We have Christmas all wrapped up!
Across our centres this year, dinner will be prepared for at least 8,000 animals with no home to call their own on Christmas Day.
End-of-year re-appeal to find person who almost killed Bruce
We’re issuing an end-of-year re-appeal to find the person responsible for almost killing Bruce the dog, found bloodied, battered and burned in Cumbria.
We prepare to care for record number of horses
Our staff will be busy caring for hundreds of horses this Christmas as we prepare to take in more equines than ever before.
Stars lend their voices to our Christmas concert
Supporters, volunteers and ambassadors are invited to ‘jingle all the way’ in a glittering evening to support animals most in need during the festive season.
Can you give these festive felines their purrfect Christmas?
Christmas has come early for the cats in our care as staff have crafted stockings for them ready to be filled with treats.
Inspector adopts terrified puppy dumped with dead siblings
"Even though this poor dog had been through so much suffering, she managed to wag her tail when I showed her some kindness - from that moment I knew a bond had formed."
18-year-old cat finds retirement home
At 18-years-old and completely blind, black cat Isabella spent months in our care patiently waiting for her forever home.
Otter cub washed away by storm to be rehabilitated
A thin otter cub suffering from hypothermia has been taken into our care.
Man jailed after horrific video of dogs killing crying cat
Magistrate had to leave court after watching the ‘blood-curdling’ videos of dogs killing cat and fox as man is jailed.
Alesha Dixon and others show support for our Christmas video
Ricky Gervais, Greg James and Alesha Dixon are among the big names to praise our 2018 Christmas Film as it clocks up more than 400k views online already.
Trapped crying kitten rescued from car engine
A trapped kitten who was crying out from under the bonnet of a car has been rescued by one of our inspectors.
Meet our animal-loving lad stealing hearts this Christmas
Rockers Kings of Leon lend track to this year’s heartwarming Christmas video proving we could all ‘Use Somebody.’
Not such a Happy Christmas for Santa's helpers
The spike in calls over the festive season reveals concerns for the welfare of reindeer used in festive events.
We're celebrating 10 years of outstanding animal initiatives
77 councils have been recognised for a decade of pioneering animal welfare work.
Puppies with parvovirus abandoned outside church
Puppies with parvovirus abandoned outside church in freezing weather.
Fireworks petition backed by 358,000 people
Fireworks petition backed by 358,000 people handed in to UK Government.
Equine ban for man after two horses left to starve in field
A man has been banned from keeping equines for five years after neglecting two horses.
Rare silver fox found in Cheshire garden
The impressive-looking animal was roaming in a garden in Dunnocksfold Road, Alsager, shocking the homeowner.
Our warning to shoppers not to be fooled by 'fake' fur
As the weather turns colder, we’re issuing a warning that winter coats and hats may contain real fur passed off as fake fur.
Our response to the badger culling review
An independent review of England's badger cull has reinforced our scientific view that badgers are not the main cause of bovine TB (bTB).
Could Saul be the grumpiest cat you've ever seen?
Move over grumpy cat, here's grumpy cat 2.0!
Fright night! Our tips for 'petrified pets' at Halloween
Here are our simple guidelines for keeping pets calmer over Halloween...
The plight of black cats: National Black Cat Day
Highlighting the plight of black cats on National Black Cat Day.
The incredible transformation of neglected dogs
Two sets of dogs dumped earlier this week are barely recognisable after having piles of matted, dirty hair clipped off.
Campaign launched to change the use of fireworks
We've launched a campaign to change fireworks and help reduce fear in animals.
Terrified and sick dog dumped in kennel with dead siblings
We’re appealing for information after a terrified and poorly dog was found dumped in a wooden kennel containing the decomposing bodies of her siblings.
We welcome inquiry into Breed Specific Legislation
We’ve welcomed the announcement that the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee’s report is calling for a full-scale review of current dog control legislation and policy.
