An “alarming” number of reports were received by the RSPCA about animals being targeted by air weapons and rifles over the last 18 months – despite lockdown and Covid-19 restrictions keeping people at home for long periods.

Since the beginning of 2020, 371 incidents have been reported to the RSPCA where the caller believed an air gun or rifle had been used to target an animal.

However, it is believed the total number of incidents will be substantially higher – … Continue reading…

This Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June), RSPCA Cymru and the RSPCA Gwent Branch are celebrating a joint initiative which has seen a number of new volunteers collecting and transporting wild animals in need from the Gwent area.

Wildlife casualty volunteers (WCVs) support RSPCA officers with their frontline rescue work – collecting sick, injured or orphaned birds and small mammals, and transporting them to wildlife centres, rehabilitators and vets.

A project was launched to recruit new WCVs from within the Gwent Branch’s … Continue reading…

RSPCA Cymru and Dyfed-Powys Police have issued a joint plea to members of the public to continue to be respectful and give sufficient space to a walrus who has made his home in Pembrokeshire.

The walrus, nicknamed Wally, was first spotted in Pembrokeshire in mid-March; with his unlikely arrival in West Wales sparking global interest.

RSPCA Cymru, Tenby’s Harbour Master, Welsh Marine Life Rescue, Tenby Lifeboat Service, British Divers Marine Life Rescue, Natural Resources Wales, and CSIP Marine Environmental Monitoring … Continue reading…

RSPCA Cymru and South Wales Police have launched a joint appeal for information after two pigeons were found shot in the Pentwyn area of Cardiff.

Officers from the animal welfare charity were alerted after a member of the public found an injured pigeon at an address in The Hawthorns on Friday 2 April.

Examination found that the pigeon had pellet wounds to his body – which had caused serious injury to a wing. Sadly, another pigeon was found in the … Continue reading…

The RSPCA has urged people in the Gwynedd area to report potentially suspicious activity against birds after a peregrine falcon was found with puncture wounds consistent with being shot.

Rescuers from the animal welfare charity were alerted after a member of the public spotted the bird of prey struggling on a road in Penrhyndeudraeth; a few miles east of Porthmadog, last Tuesday (6 April).

RSPCA Cymru collected the badly injured animal, and rushed him to the RSPCA’s specialist Stapeley Grange … Continue reading…