Merthyr is set to become the only area in Wales where a council-ban on the release of sky lanterns is not in force.

RSPCA Cymru has long campaigned for a ban on the release of sky lanterns, which can have deadly consequences for pets, farm animals and wildlife.

Sky lanterns – which are lifted into the air via an open flame heat source – can be ingested by animals, or cause entanglement or entrapment. This can lead to unsuspecting animals … Continue reading…

RSPCA Cymru’s very own cuddly bear has helped out at the Merthyr veterinary clinic, as part of celebrations marking Build-a-Bear Workshop’s 20th birthday.

The bear has been travelling to RSPCA centres and clinics across England and Wales meeting some special animals along the way, as a thank you to the toy company for their on-going support.

A visit to the RSPCA’s Merthyr Clinic was included on the bear’s tour, where she donned a Wales football jersey and helped staff check … Continue reading…

A special pet blessing service will take place in Merthyr Tydfil on Sunday (October 8).

The annual event takes place at St Tydfil’s Old Parish Church on Lower High Street in the town, and gets underway at 3pm.

Sunday’s blessing is run in conjunction with the RSPCA’s Glamorgan North and East branch, with the Church collecting funds for the local RSPCA charity at the event.

The event falls on the first Sunday after the Feast Day of St. Francis of … Continue reading…

Former BBC anchor Mel Doel has been given a prestigious animal welfare award by the RSPCA, recognising her immense commitment to animal welfare.

The RSPCA Richard Martin Gold Award is one of the highest honours the RSPCA can bestow, and recognises outstanding contributions towards improving the welfare of animals.

Ms Doel works closely with RSPCA Cymru, and has supported the charity with the production of a series of short films, in conjunction with students from The College Merthyr Tydfil.

She … Continue reading…

A stray black and white female lurcher in an “emaciated, weak and unwell” state was found in the Merthyr area, prompting an RSPCA Cymru appeal for information.

Reports to the charity suggest the dog was found in the town on Wednesday 10 May, in the Cefn Coed Cemetery at Cefn-Coed-Y-Cymmer.

She resembled a “bag of bones”, and sadly had to be put to sleep on independent veterinary advice due to the extent of her welfare problems – which included a … Continue reading…