Just like vampires and ghosts, the black cat is a traditional image at Halloween. In UK folklore they are a symbol of bad luck but despite common myths there is nothing superstitious about black cats.

At the RSPCA’s Stapeley Grange cattery, in Nantwich, Cheshire, there are black cats waiting to find a new home at this spooky time of year.

The cattery has gotten into the spirit of Halloween in an effort to encourage people to rehome their black cats…. Continue reading…

A Swansea-based swan had a lucky escape after being freed from dangerous fishing litter by RSPCA officers.

The animal welfare charity was alerted after the swan was spotted with a fishing hook stuck through his beak in ponds at the Swansea Enterprise Park, known locally as the half-round ponds, near the Wyevale.

A kind-hearted member of the public had spotted the bird’s plight – and the RSPCA removed the fishing line and rig, before releasing the swan back to the … Continue reading…

RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after a cat returned to her Abercynon home with a illegal gin trap caught on her back left leg.

Six-year-old Clover was found extremely distressed by her owner who found her on Sunday (28 October) after she managed to drag the trap home. A neighbour managed to get some tools to prize the trap open and release the leg and Clover was taken to an out of hours vets for emergency treatment. The gin … Continue reading…

Knocks at the door for ‘trick or treat’, fireworks and children lining the streets in costume are all part of Halloween celebrations for many people – but could cause our pets stress and anxiety.

RSPCA Cymru has produced simple guidelines for keeping pets calmer over Halloween.

With more than one third of dogs in the UK (38%)* showing avoidance behaviour, such as cowering, trembling, whining, in response to loud noises, planning ahead for potential ‘spooks’ on Halloween can help you … Continue reading…

A gannet who was spotted trapped 150ft down Bempton Cliffs, in Bridlington, when the rest of the seabirds left the breeding ground at the weekend has been rescued by the RSPCA.

 

Specialist officers from the charity’s rope rescue team travelled from across the country to help the juvenile bird who was ‘flapping around and clearly distressed’ on the 300ft cliffs at the reserve, run by the RSPB.

 

The rescue operation, which involved one of the four officers abseiling … Continue reading…