still uses it to this day.
  • Pet Remedy Plug-in Diffuser – a natural de-stress and calming plug-in diffuser. This is a new and natural way of tacking stress and anxiety using slow-release technology. Featuring a unique treatment of Valerian oil, blended with Vetivert, Basil sweet and Sage, the potent de-stressing properties are slow released into the surrounding area. Slight word of warning here, the word “potent” is very relevant!
  • LickiMat - a great way to keep them entertained. You’ll see on our Instagram that we blend lots of healthy stuff for Barney and then freeze it. These are great when you need to leave your puppy alone for a short time and want a good distraction.

All of the above did the trick for us, as Barney has slept through every night without fail since his first night at home!

Let’s re-cap on this second section and check you have all the puppy essentials:

  • Food & water bowls?
  • Comfy bed?
  • Have you purchased a cosy blanket or confirmed this will be coming from your breeder?
  • Explored the options for a comforting soft toy?
  • Purchased a LickiMat, Kong or Similar?
  • Have you considered using a pet friendly diffuser?

Step Three // Puppy Teething

Puppies explore the world with their mouths. This is extremely cute, but it’s important to be prepared, both to protect your furniture and yourself.

These three teething toys have been Barneys favourites and so far minimized bitten hands and other items he shouldn’t be chewing:

  • Antos Natural Antler Dog Chew - Antler’s are a healthy chew, full of minerals and calcium. Naturally shed, these antlers are a long lasting chew. Unprocessed, they should not splinter and leave a minimum of mess. The Antos Antler satisfies a dog’s natural urge to chew, whilst also helping to strengthen and clean teeth.
  • Origins Olive Branch Dog Chew – these Olive Wood chews are hand crafted, eco-sustainable, gently harvested, air dried for many months and finally cleaned and cut to size. Another long lasting chew, these are suitable for all dogs including puppies and satisfy a dog’s natural urge to chew. Origins won’t splinter, are low in fat and contain no artificial additives or preservatives.

Let’s re-cap on this third section:

Step Four // Puppy Toys

Now on to the fun bit. The puppy toys! We all have a real urge to go out and buy a box full of super cute puppy toys when you see them in the store, but it’s important to think before you buy. Dependent on your breed, most puppies will shred soft toys in a matter of hours (or minutes in some cases). If you’re following Barney on Instagram @PetHamperBarney you will have seen his favourite toys. Here’s a summary:

  • Natural Pet Rope Cow Toy – this is without a doubt his favorite toy. Incorporating a rope element for fun tug of war time, the squeaker to keep him amused and a soft body this toy has it all. It’s also constructed using high quality, environmentally friendly natural and biodegradable materials with 100% natural cotton rope.
  • Smug Mutts Knot Twice Natural Hemp Rope Toy – along with the chews, Barney loves these Natural Hemp Rope toys. He also loves pulling all the strands out! The toughness of the rope allows for this toy to double up as both a toy for fun and teething.
  • Wainwright's Tuff Squirrel Dog Toy – this toy was our other dog Ted’s, however it’s turned in to one of Barneys favourites too. I think the mixture of the toughness, squeaker and crinkle effect make for hours of playtime fun.

Let’s re-cap on this final section:

  • Have you got enough puppy toys but not bought too many?

In Conclusion

I hope this post has provided you with a personal insight in to our journey with Barney and acts as a helpful checklist for your new puppy, allowing you to tick off all those puppy essentials.

Over the next few weeks we will be teaming up with the Innocent Pet to provide you with an insight in to their puppy food. This will include weaning off the food your puppy has been fed by the breeder and the benefits of wet, semi-moist and dry food. Barney loves his Wild Salmon Fishcakes and super tasty lamb with split pea training treats. Stay Tuned for the next edition.

Pet Insurance for Your Puppy

Guiding you Through Pet Insurance

You’ve put the deposit down on your new puppy. Now you’re thinking about how to keep this new member of the family safe and protected. Well the first thing to consider for both them and your future bank balance is Pet Insurance. So where do you start?

