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Off The Leash cartoon encourages people to adopt rescue dogs
We've teamed up with acclaimed cartoonist Rupert Fawcett - famed for his Off The Leash series - to spread the 'Adopt Don't Shop' message this National Dog Day (26 August).
Rescue dog helped his new owner through cancer
Ravi was so emaciated when we rescued him that he was on the brink of death. But he’s gone on to be a lifesaver for his new owner during her battle with cancer.
International Blind Dog Day
This week, on Wednesday 23 August, we’re celebrating the first ever International Blind Dog Day. We’re joining dog owners with blind pets across the world to celebrate their special and unique pooches.
The recent horse crisis sees a 55 percent rise in rescues
We've launched a fresh appeal to horse lovers to help horses as new figures show we've rescued 55 percent more equines from cruelty and neglect last year.
Patch's miraculous recovery!
Patch was suffering from a rare and complicated condition that meant he had to be fed in a special high chair. But now he’s found a new home, and has recovered enough to eat normally again!
Rare grey long-eared bat in our care
A bat believed to be one of the rarest mammals in England, with just a few thousand estimated to be living in the wild, is being cared for round-the-clock.
Black cats hoping to be lucky
We showcase some of the cats in our centres looking for homes to mark Black Cat Appreciation Day.
A dozen lucky rescue ponies find new homes at Equifest
At their first visit to a horse show since being saved, 12 ponies we rescued were adopted by visitors at Equifest this past weekend.
Proposal for mandatory CCTV in abattoirs
Environmental Secretary Michael Give announces proposals to make CCTV mandatory in all slaughterhouses in England. We wholeheartedly welcome this movement.
Horses make amazing recovery despite severe neglect
A man has been disqualified from keeping all animals for 20 years after severe neglect to ten horses.
The amazing world of rescue horses at Equifest
Horse lovers should head down to Equifest horse show this month on 9th - 13th August.
For the love of cats...
Whether pouncing on their favourite toy or curling up on your lap and purring - we're a nation of cat lovers with an estimated 9.5 million to 11.6 million pet cats in the UK.
Stray cat gives birth to kittens in tree
We're caring for a feral cat and her kittens after they were born in a tree in west London.
'Balloon Syndrome' hedgehog released back into wild
A hedgehog who had inflated to twice his size has been released back into the wild after several weeks in our care.
Statement regarding Panorama programme
We're disappointed to learn that BBC Panorama will broadcast a programme about the RSPCA on Thursday 3 August 2017.
Kitten rescued from fire
A tiny kitten has been rescued from a garden fire and is 'lucky to be alive'.
Tiny Eddie saved from busy road
A baby bunny who weighs less than a bag of sugar has been saved from a busy bypass in Liverpool.
The lethal impact fishing litter has on wildlife
With National Fishing Month underway, we highlight the lethal impact fishing litter has on wildlife with the release of our latest figures.
Volunteers make 1,000 animal rescues in just seven months
Our wildlife casualty volunteers mark their 1000th animals rescue in just even months.
Trio of kittens dumped in a shoebox - and left on London bus
We're caring for three young kittens who were dumped in a box - and left on a London bus.
Tourists can help tackle cruelty
The flights are booked and the route is planned and you’re ready for that trip of a lifetime.
Newcastle bin found in Scarborough marine litter clean-up
Wheelie bin from Newcastle found during marine litter clean-up in Scarborough
27 poodles rescued from squalor
Woman banned from owning dogs after 27 poodles rescued from squalor.
New figures reveal sheer scale of online puppy market
New figures jointly released today by us and Gumtree reveal the sheer scale of online puppy market - and increasing problems of unscrupulous breeders and dealers.
Lost cat finds his way to an RSPCA shop for a helping paw
A missing pet cat from Bolton was reunited with his family after he turned up at the doors of our Bolton Branch charity shop.
Potter piggies looking for home
Two Guinea pigs are desperately looking for homes after 21 'wheeks' of waiting.
