Survey Time!

10 Aug

I’ve reached the final hurdle of my dissertation research and I need your help! I’ve put together a short online survey aimed at people who currently support an animal charity either by donating money or volunteering. The survey questions are all about the ways which animal charities communicate with their supporters and which of these tactics are most effective.

I need at least 200 responses so I’m hoping all you lovely bloggers will help me out! It only takes a few minutes to complete and you’ll be doing me a huge favour!

You can find my survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/P65WWMF

Thanking you in advance 🙂

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Happy World Cat Day!

8 Aug

Today is World Cat Day! This special feline day was founded in 2002 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and is all about celebrating one of Britain’s most-loved pets.

Why not take a look at the Cats Protection website and see for yourself the great work they are doing to help cats in need? You can find it here: http://www.cats.org.uk/

And I will leave you with a lovely quote which celebrates this fine species…

“I’ve met many thinkers and many cats, but the wisdom of cats is infinitely superior” – Hippolyte Taine

Happy World Cat Day everyone!

Introducing a new baby to a doggy household

5 Aug

After the arrival of William and Kate’s royal baby, the PDSA have written a helpful article full of useful tips to consider when introducing a new baby to family pets. Cats and dogs can find a noisy new arrival very stressful and can also become extremely jealous that they are not getting all the attention they are used to. This can lead to aggressive and mischievous behaviour.

Tips include:
1) Try to keep routines stable. If feeding and walking times need to change then make these changes gradually before the baby arrives.

2) If you have friends with babies and toddlers, introduce them to your pets before the baby arrives to get them used to having youngsters around.

3) Before bringing the baby home, allow your pet to smell a blanket or item of clothing with the baby’s scent on it so it is familiar when the baby comes home.

Check out the full article and lots more tips right here: http://www.pdsa.org.uk/about-us/media-pr-centre/news/1380_avoid-a-right-royal-disaster-when-introducing-a-new-baby-to-pets

What to do if you find a fledgling bird

3 Aug

The Blue Cross recently wrote a very helpful blog post which advises us what to do if we find a young bird on its own. The animal charity says it often sees fledgling birds being brought to its hospitals but it is actually better to leave them alone as their parents are often nearby. The parent birds may be off collecting food for their young, and will not return to their offspring until you have left the scene, so hanging around waiting for them to come back is actually doing more harm than good.

Blue Cross suggest that a fledgling’s chance of survival reduces dramatically if it is removed from the wild so we should only intervene if the young bird is in immediate danger e.g. from a prowling cat.

There’s lots more advice to help you decide what to do right here in this blog post, so take a peek here: http://www.bluecross.org.uk/1752-117005/what-to-do-if-you-find-a-fledgling-bird.html

Suri and Eddie find a new home together

1 Aug

A story with a happy ending from the RSPCA today! A six-year-old tabby cat called Suri, who has been at the RSPCA’s Milbrook Animal Centre since last August, has finally found a loving new home!

Suri was featured in a special appeal to find her a new home and sure enough new owner Ian came to her rescue. Ian also adopted Eddie from the centre to help raise her confidence levels. Slowly but surely they are getting to know each other and I have a feeling that Ian, Suri and Eddie are going to make a great team!

You can read all about Suri and Eddie in Ian’s own words right here: http://www.rspca.org.uk/allaboutanimals/rehoming/successes/stories/-/article/rehoming_success_suri

It’s wonderful to hear a story with a happy ending!

Snake in the grass?

30 Jul

They may not be everyone’s favourite creatures but Britain is home to a number of snakes and the summer months are the time we are most likely to see them. So whether you want to know more about them, or you want to know how to deter them from your garden, the RSPCA have all the information you need.

Check out the following link: http://blogs.rspca.org.uk/insights/2013/07/26/seen-any-snakes-this-summer/#.UfgYXDZwZLM It is a good starter guide to identifying common British snakes and dealing with them carefully without injuring them or yourself. It’s well worth a read!

Shocking cases of holiday-makers leaving animals at home

28 Jul

First of all I’d like to apologise for not posting everyday like I usually do. I’m very busy writing my dissertation at the moment but don’t fear, I’m not going anywhere!

And now on to the main issue of the day. The RSPCA are reminding pet owners that it is completely unacceptable to go away on holiday and leave pets behind at home on their own. The charity has become aware of many cases in which holiday-makers have just left their pets with a pile of food to fend for themselves until they get back.

The RSPCA urges pet owners to make arrangements for pets to be taken care of, either with friends/family or an animal boarding house. The summer months are a very busy time for the RSPCA and if pet owners take responsibility for their animals it will help to ease the load considerably.

Here’s to happy, pet-friendly holidays!