Why Purchase Pet Insurance?

Let’s start with why you might need Pet Insurance. Most of us know that like private healthcare for us humans, vet fees do not come cheap. If your dog is unfortunate enough to develop a condition that cannot be cured, it could last it’s lifetime. This could mean a great deal of stress both mentally and on the pocket. This is where pet insurance comes in to lend a hand. For those lengthy or one-off expensive treatments, you’ll be glad you took out insurance right at the start.

What's the Average Cost of Insurance for a Puppy?

Based on stats from Animal Friends between January 2020 and January 2021, an average cost of insurance for puppies between the ages of four weeks and 12 months was £17.52 a month. And according to Associated British Insurers 2019, the average pet insurance claim for pets of all ages, amounts to around £793, suggesting pet insurance could help protect you from unexpected veterinary bills.

Cover you May Not Expect

Pet insurance doesn’t just cover you for unexpected illness. Here’s a three things you may not have thought about:

Accident Cover - If your dog is involved in an accident, your insurance will cover their vet bills to hopefully bring them back to full health. If your dog is the cause of the accident however and luckily doesn’t injure themselves, your insurance will kick in and cover that too. The public liability aspect of any pet insurance is something that is often overlooked. Should your pet be off the lead and cause a car accident for instance, this could run in to 10’s if not 100’s of thousands of pounds worth of compensation for the other people, vehicles and objects involved.

Theft or Straying – If your dog is stolen or stays, your insurance can contribute to the cost to advertise for your pets safe recovery as well as a reward for anyone who finds it.

Protecting you – As well as your pet, the insurance can help protect you too. Should you need to be in hospital for 4 or more consecutive days, your policy may contribute towards professional dog walkers or kennels where required.

Where to Look for a Policy

Like most insurance products, pet insurance can be compared on the various insurance comparison sites on the internet. These include the likes of and You can also go direct to insurance providers such as Animal Friends, Pet Plan and Bought By Many.

Lets Get Started With Your Quote

I’m used to shopping for insurance. From life cover to home and contents and the various levels of cover required to run a business. When shopping for pet insurance however, a few new terms and phrases where used that in some cases I wasn’t 100% sure of their meaning. For this reason, we’re teaming up with our friends over at Animal Friends Pet Insurance to clear a few things up.

Key Insurance Terms Explained

The Legal Bit from Animal Friends Insurance - before we start, it’s worth knowing that as part of our governing body’s regulations, the FCA, we can only provide guidance on the insurance products available, we’re not able to advise anyone thinking of joining Animal Friends on which product they should buy. This is to ensure that our customers can get the right product that best suits their needs and the needs of their pet.

What would you like the cover for? Accidents | Accidents & illness

Accident Only policies are the most basic levels of insurance, offering cover for only injuries and complications arising from accidents.

Other levels of cover can offer you protection for your pet in the event of an accident or if they were to fall ill. There are still various options at this point that cater for individual needs.   

  • 365 days, or Time Limited policies, provide covers for accidents, illnesses and other conditions for a maximum of 365 days before they are no longer covered.
  • Vet fee limit, or Max Benefit policies, allow you to claim for each injury or illness up to a specified financial cap  
  • Lifetime policies provide ongoing cover for vet fees from accidents and illnesses, up until the policy’s specific limits are reached. This policy limit is reset each year after renewal.

Now we’ve covered the main questions. Here's one I personally had when selecting the correct insurance product that you may be asking too:

Q: Your annual condition limit is £6k per year on a Prestige plan, but what does it mean when it says the lifetime condition limit is unlimited?

A: A Lifetime Condition Limit is the set amount that you’re able to claim for any one condition during your pet’s lifetime. This isn’t applicable on our Prestige policy as it has an Annual Condition Limit, meaning we’ll pay the vet’s fees for each condition but once the limit is reached, that condition will not be covered until the policy renews.

