Animal Welfare Charter 

Sandwell Council launched a new Animal Welfare Charter in March 2024 aimed at safeguarding and protecting wildlife and pets across the borough.

The charter draws inspiration from the RSPCA’s charter and encompasses a range of principles and guidelines designed to protect animals and their rights. It reflects the council’s dedication to fostering a culture of respect, empathy and responsibility for animals across Sandwell.

Download the Sandwell Council Animal Welfare Charter.

Keeping farm animals

You must register with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) if you want to keep

Cattle, bison and buffalo

Sheep and goats



This applies even if you only keep one animal.

There are laws in place to stop the spread of disease in farm animals. Some diseases such as avian influenza and foot and mouth disease are notifiable and must be reported

Importing dogs and cats

If you are importing dogs, cats or ferrets into the UK, you must make sure that you comply with importation rules.

Licensing and registering animal businesses

The council's environmental health team issues licences for:

  • Dog kennels and catteries
  • Dog breeders
  • Exotic pets
  • Performing animals
  • Pet shops
  • Riding establishments
  • Zoos

To apply for one of these licences or for more information, see Animal Licences

If you’re concerned about how an animal business is being run or believe someone is running an animal business without a licence, please contact the environmental health team

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