As the cost of living crisis continues to bite for the nation’s pet owners, the RSPCA is inviting applications for an awards scheme recognising those public bodies going above and beyond to help.

The RSPCA PawPrints scheme recognises local authorities, housing providers and other public bodies who deliver higher animal welfare standards – celebrating “sometimes underappreciated”  services that often offer a lifeline for animals and their owners.

Awards are split into five categories – stray dog services, housing, contingency planning, … Continue reading…

The RSPCA has teamed up with the chair of the Senedd’s new Cross Party Group on Animal Welfare to urge the Welsh Government to formally recognise and consider animal sentience in Welsh law. 

Calls come after the UK Government’s Animal Welfare (Sentience) Act 2022 recently received Royal Assent; creating a landmark new Animal Sentience Committee (ASC) which will consider the effect of all UK Government policy on the welfare of animals in the near future.

When any UK Government policy … Continue reading…

Wales has been urged not to fall behind England in banning the use of “deadly” glue traps – as the First Minister announces a delay to the nation’s planned Agriculture (Wales) Bill.

Glue traps, also known as ‘glue boards’ or ‘sticky boards’, consist of a sheet of plastic, cardboard or wood coated with non-drying adhesive designed to trap rodents such as mice and rats as they cross the board. RSPCA Cymru considers the traps “cruel and indiscriminate”.

In England, the … Continue reading…

Rescue dogs from the RSPCA’s Bryn-Y-Maen Animal Centre have been bowling over the public as stars of a new cricket video, showcasing highlights from the first ever RSPCA Ashes series.

The RSPCA has teamed-up with friends at RSPCA Western Australia to produce the pun-filled video, which shows rescue dogs from the UK and Australia going paw to paw for the famous urn.

Dogs adopt personas like Joe Rrrroof, Pat MyTummins and Chris Woakies to feature in the video … Continue reading…

The needs of animal-owning homeless people, and their pets, must be a key consideration in the Welsh Government’s strategy to end homelessnes.

That’s the call from RSPCA Cymru – as an action plan to end homelessness in Wales is published by Welsh Ministers.

The action plan does not presently reference animal welfare -  but, ahead of a difficult winter, the charity is urging the Welsh Government and local authorities to ensure that vulnerable individuals are not required to choose … Continue reading…