Through responsible breeding and ownership, Chancepixies can see a day when the majority of the issues faced by animals could be a thing of the past, starting with dogs.
From abandoned dogs, neglect, puppy farms, dangerous dogs, importing, rescue and general abuse every issue stems from breeding, supply or importing. By focussing on these areas we could make a huge difference, our first step - the most obvious form of irresponsible breeding - puppy farms.
As a small, independent charity our nucleus is well informed and has first hand experience across most aspects of the canine world, we have seen the whole journey from mating to grave (full term and prematurely) and have witnessed and been part of most stages inbetween in some form or another. It is this in depth, hands on, real life knowledge that stands us apart from many other organisations and why, although we may be small, are well worth listening to!
Aims & Objects:
1. For the benefit of the public to promote responsible breeding and ownership, in order to relieve the suffering of animals.
2. To provide and maintain rescue homes or other facilities for the reception, care and treatment of animals in need.
3. To educate the public in matters pertaining to animal welfare in general, the prevention of cruelty and suffering among animals, and promoting the benefits of companionship and respect between people and animals.
1. Responsible breeding/ownership. With responsibility comes the power to prevent mistreatment and abuse. Those breeding dogs should consider health, character, conformation, identification (DNA) and responsibility beyond the point of sale. Responsibility beyond the point of sale will lead to more responsible ownership, and ultimately, this should apply to all dogs – pedigree or crossbreed. Thanks to councils and dog wardens, we no longer have a true stray dog situation whereby groups of dogs roam the streets leading to a survival of the fittest, dog breeding now is very rarely by accident and involves human intervention and choices, with this power of choice should come responsibility.
2. Rescue. Rescue is the result of our failings as a nation to protect animals from irresponsible breeding and ownership. While we work towards the solution to this, we will continue to offer shelter, care and attention to those animals in need. Many of the dogs in our care have 'special needs' and suitable homes are therefore limited, often taking a long time to source. As such some of our dogs can remain with us for some time, but rather that be killed for convenience, we feel that as long as their needs and quality of life are never compromised, they will remain with us until a suitable home is found and your support can help us continue to achieve this.
3. Education. With responsible breeding and ownership will come a growing respect and partnership with animals. This partnership could well be mutually beneficial, especially within the health field. With a full DNA database, advances in medical and genetic science and animals sharing many of the same diseases as humans, it is well within the realms of possibility that DNA from animals (dogs) can be studied to identify those genes responsible for disease, how they can be avoided (animal breeding) and work towards cures (humans), without the need for invasive (traditional animal testing) treatment.
With the levels of animal abandonment and needless destruction rising and at the same time large scale commercial breeding establishments continuing to also expand and be licensed, our work is both life-saving and essential, and in particular our campaign for responsible breeding.
Our story so far ...
Chancepixies Affix founded in 1980's by David Anderson and Jean Frost
Chancepixies Animal Rescue started in September 2004
Stray dog contracts ended in May 2007 having rehomed over 800 dogs and reunited just under 800
Chancepixies Animal Rescue becomes a registered Charity in England and Wales on 20th May 2009
Launch of online petition to promote responsible breeding in 2010
Chancepixies has rehomed over 1,000 dogs by 2012
Chancepixies Animal Rescue becomes Chancepixies Animal Welfare in 2013
Case for Judicial Review of 'Puppy Farm' license against North Kesteven District Council launched early 2016
First Judicial Review successful in September 2016
Second JR filed in December 2016
Judge rules against Chancepixies, leaving dogs held in puppy farms unprotected by the Animal Welfare Act 2006
Husband and wife, David and Heidi Anderson founded Chancepixies Animal Welfare with the vision of using their combined experience to make a real and lasting difference to animals in the UK - to stop the irresponsible breeders and owners in the UK destroying our reputation as a nation of animals lovers.
David has been heavily involved with dogs and their care and welfare for many years. David has shown, worked, bred (responsibly), imported (responsibly) and competed in IPO with the Dobermann for around forty years now and is synonymous with the Chancepixies Dobermann, he is also a Championship show Judge and has fulfilled judging appointment for the KC and the FCI.
David has had a strong interest in all breeds for many years and after purchasing the Bridledown site in 2004, he saw for himself the amazing natures and even temperaments of the dogs that came in as 'strays'. Having bought the kennels and continued the stray contracts to the councils and police stations for a number of years, he soon saw the need for a professional and caring service, where these dogs could be cared for and given a second chance at finding new, permanent homes. This huge responsibility was taken on in the full knowledge, that no healthy dog would be destroyed. With the communities help and support, David and his team hope to be able to continue to provide, and to improve on the ideals he set out to achieve, the idea that every dog deserves to live out their lives in safety and comfort.
Heidi is often the first point of contact for those people contacting Chancepixies. Heidi is passionate about the care and welfare of all animals and is experienced in small animal, canine and equine husbandry. She also takes care of much of the day to day running of the charity from the daily care, cleaning and feeding of the animals, website, newsletter, emails, bookkeeping, events, fundraising and rehoming.
Co-founder and trustee
Tina's passion for animal welfare has run throughout her life and remains a huge influence on her life and work. Her passion and enthusiasm has always been a great help to the Chancepixies work.
Kathleen co-founded the Mark Group in 1974 in Leicester, England with her husband John and the company has since grown to become a world leader in energy saving solutions. Having had Chancepixies Dobermann since the 1990s. Kathleen has been a strong supporter of the charity for many years and her business acumen will be put to good use within the charity to help achieve it's goals.
A Holistic Approach
Here at Chancepixies we believe in doing the best by all animals, starting with those in our care - all our dogs, have been fed on a natural diet since 2011, we do not feed commercial dog food.
'You are what you eat' is a well know phase that as humans, most of try to adhere to and eat a varied, healthy diet. For most this does not involve a daily diet of processed food (ready meals and fast food).
However this is exactly what we feed our dogs when we feed them a commercial dog food. On a daily basis we subject them to a highly processed diet that is full of sugar, salt, E numbers and various other additives to ensure it has a long shelf life, it is largely based on grains and cereals which a dog (or cat) cannot actually digest and it is made palatable with flavourings and fats.
There have been various studies over the years showing the adverse affects such a diet can have on human health - even in the sort term - and yet this is what most feed their dogs every day for their entire lives. You cannot - and would not - get everything that you need from one meal for the rest of your life...why do you expect this from your dog?
As you might expect from a human surviving on a convenience food diet, there are are a myriad of health (and behaviour) issues that stem from such a diet, so although commercial dog food may seem convenient in the short term, please bear in mind the time and costs involved in increased vet visits for everything from dental problems to anal glands and the all parts in between, which could all be avoided if you listened to mother nature and fed what they were designed to eat - fresh meat, veg and raw meaty bones.
When homed, all our dogs go out with a comprehensive pack covering training, vaccination, microchip and feed - a natural diet, why, how and where to get it from.