For example, if you chose the Prestige policy which has a condition limit of £6,000 and your dog was to develop a skin condition and suffered gastroenteritis, we would cover the cost of treatment for the skin condition up to £6,000 and also the treatment for the gastroenteritis case, up to £6,000 (subject to any applicable excess, co-payment or exclusions relating to any pre-existing conditions). When you renew your policy the annual condition limit is reset and you'll be covered for up to £6,000 again for each condition should you need it.

Additional Extras Included in your Plan

Q: I notice that when taking out an Animal Friends policy you get free access to Joii. Please could you explain to us what this platform is and how it works?

A: We’ve partnered up with Joii Pet Care to bring our customers a free alternative to traditional vet appointments. This service allows our customers to have access to expert advice, whenever and wherever they need it as well as unlimited video calls with qualified vets from the comfort of their own homes.

Q: What are common things you could use this platform for?

A: The Joii app offers online nurse clinics, video consultations with qualified vets and a comprehensive symptom checker while helping to prevent future health issues for your pet all of which are free with an Animal Friends cat or dog policy.  

Joii’s face-to-face calls allows you to ask questions or share any concerns, providing priceless peace of mind in times of need and uncertainty. As part of our PupStart programme, customers can also use the app to access free 1-2-1 puppy clinics and training advice.

Reasons to Choose Animal Friends Pet Insurance

Creating better lives for animals has always been our ethos, that’s why we were founded in 1998 with a sole aim of providing affordable pet insurance as a means to help support animal welfare charities around the world.

Since then, we have donated over £5.6million to animal welfare and conservation charities worldwide and are now trusted to protect over one million of the nation’s pets.

We are utilising our voice to help our customers, and the general public understand the importance and benefits of responsible pet ownership and preventative health care. That is why we created a bespoke program for puppies under 12 months old called PupStart.

Puppy owners who take out an Animal Friends policy will have access to the free programme, designed to give essential advice, support and care to help during the first 12 months of a puppy’s growth and development.

Why Wait!

Now you’ve got all the information you need, why wait? You can schedule your insurance up to 30-days in advance. This means that even if the pups not arrived yet you can still get a quote. It’s also worth noting that some policies don’t cover claims in the first 5 – 14 days. Why not start your policy a few weeks ahead of bringing you pup home to avoid any unaccepted circumstances?

Get Your Quote Now

Follow this link to get your pet insurance quote from Animal Friends and in addition to a great policy you'll also get a £10 voucher back as you have been referred from this article >

Looking to stock up on treats & toys for the new arrival? Pop over to our puppy section before you leave and use code "PUP10" for 10% off.

The Puppy Diaries – The Journey Begins

Today we have some exciting news… *drum roll please* we’re getting a puppy!

Although you may have seen our family dog Ted the Labradoodle pop up on many a photoshoot and Instagram post, my partner Emily and I share Ted with Emily’s mum and her partner. Meaning this will be our first puppy together in our new home. We sadly lost Holly, Emily’s childhood cat of 21 years in the latter part of 2020.

When getting a puppy there is so much to think about. So much to consider, and so many sources of information flooding the internet. As we embark on this journey together as a couple, I thought it may be helpful to share what we learn along the way from a personal perspective.

Everyone’s journey to making that big decision and committing to a puppy has differing factors. Emily and I have grown up with very different childhoods from a pet perspective. I personally had never had a cat or dog until I ‘adopted’ Mr Ted when Emily and I got together in 2017. Emily however has grown up with Holly from the age of 5, and at one point had 5 cats! After loosing Holly and only having Ted living with us occasionally, it’s true what people say when they refer to a house not being a home without a pet. So where do you go next?

Things to consider...

What three things should I consider when thinking about purchasing a puppy?