23 percent of kids have seen animal abuse online
Nearly a quarter of schoolchildren aged 10-18 have witnessed animal cruelty and neglect on social media.
French bulldog shows problems facing designer dogs
Poor Dobby was imported from Lithuania, sold on Gumtree, and ended up in our care needing major corrective surgery to help with breathing problems common in the breed.
Miracle of Bruce the dog found bloodied, battered and burned
There’s good news for Bruce the dog who was found with holes in his head, having been beaten and set on fire in Cumbria.
Our hope to end puppy farms in England following new license
We’re welcoming new legislation following years of campaigning for tougher laws to tackle underground puppy farming.
Left for dead badger baiting dog now looking for new home
A little terrier left scarred after surviving horrendous badger baiting injuries is now looking for a fresh start.
Puppy tied with hairband and dumped in handbag
This little puppy was found with legs tied together, dumped in a handbag and left hanging from a charity shop door in the middle of the night.
Six puppies abandoned outside charity vet hospital
The adorable puppies have been named after the characters in BBC’s hit drama The Bodyguard.
Rescue dog alerts owner to a hedgehog trapped in a drain
A rescue dog helped save the life of a hedgehog which got stuck down a drain and was unable to free himself.
Visit Pets at Home for the chance to win
Join us between the 7-16 September to support our fundraising week by buying a Peel and Reveal ticket for a chance to win an exciting prize.
Exotics officer honoured for changing lives
Snakes, lizards, frogs, and creepy crawlies may not be everybody’s cup of tea – but one of our officers has dedicated his career and home life to rescuing and caring for them.
Plush toys Scruff-a-luvs will help animals in need
Toy company creates range of rescue pets to teach children kindness to animals
'Touch and go' for dog found with 'holes in head'
**Warning: Distressing image**
A seriously injured dog found wandering in a rural village in Cumbria with ‘holes in his head’ has been undergoing surgery.
Moggies looking for homes this Ginger Cat Appreciation Day
This Ginger Cat Appreciation Day (Saturday, September 1) we are highlighting the orange-furred moggies looking for homes in our care.
Badger rescued after getting stuck in tree!
Inspector Callum Isitt attended the property - in Breakspear Road North, Harefield - to help the trapped badger.
Pair jailed for neglecting horses
A man and woman have been jailed for causing unnecessary suffering to a number of horses who had been left emaciated, covered in lice and mud.
It takes longer for a dog's fur to grow back than you think
This National Dog Day, a beautiful German Shepherd is looking for a new home with an owner who'll spend time grooming her and bathing her beautiful coat.
Vote now for your favourite dog friendly pub
DogBuddy is sniffing out the nation's favourite dog-friendly pub
Finally a ban on third party sales of puppies and kittens
A ban on third party puppy and kitten sales in England will be introduced to help drive up animal welfare standards, the Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced today.
Inspector joins forces with The Dog Rescuers in Malawi
Inspector Anthony Joynes speaks about his life-saving mission which will be screened in a special edition of ‘The Dog Rescuers’ television show on Tuesday, 14 August.
Convicted puppy farmer jailed again for selling poorly dogs
One of the men at the centre of our biggest ever puppy farm investigation has been jailed again this week - for continuing to sell sick puppies to members of the public.
60kg stag pulled from swimming pool
Two tough officers haul huge deer from watery trap.
Method of production labelling on animal products
We're continuing to call for method of production labelling on animal products
Frightened sugar gliders found dumped in London
We’re carrying out an investigation after two tiny sugar gliders were found dumped in north-east London.
Love-birds Jack and Dani looking for a hideaway to call home
Ahead of the Love Island final, wer’e hoping to find a loving owner for their very own Jack and Dani.
Woman banned after 196 dead and dying animals found
A woman has been banned from keeping animals for ten years after cages of dead and dying animals were discovered crammed inside her squalid flat.
The shocking figures about research animals
We're calling for action as new figures show millions of animals are still being used in research.
