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Colden School

Thank you so much to the amazing group of children, adults at home, siblings and dogs that attended the carnival and raised a fantastic £209.43! They shook those buckets to their heart’s content! The children also dedicated their dinner times to creating fantastic head pieces, donation buckets and placards, researching all the animals in need that PAWS supports. Super proud of their dedication and commitment to making our local community a brighter, more compassionate place! An extra special thank you to Michele and Sue at PAWS who do such great work for the charity and always involve us in local events - superstars!

The children involved were Mia, Zamir, Jaiden, Harvey, Alice, Alfie, Sylvie, Olivia, Alexis, Amber, Tom, Sam, Charlie, and Freddie.

Press Release 7th May 2024

PENNINE ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY (P.A.W.S.), a local animal rescue operating as a registered
charity since 2014, is now seeking a new home following the refusal of two planning applications by
Oldham Council. Trustees believed they had found the perfect location for a permanent home for
the charity following a request from their landlord to vacate a previously rented site near
Todmorden. It would appear that despite amending the first application significantly, seeking reports for ecological impact, sound, drainage, etc, the council still felt the ‘very special circumstances’ criteria was not met by the second application.
Despite the charity providing evidence that they would mitigate the harm to the greenbelt by living
off-grid, installing wildlife corridors on all boundaries and providing a bio-friendly drainage/effluence solution this has not been enough to sway the planning department. The trustees are due to have a further meeting with the council, but it is looking highly unlikely they will come to a satisfactory outcome to suit their needs and address the council’s ongoing concerns.

Plans are now being made by the trustees to sell the land and find another more suitable location.

If you know of a rurally located business with outbuildings and some land to hire or purchase, please get in touch via

PAWS is looking for a building to convert to kennels (or existing), a cattery, some land (minimum of 3 acres) for an exercise area and potential for a residential static caravan.
Susan Curran, Founder & Trustee, said “It is incredibly important that we continue to operate this
charity to fulfil the needs of the community as they continue to struggle with the cost of living crisis and find themselves having to give up their family pets as they can no longer afford them. Our rescue provided a safe haven for cats and dogs but we have not been able to return to doing this to our full capacity due to the planning difficulties we’ve been experiencing. We desperately need somewhere  that we can either rent on a long-term lease of 10 years or more, or somewhere affordable that we can purchase. We have invested a considerable amount of funds (raised by the general public) into the land at Delph and we have to think carefully about our next steps as it looks like we may 
have to sell it in order to move on. We were hoping to stay within the area but will cast our net from Burnley across to Halifax once more and down to Rochdale. If anyone knows of a suitable site that is NOT greenbelt, away from residential houses and is situated rurally please get in touch with us immediately.”


Susan Curran –  Founder & Trustee.     07833 736325
Michele Way –    Chair of Trustees.      07748 988242

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An Honorary PAWS Rescue Dog

Here is a bit I’ve written about Jack, an honorary PAWS rescue dog. Jack was originally rescued from Evesham Greyhound & Lurcher Rescue as a puppy by Michele & Tony and grew up with another rescue Greyhound called Solo, SBT Kyezer and rescue Collie Merlin. They were the 3 amigos and loved to play together. Jack grew up to be a leggy boy who loved everyone, especially children. He went into schools and helped educate young children about the responsibility of looking after a dog, patiently waiting to be given a treat and being brushed, stroked and cuddled. Jack also spent many hours going out on home checks for The Animal Team to make sure potential adoptive families were suitable to take on the responsibility of a four-legged friend. More latterly he helped PAWS find good homes for numerous dogs and went out on fundraising events such as Morrisons, Pets at Home Burnley and PAWS’ sponsored walks and helped to raise hundreds of pounds. The staff at Pets at Home Burnley loved to spoil him with treats and cuddles and he adored all the adulation from staff and visitors alike. Everyone who met Jack said what a lovely boy he was – how gentle, calm and well behaved – and he was. He loved to steal food in his latter years and developed it into an art form! Nothing was safe, whether it was a milli-second or a couple of minutes, if you left something within reach you could be guaranteed he’d snaffle it! His long legs and snout were a great aid to accessing all areas! Jack will be much missed by Michele and all the family, especially the grandchildren who grew up with him. RIP Jack, fly high over the rainbow bridge and join Big George, Nellie and all the other PAWS’ dogs who went before you.

