Companion animal welfare is always at the heart of what we do.

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About us

Companion Animal Welfare Group Wales is a newly established sector group that brings together specific expertise and focus, with the aim of improving the welfare of companion animals in Wales. It was formed in the absence of a specialist animal sector group in Wales that focuses specifically on companion animals.

It is hoped that this focus will enable CAWGW to effectively influence companion animal welfare policy and practice in Wales on a range of issues.

Christine Chapman

Chair of CAWGW


Christine Chapman represented the Cynon Valley at the National Assembly for Wales from 1999 until she stood down in 2016. She was one of the initial cohort of Assembly Members and brings a wealth of experience to the role of Chair, both from frontline politics and beyond. During her time in politics she served at both Government level as Deputy Minister and chaired a number of Assembly Committees.

A strong advocate for animal welfare, her other campaigning interests include children’s rights, equality and community regeneration. Before she was an Assembly Member she worked in education and also served as a Local Authority Councillor. She has a doctorate from the University of South Wales. She is a Committee Member of the Women’s Archive of Wales and is a freelance Career Coach.

I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to chair the Companion Animals Welfare Group Wales. We can’t overestimate the role that companion animals have on the wellbeing of not only individuals but society as a whole. Our group, consisting of a dedicated team of partner members, will provide a strong voice and expertise to ensure that companion animal welfare is kept firmly on the political agenda here in Wales.

- Christine Chapman


Established in 1860 to care for London's abandoned animals, Battersea aims to never turn away a dog or cat in need of help. We reunite lost dogs and cats with their owners; when we can’t do this, we care for them until new owners can be found. We accept any breed of animal, at any age, including dogs or cats with serious medical and behavioural problems.

Our expert team of dog trainers and veterinary staff give the animals in our care the best possible chance of a fresh start in a happy new home in the UK, or even further afield. There is no time limit on how long an animal stays with us until the perfect new owners are found. We also run the Battersea Academy - an international centre of excellence in animal welfare, that educates and empowers rescue centres to do the best for dogs and cats with the resources they have. With our wealth of knowledge and experience, we’re building a community of passionate animal welfare experts to transform the lives of dogs and cats no matter where they are in the world.

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Blue Cross is an animal welfare charity dedicated to improving animal welfare standards in the UK. Our mission is to find happy homes for abandoned or unwanted pets, and we keep pets healthy by promoting welfare and providing treatment.

Our core services include:


We find homes for unwanted cats, dogs, small pets and horses across the UK and our tailor-made service lets us help each pet find the right home. Last year we helped nearly 9,000 homeless pets.


Our four animal hospitals and network of clinics treat sick and injured pets when their owners cannot afford private fees. Last year we treated more than
28,000 pets.


We promote animal welfare to the pet owners of the future by giving talks and offering advice. Last year we reached more than 95,000 children and
young people.

Pet bereavement

Our Pet Bereavement Support Service is available 365 days a year to help people who are struggling to cope with the loss of a pet. Our trained volunteers handled over 8,000 confidential calls last year.

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Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity. In 2017 in Wales Cats Protection rehomed 2,716 cats, neutered 13,000 cats and delivered 114 education talks reaching an audience of 3,148.

Our Welsh network includes six volunteer run branches, two adoption centres (Bridgend and Wrexham), one homing and information centre (Cardiff) and seven education volunteers, as well as ten high street charity shops which also offer advice on cat care.

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Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity has been caring for dogs in need for more than 125 years. Founded in 1891 (formerly the National Canine Defence League) we have always campaigned on dog welfare related issues; our mission to bring about the day when all dogs can enjoy a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary destruction – is always at the heart of what we do.

We invest substantial resources in education programmes, community outreach, Dog School training classes and in our local microchipping and neutering schemes in order to promote responsible dog ownership, right across Wales. Dogs Trust also has an in-house research team to ensure that all our policy and positions are evidence-based, and we are doing the best we can for all the
dogs in our care.

Dogs Trust has 21 rehoming centres across the UK and Ireland, including one in Bridgend. We have rehomed over 600 dogs in Wales in the last year alone and have over 47,000 supporters across the country.

The building work has just begun on our world class, brand-new rehoming centre in Cardiff which will enable us to support and rehome even more dogs in Wales.

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PDSA is the largest veterinary charity in the UK. We’re dedicated to improving pet wellbeing in three special ways – educating owners, preventing disease and carrying out life-saving operations.

Every year, the dedicated teams at our 48 Pet Hospitals provide 2.7 million veterinary treatments, helping over 470,000 much-loved pets and brings peace of mind to over 300,000 owners.

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The Kennel Club is the largest organisation in the UK devoted to dog health, welfare and training. Its objective is to ensure that dogs live healthy, happy lives with responsible owners.

It runs the country’s largest registration database and the Petlog database, which is the UK’s biggest reunification service for microchipped animals. Alongside the only UKAS accredited register of dog breeders inspected to comply with the scheme’s leading health and welfare standards.

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Associate Members

C.A.R.I.A.D. stands for Care And Respect Includes All Dogs and our primary objective is to end the suffering of breeding dogs and puppies used in puppy farming and puppy dealing, through legislative changes, public education and awareness.

We are also committed to developing solutions-based initiatives to solve wider canine welfare problems and help our best friends to live their best lives.

We recently launched Foster First designed to help dogs, rescues and dog lovers.

We will continue to campaign, educate, support rescues and other animal welfare organisations, lobby and conduct meetings with people who can change the lives of dogs for the better.

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DBRG (a registered charity) focuses on the health and welfare issues related to dog breeding from small scale 'hobby' breeders to licensed breeders.

Our vision is that dog breeding in the UK is conducted to the highest welfare standards, assuring the health and happiness of both breeding dogs and their offspring. DBRG hopes to achieve this through education and awareness, changing the behaviours of puppy buyers and breeders, and campaigning for changes in Animal Welfare Law. Our particular concern is the health and welfare impact of inherited diseases and traits (often breed-related) and the harms caused by selection for extreme conformations (physical characteristics).

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We are a small animal charity based in South Wales, working and re-homing across the UK. The rescue is run completely by volunteers who are responsible for homevisiting, transporting, fostering, promoting adoption, fund raising and many other tasks.

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Become a member

If your organisation has an active interest in improving the health and welfare of companion animals in Wales, you can apply to become a member. We have two different levels of membership - Full or Associate. To find out more about becoming a member, get in touch using the contact details below.

Contact Us

Companion Animal Welfare Group Wales

Cambrian Buildings,
Mount Stuart Square,
Cardiff, CF10 5FL
United Kingdom

T: 029 2009 9066