Leading pet care franchises have teamed up to form a new regulatory body to improve animal welfare standards in the pet care industry across the UK.
Multi-service pet care franchise Petpals partnered with other leading pet-care franchise brands, including Barking Mad, Pet Stay and We Love Pets, to launch Pet Care Franchise Association (PCFA).
The new body says it will prioritise the well-being and care of pets through a variety of initiatives designed to appeal to relevant government authorities to raise the ceiling for ethical pet care through both the training and licensing of pet-care activities.
PCFA is already representing around 250 franchisees, 4,200 pet-care staff, and 91,000 customers across the UK.
David Gray, Brand Development Manager at Petpals, said: “In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the number of pet owners in the UK has increased significantly and, therefore, so has the demand for pet-care services.
“Unfortunately, this has seen a huge leap in the number of unlicensed pet-care providers offering boarding services without the necessary licenses or even boarding pets with no training or support.
He added: “The PCFA aims to reduce the inconsistencies in how local authorities interpret Defra’s boarding and animal care regulations, cut the red tape and put the focus back onto animal welfare – this is a mission we’re committed to and proud to support.”
The association plans to launch a public awareness campaign and national education scheme in 2023, so all pet owners and providers in the UK understand how the organisation works and how they can get involved.