The Animal Welfare Acts 2006 (2011 in Northern Ireland) introduced a “duty of care” for all pet owners to meet the 5 welfare needs of their pets. Until the launch of the first PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report in 2011, there was no overarching means of identifying, assessing and monitoring the wellbeing of companion animals.
Since 2011, the annual PAW Report, conducted in conjunction with leading research agency YouGov, is recognised as the most rigorous and in-depth assessment of the wellbeing of the nation's pets.
PDSA has found that UK pet owners are failing to meet the health and welfare needs of millions of cats, dogs and rabbits using our estimated numbers for the UK population of pet cats, dogs and rabbits. Whilst there have been some changes in recent years such as better diets for rabbits and increasing levels of preventive care, the state of our pet nation’s health and wellbeing could still be greatly improved.
As the UK’s leading veterinary charity we want to identify welfare issues and do all we can to improve the physical health and mental wellbeing of pets.