|REOPENING OF CANTON SHOP!|
The work that our stores do in generating much-needed income is critical to our success and directly funds our animal welfare activity in Cardiff and the local area.
We have a vacancy for a Deputy Store Manager (35hrs per week) at our shop in 4 Wellfield Road, Roath, Cardiff. CF24 3PB
If you have experience in retail and have some experience of supervising a small team, read on!
|CAN YOU SPARE 2 HOURS?|
Can you spare a few hours to help local animals in need?
We are collecting at the following stores:
Pets at Home, Llanishen - 9 & 10 October
Pets at Home, Newport Rd - 14 & 15 October
Pets at Home, Cardiff Bay - 16 & 17 October
|Thank you Waitrose!|
Many thanks to Richard and all staff/customers at WAITROSE, QUEEN STREET who raised £140 for the Branch recently via their Green Token Scheme.
These much-needed funds will help local animals in need. Thank you!
Many thanks to the University of South Wales who invited us to their Freshers' Fair this week.
|Join us at the Lansdowne!|
|QUIZ RAISES £294.22!|
Many thanks to everyone who supported us at last night's quiz.
It was lots of fun and we met some lovely new supporters.
In addition, we raised £294.22 towards our welfare work locally!
Thank you all so much .... and look out for our next event .... details coming soon!
|TEXTILE BANK AT THE HUB!|
You can now donate clothes, shoes and textiles outside office hours, using our new Clothing Bank here at the Hub.
Unsoiled items can be donated in small bags when you're on your way to or from work - shopping at Tesco Extra - or picking up a McDonalds (we're next door!)
|REHOMING SUCCESS FOR ABANDONED PONY SEREN COED|
Following RSPCA’s Homes for Horses appeal Seren Coed found her forever home
SHE is truly a star - and now has a loving owner who is helping her shine brighter than ever.
It was back in March when RSPCA Cymru issued an appeal for a loving home for Seren Coed as part of the Homes for Horses campaign.
Seren Coed was rescued by RSPCA inspectors from Caernarfon in January 2015 and was found with a horrific injury to one of her hind legs.
A concerned member of the public called the RSPCA and inspector Andy Broadbent was sent to the location. There he found Seren Coed with a serious and painful injury and called for immediate veterinary help.
It was thought she had been caught up in barbed wire and somehow got free and was left to fend for herself.
In RSPCA care Seren Coed’s injury improved and she showed great improvement. Once she was available for rehoming an appeal was issued as part of Homes for Horses campaign 2015.
Louise Merryweather immediately fell in love with Seren Coed when she met her during a visit to RSPCA’s Gonsal Farm Equine Welfare and Rehabilitation Centre in Shrewsbury.
“She is so unique and I am so proud of her,” she said. “Seren is such an amazing pony, I have ridden all my life and have owned and worked with lots of ponies, yet she is by far the most adorable sweet thing.
“I have two young children who adore her and she is so gentle around them. She is a very people-oriented girl who will follow me anywhere and she’ll do anything for a scratch!”
Seren Coed - now named Serendipity Coed - is growing up fast in her new home.
“She is growing a rapid rate,” said Louise from North Shropshire. “Although initially she was to be my children’s riding pony, I think she shall make about 14.2hh, as she now measures 13.3 at two-and-a-half.
“You can hardly see a mark now from her injury. It has perfectly healed up. She is very lucky.
“We’ve started calling her Serendipity and it really suits her nature.”
RSPCA equine rehoming officer for Wales, Gareth Johnson, said: “We are over the moon that Seren Coed found her forever home, especially considering that situation she was found in.
“It is really heartening to hear that she is doing well with her new family.”
There are plenty of homes needed for our rescue horses, ponies and donkeys. If anyone would like to apply to adopt a horse, pony or donkey please visit www.rspca.org.uk/homesforhorses.
|THANK YOU ASDA PENTWYN!|
MANY THANKS to Asda, Pentwyn for allowing us to collect there recently.
Staff and customers were very welcoming and helped us raise £199.30 towards our work with local animals in need!
Thank you all!
|RSPCA Cymru investigating following reports of cats being poisoned|
CAT OWNERS URGED TO BE VIGILANT FOLLOWING SUSPECTED CAT POISONINGS IN CHURCH VILLAGE AND RISCA
RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information and warning pet owners to be cautious in Church Village and Risca following reports of cats being poisoned.
The charity was contacted last week after a male tabby cat was sadly put to sleep on veterinary advice after he returned home to Abbey Court in Church Village extremely unwell and showing symptoms of poisoning.
A second report of suspected cat poisoning from nearby Abbey Court has also come in.
RSPCA inspector Sophie Daniels said: “The callers both took their cats to a vets where it was confirmed they had been poisoned. Sadly both cats were put to sleep on veterinary advice.
“We have no way of telling whether these were a result of a deliberate act or because of poisonous substances not being safely stowed away, but what is concerning is that this has also happened to a neighbour’s cat, so this could happen again.
“We are appealing for information to try and find out how these suspected poisonings could have happened. We also would like to warn cat owners in the area to take their cats to a vet immediately if they seem unwell.”
RSPCA deputy chief inspector Emma Smith is also investigating suspected cat poisonings at Ty Isaf Park Road, Risca, Newport.
“Sadly the caller has lost two cats to suspected poisonings. Both cats - one a five-year-old tabby and the other an eight-year-old ginger cat - were sadly put to sleep on veterinary advice after both returned home on different days with the same symptoms, where they were not able to stand,” she said.
“If anyone has any information, please get in touch. We would also like to warn cat owners in the area to be vigilant.”
Poisoning a cat deliberately is a criminal offence. Under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, the maximum penalty for those found guilty of this offence is up to six months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £20,000.
If anyone has any information about these incident or similar incidents in the area, they are urged to contact the RSPCA inspector information line on 0300 123 8018. Calls will be treated in confidence.
Some of the signs of poisoning are:
Appearing drunk and uncoordinated
The most important advice for cat owners is:
Be extra vigilant
Check the health of cats regularly
Know the signs and symptoms of poisoning and seek veterinary help immediately should any be seen
The sooner the cat receives veterinary treatment, the better chances of survival
|THANK YOU MADAME WAX!|
Thank you so much to Adele, Lyndsey and team at Madame Wax on St Mary Street. They raised an incredible £645 for the Branch during recent celebrations for their 1st anniversary
Your donation will make a big difference to our work with local animals in need. It was great to meet you - and your beautiful dogs, Sam, Alfie and Duke. Thank you!
|THANK YOU TO MORRISONS NEWPORT ROAD|
THANK YOU MORRISONS NEWPORT ROAD, for allowing us to collect there this week.
Thanks to staff, customers and our amazing volunteers (Steve, Pat, Sonya & Jason) we raised £222.34 towards our work with local animals in need.
Some pictures of our Afternoon Tea at ‘Miss Jones’ last week!
Again, many, many thanks go to the local businesses that provided raffle prizes:
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their delicious sandwiches and cake! Therefore, huge thanks must also go to the team at Miss Jones, Whitchurch who went out of their way to accommodate us and make it a lovely afternoon.
But thanks especially to those supporters who came along to make the afternoon a success! It was lovely to see you all there.
We raised an amazing £223, which will help local animals in need. Thank you!
We hope even more of our supporters will be able to join us at the next event in a few weeks’ time …… an Evening Quiz! Get your thinking caps on, start organising your teams ….. details to follow very shortly
|THANK YOU TESCO!|
Many, many thanks to Matt, Jackie and staff/customers at Tesco Extra, Western Avenue.
We were recently presented with a cheque for £352.20, raised by them at a recent car boot sale.