Airgun attacks reported to us set to reach a five-year high
We back calls for tougher legislation on weapons.
Now that's just batty - tiny bat found in plug hole
We were called to rescue a tiny bat pup in a plug hole at a property in Chislehurst on Sunday, 2 July.
Cat recovering from injury which left his jugular exposed
A cat who arrived in our care with a hole in his neck - which was so deep it exposed his jugular vein - is waiting for his purr-fect home.
Cat-astrophe strikes for trapped cats
It's a well known fact that cats can get themselves stuck… a lot!
Along with coastguard we help a porpoise stranded in harbour
A harbour porpoise who got lost and ended up stranded in shallow water in North Yorkshire had to be helped back to sea by a team of animal rescuers.
Sick shar pei used as 'breeding machine' before being dumped
We're investigating after a severely emaciated dog is dumped unable to walk with claws so overgrown they curled round three times.
Rescue dog becomes the first Staffie to sniff out explosives
Our rescue dog’s amazing achievement as she becomes first explosives search Staffie
Four animal cruelty convictions per day
Six-month prison sentence 'just not tough enough' as we highlight shocking animal cruelty cases
Our tennis-loving dog Murray predicts 2017 Wimbledon winner
Who will have an ace and slam the competition at this year’s tournament? Bulldog Murray has his say on who he predicts will take home the trophy...
Dogs in the office could make staff more productive...
As people across the country enjoy Bring Your Dog to Work Day, we urge more businesses to consider adopting permanent dog-friendly schemes
'You wouldn't believe she's the same dog'
Dying dog found dumped on rubbish heap being nursed back to health by our staff in real-life rags to riches tale...
We receive over 700 calls about dogs overheating
We warn owners it's not just hot cars which can put their dogs in danger during the heatwave.
Cat crisis as more than 800 of our kittens need homes
Centres struggling to cope with influx of cats and kittens needing homes as shocking figures highlight a national cat crisis.
The secret to happy bunnies
Our rabbit fosterers have been sharing their nuggets of advice and revealed that one of the secrets to a happy bunny is...hay!
'Nanny' gelding takes orphan foal under his wing
An Andalusian horse has taken on the surprising role of foster parent to our foal who was orphaned just one month ago.
Tunbridge Wells and Maidstone Branch statement
Our statement in response to the recent story about the RSPCA Tunbridge Wells and Maidstone Branch
RSPCA governance review
Our response to the recent governance review
Fewer issues at 'quieter' and 'friendly' Appleby Horse Fair
We describe this year's Appleby Horse Fair as 'quieter' and 'friendly', with fewer animal welfare issues than last year, though it wasn’t without incident.
Is Nibbles the unluckiest cat in England?
We're desperately seeking the purr-fect home for a puss we believe could be the ‘unluckiest cat in England’.
Cat found hung with twine noose on London housing estate
We're launching an investigation after a woman discovered the body of a cat hanging from barbed wire with a twine noose.
Countdown on to Appleby Horse Fair
Officers from the RSPCA are getting ready for their annual visit to Appleby Horse Fair. It’s the charity’s biggest deployment of staff.
Do you have the drive to volunteer?
We're looking for volunteer drivers in Bristol and Exeter to transport animals to re-homing centres so they can begin their search for a new forever home.
Stoatally soaked and motherless
We rescue a tiny, bedraggled baby stoat from drain in Eggborough, Goole.
We're set to rescue a cat every 15 minutes this summer
Cats may be one of the UK’s best loved companions but our figures, released today (June 1), show the popular pussy cat is a pet in crisis.
Otterly adorable: Orphans celebrate their wild side
Playful otter cubs “Solent” and “Sarum” are busy building their strength up at the RSPCA’s West Hatch animal centre in Somerset in preparation for being introduced back into the wild.
Suspended jail sentence after man admits hotel cat beating
The cat was beaten to death with a piece of wood; with the culprit also banned from keeping any animal for four years after RSPCA Cymru action.
