|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.
|RSPCA appeal after five kittens found in a suitcase in Cardiff|
RSPCA appeals for information after five kittens were found abandoned on a footpath in Grangetown
The three male and two female kittens were found at 1pm on Friday (1 August) by a member of the public on the footpath that runs at the back of Clive Street, Grangetown. One kitten had been stuck in the zipper of the suitcase.
The kittens, who are around nine weeks old, had fleas and dirt in their fur. One of the kittens had a sore right eye but they are in a healthy condition.
RSPCA animal collection officer Rachel Chapman said: “They are lovely kittens. It is just so sad that someone has just left them. We would rather the person called us first instead of just being irresponsible and abandoning their pets.”
The cats have been placed into our care and will be made available for rehoming if the owners do not come forward.
In another incident, a black and white cat and her 10-week-old kitten were found at around 9am on 28 July scratching and crying in a closed box in an alleyway to the side of Frank Road in Ely.
A kitten was also found near Moy Street in Roath on the same day (28 July) at around 4.30pm. The scared moggie who is grey/white in colour, had been running in and out of traffic.
Anyone who may have information about this incident should contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999. Calls are treated in confidence.
|APPEAL FOR OWNER OF SIAMESE CAT FOUND IN CAERPHILLY|
RSPCA reminds owners to microchip their pets
“Owners often come forward because they have seen our posters but have not chipped their cats because their cats never go out or, if they do, they stay near home. But, even if a cat goes just a short way from home, or gets out by accident, they can become sick or injured and without a microchip we have very little hope of reuniting them with their owners.
Anyone with information should call the RSPCA on inspector’s information line 0300 123 8018 in confidence
|HELP KEEP ANIMALS SAFE IN THE HEAT|
HELP KEEP ANIMALS SAFE IN THE HEAT, URGES RSPCA AFTER SPATE OF HORRIFYING CALLS
Pets, wildlife and
farm animals are all falling victim to the heatwave, warns the charity, as
calls pour in about animals affected by the scorching temperatures
|Warning for pet owners as summer heats up|
Dog owners have been urged to keep their pets cool this weekend to avoid the heartbreak of losing a much-loved companion
Thursday, 17 July 2014
· Cloud cover can disappear quickly.
· All dogs will suffer, but some dogs are more prone to heatstroke. For example, dogs that are old, young, short nosed, long-haired, overweight or heavily muscled are more at risk, as well as dogs with certain diseases.
· Temperatures in air conditioned cars can reach the same temperature as outside within just five minutes of the air conditioning being turned off.
The most obvious sign of
heat stroke in dogs is excessive panting and profuse salivation. Other signs
include overly red or purple gums; a rapid pulse; lack of co-ordination;
reluctance or inability to rise after collapsing, seizures, vomiting or
diarrhoea and in extreme circumstances coma or death.
We’d like to say a big thank you to some of our dedicated volunteers who help us with various store collections throughout the year.
Pictured are Laura, Steve & Jason who recently collected at Tesco Superstore Barry. Thank you guys, you did an amazing job raising much-needed funds for the Branch!
|COULD YOU BE A BRANCH TRUSTEE?|
RSPCA Cardiff & District Branch
RSPCA Cardiff & District Branch is an independent, self funded charity which has been in existence for 140 years. Throughout this time we have continued to help local animals in need. Although we do not have an animal centre in Cardiff, we remain committed to supporting those animals most in need of rescue and rehabilitation by working with our local RSPCA inspectorate officers in providing funds for boarding of all species. We also help pet owners on low income and in receipt of benefits with vouchers towards the costs of emergency vet bills, neutering and micro-chipping their animals. Over the coming year, we are aiming to be involved in community events, some in partnership with other animal charities and neighbouring branches where we offer financial support, help and guidance on many animal welfare issues. We are continuing our drive to raise additional income through a programme of shop opening and fundraising initiatives and will shortly be opening a central ‘hub’ to encourage extra volunteer support and to enable us to have a more accessible donation point for saleable goods to supply our three shops.