  • Can we commit the time? We can all say ‘we don’t have the time’. However as Emily keeps reminding me, we can all make time for something like a pet which enriches our lives. For us, we feel when we have Ted we make more of an effort to get out of the house. Move away from the laptop, and off on a long walk. Exercising and taking in the beautiful countryside on our doorstep. We are also lucky to have our own rural offices, as well as being well supported by family and friends to take care of the dog when the business demands our attention. This is however an extremely important decision to make. Although at the time of writing this we are currently in lockdown 3.0, with many of us working from home, you do need to keep in mind that this new puppy (dependent on breed) could be with you for 12 years or more. As the saying goes “a puppy is not just for Christmas” or COVID in this case.
  • Can we commit financially? In an earlier post on our blog. I documented that in a PDSA report, out of the 10,000 people surveyed, 75% of pet owners estimated a lower amount than the minimum monthly cost for their type of pet. Statistics show on average the minimum cost to keep a cat or a dog are both around £70 per month. So it’s important to make sure this financial commitment is carefully considered before taking on pet ownership.
  • Are you ready? You see all the adorable Instagram pictures of puppies curled up on the sofa, running around like little bundles of joy, and blissfully sleeping. However as we all know, Instagram does not mirror reality. As Emily knows from Ted, there are many sleepless nights and hours of training ahead before you get the obedient, well trained dog you dream of.

Reading on...

If you’re reading on from here, you’ve made the decision to get a puppy (or maybe you’re just enjoying our story so far). Either way the next step is where to look for a puppy and most importantly what to look out for when buying.

One of the most popular sites for purchasing a new puppy is On here you can search by Pet Type, Pet Breed and of course your postcode to see who’s breeding locally to you.

At this stage I could go on about the puppy being KC (Kennel Club) registered, hip scores, the price of various different breeds, etc. However what we have found most important is that you connect with the breeder. As soon as you talk to that breeder for the first time, you’ll know whether it’s a match for you or not.

When we first started looking, Emily scoured pet4homes for months. She sent me countless links and adorable puppy pictures, then one day, one advert just stood out. The lady's name was Heidi and she only lived around 40-minutes from our base here in Preston. A quick call to enquire about the reservation list ended in over an hours phone call. I know I can talk, but Heidi was just as bad! Heidi talked about her home situation, the two adorable Labradors they have as family pets, and the history behind both the mum and dad.

Who's Heidi & how did the process work ?

As if by chance, that first call to Heidi was made the day before Piper (the mum to be) was to have a scan to check she was pregnant. Within 48-hours the news came back that she was! There were at least 5 pups and we were fourth on the list. From this point forward Heidi set up a WhatsApp group so we can follow Piper and the pups journey. From pregnancy to birth, and today the pups finding their feet for the very first time, the journey continues.

Along with everything that’s happening now, we have also seen the history of both the parents. Piper and Arthur's family tree can be traced back 5 generations. It’s an interesting read and gives you a good understanding of the breeding lines and the dogs backgrounds.

For Heidi, breeding Piper was an experience rather than a job and this has shone through. She has enabled us to experience the journey with her every step of the way. For us, this is allowing us to connect with not only the pups, but Piper and Heidi too. We are developing a bond and friendship I hope will continue on for many years as the pups grow.

It’s important to point out at this stage that this is only our personal experience and choice. There are many highly experienced and talented dog breeders who will provide you with excellent service and a pedigree pup. But we personally could not wish to do anything differently. All that's left to do now is show you some puppy pictures!

National Dog Day // Friday 26th August 2022

When is National Dog Day?

This year National Dog Day falls on Friday 26th August. Is this not the same date as last year I hear you ask? Why yes it is. Read on to find out what the significance of the date is and what this national day stands for.

Why was National Dog Day established?

National Dog Day is a philanthropic day set up by American author Colleen Paige. The day celebrates all dog breeds, large and small. It also raises  awareness to the plight of animals around the world and a global need to encourage dog adoption where possible. For dogs adopted on this day, the 26th also becomes their birthday!