The Community Team appreciate that we are a local, self-funding charity and have been extremely generous with their time and support. Thank you!
|KEEP ANIMALS SAFE IN HOT WEATHER|
While most of us are enjoying the sunshine, please remember that animals can suffer badly in this weather. Here are the RSPCA’s top 10 tips on what to do to make sure they are safe from the heat:
|BABY BIRDS OUT OF THE NEST|
|Pet owners urged to be cautious after cat poisoning in Caerphilly|
RSPCA APPEALS FOR
INFORMATION AFTER A CAT WAS SADLY PUT TO SLEEP FOLLOWING INCIDENT
THE RSPCA is appealing for information
and warning pet owners to be cautious after a cat was poisoned in Caerphilly.
|DOGS IN HOT CARS - NEW CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED|
A list of top ten ‘hot spots’ have been released to coincide with gritty dogs in hot cars campaign.
Greater London has topped the poll for dogs in hot cars complaints, with Hampshire being a close second.
A coalition of animal welfare charities including us and the police have launched a hard hitting national campaign, warning people of the devastating consequences of leaving dogs in hot cars and urging people to dial 999 if they see an animal in distress.
Joining us are The British Veterinary Association (BVA), National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC), Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, Blue Cross, The Mayhew Animal Home, PDSA, Wood Green The Animals Charity and the National Animal Welfare Trust.
For the campaign, the organisations have recreated a harrowing real life incident, where a couple who had been shopping returned to find their dog had died from the heat.
Campaigner Violet Owens said: Nobody ever thinks it’s going to happen to them or their much loved dog, yet every year many people still gamble with dog’s lives and every summer dogs die in hot cars.
Many people still believe that it’s ok to leave a dog in a car on a warm day if the windows are left open or they’re parked in the shade, but the truth is, it’s still a very dangerous situation for the dog.
Just put yourself in their position and ask yourself how you’d feel about being trapped in a hot car, how unpleasant and frightening it would be.'
Recent British Veterinary Association research has shown nearly half of the vets questioned (48 per cent) treated animals for conditions related to hot weather during Summer 2014 - the vast majority of which were dogs.
Each year, ourselves and the police receive thousands of calls concerning dogs trapped inside cars on warm days. This poses a serious risk to dog welfare and many dogs still die each year.
When it’s just 22 degrees outside, a car can reach a staggering 47 degrees in an hour. Dogs can’t cool down in the same way humans can, so leaving a window open or parking in the shade will not keep the car cool enough.
Under the Animal Welfare Act owners have a duty of care towards their animals to protect their welfare needs and prevent suffering which includes not exposing them to extremes of temperature.
If a dog is left in a car on a warm day and suffers the owners could be at risk of prosecution.
Temporary Chief Constable Gareth Wilson, the NPCC’s (National Police Chiefs Council) national lead for police dogs, said, ' NPCC wholeheartedly support this campaign. Causing unnecessary suffering to an animal is an offence and the police take this issue very seriously.'
The coalition also believe that retailers, venues and car parks have a duty to ensure that when animals are on their premises, their welfare is being protected and if not, action is taken.
We believe it’s important to have clear procedures in place and clear information for their visitors reminding them of the risks of leaving any animal in a car.
Call on your local supermarket to help protect dogs this summer and join our campaign.
|RSPCA APPEAL FOR INFORMATION AFTER GULL WAS SHOT THREE TIMES BY AN AIR RIFLE IN CARDIFF|
GULL SHOT THREE TIMES BY AIR RIFLE IN CARDIFF
THE RSPCA is appealing for information after a gull was shot three times by an air rifle.
The RSPCA received a call from a member of the public on Saturday evening [13 June] after they found the injured gull at Lansdowne Road in Cardiff.
RSPCA inspector Sophie Daniels attended and took the bird to a veterinary surgery for an examination.
“An X-ray confirmed three air rifle pellets present and sadly due to the injuries the bird had to be put to sleep on veterinary advice,” she said.
“We are now appealing to anyone who may have seen the shooting in the area.
“Anyone with information about this incident can call the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018 in confidence.”
It is an offence to injure or kill a wild bird under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 except under licence and offenders can face a fine of up to £5,000 and/or six months imprisonment.
If you spot an animal in distress, please call the RSPCA’s 24-hour helpline on 0300 1234 999.
|RSPCA WEEK - 1-7 JUNE|
This year's RSPCA WEEK is 1-7 June. Can you help raise funds for the Branch during that week?
We will be collecting at Tesco Pengam Green on Monday and Tuesday and at Sainsbury Thornhill on Thursday and Friday. We also have collections (very early morning!) at Cardiff airport a few times this week, so please come and say hello if you are in store or jetting off this week!
If you are able to spare a couple of hours to help us collect at these venues, please let us know.
Here are just a few other ideas on how you and friends/colleagues can help raise the money we need to help local animals in need:
Fundraise at work with cake bakes, dressing down/up days or 'empty your pockets' collections!
Fundraise at school/college with an Art Attack competition, creating a piece of animal-themed artwork - or organise a fashion show - or a battle of the bands contest - or even a fancy dress day (teachers can join in too!)
Fundraise at home with coffee mornings, home made jam sales or babysitting.
Fundraise with friends at a pub quiz or karaoke night - or organise a speed dating night!
The funds you raise will help local animals in need - and you'll have lots of fun in the process!
For the more adventurous, why not sign up for the opportunity of a lifetime? You can SKYDIVE for free if you raise funds for the Branch. Contact us for details!
If you have any new and original ideas, please share!
As many will know, Branches are independent self-funding charities. We receive no direct financial support from the National Society of the RSPCA and no Government Funding. Our work depends entirely upon the funds we raise.
Would you like to help?
Please let us know if you need any sponsorship forms or posters etc when organising your event. And we can help promote it on our website & Facebook of course!
If fundraising isn’t for you, please remember that you can make a donation by text.
To donate £5, text:
PETS15 £5 to 70070
Or see our DONATE page for more information.
On behalf of the animals we help – thank you!
Tel: 029 20220511
And don't forget our Sponsored Dog Walk - 7 June
We hope to see you there!
|AN OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME!|
SKYDIVE FOR FREE
For those of you who fancy a challenge this year!
A once in a lifetime adrenalin rush - and a fantastic way to fundraise for the Branch - perhaps in a group with friends/colleagues!
Is this something YOU've always wanted to do??
Tel: 029 20220511
|TWO CATS ABANDONED IN PENARTH|
RSPCA appeals for information after the cats were found in a cat carrier
Friday 24 April 2015
THE RSPCA is appealing for information after two cats were apparently abandoned in an alleyway near a Penarth school.
The cats were found in a cat carrier in an alleyway near a school on Cornerswell Road in Penarth on Thursday 16 April.
The cats are now in our care and RSPCA inspector Gemma Black has been trying to track down the owners.
“Although both cats were chipped, one wasn't registered and the other doesn't have up to date owner details,” she said.
“We are appealing for information on these cats. Anyone who may have information should contact the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018. Maybe a parent or someone from the school may have seen something.
“We would like to remind people that it is important to make sure the details on their pets’ microchips are up to date.
|STORE COLLECTIONS 2015|
Would you like to join our team of volunteers who help us at store collections throughout the year?
This is a great way of volunteering for the Branch if you can only spare the occasional morning or afternoon.
|DELIBERATE CRUELTY TO PETS IS ON THE RISE WARNS RSPCA|
Annual figures reveal more complaints of deliberate cruelty including dog shot by crossbow bolt and dogs and cats beaten and kicked
22 April 2015
The RSPCA’s annual figures for 2014 show that cruelty complaints investigated by the charity in England and Wales have gone up once again.