'My three dogs died in a hot car, my carelessness killed'
We have released a hard-hitting video in a bid to reach pet owners across the country and raise awareness of the dangers of leaving pets in cars on warm days.
Horror footage: Men torture rat and launch out of a cannon
Horrific footage showing a rat being forced into a metal pipe before being launched into the air using a makeshift cannon is being investigated by us.
Can I hitch a ride with you? Stowaway kittens from Poland
A lorry driver travelling from Poland to the UK had a shock when he found four stowaway kittens in the back of his lorry.
We remind dog walkers to take care around livestock
We're reminding dog owners and walkers of the importance of keeping their pets under control to avoid devastating attacks on livestock.
Appeal for information after dog abandoned behind building
We're appealing for information after a dog was abandoned behind an empty building, where he was found lying on broken glass.
Nominations for RSPCA National Council
Members of the RSPCA are now invited to vote in the 2017 RSPCA National Council election.
We're called to car wash to rescue pigeon covered in paint
One of our officers were left baffled after being called to rescue a PINK pigeon from a car wash in Lancashire.
Young Photographer Awards open for entries
Springwatch presenter Chris Packham is calling on young animal snappers to enter this year's creative camera contest.
We bounce into action after wallaby found at side of road
One of our officers jumped into action after a lost wallaby was found at the side of a road in Walsall.
We and fire crew free freezing fox cub from drain
A frightened, freezing fox cub needed oxygen after being pulled from a drain in London this week.
Look before you lop
We're cautioning gardeners to be extra careful during their Spring tidy-up to avoid disturbing or harming wildlife and their young - or risk breaking the law.
Our busy season begins with baby animals in need of help
The days are longer, the flowers are blooming, and Easter has been and gone. That can mean only one thing - spring has sprung in England and Wales.
We appeal after two owls in a week get stuck on glue traps
We're warning about the dangers of glue traps after two tawny owls had to be rescued in the same week after becoming trapped in the West Country.
Disabled dog makes amazing recovery after being dumped
A dog who was unable to walk when she was heartlessly abandoned from a vehicle has made an amazing recovery and will soon be looking for a loving new home.
Hoppy Easter! We celebrate rabbits
From the Easter Bunny to Roger Rabbit, rabbits are a firm favourite with families nationwide.
Suspended prison sentence for woman who breached animal ban
A woman has been given a suspended prison sentence after she breached a lifetime ban on owning animals, after she was found to own two cats - one of which had to have a leg amputated because of neglect.
Terrier rescued who dug under neighbour's house
We joined forces with fire crews to rescue a cheeky canine who got himself stuck after digging under a neighbour’s house in Wiltshire.
3.6 million animals helped since Animal Welfare Act began
On the tenth anniversary of the Animal Welfare Act we reveal how it's helped almost 3.6 million animals since the landmark law came into force.
Ring-tailed coatimundi found by shocked dog walker rescued
Officer rescues unusual mammal found wandering in North Yorkshire.
One year on: Is compulsory microchipping working?
On 6 April 2016 it became a legal requirement to have your dog microchipped. One year on, is compulsory microchipping working?
Prank calls revealed to tackle time wasters
A wild velociraptor on the run, a fire-breathing dragon in the garden, and an elephant hit by a car. If you were thinking these were all April Fool’s jokes then you’d be wrong...
We investigated almost 150,000 cruelty complaints in 2016
Our animal cruelty investigations are up by nearly five percent in a year to more than 400 a day.
Dumped foals collapsed in mud rescued hours from death
We are appealing for information to find the people responsible for dumping two poorly foals in a muddy field just hours from death.
Boa constrictor found in Oxfordshire
We were called to collect an 8 foot-long boa constrictor who was found in a field in Banbury.
Deer tangled in sports netting
We've helped to rescue a buck that had become tangled in netting at a sports ground in Plymouth.
Voting opens for 'Paw-fect' pet photos in People's Choice
A tortoise about to munch on some lunch, spaniels playing at the seaside and a kitten paw-ing at dust are just some of the images that are in the running for our People's Choice award this year.
