The RSPCA has urged local authorities to explore relaxing locally-imposed restrictions on where dogs can be walked to help curb the possible spread of coronavirus and protect canine welfare.

Many Councils have previously introduced Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) to stop dogs being walked in certain areas – including on local sports pitches. Concerns have been raised that these PSPOs can limit suitable dog walking spots within some communities.

However, with restrictions on people’s movement now in place to help … Continue reading…

Approximately 400 humans and hundreds of dogs took over Bute Park on Saturday (May 18) as the hotly-anticipated Big Walkies Live returned to Cardiff.

The event marked a “celebration of dogs of all shapes and sizes” – as canines and their owners enjoyed two scenic walk routes through the beautiful surroundings of the central Cardiff-based park.

Attendees also savoured the Big Walkies Live event village – including entertainment from Radio Cardiff 98.7FM DJs Wyburn & Wayne, plus refreshments, stalls and … Continue reading…

Dog owners across North Wales have been invited to a free dog-walking event to raise awareness for the sad plight many animals face over the festive period.

The Christmas ‘Big Walkies’ event  - organised by the RSPCA’s Wrexham District & Deeside Branch – takes place at Wepre Park in Connah’s Quay on Sunday (17 December), with free registration from 10.30am, and the walk getting underway half-an-hour later.

Registration all takes place on the morning of the event, and participants are … Continue reading…

Dogs and their owners took a six-mile sponsored ‘Mutt Strutt’ in Llandudno on Sunday (1 October), raising vital funds for North Wales’ RSPCA Bryn-Y-Maen Animal Centre.

In total, 18 people registered for the event, and took their dogs on a stunning walk around the Great Orme, savouring the scenery while raising vital funds for the Animal Centre.

The event has already raised £350 for the Centre, with donations still forthcoming. All money raised supports the Centre’s work in helping, and … Continue reading…

An RSPCA survey has revealed that 75% of dog-owners chat with their pet while out walking – and one in six SING to them.

Just over 90% of pet owners polled by the RSPCA* didn’t like to walk in silence while exercising their pooch. While 75% like to talk, 16% go one step further and serenade their dog.

The survey also showed that:

  • 9% of dog-owners only talk to their pooch to say “come on!” while 1% don’t talk at

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