Paws First

We’re a nation of animal lovers, but sadly many pets are suffering in silence as their owners are unaware of what they need to live a happy, healthy life.

The 2015 PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report reveals a worrying trend of impulse-buying pets. Millions of animals are being bought on a whim, with little or no prior knowledge or research about their care, and this is contributing to some pets becoming stressed, lonely, obese or aggressive.

How You Can Help


We think all pets deserve happy and healthy lives, and this means owners being able to provide for their five welfare needs – environment, diet, behaviour, companionship, and health. So we’re asking people to #PawsFirst – to stop and think before taking on a new pet. Can you provide everything that a pet needs? Our new Get PetWise quiz will help you discover which pet is right for you and your lifestyle. 

We need your help to spread the word and ensure our four-legged friends are getting everything they need. Please share #PawsFirst on social media and help everyone make a PetWise choice about getting a pet.

Thinking of getting a pet? #PawsFirst and Get Petwise!