More worrying still is that the numbers of complaints involving direct cruelty including beatings, improper killing, mutilation and poisonings have also increased and account for 13% of the complaints investigated in both 2013 and 2014.
The charity investigated 159,831 complaints in 2014 compared to 153,770 in 2013. A shocking 20,258 of these complaints involved alleged deliberate and often violent cruelty being inflicted upon animals. This was up from 19,683 in 2013.
RSPCA chief veterinary officer James Yeates said: “It is extremely concerning that we are still receiving more than 20,000 complaints about animals being deliberately caused to suffer and that’s 20,000 too many.”
“Most of the complaints we receive involve animals being neglected or not receiving the right care and often we can put that right by offering welfare advice. However, it is shocking that in 2014 people are still being deliberately cruel in what can be disturbingly inventive ways.”
Some of the animals abused in 2014 included:
A Staffie puppy, now named Dudley, caught on camera being thrown, kicked and having his head trapped in a door in Cumbria;
2014 was also the year that saw five prosecutions relating to the Neknomination online craze in which several people took part in ‘dares’ involving swallowing live fish, frogs and even a lizard.
The pets most likely to fall victim to alleged deliberate cruelty in 2014 were dogs (21,084), the majority of which (16,089) were reported as beaten, followed by cats (5,194) and rabbits and small animals (3,653)*.
But lots of owners listened to advice given by RSPCA inspectors. In 2014 the number of animal owners who were offered and accepted welfare advice increased from 76,810 in 2013 to 82,746 in 2014. Cases which had to be resolved by way of prosecution also decreased - with 1,029 people convicted of animal welfare offences in 2014, down from 1,371 in 2013.
The vast majority of RSPCA work is improving animal welfare by giving advice to owners.
James added: “Our aim is always to prevent cruelty so it’s really positive that a greater number of people followed our advice. Crucially this means that although we are still receiving complaints about cruelty we are often getting to incidents before suffering has occurred and helping owners to provide for their animals, whether that means getting veterinary care for them or just giving them the right diet.
“Sadly, though, where cruelty is still happening there will be a need to prosecute in the most serious cases and it is upsetting that so many people are still mistreating animals by deliberately causing them harm or by not providing them with the care they deserve.”
|Update on Jo's Trek!|
You'll remember Joanna O'Sullivan, who's kindly raising funds for the Branch.
She and her family planned to walk the full length of Offa's Dyke earlier in the month. Sadly, we've heard that her step daughter, Lisa, had a leg injury and they've had to postpone the end of the walk until June/July.
They had completed over 90 miles - a huge achievement in itself, considering the horrendous weather we had back then. Ever the optimist, Jo said that on the positive side this gives people even more time to show their support and sponsor her!
Please visit Jo's Just Giving page and pledge your donation today!
Thank you Jo - I'm sure we all wish Lisa a speedy recovery and look forward to hearing when you're back on the road!
|Thank you Morrisons!|
Many thanks to Morrisons Newport Road for allowing us to collect in store last week.
A total of £376.74 was raised over the 3 days, which is amazing.
Special thanks to Rachel, Community Champion at Morrisons, for her support - also to our incredible volunteers who give their time so generously when we ask for their help! And especially to customers at Morrisons for their donations which will help local animals in need.
|Thank you Tesco Extra!|
Huge thanks to the Community Team at Tesco Extra, Cardiff for donating pitch fees etc to the Branch on the weekend. In total we raised £385.98 (largely thanks to Tesco!) which will help local animals in need. Thank you so much for your support Matt, Jackie and Kate at Tesco - and thanks also to the stall holders who kindly donated their leftover stock for resale at our shops. We hope to be back soon, thank you!
|DOGS DIE IN HOT CARS|
Don't leave your dog alone in a car.
If it’s very warm outside and you’re going out in the car, think very carefully about what you are going to do with your dog. You should never leave a dog alone in a car.
the Police on 999.
If they can't help - phone the
RSPCA National Helpline - 0300 1234 999.
Can you spare the cost of an Easter egg this weekend?
To donate £3, please text PETS15 £3 to 70070
Your donation will help LOCAL animals in need. On their behalf, thank you!
|SPRING CLEAN FOR CHARITY!|
|JO'S ON HER WAY!|
Despite this shocking weather, Joanna O'Sullivan and team are a few days in to their walk along Offa's Dyke.
Joanna has kindly chosen to raise money for RSPCA Cardiff & District Branch - and would be very grateful, I'm sure, if you could show your support by sponsoring her:
We'll let you know when we hear from Jo but meanwhile you can follow her progress on her Just Giving page.
Good luck Joanne! Take care in this weather and let us know how you're getting on!
Many thanks to those who popped in to see us today. We'll look forward to welcoming you onto the team!
If you couldn't make our Volunteer Open Day, please contact us for a Volunteer Application Pack. There are many ways you could help:
|OFFA'S DYKE WALK WILL RAISE MONEY FOR THE BRANCH!|
Branch supporter Jo O'Sullivan plans to walk the full length of Offa's Dyke, raising much-needed funds for Cardiff & District on the way!
Here's Jo's story:
Hi – my name is Jo O’Sullivan.
Every now and again I come out with a mad idea and I think this may be one of them!
However, my love for animals is such that I needed to do something extraordinary to show how much I care. Working full time and having 3 dogs and 2 cats of my own, I never seemed able to devote my time to helping the charities – and let’s be clear I will only help animal charities, as very often they are dropped to the bottom of the pile!
I quite happily pay by direct debit each month to The Brooke Charity and WSPA and give donations in a tin if asked to do so but in November of last year, an article in the Barry Gem stirred something within me. It was asking for blankets, food, toys etc for animal rescue centres. It spurred me into raising some money with my friends and colleagues and purchasing a large number of items for donation, which was delivered just before Christmas. The recipients of the items were so overwhelmed it made me want to do more.
I began thinking - My step daughter had just moved down to Totnes and I thought ‘perhaps I can walk from Cardiff to Totnes but as the route was problematic, that idea was quickly shelved. I thought long and hard and in work one day, I said to my colleague, Sam, ‘What is the name of the border between England and Wales?’ – to which she replied, ‘ Offa’s Dyke’ – and there the idea was born. Having decided which charities I wanted to support – I made sure I told them straight away as I couldn’t pull out and let them down. Luckily Lisa, my step-daughter and her daughter Ella agreed to join me and my 3 cocker spaniels. My poor old husband is ferrying us between stops and putting up and taking down the tent. It’s a real team adventure.
The organisation of the walk is so much bigger than I anticipated – the training seems to be the easy bit and my dogs absolutely love the extra walking and hill climbing. Booking the accommodation – I deserved a medal just for that –and raising funds – now that is the tricky bit.
I chose the RSPCA because they are the first point of contact, and the Cardiff & District branch, because I wanted to keep it local. It is distressing when we hear or read of cruelty to animals in another area but it is also happening here and the more support that can be given to the local branch, and the more money raised, the more animals that can be reached.
I have set up a just giving page:
and would be grateful for absolutely anything you are able to donate to help me reach my target of £2,500 for the RSPCA Cardiff & District Branch.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and if you wish to join our little group along the border, I can supply a schedule of our daily walks and you are more than welcome – the more the merrier.
Please show your support for Jo, by joining her enroute! Or by making a donation via her Just Giving page.
