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Corporate Responsibility

Dogpeople Limited is a small company, our operations produce very low environmental impact but our size restricts the non-business positive contributions we can make. None-the-less we try hard to minimise our negative impact and to make positive contributions to society beyond our immediate aim of promoting responsible dog ownership.

Our business is solely devoted to development and maintenance of this website and related activity. It runs from a small office space utilising information technology equipment. Most of our operations rely on electronic and postal communication but we do travel to visit dog friendly leisure customers, record dog friendly walks (see our Walks Directory), to market our services and otherwise meet stakeholders. Because we service customers and visitors across the whole of the UK some of our journeys can be quite significant.

Social Responsibility

The directors are keen to use our limited influence and spare resources to promote dog (and other animal) welfare, responsible dog ownership and support some more general ‘people’ causes.

Animal Welfare

  • The Blue Cross is the company’s main charity partner. We host a banner on our 'side bar' linking to their website. We have also provided a series of ‘bottom space’ banners linking to specific campaigns and events run by them. When appropriate we highlight events, promotions and campaigns via our News Updates section and subscriber driven E-Newsletters. All Blue Cross dog rescue centres are included in our Links Directory.
  • The Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has a near permanent ‘bottom space’ link. They also have a link to their animal rescue page in our Dog Rescue Organisations – Scotland links category.
  • A number of charity run dog rescue centres are included in our Links Directory.
    World Horse Welfare has three visitor centres in the UK. We are pleased to host free directory entries for them in our Days Out Directory (Norfolk, Lancashire and Eastern Scotland) and enjoyed a dog friendly visit (with Hamish) to the Norfolk centre.
  • The Donkey Sanctuary has a dog friendly, visitor welcoming farm in Devon. We are delighted to host a free Attractions Directory for it. Hamish visited with us and enjoyed is walks around the various paddocks etc..

Responsible Dog Ownership

Company policy is to strive to improve responsible dog ownership – especially in the holiday sector. During 2008 we launched our own Dog Friendly Rating System. This was designed to help advertisers provide more of what dog owners might need on holiday or a day out – especially to help guests remain responsible if something important was inadvertently left at home (food, scoop bags, lead etc.). We hope the initiative also helps draw attention to what dog owning visitors might do to behave responsibly.

We have worked with other stakeholders to promote responsible ownership and dog welfare. In so doing we have challenged others’ policies, provided our perspective on a positive way forward and publicised progress through our News Updates and E-Newsletters.

Supporting other causes

Hamish was a big cricket fan – well he liked cricket balls, the type of people he met at cricket clubs and cricket teas! He watched games quite intensely at times – but probably only when he thought the ball might come his way. The directors too like the game, one played regularly. Lottie is happy to go to watch but is less interested in balls; her focus is on the director if he's playing or umpiring. Because of this strong connection with cricket we are happy to try and help out (as do the directors personally).

Whitstable Cricket Club - was a second home for one of the directors for many years starting with watching his dad play, then an introduction to playing cricket in the 1960s. His first adult game for the club was in that decade too; his most recent in 2013. The Club provided many an opportunity beyond playing cricket with an informal youth club in the 1970s and development of a variety skills and a work ethic by serving on various committees and work parties. The Club is now among the most successful in Kent with both the 1XI and 2XI played in The Kent League Premier Division in 2013. The 3XI is progressing up The Kent Regional Cricket League. Young cricketers are well provided for from 'beginners' via a thriving 'Quick Cricket' set up on Saturday mornings at the Club's Belmont home and very competitive Colts teams (for girls as well as boys). The directors and Lottie enjoyed watching many games in 2012; if you're in Whitstable on a match day it will be worth spending a bit of time watching a game - there's no charge and well behaved dogs are welcome on leads in the ground. The directors are delighted Dogpeople Limited is among the Club's sponsors for 2013.

Leeds and Broomfield CC – one of the directors played here for several seasons (after he became too old to be selected at Whitstable CC), was a committee member and Club Captain in 2007. The Club has a strong youth section. It has a long term project to raise funds for young player development. To contribute towards this the company devised and ran a sponsored walking event in 2006. Much to the credit of a few L&BCC members the event raised a four figure sum.

Boughton under Blean CC – one of the directors has an even longer connection with this village club. Hamish loved opportunity to wander around its picturesque ground. A delight Lottie has adopted when she has the chance. Hamish discovered many balls lost to human senses (a skill not yet developed by Lottie). The company sponsored the Club’s website stats package. The company provides free directory adverts for two of the club's other dog friendly sponsors. Sponsored Walk 6 June 2009 - we are delighted to have helped BuBCC by organising this event, devising and recording routes, printing walking instructions, staffing 'check in' and providing the focus for other participants. Support from The Kent Pet Airedale Club and other dog walkers was very welcome. We, and the Club, are pleased the event raised nearly a thousand pounds.

The company is happy to try and help other good causes.

John O’Groats to Land’s End cycle – an intrepid band, known as The Biking Turtles, cycled the length of the UK in May 2009 to raise funds for Demelza House Children’s Hospice and Preston Skreens Care Centre (for children with severe learning difficulties). All the participants – both cyclists and support driver – were colleagues of the directors in a former working life. Both the company and directors personally sponsored this initiative. The company gave it publicity and hope some of our site visitors and E-Newsletter subscribers pledged funds for these two very worthwhile children’s charities. We are delighted to report the 'Turtles' raised an amazing £8,000 - deep respect!

From June 2012 the company is proud to publicise the work of Hounds for Heroes. A charity recommended to us by the directors' cousin Marilyn following a bequest to the charity from her husband Ian's estate. The charity was formed after a dog changed the founder's life (very much for the better!) and now strives to train dogs to help other injured and disabled armed services personnel and members of the civilian emergency services.

Minimising Impact

  • Energy requirements are low but the company minimises electricity consumption by use of low energy light bulbs, turning off printers and other computer equipment when not in use and being careful with our heating system.
  • The company does not own any vehicles. Car travel is reimbursed on a mileage basis. Both vehicles owned by the directors and by Tia’s people – the only claimants – are low emission, low fuel consumption vehicles.
  • The company uses very little water – the supply used is metered.
  • Relatively small amounts of stationery are used, we maximise electronic communication within both best practice policies and legal requirements. The company uses recycled paper for most of its printing. Most of our envelopes are from mixed, sustainable sources.
  • All incoming paper is either recycled and / or reused. Confidential papers are used to ‘kindle’ the directors’ log burner.
  • Used postage stamps are sent to a dog related charity (currently the RSPCA).
  • Printer ink cartridges are part exchanged for factory refilled replacements.
  • Almost no other waste products are produced and sent to landfill (e.g. an occasional empty pen!).

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