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Canine & Feline Sector Group


The Canine and Feline Sector Group (CFSG) is made up of influential organisations who advise Government on behalf of the sector on strategically important dog and cat health and welfare issues and standards.

​CFSG is a "not for profit" body which offers expert advice and recommendations with a unified and respected voice on dogs and cats from members including charities, the veterinary sectors and the pet industry.

Please do contact CFSG if you have any questions or wish to apply for membership.

 CFSG Mission Statement


"To represent the dog and cat sector comprising of the animal welfare organisations,veterinary and industry representatives working with enforcement and other agencies with the aim of improving the health and welfare of dogs and cats across England." 



Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals)England Regulations 2018

On 1st October 2018, the new Regulations of activities involving animals come into force which will change the current licensing regime for business involved in dog breeding, dog and cat boarding including home boarding, dog day care, the selling of pet animals and the exhibiting of animals. 

CFSG has worked closely with Defra on the Regulations, with a focus on the Guidance to accompany them, so that the public and business owners can understand what standards need to be met in order to run a business involving companion animals. We believe anyone running a commercial business looking after other people's dogs or cats or breeding and selling such should meet high welfare standards and be able to prove this to both the local authority inspector and the public who are paying for these services and entrusting their pet into their care.

The Guidance documents can be found on this website by clicking on this link: Guidance for Licensing Regulations 2018


Local authority inspectors are currently undergoing training on using this Guidance and we hope to see a more robust inspection process across England as well transparency around the new structure which enables a scoring system to be used and for businesses to be rewarded for meeting higher standards.

Please contact if you have any questions.