Thank you Jo!
|COULD YOU BE A BRANCH TRUSTEE?|
The Branch is currently recruiting new Trustees.
|Is your rabbit a happy bunny?|
The RSPCA and University of Bristol reveal that it is feared that more than half of all pet rabbits* could be lonely according to a new survey.
|YOUR UNWANTED GOODS ARE VALUABLE TO US!|
Please remember that your unwanted goods & bric-a-brac,
unwanted gifts or old clothes (whatever the quality)
could raise the funds we need to help animals
throughout Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan
Donations can now be dropped at our new Branch Hub at
The Brickyard Business Park, off Western Avenue
(near Tesco Extra) Cardiff
(PLEASE CALL FOR DETAILS)
Or we can collect large quantities
PLEASE BAG DON'T DUMP!
On their behalf – Thank You!
Tel: 029 20220511
|TAKE THE PLUNGE IN 2015!|
Do you fancy a challenge in 2015?
You can experience the thrill of SKYDIVING FOR FREE while you raise much-needed funds for the Branch!
|Sixth council in Wales bans the use of sky lanterns|
RSPCA Cymru welcome Cardiff Council sky lantern ban
Monday 5 January 2015
RSPCA Cymru has welcomed the news that Cardiff Council has banned the release of sky lanterns and large bunches of balloons from all council buildings, venues and council-run events.
The ban, which came into force on 1 January, means that Cardiff Council is the sixth local authority in Wales to act against the use of sky lanterns.
RSPCA Cymru has long highlighted the dangers associated with the use of sky lanterns, and continues to call on the Welsh Government to implement an outright ban on their use across Wales.
Before Christmas and New Year, RSPCA Cymru issued a reminder to residents of the dangers associated with the use of sky lanterns.
Sadly, despite our advice, scores of sky lanterns were released over the New Year period. In the absence of a total ban, RSPCA Cymru continues to urge the public not to release them on private land.
In October 2013 the Welsh Government wrote to local authorities encouraging them to introduce a voluntary ban, and now six out of the 22 have done so.
Cardiff follows Caerphilly, Carmarthenshire, Conwy, Neath Port Talbot and Pembrokeshire, who have already introduced a ban to use sky lanterns on their land.
Sky lanterns (also known as Chinese lanterns) can harm wildlife, livestock and other animals by causing injuries that lead to suffering and a slow painful death. RSPCA Cymru strongly advises against their use and recommends that harmless alternatives are sought to prevent injury, suffering and fatality of animals.
Animals can also eat balloons and choke or become impacted.
RSPCA Cymru’s Public Affairs Manager, Chris O’Brien, said: “RSPCA Cymru is delighted to hear that Cardiff Council have taken this important step, which is good news for local wildlife, livestock and other animals.
"Having discussed this issue with the local authority, and worked with local residents eager to see action, we are delighted that Cardiff Council has recognised how much people care about the harm these sky lanterns can do.
“RSPCA Cymru will continue to campaign in the hope the 16 local authorities in Wales yet to take action follow the steps taken by the likes of Cardiff Council.
“Whilst an outright ban remains RSPCA Cymru's objective, local authorities can deliver a powerful statement to their local community and beyond by implementing voluntary bans on the land which they control.”
Cardiff Council’s cabinet member for environment, councillor Bob Derbyshire, said: “While we accept the popularity of mass balloon releases for charity and Chinese sky lanterns as it can be a striking sight, people have to realise that what goes up must come down.
“We are increasingly concerned that livestock and wildlife are swallowing or becoming entangled in a lantern's wire or bamboo frame.”
He added: “We hope many more councils and organisations will follow our lead on this and use their powers to stop this messy and hazardous practice. While no legal powers exist to ban or stop the release of sky lanterns and large numbers of helium balloons, we will now introduce a code of conduct which applies to all council buildings, venues and events and bring this ban in at the start of the New Year.”
To support RSPCA Cymru’s campaign and to urge your local council to ban the use of sky lanterns on council land visit http://www.rspca.org.uk/getinvolved/campaign/skylanterns
|RSPCA CYMRU ISSUE SKY LANTERN WARNING|
RSPCA Cymru issue sky lantern warning ahead of New Year’s Eve celebrations
People urged to consider the dangers of setting off sky lanterns
Monday 22 December 2014
RSPCA Cymru is reminding members of the public of the dangers associated with the use of sky lanterns ahead of New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Sky lanterns (also known as Chinese lanterns) can harm wildlife, livestock and other animals by causing injuries that lead to suffering and a slow painful death. RSPCA Cymru strongly advises against their use and recommends that harmless alternatives are sought to prevent injury, suffering and fatality of animals.
RSPCA Cymru has long highlighted the dangers of sky lanterns, and continues to call on the Welsh Government to implement an outright ban on their use across Wales.
Last year [October 2013] the Welsh Government wrote to local authorities encouraging them to introduce a voluntary ban, and so far five out of the 22 have done so. These are Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire, Caerphilly and Conwy.
RSPCA Cymru’s Public Affairs Manager, Chris O’Brien, said: “Sky lanterns can be popular as part of New Year’s celebrations, but it is vital the public understand the dangers associated with their use.
So far more than 200 people have urged their council to ban the use of sky lanterns on their land. To join in and take the action visit http://www.rspca.org.uk/getinvolved/campaign/skylanterns
He added: "Five local authorities in Wales have banned the use of sky lanterns on council-owned land, and we will continue to campaign in the hope the 17 local authorities in Wales will follow suit.
|JUST LOOK AT PERCY NOW!|
Percy - with a very proud Lydia!
It was lovely to hear this week that one of our 'railway pups' was successfully entered into the recent dog show at Cardiff Dogs Home - coming away with rosettes and a medal!
Percy was one of a litter of beautiful border collie pups found abandoned near a railway track back in 2011. They came into Cardiff & District Branch via an Inspector and were boarded with fosterers until old enough to be rehomed. They were all named after Thomas the Tank Engine characters ...... of course!
One of the fosterers, Mel, tells her story:
"As a foster caring family for the RSPCA Cardiff & District Branch we happily took in Percy and Emily as young pups from the same litter. Emily, the only girl, was successfully adopted out to a good home, then along came their brother Henry to share our home with Percy. Henry too was adopted and not long after, we fostered Gordon. Gordon went to another good home soon enough also. After all, who couldn’t resist such cute and clever border collie pups? All the while, our Percy, the scruffiest looking, littlest pup with his mild nature, remained with us throughout the comings and goings of his litter-mates. I would often tease my husband saying, “there’s something about Percy..” Eventually, I admitted that I wanted to adopt Percy. We already had Stellar, an 11 year old Belgian Shepherd and Brains, a 10 year old Springer Cross who were also smitten with the collie pups, especially Percy!
Mel, Lydia, Percy & Henry!
"Turns out we were all enamoured with Percy, so we happily adopted him through the RSPCA process in November 2011. From then on, Percy eagerly learnt much from his ‘Auntie’ Stellar and played lots with his ‘Uncle’ Brains. He has since done very well in obedience training and continues to please us by quickly learning agility skills and brain games. He easily catches any flying object and is a superb goalie in our garden! Percy recently won a medal and rosettes in the best rescued dog and best child handler categories at the Cardiff Dogs Home show. Our Percy, currently cwtched on the sofa, is a sociable, loyal companion animal. Thank you Percy for choosing our family. He is very much loved."
Thank you Mel - it's great to hear from you and to see that Percy is doing so well. What a handsome boy!
|MACAW FOUND ON CAERPHILLY MOUNTAIN|
RSPCA Cymru is appealing for the owner of a macaw found in Caerphilly to come forward.
|HALLOWEEN PARTY RAISES FUNDS FOR BRANCH!|
Many thanks to Rachel Pope and Mandy Mote, who organised a Halloween Party at Bedwas Sports Bar over the weekend.
Everyone who bought a ticket was asked to choose a charity - and we are the lucky recipients of the amazing £265 raised on the night!
