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For those times when that’s the thing you really, really need.



CBeebies looking for families with a disabled pet

If you and your child are taking care of a disabled pet, this might interest you:cbeebies

“We are currently working on a 3rd series of a popular Children’s programme called ‘My Pet and Me’ which is shown on CBeebies. The programme focuses on how a child (aged 4-7 years) cares for and interacts with their pet and we are very interested in hearing from adults (Parents, Grandparents, Aunties & Uncles etc.) who along with a child and their pet, would like to get involved in the new series.

We were wondering if your organisation knew of any families in the UK who have disabled pets and would be interesting in applying? If so, please find a suitable flyer attached that will give them more information on the programme and all of the necessary information on how to apply.”

Contact the organisers direct if you want to take part. More here

Facebook and email address

We’ve been up and running on Facebook for a little while now, tracking down others to follow and building a little following of our own. It’s a more dynamic environment than a blog and, once people find you, a more responsive one. Come and have a look Disabled Animals Club.

There’s a new email address too. The Yahoo address still works via a redirect but it would be good now to put this one in your contacts instead

This site won’t go away any time soon but eventually, when there’s just the tumbleweed blowing through it, it may be retired.

See you over the way 🙂

Suzanne Conboy-Hill

Article about pets living with disability – journalist seeks info

This request came via email. Maybe you can help.

My name is Karen Cornish and I’m a freelance journalist specialising in pets. I’ve been commissioned by PetPeople (the magazine for PetPlan insurance) to write an article on disabled pets and I’m hoping you can help me?

This is the brief I’ve been given…


Tripods and heroes

Many pets live happily with disabilities thanks to dedicated, caring owners, with clubs and forums actively celebrating their unique status – hence the ‘tripod’ nickname for three-legged cats. Please provide some context as to why these pets are so celebrated and cherished before highlighting some lovely examples of happy pets living well with a disability. Please include brief advice from the Disabled Animal Club on how to support a pet with a common disability, for example, how to adapt training for a dog that has become deaf, or physio for helping pets who have lost a leg.

If you can find specific cases studies, including decent photos, that would be excellent – even better if any of them are Petplan customers and made an insurance claim following the accident or illness that left them disabled. The Disabled Animal Club may be able to help you source these.”

I am hoping you can help with some general advice (or point me in the right direction) as well as helping to find some case studies? PetPeople are keen for me to lead with a three-legged cat if possible. They’ve only given me a week for this so if you can help I would be grateful if you could let me know as soon as possible!


Kind regards

Karen Cornish


Writer, editor and proofreader

07900 993834


Moving to Facebook?

When DAC began, the internet had barely got off the ground. We even put out a print newsletter with cut and paste meaning exactly that and post meaning lugging boxes of enveloped magazines, weighing them, and sticking on the stamps which, if you remember that far back, had to be licked!

Then, as the information superhighway began taking detours to the end of most people’s roads, albeit slow as a slug up a pipe, the newsletter seemed unresponsive and out-dated. We couldn’t update it and we couldn’t respond in a timely manner to letters. We switched to a website and then, as even that was overtaken by faster moving platforms, to WordPress.

But times have moved things along again: searches are so easy, our lists can’t keep up, and the way people use social media means they expect conversations, not static pages.

So it may be time to move on again – this time to Facebook. I am looking into Pages to see how we can accommodate our best WordPress features and I will come back here to let everyone know. We may also change our email address as Yahoo no longer works well with Outlook. Again, I’ll make that clear here.

This site won’t go for quite a while and then I will put it in ‘dry dock’ to preserve its history. Before that happens, there will be a post with all you need to find us and connect.

Back soon 🙂

Injured Bulgarian dog needs UK rescue

This post is from one of our pages:

We run a small rescue and charity in Bulgaria. We currently have a large disabled dog in our care. She was shot and paralysed. Really lovely temperament. I would love to find a foster for her in the UK where she could receive hydrotherapy and other such alternative treatment, not available here in Bulgaria. But am struggling.

If you can help, the post is on our Specialist Referrals page. Ideas, suggestions, pointers – I’m sure any or all of these will be welcome. A foster home most of all though.