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”.

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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…

A sparrowhawk has been rescued from beneath netting atop a building society in the centre of Cardiff.

RSPCA Cymru came to the aid of the bird of prey after a member of the public reported his plight.

The bird had flown into the netted area via an open wooden door – but was then unable to find an exit back into the open despite attempts to guide him out by kind-hearted staff at the building.

Inspector Sophie Daniels raced to … Continue reading…

RSPCA Cymru is “delighted” with how public bodies continued to prioritise animal welfare amid the Covid-19 pandemic – as the charity gives out 11 awards in Wales as part of its prestigious PawPrints scheme.

The charity has announced those public bodies recognised for going above and beyond statutory minimums in how they promote welfare – including in their approaches to dealing with stray dogs and planning for local emergencies.

PawPrints – formerly known as the Community Animal Welfare Footprints (CAWF) … Continue reading…

Dog rehoming soared during lockdown as families spending more time at home due to the pandemic and home-working sought the companionship of a four-legged friend.

New figures, released today (11 October) by the RSPCA, reveal that 4,877 dogs were rehomed in 2020, despite the Coronavirus pandemic and lockdown. In Herefordshire & Worcestershire, the RSPCA rehomed 50 dogs in 2020.

RSPCA dog welfare expert Dr Samantha Gaines said: “At the beginning of lockdown we were concerned about how difficult it might … Continue reading…