Cat and eight kittens found dumped in a suitcase
We're investigating after a cat and her eight kittens were found abandoned inside a zipped-up suitcase on a disused railway line in Essex.
Dog Theft Awareness Day
Imagine that thieves made off with something that can't simply be claimed on insurance and replaced - your beloved dog.
Staffies take top spot in our list of most rescued breeds
The Kennel Club revealed that French bulldogs are due to overtake Labradors as the UK’s most popular dog, but we’ve released figures that paint a different picture of the most common dog in England and Wales
Disabled dogs dumped on the road now living 'life of luxury'
Two tiny chihuahuas who captured the hearts of animal lovers across the country after being dumped by the side of a road - one blind, one with part of a leg missing - are now "living the life of luxury".
We help hundreds of cats through pioneering new scheme
This World Spay Day (28 February), we're celebrating the success of a project, which has been running in Manchester for 14 months.
Otter cub separated from mum in storm Doris rescued by us
An otter cub separated from her mum during Storm Doris is recovering after being rescued by us.
Horsing around! We're called to rescue...plastic pony
RSPCA officers were called to investigate claims a horse had been tied to the back of a trailer by it’s legs - only to find the filly was a fake and made of plastic!
Six seals released back to the wild
Six seals rescued and rehabilitated by us have been returned to the wild at Combe Martin beach in North Devon just before a high tide.
Heartless! Four-day-old pup dumped like rubbish
A four-day-old puppy that was dumped by bins just a day before high winds ravaged the British Isles has been named after storm Doris.
We're appealing for information after a poorly lurcher was found abandoned in Peterborough.
Limping kitten rehomed with TV star Emily Berrington
From garden shed to green room - limping kitten rehomed with TV actress Emily Berrington who says adopt, don't shop.
Foster home for pony found with horrific leg wounds
Elsa, a pony dumped with horrific leg injuries has finally left our specialist equine centre in County Durham after almost a year of care.
Broken-hearted Molly has life-saving surgery on Valentine's
A rescue dog in our care who urgently needed heart surgery has had the life-saving operation - thanks to generous donations from the public.
Hoppy Valentine's Day: Florist finds frog in bouquet!
A tiny African amphibian has caused a whole bunch of trouble after stowing away in a bunch of flowers.
Unlovables? Revealing our most 'unwanted' pets
This Valentine's Day do you have room in your heart for one of our most 'unloved' animals? Figures show that these breeds/colours are our least desired pets.
Curious cat rescued from eight-inch wide gap between houses
A cat who had become wedged between two brick walls at a home in Stoke-on-Trent has been rescued after a four-hour operation.
Defra support our right to prosecute
We’re pleased that Defra has today supported our right to continue taking private prosecutions.
Emaciated body of starved dog found dumped
We're investigating after a dead dog was dumped in a bin bag by a garage in South East London - in a horrifically emaciated state.
Chameleon found abandoned in Hounslow garden
Investigations are underway after a resident found a colourful visitor in her garden earlier this month - a panther chameleon.
Harvest mice get 'ace' new tennis ball home
Two tiny harvest mice are keeping cosy in a surprising new mouse-house until they can be released back into the wild.
Pigeon rescued after hanging from bridge by fishing line
We rescued a pigeon after he got tangled in fishing wire - leaving him hanging over a canal bridge.
Injured dog that has been straying for two years rescued
RSPCA Cymru worked with Dyfed-Powys Police to complete the rescue, after the dog was involved in a road traffic collision.
Appeal for information after puppy is dumped in Birmingham
We're appealing for information after a puppy was abandoned inside a phone box.
Appeal for owner of stray corn snake found in bathroom!
A Plymouth woman had quite a shock when she returned home from the shops to find the snake on her shower's curtain rail!
He should have wheelie bin careful!
A kitten who got his head stuck in a drainage hole at the bottom of a communal waste bin was rescued in a joint operation between us and West Midlands Fire Service.