So why the 26th August you may ask? Well this date is symbolic for Colleen, as it's the date that Colleen's family adopted her first dog "Sheltie" from a local animal shelter when she was just 10 years old.

With the big day approaching we thought it only right to showcase two wonderful charities that are close to our hearts. These charities represent what the big day stands for. These are Hope for Podencos and Dogs for Good.

Hope For Podencos

As we’re starting on an adoption note, let’s start with Hope for Podencos. This is a breed specific Podenco Rescue Centre based in Albacete, Spain. Their mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home Podencos of all types. From tiny puppies to golden oldies, the injured and the unwell, they are all welcome. The Podencos can then be adopted in Spain, all over Europe, the USA and Canada. Full back up is available for all adoptions.

You may be asking, why adopt from Spain when there are many dogs awaiting a loving home in the UK? Well although there is mistreatment of dogs all around the world, Spain sees this on a vast scale. The Podencos are a breed used for hunting in Spain since the 17th Century. They were once associated with nobility, protected by law and appeared in noblemens’ wills. Unfortunately the days of respect towards these animals are now long gone. At the end of the hunting season an estimated 60,000 - 80,000 dogs are killed, abandoned or dumped after being considered too old or too slow. For this reason, we believe that if even a portion of these dogs can live out their lives in a happy home, it’s well worth supporting.

You can read more on Hope for Podencos and the adoption options by visiting either their website or Facebook page. A local member of the team in the UK will be able to assist you where required. As a little contribution from us in aid of National Dog Day. If you wish to donate to Hope for Podencos when shopping at Pet Hamper, simply use code HFP10 as your coupon code and 10% of your order will be donated to the charity.

Dogs For Good

Moving on to our next charity, Dogs for Good. This charity represent the other side of National Dog day in celebrating dogs that help us in our everyday lives.

Dogs for Good has been established for over thirty years. They use their knowledge and experience to bring people with disabilities and dogs together, enabling life-changing differences. Through the power of expertly trained dogs, they support people with Autism, physical disabilities, learning disabilities and dementia, empowering they to live independent lives. Now if that doesn’t sum up all that National Dog Day represents, I don’t know what does!

Over the coming months we’ll be showcasing more of the services Dogs for Good offer on our blog. We will also be featuring them in our puppy post all about choosing the right new puppy for you and how to ensure you make the right, informed choice.

For now you can read more about Dogs for Good on their website here. If you wish to donate to Dogs for Good when shopping on Pet Hamper, simply use code DFG10 as your coupon code and 10% of your order will be donated to the charity.

We hope you've all enjoyed reading this post. If you would like to treat your pampered pouch whilst also rewarding one of the above mentioned charities, check out our range of dog products and dog hampers tailored to suit all needs and budgets.

Happy National Dog Day Everyone.


Choosing the right breed and keeping them healthy...

Once the decision is made to welcome a new furry companion in to your home, the next step is choosing the right breed. Knowing all the facts about dog health, pet insurance and how to best take care of this new member of your family is essential. This blog with talk you though the top 10 healthiest dog breeds globally. Concluding with a few dog treats and supplements which promote healthy joint care for dogs.

No two dogs are alike. Each one is unique in size, personality, and health. Although it's not definitive, certain breeds are known to have longer lifespans than others. These dogs may be the healthiest because of their endless energy and, in some cases, a small frame.

Top 10 dogs with the least health problems globally:

1) Australian Cattle Dog

Bred to help ranchers keep herds in check, Australian Cattle Dogs are born to be outdoors with lots of exercise contributing to their long health. The Guinness Book of World Records named Bluey an Australian Cattle Dog as holding the Guinness World Record for being the oldest dog. Bluey passed away at 29 years old.

2) Australian Shepherd Dog

By their name you would expect this dog to originate in Australia, right? Well in fact they originated in the western united states in the time of the gold rush and are often associated with historical ties to the Wild West.  Australian Shepherds, also nicknamed Aussie, thrive on being put to work and are happiest when they have a job to do. Their active lifestyle ensures a long, happy life and make then wonderful family companies. Living anywhere from 12 to 15 years.