As you can see, a great night was had by all! A massive thanks to everyone at Bedwas Sports Bar. Our work couldn't continue without people like you - thank you!
|OUR NEW ADDRESS!|
Apologies for any inconvenience while we've been moving Branch office.
We are now settling in and open to visitors!
Our new 'Hub' at the Brickyard is ideal for dropping off your donations of goods and clothes. There's plenty of parking space - and we are very near Tesco Extra in Western Avenue, if you want to drop in while doing your shopping!
We are currently open Monday to Friday - 9 to 4. However, as we sometimes have to work away from the office, please get in touch before making a special journey.
We have exciting plans for the Hub - and will eventually have a range of RSPCA goods on sale here, as well as at our shops - also details of animals available for adoption. At present it's our admin office, a collection point for donated goods and we have a range of advice leaflets available.
Please visit us when you can:
RSPCA Cardiff & District Branch Hub Units 1 and 2
The Brickyard Business Park
(Mail already sent to old address will be redirected)
Tel: 029 20220511
(Answerphone - please leave your details clearly and we'll get back to you as soon as we can)
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE CANNOT ACCEPT ANIMALS
ONTO THE PROPERTY
REPORTS OF CRUELTY OR NEGLECT AND INJURED STRAY OR WILD ANIMALS CAN ONLY BE DEALT WITH BY THE
NATIONAL SOCIETY OF THE RSPCA:
0300 1234 999 (24hr helpline)
You can also contact them via their website
click REPORT CRUELTY
NB Reports of STRAY DOGS should be made to your local Council Dog Warden
|Thank you Sophie!|
Many thanks to Sophie Harries - one of the Cardiff Half Marathon runners who kindly raised money for RSPCA Cardiff & District Branch.
Sophie was thrilled with her time of just 2 hours 11 minutes - raising £289, so far, for the Branch! Well done Sophie!
The money you raised will help local animals in need, so thank you once again from everyone here at the Branch.
If, like Sophie, you'd like to support the Branch, please visit our HOW YOU CAN HELP page for ideas on how you can raise funds or make a donation.
|Please get your pets neutered!|
You may be able to get help towards the cost of neutering your cat.
|She's done it!|
VOLUNTEER FOSTERER MICHELLE COMPLETES HER 40 CHALLENGES!
We've just had an update from our lovely fosterer, Michelle, who has completed the 40 challenges she set herself as she approached her 40th birthday! Michelle took the opportunity to raise funds for the Branch - and the total so far is an amazing £650!
This is a huge boost to Branch funds and we can't thank Michelle - and all her supporters - enough. Just incredible. Thank you!
Here's what Michelle has to say now that she's completed the challenges:
"I have finally finished my year of 40 challenges and have raised £650 for the RSPCA Cardiff! It has been a busy year full of fun, adventure, bruises, permanent scars, aches and pains. I also have suffered with anaemia which caused lack of energy, breathlessness and pain throughout the year, which made some of the challenges a bit harder, especially the physical ones!
"Thank you to all of you who donated and sponsored me, as this was the main reason for me doing all of this and I really appreciate it!
"My family have all had to be very patient with me this year and my husband deserves the highest praise as he had to put up with all my moaning! I have loved how much my children have been involved in all my challenges and it has helped to give them some great life lessons. I have also learnt a lot from them and in particular, not to give up which has earned me the nickname from my daughter of the 'Never Give Up Queen!' Since these challenges, they are always looking for ways to help people and do random acts of kindness, my 8 year old son attempted his first ever 5K run and my 6 year old daughter is determined to break more World records.
"At the end of it all, as I reflect back on the year, I am really glad I did it and am now just looking for a bit of a rest before may be a new challenge… but maybe just one this time!"
You can still read about Michelle's adventures on her BLOG.
And while her individual Just Giving page has now closed, Michelle asked us to remind you that you can still support her by making a donation to the Branch today. Just visit our DONATE NOW page for details.
Thank you Michelle!
|RSPCA issues warning of the dangers of litter to wildlife|
PLASTIC LITTER TRAPS HEDGEHOG
Tuesday 9 September 2014
THE RSPCA is warning of the dangers of litter after a young hedgehog became trapped in a plastic lid.
A kindhearted member of the public discovered the poor creature at Willowbrook Gardens, St Mellons, Cardiff yesterday morning at around 7am (8 September) and placed the hedgehog safely in a box until RSPCA animal collection officer Gary Lucas arrived.
He said: “The juvenile hedgehog had its head stuck in a piece of plastic. I was able to cut off the lid and I have taken it to the vets for a weight check before release.
“We urge people to throw away their litter responsibly. Animals like hedgehogs are attracted by leftover food in containers like bottles, pots and tins and can get trapped or injured by litter.
“Make sure you clean food containers and place them carefully into a rubbish or
recycling bin out of the way of wildlife.”
Call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999 if you find a sick or injured hedgehog or take it into a wildlife centre. Put them into a large box with plenty of clean, fresh hay, newspapers or dry leaves until the hedgehog can be picked up and keep human contact to a minimum.
For more information visit http://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/litter
|Jenny completes London to Paris Cycle Ride!|
Many, many thanks to Branch Supporter Jenny Buckland. Jenny recently completed the London to Paris cycle ride, raising funds for Cardiff & District Branch.
“I have been a supporter of the RSPCA for quite a few years now donating monthly and regularly visiting my local shop with items for them to sell. I have been cycling since I was a child but have never tried anything quite so challenging as 300 miles in four days! I wasn’t sure what to expect, apart from tired legs and a sore backside!
“It was a great feeling to be cycling up the Champs Elysees after a fabulous four days of hot and sweaty riding with more than 170 great people all raising money for some fantastic charities around the UK
“I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a manageable challenge. We certainly felt we had a once in a lifetime experience and I'm now thinking of what to do next!”
There’s still time to show your support, by making a donation today at Jenny’s Just Giving Page:
Thank you Jenny, we’ll look forward to hearing about your next challenge!
|Cardiff buskers make a donation to the Branch!|
Many thanks to students Jacob and Lucas who, after busking in Cardiff city centre last Friday, donated the money they raised to RSPCA Cardiff & District Branch!
It looks like they had fun, I'm sure they cheered up passers-by ..... and the £41 raised will help local animals in need!
Thank you boys!
If YOU'd like to raise much-needed funds for the Branch, please take a look at our HOW YOU CAN HELP page for ideas!
|RSPCA Cymru is encouraging people to get behind their sky lantern campaign|
What goes up must come down….
RSPCA Cymru is calling on members of the public to push councils to ban sky lanterns
RSPCA Cymru is encouraging people to get behind their sky lantern campaign.
The Welsh Government has called on local authorities to bring in a voluntary ban. At the moment four out of the 22 local authorities in Wales have a ban on the release of sky lanterns on council land. The four councils are Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire, Caerphilly and Conwy.
Sky lanterns (also known as Chinese lanterns) can harm wildlife, livestock and other animals by causing injuries that lead to suffering and a slow painful death. RSPCA Cymru advises against the use of sky lanterns and recommends that harmless alternatives are sought to prevent injury, suffering and fatality of animals.
RSPCA Cymru is joined by farming unions, fire and rescue services and the Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales in warning of the dangers associated with lantern use and their sale has already been banned in countries such as Austria, Germany, and Malta.
RSPCA Cymru Head of External Affairs Claire Lawson said: “We would urge people to be mindful of the risks to people, animals and the environment that sky lanterns pose and refrain from using them.
“We are pleased to see that four local authorities have agreed on a ban, but we would like to see more. We are urging people to contact their councils to push for the ban.
