Eight out of ten people in England support animal welfare being protected by law – as the RSPCA’s new Animal Kindness Index emphasises the importance of further UK Government action for animals.

The RSPCA have teamed up with the Scottish SPCA to launch the landmark new Index – based on a YouGov survey of more than 4,000 UK adults* – giving a snapshot of the country’s attitudes towards animal welfare.

A whopping 80 per cent of those surveyed in England … Continue reading…

As the cost of living crisis continues to bite for the nation’s pet owners, the RSPCA is inviting applications for an awards scheme recognising those public bodies going above and beyond to help.

The RSPCA PawPrints scheme recognises local authorities, housing providers and other public bodies who deliver higher animal welfare standards – celebrating “sometimes underappreciated”  services that often offer a lifeline for animals and their owners.

Awards are split into five categories – stray dog services, housing, contingency planning, … Continue reading…

The RSPCA has welcomed plans from the UK Government to pass a law banning blanket bans on the keeping of pets in private rented accommodation in England.

In proposals contained within a new White Paper, A Fairer Private Rented Sector, the UK Government commits to legislation “to ensure landlords do not unreasonably withhold consent when a tenant requests to have a pet in their home, with the tenant able to challenge a decision”.

The UK Government has already published … Continue reading…

The RSPCA is “delighted” with how public bodies continued to prioritise animal welfare amid the Covid-19 pandemic – as the charity gives out 73 awards as part of its prestigious PawPrints scheme.

The charity has announced those public bodies recognised for going above and beyond statutory minimums in how they promote welfare – including in their approaches to dealing with stray dogs and planning for local emergencies.

PawPrints – formerly known as the Community Animal Welfare Footprints (CAWF) – was … Continue reading…

An “alarming” number of reports were received by the RSPCA about animals being targeted by air weapons and rifles over the last 18 months – despite lockdown and Covid-19 restrictions keeping people at home for long periods.

Since the beginning of 2020, 371 incidents have been reported to the RSPCA where the caller believed an air gun or rifle had been used to target an animal.

However, it is believed the total number of incidents will be substantially higher – … Continue reading…