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Support for animal welfare charities from the Agria Breeder Club

ABC LOGOKennel Club Charitable Trust (KCCT), the Cat Welfare Trust and Dogs for the Disabled are all set to benefit from cash donations from members of the new Agria Breeder Club.

The Agria Breeder Club rewards breeders of puppies and kittens whenever one of their new owners continues a four weeks free policy they have set up. Rewards are in cash and members can choose to have them paid into their own bank account, or donated to one of the three charities.

Every Agria four weeks free policy is eligible for a reward, including Kennel Club Pet Insurance, Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GGCF) Pet Insurance and Agria Pet Insurance policies.

Since insuring its first animal in 1890, Agria has developed a well-earned reputation for its close ties with animal welfare organisations. As underwriter of Kennel Club Pet Insurance, Agria is a firm supporter of their charity, and has donated almost £400,000 to the KCCT since first underwriting pet insurance in the UK in 2009.

KCCT supports the welfare and wellbeing of all dogs and, in turn, helps the Animal Health Trust by providing funding for vital international clinical referral and diagnostic testing for horses, dogs and cats.

Mike Townsend, Chairman of Kennel Club Charitable Trust says, “The Kennel Club Charitable Trust funds a wide variety of work including supporting research into canine diseases, dog welfare organisations and the promotion of support dogs, all of which give dogs a healthier, happier life.”

“We are honoured to be chosen as one of the three nominated charities for the Agria Breeder Club initiative. We really couldn’t do all our work without the generosity of our donors and thank breeders for their continued support.”

The GCCF’s own charity is the Cat Welfare Trust. As underwriter of GCCF Cat Insurance, Agria is dedicated to supporting the charity’s valuable work to improve the welfare of cats.

Keith Scruton, Chairman of Trustees at the Cat Welfare Trust, says, “We’re so pleased that the Agria Breeder Club is giving breeders the chance to support our work. Not only does the Trust encourage breeders to take a responsible attitude towards insurance, every penny donated to the Cat Welfare Trust goes towards investigating issues related to cat well-being. For instance, a project we are currently supporting examines the size of the gene pool for numerically small breeds at risk of problems caused by close breeding, and identifying which breeds are likely to suffer from inherited conditions.”

The third charity included in the Agria Breeder Club is Dogs for the Disabled. Agria is a long-term supporter of this life-changing charity, which trains assistance dogs to help children and adults with physical disabilities, and families who have a child with autism.

Steve Billington, Director of Fundraising at Dogs for the Disabled says, “We are delighted to be one of Agria’s three chosen charities for the Agria Breeder Club. Every donation we receive helps us to support more people who face huge challenges everyday through the support of an assistance dog. Just £5 will pay for two weeks’ worth of reward treats for an assistance dog training to support a child or adult with a physical disability, or a family with a child affected by autism.”

Breeders of all puppies or kittens are invited to join the Agria Breeder Club and receive rewards whenever new owners decide to follow their good example and continue their new pet’s first insurance policy.

Simon Wheeler, Managing Director of Agria Pet Insurance says, “From our Swedish roots in the 1930s supporting veterinary education, Agria has always endeavoured to give something back to help further the health and welfare of companion animals.”

“Two of our key partners, the Kennel Club and Governing Council of the Cat Fancy, have incumbent charities, so it makes perfect sense for us to enable Agria Breeder Club members to pass on their breeder rewards to them. For members who prefer their support to have more of a people-focus, Dogs for the Disabled is a natural choice of a charity that uses the unique relationship we have with animals to change the lives of humans.”

 

Notes for editors:

Agria is one of the world’s leading animal insurers, specialising in small animal, equine and agricultural insurance. Founded in Sweden over 120 years ago, Agria came to the UK in 2009 and is now a prominent player in the UK pet insurance sector. Agria UK works with vets, breeders and affiliates providing insurance for cats and dogs. Agria also administrates pet insurance schemes for the leading small animal registration bodies, The Kennel Club and the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF).

For more information see www.agriapet.co.uk / www.kcinsurance.co.uk / www.gccfinsurance.co.uk

For more information on the charities supported by Agria Breeder Club, see: www.thekennelclub.org.uk/our-resources/kennel-club-charitable-trust , www.gccfcats.org/catwell.html, www.dogsforthedisabled.org

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