Feeling blue? Our funniest calls to put a smile on your face
We lift the gloom of Blue Monday with funny tales of bizarre rescue call-outs. Our funniest call are bound to put a smile on your face.
Could Friday 13th be lucky for these black cats?
For some reason, black and white cats tend to stay in our rehoming centres longer. Will you let one of these marvellous moggies cross your path this Friday 13th?
'Oh! I didn't seal you there!'
A New Year often means a new start for lots of us who use the date to start searching for a new home.
Dog thrown out of car window on New Year's Day
We're appealing for information after a dog was thrown out of a car in Willenhall, in the West Midlands, in the early hours of New Year’s Day.
'Miracle' chihuahuas seek paw-fect home
When two tiny chihuahuas were found dumped by the side of a busy road - one blind and one missing a foot - their future didn’t look bright.
Animal organisations, vets and public back #EndBSL campaign
Over 50,000 people have backed our campaign for an end to the controversial legislation which bans four types of dogs being kept in the UK.
Become an RSPCA Council member
Would you like to use your skills and experience in becoming one of the RSPCA's charity trustees?
Blackbird freed from bird feeder!
An injured blackbird who got stuck inside a suet ball holder in Berkshire was freed yesterday by one of our inspectors.
Eight out of ten people want Brexit to help animal welfare
Our recent poll has revealed eight out of ten people want animal welfare laws improved or at least kept the same after we leave the EU.
Oh deer! Buck finds himself in a tangle
We're urging the public to clear up their rubbish after we rescued a deer tangled in rope in Sussex.
Stolen rabbit is rescued from roof of house
A rabbit which had been stolen in a suspected burglary was rescued by us - from the roof of a two-storey building.
Bald dog Ivy gets new coat for Christmas!
A dog that was suffering from a horrific skin condition that had left her virtually bald, has made a staggering recovery in our care and is now looking for a new home.
Cat returns home for Christmas after being missing 4 years
A cat has been reunited with her family for Christmas four years after she went missing from her Kent home.
Serving ideas for Christmas leftovers
We've come up with a few tips for those inevitable Christmas leftovers. And none of them are turkey sandwiches!
Poorly Bearded dragon dumped 'like rubbish' in carrier bag
A bearded dragon has been found dumped in a plastic bag on a Monmouth doorstep.
It's a dog's life at Christmas!
Dogs are more likely to be lavished with Christmas presents and festive treats than cats, new figures reveal.
We rescue neglected Persian cats
We're appealing for information after two young Persian cats were found abandoned in Biddenden, Kent.
Incredible squirrel rescue!
A grey squirrel was freed from the grill of a car in the North Wales area with the help of local mechanics.
Flying home for Christmas!
The red-footed booby bird that was found on a beach in East Sussex earlier this year has been flown 5,000 miles home for Christmas.
Rescue dog gets 180k views starring in Christmas Video
We launched a heartwarming video last week starring a rescue dog rehomed by our Halifax, Huddersfield and District branch. The film has been a huge hit with viewers and we couldn't be prouder of the star.
'Park Life' fox image wins Young Photographer Award 2016!
A stunning image of an urban fox sipping from a puddle has taken the top spot at this year’s Young Photographer Awards.
Gate me out of here! We rescue fox impaled on metal railing
A fox had a lucky escape after we rescued him from a metal spike on an iron gate on Monday, 5 December.
Poorly bat rescued in Deeside by RSPCA Cymru
RSPCA Cymru has rescued a poorly, long-eared bat in the Deeside area, saving the vulnerable animal from bad weather conditions, after it was spotted hanging still and not flying.
Appeal for information after dog is rescued
We're appealing for information after a dog with injuries consistent with fighting with badgers was found in Walsall.
We've won Most Popular Charity Website 2016!
We’re very pleased to announce that we’ve been awarded Most Popular Website in the charities category of the Website of the Year awards 2016!
Information Commissioner's Office Statement
Information for supporters and members on the ruling by the Information Commission regarding the RSPCA.
