RSPCA officers from County Durham are going to be sharing a cup of tea with elderly pet owners when they drop off gift parcels for them this winter.


We’ve joined up with the Tata Global Beverages’ Tetley Tea factory in Stockton-on-Tees and the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) to spread some Christmas cheer.

RVS has identified older people with pets who are willing for the RSPCA to visit their homes and bring gifts including pet food and toys to their … Continue reading…

Three RSPCA officers from the north of England have been recognised for their dedication to animal welfare at a prestigious awards ceremony.


Inspectors Jennie Ronksley and Inspector Will Lamping have both been given the Anderson-Plumbe Award by RSPCA Council.


The inspectors are two of the three who have been rewarded for showing special merit and intelligence in carrying out their duties.


They received their prizes at the RSPCA Honours ceremony at The Law Society, in London, on … Continue reading…


Back in 1983 Bananarama sang about a ‘Cruel Summer’ – now we are calling 2014 the cruelest summer on record, with this Saturday set to be the ‘day from hell’.

Between January and the end of July this year we received  806,356 calls to our 24-hour national cruelty line.

This is an average of 3,822 calls every day – one every 30 seconds.

Our inspectors report an increasingly horrifying catalogue of animal crimes over the summer months including:… Continue reading…

Cyclists are being urged to sign up to the Manchester to Blackpool Bike Ride and raise money for RSPCA Greater Manchester Animal Hospital (GMAH) in Salford.


The 60 mile ride, which takes place on Sunday 13 July, will set off from Manchester United’s Football Ground at Old Trafford, Manchester and finish on the South Promenade in Blackpool.


Rachel Watkinson, a vet at GMAH, said: “I guess I got the wheels in motion on this, so to speak.

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We are braced for a busy festive period after dealing with a bumper number of calls about cruelty over Christmas last year (2012).

Last year staff answered 833 calls about neglect and cruelty on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day – 53 per cent more than the same period in 2011.

Calls to help collect injured and abandoned animals were also up by about a third (32%) from 584 in 2011 to 769 last year.

Chief Inspector … Continue reading…