3) Basenjis

A Basenjis is a pure breed dog originally from Africa. This breed was found in the Congo, using both scent and sight to flush out small game into hunter nets, along with keeping rodent populations at bay. An interesting fact about the Basenjis is that they love licking their fur clean like cats, and unlike most dogs they don’t bark. Instead they express themselves with a yodel.

4) Beagle

The Beagle is an active companion and best described as a compact, hardy, and mighty dog. Being a hound, you’ll often find their nose to the ground, hunting out that interesting sent. This characteristic can also make them stubborn however, with patient and creative training techniques required. Living between 10-15 years, beagles make loyal companions.

5) Belgian Malinois

Did you know dogs could skydive? The Belgian Malinois is one of the most loyal, hardworking dogs there is and for this reason it is often favoured over the German Shepard by the US police and military. These dogs served in World War I, acting as messengers and assistants to the Red Cross. Now the US military parachutists do tandem jumps with their Malinois and can even train them to jump on their own, landing safely in water. Now that is one pretty impressive dog!

Check out this hero war dog, skydiving with his soldier >

6) Bichon Frise

With its white coat and jet-black eyes, the Bichon Frise is a cheerful little dog breed that enthuses happiness. The Bichon also benefits from a hypoallergenic coat, making them and ideal companion. They love spending time with their owners and enjoy making new friends.

Searching for Bichon Frise gifts? Take a look at our gifts for small dogs section.

7) Border Collie

Originated in the hilly border country between England and Scotland, the Collie was bred to control sheep. Interestingly, they do this using their intense stair which controls the flock. Collies have a need to move, ultimate energy, and a working drive. All this exercise keeps the Border Collie young at heart, well into old age with an average lifespan of around 12 years. Looking for a dog to train in canine sports? The Collie excels in flyball, tracking and flying disk competitions.

8) Chihuahua

A small dog with a big personality. Chihuahua’s are fans of short walks and lots of cuddles in a warm lap. They may be known as the smallest breed in the world, but they are also among the top 10 watchdogs, recommended by experts! Living as long as 18 years, these are perfect family dogs which require a minimum amount of grooming and exercise.

Searching for Chihuahua gifts? Take a look our gifts for small dogs section.

9) Dachshund

Another hound breed, the Dachund may also be known by other names such as Sausage Dog, Wiener or Doxie.  Don’t let it's size fool you! The Dashunds tough enough to take on a badger, in fact that’s where it got it’s name (Dachs meaning badger, hund meaning dog). The Dashunds versatility makes them excellent companions, show dogs and small game hunters. Good daily exercise could help them stay healthy until their 20th birthday.

Searching for Dachshund gifts / Sausage dog gifts? Take a look at our gifts for small dogs section.

10) German Pinscher

The German Pinscher is a muscular and agile dog breed. Powerful, yet graceful, the Pinscher has an elegant appearance always poised and ready for any adventure. This breed makes for a great guard dog along with being a loving family pet. Be warned though, these are working dogs and for this reason need lots of exercise to get them to their maximum lifespan of 12-15 years.

When discussing dog lifespans, people are often under the misconception that the smaller the dog, the longer it will live. Although several of the breeds listed in our list have got a smaller frame, the top spot go’s to a larger dog. The key, as with humans is lots of exercise and a healthy diet.

Motivated by these statistics to focus on dog health? How can you help supplement a healthy diet you ask?

1) Look after your dogs joints with the Vets Kitchen Active Joints Glucosamine Gravy. Issues with joints are a common problem, so any treats or supplements which can help joint care for dogs are a great addition to the weekly diet in our opinion.