“Ultimately we would like to see the Welsh Government ban the use of sky lanterns across the whole of Wales.”
To support our campaign and to urge your local council to ban the use of sky lanterns on council land visit http://www.rspca.org.uk/getinvolved/campaign/skylanterns
|MICHELLE'S 40 CHALLENGES - AN UPDATE!|
We've had an update from Michelle - our amazing fosterer who's currently raising money for the Branch.
Please support Michelle by making a donation today via her JUST GIVING page:
As I approached my 39th birthday, I did start feeling a bit old and suddenly very aware of the milestone of 40. The list of 40 challenges seemed like a great idea after a couple of drinks and the list of suggestions from friends for the final 40 list ranged from extreme to bizarre to the downright ridiculous! After much deliberation, I thought I had set a list that was achievable but would also push my resolve, fitness levels and determination. I chose things that were things I had always secretly fancied doing or things that I wanted to improve on or just prove to myself that I could do anything that I set my mind on and hopefully make it a year to remember!
All in all it has been a busy year full of fun and adventure. My favourite challenges have been the Big Zipper, the Bike Ride, Chocolate Games and the Kindness Acts. The challenges that involved other people taking part with me have been the most fun and memorable and made me feel closer to friends and also helped me make new friends.
The challenges that I disliked the most were the 40 days without chocolate, the 40 hour silence and the Ukelele (as I couldn't do it). I managed to conquer one phobia (Bridges) but think I might have picked up a new one - 'slides' after my most traumatic moment during a challenge, which was towards the end of the mudrunner event.
As I reflect back on the year, I am really glad I did it and I feel proud that I managed to achieve so much and in particular what I set out to do. I have learnt some important life lessons and taught my children a few along the way and I managed to raise money for the RSPCA. I'm not sure what my fortieth year will bring, but I think I will have to set myself a few small challenges throughout the year just to keep myself motivated, but just not 41!
If anyone would like to contribute to my RSPCA fundraising page, here is the link... https://www.justgiving.com/Michelle-Reed-perez1/
Almost there now Michelle - keep up the good work!
Read more at Michelle's BLOG.
|CHARITY SHOP VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!|
|BAG DON'T DUMP !|
|LOOK BUT DON'T TOUCH|
Look but don't touch when it comes to wildlife
RSPCA remind public baby wild animals may be better off left alone
year the Society is flooded with calls from well-meaning people who misguidedly
take in young animals fearing they have been abandoned or orphaned. In fact the
youngsters’ parents are often waiting nearby – and in many cases the animal
would be better off left alone.
RSPCA wildlife scientific officer Llewelyn Lowen said the public should leave young animals alone and only consider intervening if the youngster is sick, injured, in immediate danger or clearly orphaned and in need of help.
|AN UPDATE ON MICHELLE!|
Our amazing fosterer, Michelle, has now completed 19 of her 40 challenges!
She's raised over £500 for the Branch so far - incredible! Thank you so much Michelle!
The picture shows Michelle and friends on a 40 mile bike ride recently and she tells me there are more fun activities coming up very soon. News on those when we have it!
If you’d like to show your support for Michelle, please follow her blog:
To make a donation, please visit her Just Giving page:
Thank you Michelle!
|VOLUNTEER INCOME/STOCK GENERATOR REQUIRED|
We are looking for a dedicated Volunteer Income/Stock Generator, to assist mainly with:
|VOLUNTEER VAN DRIVER/ASSISTANTS|
Love the great outdoors?
Can you spare a few hours a week to help your local RSPCA Branch?
Enthusiastic and reliable volunteer/s required to assist with stock collection and delivery. May also be required in the distribution and collection of sacks to private households. Individuals need to by physically fit as this can be demanding, but rewarding.
|DO NOT DISTURB!|
RSPCA urges `Do not disturb' as baby birds begin to leave the nest
As nesting and fledgling bird season begins RSPCA asks the public to be aware
Thursday, 20 March, 2014
For further advice contact the RSPCA’s 24-hour cruelty line on 0300 1234 999
|MICHELLE SURVIVES 40k CHALLENGE!|
Our brilliant volunteer fosterer, Michelle, successfully completed her 4 x 10k runs recently. What an achievement!
You can see from the pics that it was certainly a challenge! By the end of the 4 days Michelle was suffering from painful shin splints, hip bursitis, bloodied toes, blisters, swollen ankle, a bloody knee (after taking a tumble) and a bit of a hobble, she says!
You may remember that Michelle is completing 40 challenges to celebrate her 40th birthday – and is taking the opportunity to raise money for Cardiff & District Branch.
As ever, we are extremely grateful Michelle – keep up the good work!
If you’d like to show your support for Michelle, please follow her blog:
To make a donation, please visit her Just Giving page:
And Michelle’s latest challenge? FORTY DAYS WITHOUT CHOCOLATE! That surely deserves some recognition??
Thank you Michelle!
|SPRING CLEAN FOR CHARITY!|
|RSPCA CYMRU WELCOME COUNTDOWN TO COMPULSORY MICROCHIPPING IN WALES|
Welsh Government notify dog owners of the need to microchip their dogs by 1 March 2015
Wednesday 5 March 2014
The Welsh Government's statement confirming that it will be a compulsory requirement for all dogs to be microchipped as of 1 March 2015 has been welcomed by RSPCA Cymru.
Today’s announcement means that dog owners across the country now have 12 months to ensure their pets are microchipped to comply with the new regulations.
The RSPCA has led the campaign on this issue in Wales for decades, believing that compulsory microchipping will help to make it easier to identify the owners of those dogs that have strayed or are being mistreated, neglected, abandoned or lost. For this reason today's announcement by the Minister for Natural Resources and Food, Alun Davies AM, is warmly welcomed as a useful tool in encouraging more responsible dog ownership.
RSPCA Cymru’s head of external affairs Claire Lawson said: “Microchipping is fantastic in many ways, not least in increasing the chance of reuniting lost or stolen dogs with their owners.
"While warmly welcoming this announcement we will continue to campaign for an annual dog registration scheme to ensure the validity of the microchip database.
"We look forward to working with the Welsh Government, public and local authorities to promote this law change and to ensure compliance”.
Michelle during her 40hr silence!
One of our amazing fosterers, Michelle Reed-Perez, is currently undertaking 40 challenges to celebrate her 40th birthday this year - and she's taking the opportunity to raise much-needed funds for the Branch as she does so!
We caught up with Michelle recently to find that she's almost half way through:
“I have so far completed 13 challenges with the 40 hour silence by far the hardest! I am now just about to tackle my hardest sporting challenge, trying to complete four 40k runs in four days, starting with the St Davids Day run on 2nd March. I have been suffering from shin splints and hip bursitis so it is going to be a painful and tricky challenge! I am also giving up chocolate on the 5th March for 40 days which is also going to be tough for a chocoholic like me!”
Michelle completes her third 10k run today and the last of them tomorrow. Amazing!
Read about Michelle’s adventures on her blog:
One of Michelle’s challenges is to get people to donate money to charity and sponsor her during this crazy quest. And luckily for us, she has nominated RSPCA Cardiff & District Branch as her chosen charity.
Please visit Michelle’s Just Giving page and show your support by making a donation today:
|BRING A BAG TO WORK FOR CHARITY!|
|JOIN THE TEAM!|
|RSPCA WARN AGAINST WORRYING NEW CRAZE|
INFLUX OF CALLS ABOUT GOLDFISH BEING EATEN AS PART OF DRINKING GAME
Wednesday, 5 February 2014
The RSPCA is condemning an alarming new trend involving fish being eaten as
part of a bizarre drinking game.
