Pets & Animal Care

From adoption, nutrition and general pet care to wonderful charities for our friends, find all things animal below:

Est. 40 years this year, Look North Grooming & Training Centre Ltd has proved to be one of the top dog and cat grooming salons in the country. We use only the best quality products that accommodate all skin and coat types and we are continuously updating styles and techniques to conform to the grooming standards.

Proprietor and Senior Stylist, Joanne Angus, is one of the founder members of the Guild of Master Groomers, and also Groom Team England which represents our country in the World Championships. Joanne, and Zoe Duffy who is our tutor and head stylist, are highly respected competition judges and examiners for the Pet Industry Federation. Joanne and Zoe also hold the highest grooming award, Licentiateship of the City and Guilds Institute (LCGI).

With this amount of experience and knowledge under one roof where else would you want to take your dog or cat for grooming? With individual requirements and needs, each animal is treated with the professional care they deserve during their stay with us.

Look North has no added extras or hidden costs because to us a pets wellbeing doesn’t mean some of it, but all of it! Prices quoted include bathing, drying, trimming & styling, hand stripping, nail and ear care and health checks with variances only dictated by breed, condition and owners request.

Contact Look North Grooming & Training Centre Ltd on 01535 661776 for further information or to book an appointment.

Fireworks night can be terrifying for many dogs, but did you know that teaching dogs to cope with noise fears in advance can help lessen the stress they experience when they hear the unexpected whizz, pop and bang of fireworks? To avoid the fear and anguish many dogs will go through during fireworks displays, it’s so important that owners plan ahead to help them and their dogs feel prepared and comfortable when 5th November comes around. Gradually teaching your dog that noises are not scary will help them be able to cope with unexpected noises over time. This usually involves playing recorded versions of the scary noises, but starting at such a low volume that your dog is not worried by them. The volume and direction of sounds are changed over time, but so slowly that your dog does not show any signs of fear. The sounds should also be associated with something that they enjoy, such as their favourite treats or a game. Dogs who are very frightened already may require support from a qualified, experienced behaviourist. For more tips and advice visit Dogs Trust Dog School, a national network of experienced trainers providing fun, educational courses for all dog owners based on up-to-date scientific research.  Using reward-based training methods, we teach the key skills your dog needs to thrive in everyday situations, including focusing on helping dogs to cope with unusual sounds, so they remain relaxed and happy! We’ll help teach you how to slowly introduce noises to your dogs and help them learn that fireworks are not so scary after all!  Courses are five weeks long, with a free introductory session. To find your nearest dog school visit and take your first step towards making the most of your relationship with your four-legged friend now.

200,000 cats and kittens helped every year, but still many more need help.

Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity. Through our network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 34 centres, we help care for abandoned cats and kittens across the UK.

Our vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.

It’s an ambitious vision. However, we truly believe it can be achieved because of our passion, our professional approach and simply because cats are among the UK’s most popular companion pets.
We have simple and clear objectives to help cats:

  • Homing – we help to find good homes for cats in need
  • Neutering – we promote the benefits of neutering to prevent unwanted litters from being born and becoming the abandoned cats of tomorrow
  • Information – we improve people’s understanding of cats and their care and help to educate people of all ages about cats and their welfare requirements

We live in a world where there are many more cats than available homes and yet large numbers of unneutered cats are still allowed to have kittens. Sadly, abandoned and neglected cats remain commonplace.

At any one time we can have many thousands of cats in our care across the country. And there are many more that need our help. They may be abandoned, unwanted, mistreated or seeking a new home because their owners can’t care for them any longer. Old, sick, frightened…each cat that arrives in our care is different and we are committed to giving each and every one, the love and care they need for as long as it takes to find them a loving home.

Every cat that comes into us is health checked, treated for fleas and worms and vaccinated and neutered to get them ready for rehoming. We also microchip every cat, so that if they do become separated from their new owner the pair can be quickly reunited.

This dedication ensures the best possible start in their new life. However, such a high level of care comes at a high cost. From the moment a cat comes into our care, to the happy day they leave with their new family, we will do all we can to ensure the best start in their new home.