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This beautiful eight-month old Malinois pup found himself in trouble and in need of a home after his owner sadly passed away.

He was at risk, as he fell into the wrong hands, but luckily, was taken out of that situation and back to safety by Leanne's son. He is now in very safe hands and on his way to a new life thanks to a great team effort. After an appeal from PAWS, a place was found in a breed specific rescue in Scotland.

Thank you to Leanne and her son for rescuing and keeping this lovely boy safe until a place was found for him. You saved this young dog from a very uncertain future. Also big thanks to Lyndsay Henning of Scottish Borders Animal Rescue and also to the animal team transporters. This big effort from everyone involved has ensured this dog has a bright future ahead of him.

PAWS may not have the kennel space to take in dogs or Cats at the moment but this does not mean Animals cannot be rescued or re homed. 

PAWS will continue to rescue Animals and give them a second chance  to have the lives that they deserve. 

Some of the animals helped by PAWS in 2023
We will be making a statement shortly about our plans moving forward during 2024

German Shepherd Molly was rehomed due to her owners illness. She was a sensitive girl with no confidence. Molly needed an experienced owner who had time and patience to work with her. She was found a place with an older male German Shepherd who, along with her new owners Jon and Sonya, has been invaluable in Mollys rehabilitation. Molly was challenging at first but she is now thriving.
This is a great example of how important it is to place animals in the right environment with the right owners who can meet their needs.

Big George, a former resident at PAWS

Big George

 Big George spent his life at our rescue after
being dumped, aged 2 years and Charlie dumped on Bacup Moor at 11 months.

It took us over a year to rehabilitate him to the point we could rehome him.

Charlie, A big dog that was rehomed from PAWS



Dog ownership is a very hot topic at the minute, with the government stance
on banning a certain type of bull breed (which isn’t actually recognised as
a breed in the UK), and following a recent conference we participated in
with Battersea Academy and other dog rescues across the world, it was
interesting to hear that there seems to be an overall diminishment in owners
taking responsibility for the dogs they have chosen to share their lives

Recently a farmer in Wales lost livestock to the value of £14,000 following
an attack by 2 large breed dogs which killed 22 pregnant ewes.  The dogs
lost their lives too because the owner could not control them and was fined
a paltry £900 as a result of his neglect.  There were nearly 22,000 cases of
out-of-control dogs causing injury reported last year - up from 16,000 cases
in 2018.  That’s a total of 6,000 reported injuries in a 4 year period!
Over the same period dog ownership increased 15 percent - from 8.9 million
to 10.2 million - according to veterinary charity PDSA.  Meanwhile, a Sky
News investigation in 2021 found that more than 1,500 dogs had been
destroyed after being detained under the Dangerous Dogs Act in the UK since
2019.  Finally, earlier this year, the Royal Mail said it had recorded a
total of 1,916 dog attacks on staff in the year up to 31 March 2023 -
averaging 37 a week and increasing 14% on the 1,673 incidents in the
previous year.

What is happening to responsible dog ownership?

There have always been issues with a small percentage of dog owners not
taking their responsibilities seriously enough, both towards their pet and
other people.  However, it seems to us as a charity that this has been
exacerbated by the huge increase in the need to have a dog during and after
the Covid pandemic.  There has certainly been a huge increase in puppies
being bred for the wrong reasons (profit) and not for the benefit of the
dog.  Dogs bred in factory like conditions with no thought for their mental
health and physical wellbeing, dogs imported from Europe and transported in
vehicles at extremely close quarters with each other, having incomplete or
inaccurate vaccination histories leaving an open door to potential
transmission of disease amongst our endemic population of dogs, and finally
those who think it’s a good idea to make a few pounds to help pay the bills
without doing their due diligence and researching what constitutes a healthy
dog.  We watched as puppy prices sky-rocketed and people who were bored at
home ‘had to have a dog because they needed one for their mental health’. 

