GIZMO’S UPDATE

/ 31 January 2019

Last week, the show looked into how the law looks differently on cats and dogs. Currently, cats are not legally required to be microchipped. Furthermore, when a driver hits a cat there is no need for them to report the incident, and local councils don’t need to contact their owners. This means that cat owners can be looking for their beloved pet for months before finding out it had been hit and either been killed or was put down.

Eamonn and Ruth spoke to Helena last week about her cat Gizmo. When he went missing she searched for weeks. She eventually found out that Gizmo had been put down. Helena told us about how she’s trying to change the law by starting a petition called Gizmo’s name.

Amazingly, the Do The Right Thing audience has helped the petition massively. Since the programme aired, an impressive 10,000 more have signed it. Helena still needs more signatures for it to be debated in parliament, and you can find a link to it below.

To find out more about Helena’s petition, visit: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/229004

To report a deceased cat, visit Helens’ website: https://www.facebook.com/groups/209892012761768

If you’d like to find out more about Cats Matter, visit: www.catsmatter.org

If you’d like to find out more about Rehman Chishti MP Cat’s Bill: www.rehmanchishti.com/news/rehman-presents-bill-cats

If you need advice of having a cat as a pet visit The Cat’s Protection: www.cats.org.uk/

If your pet is missing or died, The Blue Cross have pet bereavement support service – www.bluecross.org.uk/pet-bereavement-and-pet-loss