We never put a healthy cat to sleep

It is our ambition to help even more cats than we do already and cats and their welfare are at the heart of everything we do.

We can only be there for all the cats and kittens that need us with the support of kind friends, friends who are caring and generous cat lovers kind enough to consider making a significant gift towards our work. Not only can you help us to continue to offer shelter, food and care to thousands of unwanted cats and kittens – you can also help to make the world a better place for every cat by helping to educate people to become better owners and by supporting neutering programmes that will stop unplanned litters becoming the unwanted cats of tomorrow.

Can you help give cats a better today and a brighter tomorrow?

Please consider becoming a Friend of our new Black Cat Society. For further information, please contact Mandy Pope our Major Gift Manager on 01625 877 208 or email Mandy


With over 25 years’ experience working with dogs, Cumbrian based Professional Dog Trainer, Ingrid Grayling, has helped literally 1000’s of dog owners to train their dogs to enable both dog and owners to have a fulfilling, happy and enjoyable life together.

Now, she has decided to share her knowledge and vast experience and has launched a new service offering animal lovers the opportunity to become professional dog trainers through her 3 day intensive training courses – Train the Trainer The Grayling Way.

The courses will run throughout the year with an option of either one-to-one or a maximum of 2 individuals on each course at any one time. Ingrid offers a highly personal experience for the participants on all of her courses and says:  “The course is extremely interesting because of the mixture of both theory and practical work. I wanted to create a really personal course where people receive my undivided attention and gain the

most out of it at the highest level” says Ingrid. “Also I want my students to walk away armed with enough knowledge and confidence to set up their own business”.

The course includes not only the practical techniques and approaches to training any type of dog, but also covers the necessary people and business skills for a successful and professional career as well as a 6 month support period from Ingrid once the course ends.

For more information please visit or call 01931 715282.

Dog Blood Donors
By Helen McCrorie
Senior Vet at Hollybank Veterinary Centre
As with humans, dogs sometimes require blood transfusions. We have access to a National Pet Blood Bank which can provide us with lots of different blood products but sometimes a transfusion directly from a donor is most appropriate for our patients. This can provide platelets that are essential to help the blood clot.  No products available from the Pet Blood Bank can provide us with such components.  The added benefit to our patients of having donor blood is that it is available immediately, without having to wait for it to be delivered from the blood bank.
We appreciate that many people may not be familiar with the procedure for dogs to give blood. We only ask dogs who are over 25kg in weight and not on any medication.  We perform a thorough clinical exam and run a full blood screen on all dogs prior to them donating to ensure that they are in good health.  We clip fur from the neck and place a needle into the jugular vein to collect the blood. Most dogs happily lie comfortably on their side whilst this is being done. The whole procedure only takes about ten minutes and afterwards they can have something to eat and drink and a big fuss.
We like to send all our donors home with a free bag of their normal food as thanks to them and to their owners for their participation.  Dog blood donors really do save lives and we are incredibly grateful.  By the very nature of blood donation we often need to call on our donors at short notice.  We understand owners may not always be available to bring them down and so try to maintain a list of a number of suitable ‘donor’ dogs.
This year we are also planning to run a blood donor session for the Pet Blood Bank.  This works in the same way as human collection does and we organise the premises, donors (and refreshments!) for the Pet Blood Bank to collect blood for their national bank that aids dogs all over the country. They will take blood in exactly the same way as described above here at Hollybank and instead of being used immediately it will be stored by the Pet Blood Bank to help dogs all over the country.
The Pet Blood Bank is a registered charity that was launched in 2007 and has since provided over 10,000 units of blood products and helped save thousands of dogs lives. If you would like your dog to be considered as a donor there are certain criteria that they need to meet.
Donors should:
  • be aged between one and eight years old
  • weigh more than 25kg
  • have a good temperament
  • never have travelled abroad
  • be up to date on all vaccinations
  • be fit and healthy
  • not be on any medication
For any further information or to register your dog as a blood donor please contact Helen McCrorie on 01606 880890 or For more information about the Pet Blood Bank visit

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