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Autumn Newsletter 2019

Updated: Nov 4, 2019

Welcome to New Leaf Animal Society’s newsletter for Autumn 2019.

New Logo

On September 5th we took to social media to finally reveal our new logo which we have proudly displayed in our header. We believe this truly reflects all that New Leaf represents and hopes to achieve.


A SSPCA event was held at the University of Edinburgh on the 9th of September which explored the LINK between animal cruelty and human violence. Representatives from New Leaf attended this insightful conference where speakers such as SSPCA’s Chief Superintendent, Mike Flynn, shared his hands-on experience in the parallels between domestic abuse and animal abuse.

World Mental Health Day

For World Mental Health Day (10th October) we showcased our most recent Pet Spotlight, My cat never gave me toddler tantrums! In this edition, Kirsty speaks with Louise, an inspiring woman battling chronic pain with the loyal assistance of her beloved cat, Napoleon. You can read their story here.

If you or someone you know have a story to share, please email us at

Animal Welfare Bill

During the Queen’s speech on the 14th of October, it was mentioned that the Westminster Government will be reassessing the Animal Welfare Bill. This could see the maximum sentence for crimes involving animal cruelty increasing from 6 months to 5 years. This is a welcome advance to the existing legislation in the name of animal welfare.

Networking with University of Stirling

New Leaf was invited to a networking lunch with University of Stirling MSc and MA Human-Animal Interaction students on the 6th of October. Our Founder, Kirsty spoke of her experience:

As a new, small organisation, we are so pleased to be in a position to offer student placements and research opportunities.

It was an honour to be invited and a pleasure to talk all about my own experiences as a HAI student and what I could offer existing students with New Leaf .

To find out more about their Human Animal Interaction courses, click here.

Baby of Mine

We recently spoke with Charlotte, a new mother, now adjusting to life with a newborn baby and change in dynamics with her animal companions. With many animals being relinquished to rescue centres due to the stress of a new baby in the home, it was refreshing to hear of Charlotte’s commitment to her whole family. Read our article, Baby of Mine, here.

Welcoming Josie and Mimi

We are proud to announce the arrival of a new team member! Josie has been brought on board to help develop our marketing capabilities. She is deeply passionate about animal welfare and is excited to join us on our journey, complete with her feline companion, Mimi. To read more about Josie and Mimi, click here.

We continue to look to expand our team. If you have experience and passion for growing small organisations and animal welfare then don't hesitate to get in touch now.

Smashing Pumpkins

As Halloween draws to a close, we have been encouraging our followers to make use of their ghoulish gourds. Pumpkin is a superb source of fiber not only for us but for dogs and cats. A teaspoon of pumpkin in your pets’ food can help upset stomachs.

Rather than disposing of your craved creations, leave pumpkins out for wildlife to feast on during these colder months when food is scarce.

Written by: Abigail Forrest

0141 628 5594


Charity Number: SC050192

07307 591988

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