RSPCA Cymru has today made fresh calls for action to stamp out problems in the ‘hidden’ sanctuary sector, amid fears pets, wildlife and farm animals may be suffering in silence behind closed doors.

Animal welfare establishments – commonly referred to as sanctuaries or rescues – are often invaluable resources for improving animal welfare; undertaking a hugely important function – but, without regulation, major problems can occur.

There are around 90 known animal welfare establishments¹ in Wales – but, in reality, … Continue reading…

RSPCA Cymru officers tended to animals in need throughout the Christmas holidays, with 129 calls logged to the charity between 24 and 26 December – including a corn snake rescued in Bangor on Christmas Day.

The charity’s officers are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week to help animals – and the festive period was no exception.

Of the 129 calls logged over Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, 49 concerned complaints about the treatment of animals, … Continue reading…

A striking close-up of a bee on lavender and an iridescent green shield bug caught the judges’ eyes at the prestigious RSPCA Young Photographer Awards 2017. 

Youngsters aged under 19 were invited to capture the animal kingdom on camera or mobile device for this year’s competition.

Bangor teenager Lily Edwards’ close-up ‘Buzzy Bee’ photo of a bee on lavender bagged first prize in the 16-18 mobile phone and device category.  Lily’s interest in photography started when she first had a … Continue reading…

RSPCA Cymru received 133 calls in June regarding animals in hot environments in Wales, and is bracing itself for a busy July as temperatures continue to soar across the country.

The new figures suggest that, in Wales, the RSPCA receives more than one call on the issue every five and a half hours.

Across England and Wales, 2,065 calls were received on the issue by the charity over the month – with a majority relating to dogs, often left in … Continue reading…

A stunning close-up photograph of piglets snoozing is among the winning shots in the RSPCA’s Young Photographer Awards.

Youngsters aged between nine and 18 were invited to capture the animal kingdom on camera for this year’s competition.

Sixteen-year-old Lily Edwards, from Bangor, caught the heartwarming moment a piglet snoozed in amongst its siblings – earning her a runner-up place in this year’s Farm Animals category.

Naming the image ‘Nap Time’ she said:  “I took this photo at a local farm. … Continue reading…