A spike in numbers! We're heaving with hedgehogs
Winter is always a busy time for our wildlife centres but this year has seen hundreds of hedgehogs being admitted for care.
Rescue of mallard found with elastic band round bill
Appeal for postal workers and public to pick up elastic bands to prevent wildlife from suffering after mallard found with elastic band wrapped around his beak.
Badger looks sett for a hole lot of trouble!
A curious badger found himself in a hole lot of trouble after falling into the empty footings of a swimming pool in Lincolnshire.
Baby rabbits dumped on doorstep
We are appealing for information after four baby rabbits were dumped on the doorstep of a Rugeley home.
Horse with broken neck dumped and left to die
We're appealing for information after a colt was dumped by the side of the road with a broken neck in Derbyshire.
French bulldog pups found abandoned in cardboard box
A pair of terrified French bulldog puppies have been rescued by RSPCA Cymru, after being found in a cardboard box in Pontypool Park.
Gizmo's coat was stained with urine and faeces
Carrie Evans took on a frightened lhasa apso puppy purchased as part of an undercover investigation of a puppy farm in Bradford.
Chameleon rescued from Thames pathway
We are appealing for information after a chameleon - thought to be an escaped or abandoned pet - was found in a poorly state, walking along a pathway by the Thames in Greenwich.
Sick and dead puppies found dumped in Oxfordshire
We're launching an investigation after two sick and three dead puppies were found dumped in a crate in Oxfordshire.
We will continue to prosecute animal abusers
Today we're reassuring supporters that we will continue our long history of prosecuting horrific cases of animal abuse and neglect despite calls to the contrary by a small number of MPs.
Sssurprise dissscovery for York couple!
A couple had quite the fright last month when they found a snake in their airing cupboard. They later found he'd slithered into their vacuum cleaner!
Man gave dog painkillers then beat her to death with shovel
A man has been jailed after he fed his pet dog aspirin and paracetamol to try and kill her, before beating her to death with a shovel.
Dog dumped in park with skin so sore it was red raw
Can you help us find out what happened to a Spaniel with red raw skin found collapsed in a Hertfordshire park?
Two-thirds of pet owners are unaware of legal welfare needs
The UK prides itself on being a nation of animal lovers but only one in three pet owners (35 percent) are familiar with their pet's legal welfare needs.
New RSPCA centre opens in Friern Barnet
More animals are arriving every day at our pioneering new centre in Friern Barnet hoping to find their furever home.
"In all my years it's the worst wound I have seen"
A cocker spaniel puppy with a gaping open wound on his neck is one of the latest victims of neglect we're caring for this winter.
Brexit gives the Government a chance to stop live export
We're calling on the Government to keep animal welfare in mind when they negotiate the Brexit as the issue of live exports is due to be debated in the House of Commons.
Report reveals the extent of the London cat crisis
There were more cat incidents reported in London last year than Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds combined.
Celebrating rescue dogs for Tihar festival
Every year Nepalese communities across the world come together to celebrate dogs during Tihar - the festival of lights. So some of our residents are getting in on the action!
Last chance to vote for us as Website of the Year!
We’re delighted to have been nominated in the charities category of 'Website of the Year' for 2016! Now is the last chance to cast your vote!
Six-week-old pug found abandoned in Wimbledon
We're appealing for information after a pug puppy was found dumped in the Durnsford Road area of Wimbledon.
Where's the love? Neglect calls soar over winter
Our figures show that during the winter months we're called about neglect every four minutes.
Tortoise found in West Midlands - by dog!
Terry the tortoise is being treated at a local vets but is said to be doing well. We're now trying to locate his owner.
We're expecting hundreds of calls this bonfire night
Last year we received more calls about fireworks than ever before.
Dog buried alive with nail through head
We're appealing for information about a small dog found buried alive in North Yorkshire woodland on 19 October. Can you help?
Cat rescued from tight spot - stuck in stairlift!
Inspector teams up with a vet and an engineer to rescue cat from where she was stuck in her owner's stairlift.