Teenagers in the West Midlands are being teamed up with RSPCA rescue dogs in an innovative course which aims to change the lives of the animals and young people.

Paws for Change gives young people who are experiencing challenges the opportunity to bond with and train a rescue dog which has had a difficult start in life.

RSPCA staff work closely with local youth support professionals and alternative provision providers to offer week-long training sessions for young people, teaching skills … Continue reading…

Schools from Birmingham, Reading and Leeds have qualified for the finale of a prestigious debating competition, to take place at Westminster’s Church House.

The RSPCA has been hosting Great Debate events, with school children debating a host of animal welfare topics at “centres of citizenship and democracy” across England.

15 teams from ten schools have competed in three England heats – with six schools winning through and reaching June’s final.

Debates aim to inspire school pupils to research, explore and … Continue reading…

A struggling injured badger which got stuck at the bottom of a skate park bowl had to be rescued by an RSPCA inspector – who also needed a helping hand to get out.

The large male badger, who weighed a hefty 17 kilos and appeared to have an injured leg, was founin the slippy situation at Central Forest Park, Hanley.

He was spotted struggling by two council workers on Sunday morning (June 3) who immediately contacted the charity.

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The RSPCA and World Horse Welfare are appealing for information after a pony was dumped in somebody’s BACKYARD in Stoke-on-Trent.

The young colt, who was skinny and covered in mites, was dumped in the backyard of a house in Ford Green Road on Friday 27 April.

The shocked homeowner, unsure what to do with the pony, contacted World Horse Welfare. Wanting the pony to be assessed urgently, World Horse Welfare field officer Rachel Andrews asked RSPCA inspector Charlotte Melvin, who … Continue reading…

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a Canada goose was shot with a crossbow in Smethwick.

The animal charity was contacted by a concerned member of the public who saw the injured goose on a canal in North Bridge Road, on 1 April.

An RSPCA officer caught the goose and took him to the charity’s Birmingham Animal Hospital, where the bird was sedated and the crossbow removed.

He was transferred to the charity’s Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre, in Nantwich, … Continue reading…