This is an exciting and challenging time for the Charity and we wish to appoint additional Trustees with skills to complement those of our existing Trustees. The role will require a commitment of approximately 3 to 4 hours per month to attend meetings and offers the opportunity to get involved with specific pieces of work. This is a voluntary position and is therefore unremunerated.
|CHARITY SHOP VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!|
|BAG DON'T DUMP !|
|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.
Please help support the Branch during RSPCA Week!
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!
|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.
|APPEAL AFTER DEAD DOG DUMPED IN VALE OF GLAMORGAN VILLAGE LANE|
Thursday 27 March 2014
|LOST IGUANA NEEDS TO FIND WAY BACK HOME|
|AMAZING TEAM EFFORT TO RESCUE PONY IN CARMARTHENSHIRE|
Goldie the Welsh Mountain pony is safe and sound after three days stranded at cliff base
A Welsh mountain pony has been successfully rescued from the base of a cliff in Carmarthenshire following a major two-day rescue operation involving the RSPCA, coastguard and fire service.
Two-year-old gelding, “Goldie” had slipped 20 metres down a steep slope into an isolated cove at Marros near Pendine and was unable to get back up.
The RSPCA were called by the coastguard on the evening of Sunday 23 March but as it had already started to become dark it became clear that there would be no easy way of getting the pony off the beach that night. As the pony was uninjured and in good health and the coastguard advised that the incoming tide could not reach him, Goldie was left overnight with fresh water and hay.
The following day, Monday 24 March, a team from the RSPCA and coastguard returned with a vet to the cove. It was agreed that the safest way of getting Goldie off the beach was by airlifting him by helicopter. Unfortunately the RAF didn’t have a helicopter available and a second option of swimming the pony into the sea and attaching him to the RNLI lifeboat was also ruled out due to the rough seas and high wind. With options fast running out it was reluctantly decided to leave Goldie for another night and try again the following day.
On Tuesday 25 March a team from the RSPCA, coastguard and Mid and West Wales fire service decided that sedating Goldie and hoisting him up the cliff face using the fire service’s heavy-lifting equipment was the only option.
Goldie was checked over again and found to be in good health. He was placed in a safety harness, and once sedated by the vet was quickly wrapped in heavy-duty tarpaulin which acted like a protective bag around him while he was slowly hoisted to the top of the slope. Once at the surface he was gently brought round and within 20 minutes was walking around as if nothing had happened!
RSPCA inspector Richard Abbott said: “The forces of good came together on day two of this rescue. A large coastguard team and Mid & West fire service turned out to help this little Welsh mountain pony, who we have affectionately nicknamed Cliff.
“It was a very difficult walk to get to Goldie with heavy kit, but team work, good weather and a very well behaved pony meant Goldie was rescued with absolutely no injuries at all”.
Mid and West Wales fire and rescue service Station Manager, Simon Pearson said: “We had a good mile and half walk to the rescue location with various items of equipment which created a physically demanding start to the operation. However, we worked well with our partners in what was a very challenging and technically demanding rescue. The fire crews from Whitland did an outstanding job and I’d like to extend my thanks to them and all our partners for their work in bringing the horse to safety.”
Goldie has now been returned to his owner who is absolutely thrilled to have him back safe and sound.
|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!|
|MAKE A DONATION BY TEXT TODAY!|
|Geckos dumped among communal bins in Vale of Glamorgan|
6 March 2014
Fourteen geckos have been found dumped among communal bins in Penarth. The lizards were discovered inside four plastic boxes by a local resident who was using the bins at Park View Court, Andrew Road on Sunday (March 2 2014).
There was no food or water inside the boxes but the geckos were in good condition when RSPCA Inspector Gary Lucas collected them from the surprised resident.
