A group of young puffins blown in during the February storms are homeward bound after we released the birds off the north coast of Devon yesterday.

The three juvenile puffins, who were among an influx of 40 seabirds we rescued during the heavy winter storms, took a journey across to Lundy Island on MS Oldenburg following two months rehabilitation, rest and recuperation at our West Hatch Wildlife Centre.

The birds made the 22-mile trip across the Bristol … Continue reading…

Friday 4 April 2014

RSPCA Cymru is pleased to announce the launch of the Community Animal Welfare Footprint (CAWF) awards scheme for 2014.

Established in 2008, CAWF is the only award scheme in England and Wales that recognises the commitment and achievement of Local Authorities, contingency planners and housing providers in improving and delivering animal welfare.

There are four award categories – stray dog provision, contingency planning, housing provision and animal welfare; with bronze, silver and gold standards for each…. Continue reading…


Jockeys helped to make the 2013 Grand National a success. We hope that this year’s race at Aintree will also end without serious injury or fatalities.

The jockeys role is instrumental

Last year, jockeys pulled up tired horses and those no longer in contention, playing a significant part in avoiding risk.

The minimum use of the whip by the jockeys also played a part. We’d like to see this continue as we believe that more serious whip breaches have … Continue reading…


We are relieved DEFRA has decided against rolling out the badger cull to further counties after they backed down on plans to licence more culls in other parts of the British countryside.

Following pilot culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire we feared large areas of land in Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, East Sussex, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Cheshire, Wiltshire and Herefordshire would be included in future culling operations.

Reports that the Independent Expert Panel found the culls to be ineffective and inhumane add … Continue reading…

Thursday 3 April 2014

There’s less than a month left to take advantage of the RSPCA and Cats Protection spring neutering scheme in North Wales.

The charities are working together to offer low income households the opportunity to have their cats neutered for free in a bid to reduce the number of unwanted cats and kittens that the charities strive to find homes for every year, a figure which is currently in excess of 50,000.

Unneutered female cats can get … Continue reading…