Today Jane took part in the Westminster Dog of the Year competition with her rescue dog Daisy who was accompanied by her adoptive owner Emily.
The contest is organised jointly by Dogs Trust and The Kennel Club. Since 1992 MPs from across the House have been able to participate and help highlight the important role dogs play in society.
This year the contest was about raising awareness for responsible dog ownership. Jane was able to discuss with Dogs Trust and Kennel Club members about the need to encourage prospective dog owners to opt for adopting rather than shopping.
Anyone looking to own a dog must do so through a reputable organisation like dogs trust and the Kennel Club which are members of the Pet Advertising Advisory Group (PAAG).
Commenting, Jane Stevenson MP said:
“Thanks to everyone who voted for gorgeous Daisy in Westminster Dog of the Year.
We didn't win, but Daisy did fantastic work letting me show journalists how beautiful she is, and what wonderful dogs you can rehome from any of our rescue centres.
I'm still committed to promoting Adopt Don't Shop, and it was good to speak to dog groups about other welfare issues including shock collars, dog bites, puppy smuggling and making Pet Theft a specific offence.
Thanks so much to Emily from Dogs Trust for lending me Daisy for a short while. She is the most adorable girl, and I feel very lucky to have shown her today. I got a rosette, too!”
Commenting at the event today, The Rt Hon Lord Benyon, Minister responsible for Animal Welfare said:
“There are thousands of dogs in this country that are homeless and brought to responsible rehoming centres run by charities [Dogs Trust and the Kennel Club] that are represented here today. And that should be the first point of call for people to go to.
In DEFRA we want to make sure there is a register of all these organisations and encourage people to rehome dogs in the country.”