RSPCA Cymru is shining the spotlight on the ‘three R’s’ of its work: rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming for RSPCA Week [Monday 1 June - Sunday 7 June]
Whether it is 17 dumped degus, a seal pup in need of rehabilitation or a sheep stuck in a bog – no animal is too big or small for the RSPCA.
In 2014 a total of 8,537 animals were rescued by the RSPCA in Wales. Some of these included 654 dogs, 2,714 cats, 380 rabbits, 343 hedgehogs, 219 chickens, 133 ferrets, 136 sheep, 151 reptiles and 26 goldfish.
RSPCA inspectors and officers in Wales also dealt with many unusual animals and birds, they included:
two Amazon parrots
three boa constrictors
one Chinese water dragon
three slow worms
six yellow necked mice
three red kites
five European polecats
RSPCA Cymru superintendent Martyn Hubbard said: “The RSPCA works around the clock to rescue thousands of animals every year from a wide range of distressing situations and 2014 was no exception.
“From abandoned kittens in a suitcase to a Chinese water dragon and everything in between, the RSPCA was on hand to help all types of animals whatever the emergency.
“Sadly many of the animals we rescued last year were callously abandoned. It is an offence to abandon any animal and there is never any excuse for doing so. If people have pets they cannot care for, for any reason, then help and advice is always available from the RSPCA.”
This RSPCA Week we are calling on people to get involved and show their support and raise money to help even more animals in need. Please visit http://www.rspca.org.uk/getinvolved/rspcaweek
Also as part of RSPCA Week, RSPCA Cymru will be holding its first ever school debate ‘Animal Welfare: The Great Debate’ at Siambr Hywel at the National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff Bay. The event will include six secondary schools who will be discussing ‘Whose responsibility is animal welfare’ and a guest panel of experts who will be taking part in a ‘Question Time’ session.
RSPCA Cymru is also launching an Annual Summary for Wales 2014 on Monday [1 June] which will be available at www.rspca.cymru
Rescue, Rehabilitation and Rehoming Case Studies:
The heartbreaking story of Sergeant – the brindle lurcher touched the hearts of many last year. Sergeant was rescued by the RSPCA after he was found collapsed by a member of the public on a small grass verge in Caerphilly in September 2014.
A member of the public, who called the RSPCA, said a woman riding a horse said she saw two men beating a dog before running off. Sergeant was immediately taken to a vet in Newport for treatment, and it was discovered that he had an air weapon pellet in his skull. Thankfully after some TLC and recuperation at RSPCA’s Newport Animal Centre he was soon back on his feet and was adopted in October by a family in Cardiff.
His new owner Helen George-Carney said Sergeant was a wonderful dog that they adore. “I found out about him on Facebook and saw his story on the news,” she said.
“I could not get him out of my head and I just wanted to make sure the rest of his life was better than it had been and he knew what love was. We worship him, he is so wonderful. I could not be without him.”
Another memorable story of 2014 was of the five kittens that were left abandoned in a suitcase in Cardiff last August. The kittens were rescued by the RSPCA and following a stay at RSPCA Newport Animal Centre were found forever homes.
Two pairs – Garfield and Tweety (now named Angel and Blossom) and Scooby and Velma (now named Whip and Nyla) were rehomed together and Sylvester was also rehomed.
Sylvester – now named Jasper – has settled in extremely well with his new owners after he was adopted last August.
His owner Chloe Harris said: “He is doing amazing. He is such a little character and he is so loving. When he came home he was out of the carrier straight away and was exploring. He is a beautiful cat.”
Seventeen degus were rescued by the RSPCA after they were found dumped in woodland in the Ringland area of Newport in April 2014 also found new homes last year.
The animals were found in a filthy cage at the end of Edward German Crescent by a member of the public who was on an early morning walk with his dogs. The degus ranged from three-week-old babies to adults.
Two seals were last month released back into the wild off the Gower coastline at Port Eynon.
The seals had been in RSPCA care after they were rescued from Freshwater West in Pembrokeshire. They were initially collected by Terry Leadbetter from Welsh Marine Life Rescue and then passed onto the RSPCA.
Both seals were only around a week old when they came into RSPCA care. They both still had their juvenile white coats with various wounds and injuries including eye injuries most likely to have been caused by older seals.
To view a video of their release visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eemz4mbN8UU
Trained RSPCA officers also rescued several sheep stuck in a few sticky situations.
RSPCA inspector Andy Broadbent was called to Fron at Upper Llandwrog, Caernarfon in October to rescue a sheep that had become stuck in a deep bog on the slopes of Mynydd Mawr. The sheep was successful pulled out and was unharmed.
In August RSPCA officers rescued a gull that was unable to move due to a piece of foam.
The young bird was found by a member of the public near Stryt Las park in Johnstown, Wrexham.
The gull was unable to walk or fly as expanding foam had encased its leg and foot.
RSPCA inspector Kia Thomas said: “Luckily the gull was spotted by a member of the public who stayed with it until I arrived.
“It took an hour to carefully remove the foam by a local vet, and the gull was released. “If people disposed of rubbish responsibly incidents like this would not happen.”
It is unknown whether it was an intentional act or if the bird had accidentally stepped into the waste.