The RSPCA Cruelty & Advice Line is – 0300 1234 999
Or you can write via the MY RSPCA section of their website – www.rspca.org.uk
|APPEAL FOR INFORMATION ABOUT SUSPECTED BIRD SHOOTINGS IN RHONDDA CYNON TAF|
RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information following reports that a number of birds have been shot in Beddau.
Over the last month some local residents say a number of birds – including crows, blackbirds and magpies – have been shot by someone using an airgun around the Gwaunmiskin road area.
On Tuesday RSPCA inspector Simon Evans who is investigating the alleged incidents, retrieved a dead crow which is believed to be one of the victims.
He said: “It seems that someone is taking shots at birds in this area and we need to find who is doing it and put a stop to it. Air weapon attacks cause a great deal of pain, distress and death to a huge number of birds and animals each year.
“We need to get the message out that using living creatures as target practice is illegal and utterly inexcusable.”
All wild birds are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. The shooting of some birds is only allowed under licence for specific purposes. It is an offence to intentionally injure, kill or take a wild bird under the Wildlife and Countryside Act and offenders can face a fine of up to £5,000 and/or six months imprisonment.
Anyone with information about these incidents is urged to contact the RSPCA inspector’s information line information line on 0300 123 8018 and leave a message for inspector Evans. Calls are treated in the strictest confidence.
|RSPCA CYMRU WELCOME ROYAL ASSENT OF FLY-GRAZING LEGISLATION|
AMs must now ensure equine welfare remains high up on the political agenda.
RSPCA Cymru is delighted that the Control of Horses (Wales) Bill has received Royal Assent yestoday.
The new law will equip local authorities in Wales with additional powers to tackle fly-grazing and abandonment problems which can have severe consequences for animal welfare and community safety.
RSPCA Cymru firmly believes this is a positive step forward but does not provide all the answers to Wales’ equine crisis, the scale of which was highlighted in the Equine Welfare Indicators Report launched in November 2013.
Around 3,000 animals across the nation are still thought to be at risk with issues of traceability, identification, irresponsible ownership, tethering and the regulation of sanctuaries all needing continued action from Wales’ decision-makers.
In response to an RSPCA Cymru campaign last year, the Welsh public sent over 1,600 letters to their Assembly Members urging them to vote for the Bill but also play their role in ensuring equine issues remain on the political agenda in Wales.
RSPCA national director for Wales and lead on equine issues, Steve Carter said: “We have been very pleased to work closely with the Welsh Government and Assembly Members during this Bill's legislative journey and are delighted that it has finally become law.
“Moving forward, it is hoped local authorities across Wales will be in a position to utilise their enhanced powers to tackle fly-grazing and abandonment, but with resources remaining an issue for many councils across Wales we would encourage the Welsh Government to consider this when assessing the success of the new legislation.
“As the battle to tackle Wales’ horse crisis continues, it is essential equine welfare remains high up the Welsh Government’s agenda”
|WE NEED YOUR OLD CLOTHES!|
|HAPPY TAILS ..... FROM CANADA!|
It’s always great to hear how our adopted animals are getting on. And recently we heard about a dog adopted from RSPCA Cardiff & District back in 1999 ……. who’s now living in Canada, lucky thing!
Bess’s mum, Jane, sent us the following:
“I thought you might like to see a dog that came from the RSPCA Cardiff MANY years ago and is slowly coming to the end of her wonderful life with us.
We adopted Bess in 1999. She was a cute, boisterous cross breed that had obviously had a home that wasn’t all bad but needed a new one. She joined our home in Dinas Powys at that time and spent a few years LOVING runs to Cosmeston, shopping in Cardiff and any other trip she could be part of.
We moved to Llanmartin where she loved long long walks in the countryside and also spending time with her “grandparents” while we worked.
In 2003 we moved to Canada and Bess of course came with us.
Since then she has had a trip to the US as well as many long road trips all over Canada including the east coast – Nova Scotia and surrounds where she got to see the sea again.
Bess fell in love with Canada as much as we did, if not more…..loving the fresh water of Lake Huron, all the new animal smells from skunks to bears, winters of digging in snow banks to find scents and long hot summers laying in a dirt hole beside the deck.
Like I said, she’s coming to the end of her life now….getting slower and thinner and sleeping more but still loving her daily outings and seeing her friends.
I highly suspect she wasn’t actually 4 when we adopted her cos I really don’t think she’s 19 now but maybe she’s around 15.
We were absolutely thrilled to hear from Jane and to see the lovely photos of the family and of beautiful Bess enjoying life in Canada. Many, many thanks for thinking of us from afar and especially for giving Bess such a wonderful home.
Please share YOUR Happy Tails …… wherever you are in the world!
|LOST AND FOUND PETS|
CHARITY ANNOUNCES CHANGE IN LOST & FOUND SERVICE
The RSPCA is announcing a change in the way that reports of lost and found animals are logged.? From 1 December 2013, members of the public will be asked to go to Pets Located.com if they have lost a pet or found an uninjured stray domestic animal.
From 1 December, anyone who wishes to report a missing pet or tell us about an uninjured stray they have found will be asked to go to www.petslocated.com to register the animal’s details.?
The service already exists to register reports of lost and found animals, but this is the first time that the RSPCA will be using it for all lost and found enquiries that it receives by telephone as well as online.?
The service will be there for members of the public, but RSPCA branches and will also be able to input the details of any animals which have been found and handed into them, providing a searchable network of stray animals dealt with by the RSPCA.?
RSPCA National Control Centre Process and Performance Manager Joanne explains:? “This new way of logging lost and found animals means that our cruelty line will be able to take more calls about sick, injured or suffering animals, helping us to reach the animals who most need our help.?
“That’s why we’re pleased to be using Pets Located.com – for the first time there will be a online service that members of the public, RSPCA staff and professional can use.?
“We hope it will mean that there will be a greater chance of people being reunited with lost pets as reports of lost and found animals will be in one place and can be easily matched up.”?
Catherine , founder of Petslocated.com, says: “As a keen animal lover I have first-hand experience of losing a pet and I know how distressing it can be. The idea of Pets Located.com is to have all lost and found animals in one place.? Our automated online matching service aims to reunite pets as quickly as possible with their owners.?
“We are extremely proud to be working with the RSPCA and are looking forward to reuniting many more pets with their owners in the coming years.”?
Pets Located.com is free for those reporting a found animal and anyone wishing to log a lost pet is asked for a fee of £10+VAT to use the service for 12 months, which includes posting details of the lost pet online and on social media and the facility to create your own ‘lost pet’ poster, as well as giving access to the database of found pets.?
People should continue to check with local services such as dog wardens and vets if their pet becomes lost.?
You can find out more at www.petslocated.com
The RSPCA also recommends animals as one of the best ways of being reunited with a pet if it goes missing.?
Please contact the Branch for details on our service.
Also, you are still welcome to post LOST & FOUNDS on ourFacebook page:
|HISTORIC SEAL FUR BAN UPHELD|
RSPCA welcomes decision as ‘game changing’
|RSPCA CYMRU WELCOMES PROGESS OF FLY-GRAZING BILL THROUGH ASSEMBLY|
Control of Horses (Wales) Bill progressed through Stage 2 of the legislative process today.
Thursday 14 November 2013
RSPCA Cymru has welcomed the Control of Horses (Wales) Bill’s progress through stage two of the National Assembly for Wales’ legislative process.
Though not a panacea, the Bill promises to be a positive step forward and will enable local authorities to better deal with fly-grazing and abandonment. We continue to support the Welsh Government’s decision to legislate.
RSPCA Cymru’s Head of External Affairs, Claire Lawson commented: “Further to today’s proceedings, clarity has been added to many parts of the Bill, including on the issue of the giving of notices and of the publication of costs, which will strengthen the legislation.
