Tag Archives: RSPCA

Pets and Fireworks

2 Nov

Well it’s almost that time of year again when the sky is lit up with fireworks, and while it can be fun for us humans, it can be a scary time for our pets. But don’t fear, the following link from the RSPCA includes lots of good advice to keep your pets calm this firework season: http://www.rspca.org.uk/allaboutanimals/pets/general/fireworks

Top tips include:
1) Provide a safe place to hide e.g. make a little den under furniture
2) Walk dogs during daylight hours before the fireworks start going off
3) Make sure your pet is microchipped so if they get spooked and run away they can be returned to you
4) Stay calm and don’t fuss over your pet too much as this can add to their sense that something is wrong

There is some really good advice from the RSPCA so please take a look. Enjoy the fireworks but make sure you and your pets stay safe!


Another life for cat Cheetah

19 Sep

Right! Time to bring you some more news and stories from the animal world! Today I want to share Cheetah’s story- a stray ginger tom cat who’s life was saved by the RSPCA after he was run over and left to die on the side of a road.

Cheetah’s leg was completely crushed by a car and it was several days before he was found dragging his broken leg, and taken to the RSPCA hospital in Putney. Unfortunately nothing could be done to help Cheetah’s leg so it had to be removed.

But there is a happy ending! Cheetah has since learnt to walk on three legs and is becoming more confident by the day. A loving new home has been found for him when he is given the all-clear from the RSPCA’s Southall Cattery. It’s great to hear he is doing well! Things could’ve been very different for Cheetah if nobody had found him on that road.

You can read more about Cheetah’s story and watch a video of him in action right here: http://blogs.rspca.org.uk/insights/2013/09/16/animalhospitals-perform-life-saving-operations/#.UjpcKzZwZLM

September already!

3 Sep

After a very busy summer of working on my dissertation, I’m back! I can’t believe it’s September already, but there’s still time for lots more blog posts this year about all things ‘animal’!

To start us off, take a look at this story from the RSPCA about a hedgehog who had a very lucky escape after getting trapped in a badminton net. The poor creature was found in a garden in Somerset with the net wound so tightly around him that he was unable to move or feed. Luckily, the hedgehog was found by a member of the public and is now making a full recovery at the RSPCA’s West Hatch Wildlife Centre. He will be released back into the wild when he is well enough.

You can read the full story here: http://news.rspca.org.uk/2013/09/03/hedgehog-in-a-tangle/

What a lucky escape!

RSPCA rescue porcupine in Birmingham

11 Aug

The RSPCA recently made a fairly rare rescue concerning an escaped porcupine! The porcupine was discovered in Birmingham when a dog returned to his owner covered in porcupine spikes. Inspectors from the RSPCA had to carefully catch the spikey creature and keep him safe in a kennel until the owner could be traced.

It turned out that the porcupine’s owner was in fact a lady who looks after wild animals professionally. The porcupine had just recently come to live with her and had dug its way out of its enclosure.

It’s great that the two were reunited, but it is important to emphasise that this lady is an animal specialist and it is not recommended that porcupine’s are kept as pets!

On a final note; I still need lots more responses for my dissertation survey, so if you support a charity (either by donating or volunteering) please take a few minutes to help me out. I’d greatly appreciate it!


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!