Established in March 2013 to represent the dog and cat sector and comprising representatives from the industry, welfare and rescue organisations.
Its remit is to be a functioning sector council that advises the Animal Health and Welfare Board for England (AHWBE) and Defra Ministers on the key issues affecting dogs and cats. It will help to form strategies, solutions and delivery of formal regulations and informal initiatives. It will use combined or individual resources to communicate initiatives and key messages to the general public. It will enable open debate on issues of concern.
In simple terms it aims to co-ordinate the work of the numerous organisations concerned with the breeding, welfare and rescue of cats and dogs and make recommendations to AHWBE on issues of common concern.