An RSPCA cattery in Cheshire is appealing for animal-lovers with the required experience to apply to hand-rear kittens due to a shortage of volunteers.

Kittens who are just weeks old and without their mum have to be hand-reared to give them the best chance of survival. It is an intensive job which often involves tube-feeding the kittens every few hours, sometimes as often as every two hours and including throughout the night.

But despite the intensity of the role, it … Continue reading…

An RSPCA centre who reunited three feline siblings are now seeking a new home for them – after the cats have been waiting for a new home for four months.

Ezra, Otto and Wilma were signed into the RSPCA’s care in March after coming from a multi-animal household. Ezra and Otto went to Stapeley Grange, in Nantwich, Cheshire, while Wilma, who was pregnant, went to the charity’s Greater Manchester Animal Hospital.

But Wilma was found not to be coping well … Continue reading…

An RSPCA wildlife centre is preparing for its annual baby bird boom, with the arrival of six orphaned tawny owlets in the last week.

Every year around May time, Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre, in Nantwich, Cheshire, sees an increase in the number of baby birds admitted after being found orphaned or out of their nest.

However, often the baby birds are brought in by well-meaning members of the public who believe the bird genuinely needs help – when they could … Continue reading…

Every wildlife assistant at Stapeley Grange must be capable of caring for any wildlife species that arrives at the centre, however its staff also have specialist knowledge of certain species. Jenny Derbyshire plays a leading role in rehabilitating badger cubs and is the ‘go-to person’ for all things badgers. Here she talks about her role, which has its challenges – but is always worthwhile.

At Stapeley Grange, I have what I believe to be the amazing role of rehabilitating badger … Continue reading…

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a badger had to be rescued from a snare in Stockport.

A member of the public contacted the animal welfare charity after finding the animal trapped and in pain in Stockport, on 17 April.

An officer collected the badger and took him to the RSPCA’s Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre, in Nantwich, Cheshire, where he was safely removed from the snare and examined for injuries.

The snare – which is made from wire and … Continue reading…