Tourists can help tackle cruelty
From elephant riding to taking selfies with a monkey – here's some of the ‘tourist attractions’ to avoid this summer.
The plight of abandoned guinea pigs
This Guinea Pig Appreciation Day we're highlighting the neglect and cruelty suffered by one of Britain’s most popular family pets.
Puffin stranded in heavy waves needs helping hand
Members of the public, lifeguard tower workers and our team came together to rescue a little puffin who found himself lost and out of his depth in Withernsea.
Honours for animal champions human and four legged
Thirteen awards were given out on the night to dedicated staff, young fundraisers, brave and long serving supporters.
Mind the gap: Kitten falls off pub roof into narrow gap
New home for curious kitten rescued after falling off pub roof into narrow gap
'Tennis court trio' ponies look for their perfect match
As Wimbledon kicks off this week, three rescue ponies who were abandoned and found in a tennis court by our inspectors are looking for their perfect (game set and) match...
We urge people not to buy exotic pets after emu rescue
We’re advising that people don’t buy exotic animals that aren’t suitable as pets after taking in a pet emu who was being kept in a garden with the chickens.
Dogs Die in Hot Cars: There is no excuse
The shocking reasons we’ve been given from people leaving dogs in hot cars after receiving 167 emergency calls in just one day.
Delight at horse microchipping move
Today, we’re welcoming Defra’s announcement that regulations to ensure horses of all ages are microchipped is finally going to become a reality in England.
June revealed as toughest month for rehoming cats
As the summer ‘kitten season’ starts, more cats than ever are looking for new homes, but our rehoming rates are consistency at their lowest point in June.
Shocking photos show the danger of sports nettings
With football fever in the air, we are urging people to put sports nets away to help prevent serious injuries and death to wildlife as the World Cup is kicking off.
Bald puppies dumped on cold night
The two tiny puppies were almost completely bald when they were rescued by our team after having been dumped in the middle of the night in a garden in Bradford, West Yorkshire.
More animal welfare incidents reported at Appleby
This year, we sent 33 officers to the five-day Gypsy and traveller event in Appleby. It’s our biggest deployment of staff and the biggest multi-agency event of the year.
Week-old puppies found dumped in box in Sunderland field
We're appealing for information to find those responsible for abandoning five tiny puppies in a box in a field in Tyne and Wear.
Officers arrive at Appleby Horse Fair
The Gypsy and traveller event is our biggest deployment of staff and the biggest multi-agency undertaking of the year.
Rabbit with severe overgrown teeth undergoes transformation
With some dental treatment and TLC, three-year-old Tusks has now fully recovered
Plight of unwanted rabbits during Rabbit Awareness Week
In 2017, we investigated 2,428 complaints of neglect about rabbits and rescued more than 2,000 bunnies.
Appeal following video of man biting head off live pigeon
Footage has emerged, which if accurate, shows a man subjecting a pigeon to “unimaginable” suffering.
Badger cull to be extended
The latest badger cull announcement from Defra to control bovine tb raises more concern for badgers.
Inspector performs CPR on deer drowning in pool
One of our inspectors was called in to help a drowning deer from a garden pool in Hampshire on Sunday morning.
Puppy dealing gang jailed
22 May 2018
A complicated and sophisticated network of puppy dealers are sentenced for running criminal operations across the South East.
Dumped Cockapoo puppies doing well in our care
Three Cockapoo puppies dumped in Wetherby just over a week ago are doing well in our care.
RSPCA officer takes on deformed pup
When RSPCA Animal Collection Officer Kate Wright heard about a tiny puppy who'd been abandoned, she was keen to find out more.
We announce new chief executive
Today we're pleased to announce that Chris Sherwood, CEO of charity Relate, has been appointed as our new chief executive officer.
Number of rescue horses reaches four-year high
The number of horses we’ve rescued has reached a four-year high, as the horse crisis continues to have devastating consequences.
We are standing up for rats
We’re standing up for rats by calling for a change in housing standards for lab animals to give rats room to stretch up to their full height.
