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Kennels and Catteries. Some take in strays so if you are looking for a rescue animal give them a call.

Pet Patrol North East Limited

42 Briar Lea, Houghton le Spring DH4 4PT, UK – 0191 385 6623

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Westway Vets

39 Westbourne Dr, Houghton le Spring DH4 4QU, UK – 0191 385 7730

Friendly service.

Simply Cats Vet Clinic

12 Front St, Houghton le Spring DH4 6LP, UK – 0191 385 9696

Great practice. The level of care is amazing. All the staff love cats. And this really does show when you take your pet here. Our cat 'smudge' feels very comfortable when we visit . We will Never use a different practice. As we know we are in great hands for the rest of our cats life. If you live round the Sunderland, County Durham area Simply Cats is a must for your cat.

Excellent friendly caring vets. A previous vet failed to take swabs as the cat (not surprisingly) doesn't like it. They were intent on putting the cat under just to get a swab. Simply Cats took all of 30 seconds to get a successful swab, results came through in a week. Diagnosis and first lot of teeth out all in the time it would have taken the other vet just to swab the cat and have the results. Highly recommended.

Westway Veterinary Group

104 Newbottle St, Houghton le Spring DH4 4AJ, UK – 0191 512 6600

Kind, caring and efficient team. I like it (even if my cat doesn't).

Great bunch of people. Very caring and understand. Top marks x

Links to wide range of animal charities.
Advice on animal care, how to donate, etc. The Blue Cross is dedicated to improving the lives of sick and unwanted pets; they take in animals of all shapes and sizes, from hamsters to horses, and find them loving new homes and make sure thousands more get the veterinary treatment they need when their owners cannot afford to pay.

UK charity helping to prevent cruelty to animals associated with sports such as fox hunting, game bird shooting and wildlife crime
Get advice from Vets on the Net. Ask veterinary questions and access pet first aid advice
Pet Care Advice plus news, campaigns, how to donate, etc.
Guide to badgers in the UK. Includes educational resources and offers books, videos and other merchandise.
Charity dedicated to raising funds for the conservation of native animals and their habitats in the UK. Their work is varied and extensive ranging from direct support for conservationists to involving the public and volunteers in practical action to help specific species and habitats.
Offers photos, facts, and a newsletter for people interested in the nature and countryside of Britain.
International chapter of the OFI working to increase awareness and understanding of conservation issues facing the endangered orangutan.
Marine conservation charity dedicated to forging links between people and the sea. ORCA is committed to the study of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) and promoting their conservation through enthusing, inspiring and educating others.
WWF works to ensure a healthy future for people, species and their habitats, addressing global threats like climate change and environmental degradation.
Offers links to rescue orgnanisations, information about the breed, how to look after an adopted dog, and more.
Database for lost, stolen, and found animals.
Promotes the keeping, breeding, care, study, and conservation of this highly coloured and endangered species. Meetings are held in many UK locations.
Pet Care Advice
UK Hamster Society. Includes information on shows, monthly journal, events, and more.
Government site explaining what you have to do to bring your pet dog, cat or ferret into (or back into) the UK through the Pet Travel Scheme (or PETS for short) without putting it into quarantine. It also explains the requirements for bringing many other types of pet animals into the UK. This site also tells you about quarantine in the UK for animals that don't qualify for PETS.
Offers advice on medical problems for dog and cat owners in the UK.
This has got much more humane. The Pet Travel Scheme allows pet animals from certain countries to enter the UK without quarantine, as long as they meet certain conditions. The Scheme also means that people in the UK can, having taken their pets to these countries, bring them back without the need for quarantine