Seventeen organisations across Wales have been recognised for going above and beyond for animal welfare.

RSPCA Cymru is delighted to announce that 22 awards – nine of them at gold standard – have been handed out to a range of organisations as part of its prestigious PawPrints scheme. A number of organisations have even scooped more than one award.

PawPrints – formerly known as the Community Animal Welfare Footprints (CAWF) – has been running consecutively since 2008; and is the … Continue reading…

RSPCA Cymru is urging people to do their research before taking on a pet as figures show there has been a huge spike in people looking to buy or rehome kittens this year.

This July saw Google searches for ‘Kittens near me’ increase sixfold compared to the same period last year (a 667% increase)*. During the lockdown, there has also been an 188% increase in searches for kittens within just a few months**.

There has also been more than 45,000 … Continue reading…

The RSPCA has welcomed confirmation from the Welsh Government that a ban on the commercial third party selling of puppies and kittens will be introduced before the end of the Welsh Parliamentary term.

Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, confirmed the news in a written statement to Members of the Senedd yesterday (5 October).

It follows a public consultation on the issue, which found that 98 percent of respondents backed a ban on third party selling in … Continue reading…

A jackdaw trapped in netting – on the roof of a Cardiff building – has had a lucky escape.

The jackdaw – who was trapped around three storeys high – was entangled in netting that had been placed over a void in the middle of a building on Cardiff Road. He was unable to escape and was upside down at one point.

Due to the difficult location, the RSPCA called on the assistance of the South Wales Fire and Rescue … Continue reading…

‘Adopt Don’t Shop’ is the message from RSPCA Cymru this month of ‘Adoptober’ – as the animal welfare charity reveals the number of people looking for puppies online in the UK during lockdown soared by 650%.

During ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, UK-based Google searches for ‘Puppies near me’ increased more than six times (650%) with 15,000 searches in July 2020 compared to 2,000 in January 2020. The figure was also five times higher than the same month last year (July 2019)…. Continue reading…