They were transferred to a local wildlife centre where staff are currently caring for the geckos while investigations are carried out.
Inspector Lucas said: "We are trying to find out where these lizards came from and how they came to end up among these bins.
“It is unusual because there was such a large number of them which makes it more likely that someone will have information about where they came from.
“Fortunately they were discovered before they came to any harm but I would like to remind people that it is never acceptable to dump animals like this."
Anyone with information should contact the RSPCA inspector information line on 0300 123 8018 and ask to leave a message for inspector Lucas. All calls are in confidence.
|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!|
|CATS CAUGHT IN HOMEMADE SNARES|
RSPCA Cymru appeal for information after two cats are caught in homemade snares
THE RSPCA is appealing for information after two cats from the same household returned home with snares around their necks in the Vale of Glamorgan.
The first cat returned to his home at Wren road, St Athan on Sunday 16 February with a snare wrapped so tightly around his neck he could hardly breathe.Fortunately the owner was able to remove the snare and the cat was uninjured. On Friday 21 February the owner’s other cat returned home with a snare around her neck. Again the snare was removed and the cat was lucky that she wasn’t seriously injured.
Both snares were homemade from thin wire and the RSPCA is appealing for anyone with information about them to get in touch.
RSPCA inspector Selina Chan is investigating the incident and said: “A snare is a wire noose which is attached to a stake or heavy object that acts as an anchor to stop the animal escaping. The more the animals struggles to free, the tighter the snare becomes. This can result in the animal dying a slow and painful death from injury, strangulation or starvation, or being killed by predators.
“If the snare comes away from the anchor, the animal can be left with it still firmly attached - the animal may then die from its injuries or because it cannot fend for itself.
"Snares are indiscriminate and while they are usually set to catch a fox or rabbit, the victim is quite often a badger, cat or dog. Surveys by the RSPCA have shown that only a third of animals caught in snares were the intended species, with cats trapped in the largest numbers.
"Under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 it is illegal to set any trap or snare likely to cause injury to protected species. People need to be aware that they leave themselves open to prosecution if they are not abiding by the laws and guidelines on trapping animals.”
The RSPCA is opposed to the manufacture, sale and use of all snares and any traps which cause suffering.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call the RSPCA inspector’s appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and leave a message for Inspector Chan.
|JOIN THE TEAM!|
|ARE YOU READY FOR A CHALLENGE?|
|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
|TINY KITTEN IS STILL PURR-FECT AFTER HAVING A SPOT OF ENGINE TROUBLE|
Thursday 30 January
RSPCA Cymru is trying to trace the owner of a tiny black kitten who got stuck in the engine of a car in Barry.
The kitten, who is around 7-8-weeks-old, had to be rescued by South Wales Fire service after she was discovered in the Peugeot car parked on Coldbrook Road East yesterday (29 January 2014).
The RSPCA was contacted by the fire service and collected the kitten who fortunately was unharmed by her experience.
Inspector Danielle Baber said: ”Kittens are curious by nature but luckily this cheeky creature’s adventure didn’t result in any harm coming to her.
"She is a very vocal little cat with lots of personality but sadly she isn’t microchipped or wearing ID so we have no idea where she came from. If anyone in the Barry area is missing a black kitten, I would urge them to contact us immediately.”
Anyone who thinks they know who this kitten belongs to is asked to contact the inspector’s information line on 0300 123 8018 where they can leave a message for Inspector Baber. All calls will be treated in confidence.
|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”
|CAT FOUND IN BARRY WITH “WORST MATTED FUR” INSPECTOR HAD EVER SEEN|
110 grammes of matted fur was removed from the cat’s body
Tuesday 21 January 2014
RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information about a cat found in Barry with “the worst matted fur” ever seen by an RSPCA inspector.
