RSPCA Cymru is bracing itself for a surge in abandoned animals; fearing the aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis could see more owners in Wales struggling to keep their pets.

The animal welfare charity typically sees abandonment levels peak in the summer months.

In 2019, between June and August, 1,133 animals in Wales were reported as abandoned to the RSPCA – with incidents most common in Rhondda Cynon Taf (101), Bridgend (85), Caerphilly (81) and Neath Port Talbot (81).

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A swan had an unwanted trip to soft play – after getting a discarded foam play square stuck around her neck on Wednesday (July 1).

RSPCA Cymru raced to the aid of the swan, after her plight was spotted by a member of the public at a lake near Rhydwen Close in Rhyl.

Fortunately, the swan was uninjured and the foam could be safely removed and the bird immediately returned to the wild.

However, the swan was in “urgent need … Continue reading…

An otter has been returned to the Swansea Valley following a lengthy period of rehabilitation in the care of the RSPCA Stapeley Grange in Nantwich, Cheshire.  

The otter had spent some seven weeks in the care of the animal welfare charity after being found in a worrying state of weakness – she was wobbly on her feet, malnourished, and in urgent need of assistance.

A member of the public had spotted the injured otter on Wednesday 6 May, and contacted … Continue reading…

A duck has sadly become one of wildlife’s latest victims of fishing litter, after wire became trapped tightly around the bird’s leg. 

RSPCA Cymru was alerted to the mallard hybrid duck’s plight after a member of the public spotted the distressed animal at Hendre Lake in Cardiff.

Officers from the animal welfare charity found the duck yesterday (29 June) – whose leg had sadly gone totally limp as a consequence of her injuries. Sadly, it was felt the kindest option … Continue reading…

The RSPCA has raced to the aid of a horse who became caught in barbed wire in Llanelli.

Officers from the animal welfare charity were notified after a member of the public spotted the horse’s plight in fields near the A4138 at Dafen on Saturday June 20.

The horse was half-way over a barbed wire fence, with his foot tangled in some wire netting below. The horse was in great danger of cutting his legs on the barbed wire fencing…. Continue reading…