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11 incidents a day: The devastating consequences of litter on animals
Did you know? Between 2019 and 2020, our hard-working team dealt with a whopping 8,092 calls concerning animals being injured or caught up in general litter.
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Vet careers: a blog by David Couper, RSPCA West Hatch Animal Centre

David is a wildlife vet at our West Hatch Animal Centre, building a career for the last 18 years with us.

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Nine facts you need to know before getting guinea pigs
Guinea pigs are very active, they can be awake for up to 20 hours a day - you don't need much beauty sleep when you're a guinea pig!
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Four big ways we're helping lab animals
To mark World Day for Animals in Laboratories (Saturday 24th April), we're looking back at some of our specialist Animals in Science team's key activities and achievements from the past 12 months.
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A walk on the wild side: Why mindful walks don't have to be left in 2020
"I'm really keen to reach out and show that we really do care about wildlife outside of the uniform. We're real people who enjoy the many ways that nature can benefit us all - we all need Vitamin N!"
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Study shows how playing with your cat every day can reduce how much they hunt wildlife
Researchers found that just five to ten minutes of daily play with an owner resulted in a 25% reduction in hunting. This new research helps give cat owners ways to protect wildlife whilst still being kind to their cats.
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Four curious facts you probably didn't know about rats
"I never really meant to have pet rats, but when two young rat pups needed a home - I couldn't say no! They quickly stole my heart - one was incredibly clever (he quickly learnt how to open the door to their enclosure!) and the other was the cuddliest boy - only really happy when he was asleep across my lap."
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Meet the unwanted lockdown puppies
"There was a huge surge in demand for dogs during lockdown as families made the most of spending more time at home. What concerns us is what's happening to these 'lockdown puppies' now and what will happen to them over the coming months."
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Help us change the law for neglected animals like Eric
"We've been training him in preparation for this day, to help him adjust to the life that has been put on hold for him. He is an absolute goofball with a huge heart, and a simple change in the law could have really changed his life."
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8 reasons why you should adopt a rescue guinea pig
"When you adopt you're creating space in a rescue centre so you're effectively helping more animals than just the ones that you adopt. Plus, your adoption fee goes towards helping more animals!"