The female tortoiseshell and white cat was discovered in Hunter Street by a member of the public last Tuesday (14 January 2014). The cat was in a very poor state, she was underweight and lethargic and wasn’t wearing a collar. Following an examination by a vet, 110 grammes of matted fur was removed from the cat’s body. It was also established that the cat wasn’t microchipped.
Inspector Sophie Daniels said: ”This poor cat had the worst case of matting I have ever seen, the fur had knotted into tennis ball-sized lumps all over her body. She was in a very poor condition and had runny eyes and breathing difficulties.
“We would like to trace the owner of the cat and would like to speak to anyone who recognises her or who has information about where she might have come from."
Anyone who has information about this incident is asked to to contact the inspector’s information line on 0300 123 8018 where they can leave a message for Inspector Daniels. All calls will be treated in confidence.
|WE NEED YOUR OLD CLOTHES!|
|MYSTERY OF DOG FOUND ON TRAIN|
RSPCA CYMRU APPEAL FOR HELP IN SOLVING MYSTERY OF DOG FOUND ON TRAIN
Chihuahua was found on train at Swansea
Friday 17 January 2014
RSPCA Cymru is issuing an urgent appeal for information after a dog was found alone on a train in Swansea.
The sandy coloured chihuahua was discovered in carry case by a train guard on the Arriva Trains’ Manchester Piccadilly to Carmarthen service yesterday afternoon (Thursday 17 January).
The dog is thought to be elderly but seems to be in good health and is currently in the care of the RSPCA while efforts are made to trace the owner.
Inspector Nic De Celis said: “There could be someone out there who is missing this dog and is frantic with worry and we’d really like to reunite them with their pet. But at the moment the reason why this dog was left alone on the train is a complete mystery.
“We are keen to speak to anyone who has any information, whether they noticed the dog while travelling on the train or if they know of someone who is missing a chihuahua”.
Anyone who has information about this incident is asked to to contact the inspector’s information line on 0300 123 8018 where they can leave a message for Inspector De Celis. All calls will be treated in confidence.
|RSPCA INVESTIGATE DEATHS OF TWO PUPPIES IN CARDIFF|
Dogs were dumped in a cage opposite caravan park
Thursday 16 January 2014
RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information about the deaths of two puppies whose bodies were found inside a cage on Wentloog Avenue in Cardiff on Monday (January 13th 2014).
The male and female brindle and white pups were about six or seven weeks old and were found opposite the entrance to the Shirenewton caravan park.
There was a plate of red-coloured food in the cage, which looked like curry, along with a white and blue patterned sheet or curtain for bedding.
Inspector Simon Evans said: “We are treating this incident very seriously. We don't know if the puppies were already dead when they were dumped or simply left there to die but we want to hear from anyone who saw anything in the area, or who has any information about these puppies”.
Anyone who has information about this incident is asked to to contact the inspector’s information line on 0300 123 8018 where they can leave a message for Inspector Evans. Calls will be treated in confidence.
|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!
|APPEAL FOR INFORMATION|
APPEAL AFTER DEGUS FOUND DUMPED IN CARDIFF
|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”.
We’ve been asked for a few ideas on how people can Fundraise for the Branch. Here are a few tried and tested favourites:
- Cake Sales
- Come Dine With Me Weeks
- Fancy Dress (Halloween?)
- Murder Mystery Nights
- Charity Pub Quiz
- Sponsored events – such as SKYDIVING (ask 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 or Lottery Funding. Our work helping local animals depends entirely on the funds we can raise. So if YOU’d like to fundraise for the Branch, we’d be extremely grateful!
Please let us know if you need any sponsorship forms or posters etc when organising your event.
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.
Our work depends on your generosity – thank you!
Tel: 029 20220511
|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.”
Apologies for any inconvenience while we move office.
|GET TO KNOW A STAFFY CAMPAIGN|
Take a look at the RSPCAs 'Get to know a Staffy' Campaign:
RSPCA Cardiff & District Branch
ST DAVID'S HOUSE
Tel: 029 20220511