2) Promote gum, teeth and mouth hygiene with the Pet Munchies Buffalo Dental Chew. These premium gourmet dental chews are made with 100% natural human-grade grass-fed Buffalo. They are low in fat, gluten & grain free, and even feature Salmon oil to help with the skin and coat. These long-lasting chews keep our pup Barney busy for a good hour. It's great to know that they can be so invested in a treat which is healthy too.

3) Does your dog suffer from stress or anxiety? The Forthglade Calming Treats could be the answer. Lovingly hand-baked, these heart shaped treats contain a mix of natural botanicals widely known for their calming properties. The Camomile & lemon balm are two of the main ingredients for nervous or anxious dogs.

Love all these dog health products? You can find them perfectly packaged in our Dog Health Hampers or check out our range of individual dog health products here.

Gifts For Cat Lovers

We are a nation of pet lovers, but which is the most populated in the UK? You guessed it, our cats. With over 10.9 million cats owned in the UK, 24% of the UK adult population own a cat. As a result, the chances are you’ll know someone with a cat. So if you're looking for great gifts for cat lovers and best buys, this post is here to help! Before we move on, if you’re interested in reading more about the UK pet population and the estimated costs of owning a pet, check out our Love Your Pet Day post from earlier in the year for more info.

In this post we’ll cover our favourite gifts for cat lovers. Whether you are looking for gifts for cats or gifts for cat owners, there’s something to keep both entertained.

Feeding Time

All cat owners know that your cats favourite time of day is when it comes to food. However apart from their daily meals what else can you buy to brighten up your cats day?

Mason Cash Cat Saucer – we all love our homes and these Mason Cash Cat Saucers are a great addition to any kitchen. Available in cream or grey to compliment your décor and endorsed by the RSPCA. These bowls are fully dishwasher and microwave safe and keep your cats food and drink cooler for longer. Featuring an embossed paw design for a contemporary yet fun feel.

Vets Kitchen Little Hearts – the ideal present for cat lovers. Show your love with these Vets Kitchen Little Hearts available in a range of flavours. Vets Kitchen Little Hearts Cat Treats – Triple Flavour | Vets Kitchen Little Hearts Cat Treats – Game | Vets Kitchen Little Hearts Cat Treats – Salmon| Vets Kitchen Little Hearts Cat Treats – Chicken. These Vets Kitchen Little Hearts provide the perfect addition to your cats diet. Suitable for cats and kittens, Vets Kitchen Little Hearts have been designed using a high percentage of meat (50%), plus natural, active ingredients including added cellulose fibre to reduce furballs and to promote dental health.


After food its time to relax. What’s better than a nice groom and pamper as they let that food digest.

Animology Glamour Puss No Rinse Peach Cat Shampoo – ok, so anyone who’s tried to bath a cat know that’s really not a good idea. We'll here's the solution, with this no rinse shampoo from Animology. You can get your cat smelling peachy clean with no water required. The spray removes dirt and grease from your cat’s fur whilst containing built in aloe vera conditioner to keep them soft and fluffy.

KONG ZoomGroom® Cat Brush – love the idea of the no rinse shampoo above? This ZoomGroom Cat Brush from Kong is the purfect accessory. The KONG ZoomGroom® for Cats massages and grooms at the same time. The soft, rubber fingers are a magnet for loose hairs whilst conditioning the skin to reduce hairball formation.

Easidri Anti-Bacterial Medicated Pet Bed Cleaner – once your cat is beautifully groomed you’re going to want to make sure they stay that way. With this Easidri anti-bacterial medicated pet bed cleaner, you can ensure your cats bed is as clean as they are. DEFRA approved, this pet bed cleaner features next generation technology that kills 99.9999% of viruses, bacteria and fungi. It is non-toxic, non-corrosive and non-irritant. Featured on our site in a 750ml bottle.


No matter how old your cat or kitten, they love to play. Here’s our favourites to keep both cat and owner entertained. These three products are perfect if you’re looking for a small cat gift for under £10. Alternatively they can be packaged together as the ultimate playtime hamper using our build your own hamper feature.