As a charity we exist to help people when they can no longer cope, they
suffer bereavement/illness, a pet is abandoned, they are rendered homeless,
etc.  There are many genuine reasons as life has a way of throwing curve
balls and life-changing decisions have to be made.  Dogs have long been our
companions in life and both dog and human have benefitted from this mutual
relationship, but it seems that dogs are increasingly suffering from our
poor decisions.  Dogs born with genetic malformations, overbreeding of
females to the point their bodies are exhausted and can no longer function,
dogs with mental health issues due to poor breeding and environment,
preventable disease, no training or socialisation, the list goes on. 

If you decide that you would like to share your life with a dog, think
about it long and hard, leave it for a bit and then think again.  Don’t rush
into it.  Choose a dog that is right for your lifestyle.  If you aren’t
inclined to get up early in the morning and walk for miles and miles, then a
Greyhound would be more suitable – they need much less exercise than people
think and are known as 45mph couch potatoes.  If, however, you love hill
walking every day and have the time and energy, look perhaps at the terrier
breeds that have the stamina to cope with this.  A Border Collie has a
brain, bred to problem-solve and work hard and, whilst there are always
exceptions to the rule, a collie is not going to enjoy being kept in the
house all day waiting for you to come home.  They will find some
entertainment to keep them busy and this can lead to negative behaviours and
potentially rehoming.  Huskies are another breed that have become popular
more recently, again they are bred for stamina and love being outside in all
weathers.  They also shed and need a lot of grooming.

The biggest responsibility of being a dog owner is ensuring your dog is a
happy, well-rounded individual which is resilient, well-trained and
responsive to your commands.  There are far too many incidents of dogs
running up to other dogs and then a reaction occurs.  Keep your dog safe,
keep it on a lead.  If it isn’t on a lead, ensure that it has 100% recall in
all circumstances.  Use a muzzle if your dog is reactive so it can’t cause
harm other animals.  Find a good trainer, one who is properly qualified in
positive reinforcement and ask for their help (look for APDT or IMDT
qualification) or you may need to find a behaviourist (again check for bona
fide qualifications).  Consider the lifetime cost of owning a dog -
grooming, feeding, annual vaccination, regular flea/worm treatments,
veterinary treatment, insurance, equipment, training, boarding costs if you
go on holiday, etc.  Do you have a home that is suitable for a dog, what
size garden do you have and how high and strong is your fencing?  What
changes do you need to make to dog-proof your home and how much will it

The dogs we share our lives with do not choose where they end up living –
we have to make informed decisions about whether or not we are qualified and
experienced enough to look after an animal that has the potential to do harm
if it is not trained properly (all dog breeds are not equal).  We have a
responsibility to ensure we keep them safe from harm, from allegations of
wrong-doing (regardless of whether they are true or not) and potential
seizure if something goes wrong.  A dog's owner is the only person who can
prevent an attack from happening, and you may have to pay the ultimate price
if you cannot control your animal.

For those members of society who choose a breed for the wrong reasons,
size, strength, agility, stamina, protection, etc, you have an even greater
responsibility to educate yourself on how your dog ticks and how you can
raise a well-balanced canine companion.  The dog you think you need, may not
be the one you should have.  Listen to advice, do your due diligence and
think carefully about the long-term impact upon you (and possibly your
family/friends) if things go down the wrong path.

Our dogs deserve the best, they provide us with unconditional love
regardless and we should provide them with the building blocks to cope in
our world and not allow them to be demonised because of our poor choices. 


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