“We welcome the Minister’s commitment to publish a report detailing third party costs, which could improve transparency and demonstrate clearly the involvement of organisations such as animal charities in the delivery of this bill.
“We look forward to continuing to work closely with the Welsh Government and Assembly Members to ensure the legislation tackles a problem which can prove severely damaging to animal welfare and community safety.”
|PLEASE LIKE US!|
RSPCA Cardiff & District Branch would LOVE to hit 1,000 ‘likes’ on our Facebook page by the end of the year!
A tall order, but you can help! PLEASE 'like' us and share with all your friends/family.
The more followers we get, the more people we reach with our ‘Appeals for Information’ which help the Inspectorate teams catch the people responsible for the appalling animal cruelty we’re seen recently.
The more followers we get, the greater the chance of rehoming the lovely animals we have in our care, desperate for a second chance.
And the more followers we get will hopefully mean an increase in (much-needed) donations, fundraisers and volunteers.
We NEED people to like us! And we need your help to achieve our (first) 1,000 target.
Please share all our posts, spread the word and encourage your friends to show their support by ‘liking’ our page.
|MICHELLE'S 40 CHALLENGES!|
One of our amazing fosterers, Michelle Reed-Perez, has come up with the brilliant idea of completing 40 challenges before her 40th birthday next August. And she is very kindly donating monies raised to RSPCA Cardiff & District Branch!
Here are a few words from the lady (some may say crazy lady!) herself ……
“I’ve been fostering for the Branch for two years and during this time I’ve fostered eight hamsters, two guinea pigs and eleven rabbits! It has been so rewarding and my children and I have loved looking after them and seeing them go off to their forever homes. The biggest surprise was when we had a new influx of three rabbits to find that the one girl had given birth to five babies just in time for Easter! The staff at the branch do a fantastic job with very limited resources and I just hope that my madcap 40 challenges will help raise some money for them, as I’m sure it will go a long way.
Knowing that the Branch needs to urgently raise funds in order to continue with and expand their work helping local animals, I decided to combine my support of the Branch with a personal challenge to celebrate my 40th birthday next year.
In a mad (possibly drunken) moment, I decided that I was going to set myself some stupid challenges this year that would not only raise money for the Branch, but would also force me to finally do some things I’ve always wanted to do and never got round to. So I am attempting to do 40 challenges before my 40th birthday next year (Aug 23rd). You can view the list of the 40 challenges and see my progress through this blog:
My Just Giving page can be found here:
I’d be really grateful if you could follow me and make a donation if you are able to. Wish me luck! Thank you!”
Michelle completed her first challenge over the weekend – a 40 hour fast! We think that deserves a round of applause in itself! And following that, maybe she’s well on her way to completing Challenge 26 (take a look!)
The picture shows Michelle enjoying her first bite to eat following the challenge. And well deserved too!
We are so grateful to Michelle for her support – please visit her Just Giving page to read more and to make a donation ….. and remember to check how she’s getting on by reading her blogs.
Thank you Michelle!
And good luck!
|RSPCA CYMRU WELCOME UK GOVERNMENT PLANS TO BAN ALL WILD ANIMALS IN CIRCUSES|
Announcement paves the way for a total ban in Wales
|RSPCA CYMRU WELCOME WELSH GOVERNMENT PLANS TO STOP FLY-GRAZING|
Control of Horses (Wales) bill aims to establish a fly-grazing free Wales
Monday 14 October 2013
RSPCA Cymru has welcomed the Welsh Government’s publication of draft legislation aimed at tackling fly-grazing and abandonment of horses and ponies across the country.
The Minister for Natural Resources and Food, Alun Davies AM, today announced his intention to fast-track the Control of Horses (Wales) Bill through the National Assembly for Wales’ legislative process.
The Bill will give local authorities the power to seize, impound and make arrangements for horses found fly-grazing or abandoned on public or private land without permission. Furthermore, owners will be given only seven days to come forward and will also be liable for costs incurred by the local authority during this period.
RSPCA National Director for Wales, Steve Carter said: “While not a panacea, we believe this is a positive step toward tackling the equine crisis in Wales and fully support the Minister’s decision to legislate.
“In response to the Welsh Government’s consultation on equines, RSPCA Cymru emphasised the need for better legislation, traceability, education, enforcement, resources for local authorities and sharing best practice. We remain committed to these aims and the resurrection of the national equine database and mandatory microchipping for all horses.
“We hope the legislation will provide local authorities with a consistent and effective way of dealing with incidents of fly-grazing and abandonment but will also allow for a multi-agency approach to the problem. Successful convictions, like that of horse trader Tom Price, are dependent on coordination between all agencies and this approach remains essential to improving enforcement and welfare.
“Any delay to this Bill could leave animals to suffer throughout the coming winter. We look forward to working with the Welsh Government and Assembly Members as this Bill progresses through the Assembly”.
|RSPCA CYMRU WELCOMES MINISTER’S ACTION ON SKY LANTERNS|
Natural Resources Minister asks local authorities to ban sky lanterns and helium balloons
Thursday 10 October 2013
RSPCA Cymru has welcomed the news that the Minister for Natural Resources and Food, Alun Davies AM, has written to all local authorities in Wales to encourage them to introduce a voluntary ban on the release of sky lanterns and helium balloons.
The letter warns of the danger and stress that sky lanterns can pose to animals and has highlighted the fire risks, as demonstrated by the recent fire at the plastic recycling plant in the West Midlands.
Across the UK, organisations including the RSPCA, RSPB, Marine Conservation Society, farming unions and fire and rescue services have warned of the dangers associated with lanterns and their sale has already been banned in countries such as Austria, Germany, and Malta.
RSPCA Cymru Head of External Affairs, Claire Lawson said: "The RSPCA, along with other organisations has advised against the use of sky lanterns for some time and is pleased by this positive step in Wales toward achieving this aim.
“These lanterns can harm wildlife, livestock and other animals by causing injuries that lead to suffering and a slow painful death and we recommend that harmless alternatives are sought to prevent injury, suffering and the death of animals.
“We look forward to the issue being debated by Assembly Members next week and hope that the views of all concerned organisations will be taken into account.”
Cymru’s briefing on sky lanterns can be found at the following link:
|DOGS DIE IN HOT CARS|
|Leave those gulls alone|
Leave those gulls alone
RSPCA and City Wildlife Care are ‘inundated with young gulls’
Friday 19 July 2013
Newport based City Wildlife Care and RSPCA Cymru are asking the public to think twice before picking up young herring gulls.
City Wildlife Care says it has been inundated with young gulls and recently accommodated 40 birds, many of whom were brought in by concerned members of the public.
Both organisations will rescue and collect sick and injured birds but people are starting to collect healthy young chicks that do not require attention.
A spokesman for City Wildlife Care said: “Well meaning people are picking up healthy young chicks and bringing them to us. Roofs are getting very hot in this weather resulting in birds getting down to ground level to cool down. They have not been abandoned by their parents and more often than not are being well looked after by them! We will of course take in sick and injured birds but we do not have the space for healthy gulls.”
RSPCA chief inspector Elaine Spence said: “We will of course do our best to rescue any animal that is suffering but we are receiving too many calls regarding healthy gulls. We would urge the public to only contact the RSPCA where they believe a bird is injured or suffering.”
|GET TO KNOW A STAFFY CAMPAIGN|
Take a look at the RSPCAs 'Get to know a Staffy' Campaign:
RSPCA Cardiff & District Branch
Units 1 and 2
The Brickyard Business Park
Tel: 029 20220511