KONG Kickeroo™ Cat Toy – perfect for kittens and cats alike, KONG Kickeroo’s™ long length encourages your cat to kick with hind paws. The toy promoting tons of healthy, full-body activity. The KONG Premium North American Catnip boosts the fun. Then when it’s time to rest the Kickeroo’s soft material is lovely for snuggling.

King Catnip Bubbles – these King Catnip Bubbles encourage playful behaviour with the joyful feeling of blowing bubbles. Watch as the cat swats and bursts the bubbles. Made with cat nip, this product is a great interactive game for cat and owner for under £4!

King Catnip Cat Grass Kit – if you’re looking for something truly different and unique as a present for cat lovers, this is the one. Grow your own grass with this King Catnip Cat Grass Kit. The kit includes specially selected premium cat grass seed, soil and even a mini shovel. Not only is this a fun activity, it’s also full of fibre so perfect for reducing hair balls and aiding digestion. The young grass stalks are also a fantastic source of B vitamins, packed full of antioxidants to support your cat’s immune system.

Love all the products we featured in this article and struggling to choose?

We have two options for you:

1) Navigate to the ‘build your own hamper’ section. Here you can customise your hamper and add on all the products we’ve listed here.

2) Browse our range of ready made cat hampers. These hampers feature some of the products listed and range from £26 - £31. Plus postage and packaging.

We hope this article has helped you find the perfect gifts for cat lovers. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Don’t forget to leave a comment on this article if you’ve found it helpful or review our products once purchased.

Love Your Pet Day 2022


Love Your Pet Day is yet another national day we’ve inherited from the states. But who doesn’t love a day where we can all unashamedly fill our social feeds full of adorable pet pics! Although we love our pets every day of the year, having a special day to show them off is certainly nothing to complain about.

On February 20th we celebrated National Love Your Pet Day. This is a day to embrace one special trait that makes us human, our love of our pets! According to the PDSA, over 50% of the UK population own a pet. Over 95% of pet owners say that owning a pet makes them feel happy. 87% feel that pet ownership makes them mentally happier. With such a massive impact our furry friends have on our lives, it’s only right that we treat them as part of the family.


The PDSA 2021 Paw Report shows the below estimated populations of pets currently living in the UK:
> 10.7 million pet cats
> 9.6 million pet dogs
> 900,000 pet rabbits

In 2021 there was no significant increase in pet populations, despite 2 million pets being acquired since March 2020. 47% of these new pet owners surveyed say they have never owed that species of pet as an adult.

If you’re thinking of getting a pet, it’s interesting to note that out of the 10,000 people surveyed in an earlier PDSA report, 75% of pet owners estimated a lower amount than the minimum monthly cost for their type of pet. You would also expect a cat to cost less than a dog, however statistics show on average the minimum cost to keep a cat or a dog are both around the same amount per month, so it’s important to make sure this financial commitment is carefully considered before taking on pet ownership and the adorable pup or kitten winning your heart.

If you’d like to read more of the PDSA’S survey you can find it on this link.

Looking to Treat Your Pampered Pooch or Pussy Cat?

If you’re looking to spoil your pet, check out our range of luxury hampers and unique pet products. We have also launched our ‘create your own hamper’ – we know every pet is unique as we are, so this solution lets your customise your hamper to suit your pets exacting needs whilst saving you a trip to the shop, arriving perfectly packaged at your door. We’ll even throw in free delivery when quoting “LYPFREE” at checkout.

If you love pets but don’t have any, you could still get involved by calling by your local RSPCA or pet rescue centre and making a donation of food or treats. You could also look into how to volunteer to spend a little time at your local pet rescue centre walking one of the dogs there or giving a little bit of your time to the cats at the cattery.

We’re based in Preston, Lancashire and here’s a couple of links to our local dog and cat charities / homes who I’m sure would love your support on Love Your Pet Day.

> Homeless Hounds
> RSPCA Preston
> Cats Protection Preston