RSPCA received more than 60 abandonment reports in Devon last winter

The charity saw more than 50 animals a day reported abandoned last Christmas and is braced for more this winter after pet ownership surged this year

The RSPCA received more than 4,600 reports of abandoned animals across England and Wales last winter* and is worried a surge in pet ownership could result in more unwanted animals this year.

Last winter, the charity received 4,...

497 incidents in Devon last Christmas, as RSPCA braces for toughest year yet

Charity launches new Christmas campaign - Join the Christmas Rescue - as it reveals it took in more than 7000 animals last winter and received more than 2000 calls about cruelty and neglect a day

The RSPCA is bracing itself for the toughest Christmas yet as the charity fears the financial strain from the Coronavirus pandemic could mean a rise in pets being abandoned and neglected....

RSPCA and fire services rescue deer caught in netting near Dartmoor Zoo

The RSPCA and fire services rescued a wild deer which was stuck in electrical fencing near Dartmoor Zoo in Devon on Saturday 10 October.

Inspector Becky Wadey and Animal Rescue Officer (ARO) Simon Kite along with the Camelshead technical rescue team from Devon and Cornwall Fire Service attended to help rescue the poor deer.

Inspector Beccy Wadey said: “The deer had become...

You Brits really don't want what we're eating, warns US charity

The RSPCA is exposing the realities of American farm animal welfare in a new video from the US as the UK Government drags its feet on legal protection for welfare standards here despite the public's wishes.

As US farm animal welfare expert Lauri Torgerson delivers a stark message to UK consumers that failure to protect our hard-won farm animal welfare improvements will risk products...

RSPCA received 29 reports about guinea pigs in Devon last year 

This Guinea Pig Appreciation Day (16 July) the RSPCA is highlighting the importance of neutering these small pets as the charity revealed it received more than 1,000 reports about guinea pigs last year.

The RSPCA received 1,127 reports about guinea pigs in need throughout England and Wales last year (2019) and 338 so far this year (up to 10 July). In Devon, the charity received 29...

RSPCA braces for summer surge in abandonments after 282 calls in Devon last year 

The RSPCA is bracing itself for a surge in abandoned animals and fears the fallout from the Covid crisis could see more owners struggling to keep their pets.

Typically, the charity sees abandonment peak in the summer months. Between June and August 2019, 16,519 animals were reported abandoned to the RSPCA which accounts for 30% of all animals reported abandoned that year.


Dramatic rise in barbecues and litter says National Trust as wildfire risk continues

The National Trust is urging people not to bring a barbecue or light a campfire when they visit the coast and countryside, following a spate of wildfires during lockdown.

Despite recent rainfall, a record-breaking spring of sunshine has left many landscapes dry and created the perfect conditions for fires to ignite and quickly spread.

Since the start of April, several large...

Baby boom: RSPCA cares for orphaned fox cubs

With spring in the air as well as signs of new life from the natural world, the RSPCA is seeing an influx in fox cubs coming into its care up and down the country.

Animal welfare officer (AWO) Nicola Thomas was called earlier this week to collect a lone fox cub that was found in a garden in Leyton, east London. When she arrived to collect the cub, she could also hear his siblings...

RSPCA appeal for information after bird is cut with scissors

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dead goldfinch was discovered with a pair of scissors cutting into its neck.

A passerby spotted the bird in Wesley Avenue, Plymouth, on Monday, 20 January and alerted the RSPCA.

Inspector Sarah Morris collected the goldfinch’s body which was found with a broken pair of children’s plastic scissors which had been closed around its...

Avoid fast fashion and help good causes

The RSPCA’s Charity Shop Challenge aims to encourage people to show off stylish second hand finds and save the planet whilst raising money for charity.

Fast fashion is clothing that moves quickly from catwalk to stores in order to meet new trends. The items are often cheap and disposable and ultimately end up in landfills.

The Charity Shop Challenge (January 20-26)...