We urge the public not to buy dogs with cropped ears
We're urging the public never to buy a dog with cropped ears, following a surge in reports coming into our cruelty hotline.
We launch rehabilitation scheme to teach kindness to animals
We've launched a pioneering new rehabilitation scheme for people convicted of animal welfare offences.
Two-thirds of people think we should do more for animals
We've launched our new #AnimalKind campaign to encourage everyone to do their bit for creatures great and small
Cat stuck between two automatic glass doors
Curiosity didn't kill the cat in Bedfordshire this week, as one of our officers was on hand to rescue the puss from a rather tight spot.
Our statement on Defra's ivory consultation response
Our response to the government's announcement for a comprehensive ban on the sale of ivory.
Miniature Yorkie gets head stuck in TV cabinet
Video shows our Inspector Anthony Joynes freeing Yorkie 'Ringo Starr' from a hole in a TV cabinet.
Don't dump the Easter bunny!
We recorded 800 rabbit abandonment complaints last year.
Real-life versions of Wes Anderson's canine creations
Movie creator’s short film featuring Isle of Dogs characters show why our rescue dogs looking for their happy ever after are so special.
Oldest dog rescued and rehomed with loving new owner
A 19-year-old terrier – the oldest we've ever taken in to rehome – has found his paw-fect match with a retired widow from Coventry.
Measures for CCTV in Welsh slaughterhouses
We welcome the latest measures for CCTV whilst continuing to call for mandatory legislation in slaughterhouses.
82 percent of public want farm subsidies for higher welfare
We've published proposals for how post-Brexit farm subsidies could achieve world class animal welfare
International Poultry Day
This International Poultry Day we look at how chickens chill out and ask people to spare a thought for the millions of broiler chickens who can't.
Abandoned horse gives birth to beautiful filly foal
Foal 'Sienna' is first to be born in our care, in the north, this year
Cat's 'miracle' survival after he's found impaled on fence
We're appealing for information about a cat found impaled on metal fence posts in London in the early hours of Friday, 9 March.
Dennis no menace
Dog rescued from terrible puppy farm becomes kitten whisperer
Ban of electric shock collars in England
We’re delighted that the Government has listened to the concerns raised by us and other animal welfare organisations
Online voting opens for "pawfect" animal snaps
Online voting has opened today for the RSPCA People's Choice Award.
A call every two hours about animals injured by litter
New figures have shown that we answer a call about an animal that has been harmed by rubbish every two hours.
Don't forget your pets as snowy weather arrives
Freezing temperatures and snow is forecast, so make sure your pets and animals are warm and safe this winter.
Lost baby otter rescued from deadly A64 road
We rescued a tiny female otter cub from a near-certain death, after she was spotted crossing the busy A64 in Malton, North Yorkshire.
China adds animal welfare module to its science curriculum
For the first time, China's science students can study animal welfare, following a long-term project spearheaded by our international team.
Mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses
Our statement on Michael Gove’s announcement that legislation on mandatory CCTV will be introduced from May 2018.
Our #DogKind report is out now, with some revealing news
Our poll on the needs of dogs lifts lid on what the public believe that dogs need, and how to make man's best friend happy.
Dog freed from crate
A dog confined to a crate for long periods of time now loving life running around freely and playing.
Review of 25-year Bovine Tuberculosis strategy announced
We’re welcoming the announcement of an independent five year review of the UK Government’s 25-year bovine TB control strategy, looking at all the current measures and their effectiveness in England.
Circus ban set for victory in Wales
We’ve decreed today as a “momentous day for animals” as the Welsh Government confirms its plan to bring forward legislation to ban the use of wild animals in circuses.
Close call for cat after falling in river
Cat who had close call after falling in the river shows us the importance of microchipping your pet.
Defra considering ban on third party sales of puppies
We've welcomed the announcement that Defra is considering a ban on the third party selling of puppies.
We're caring for a young cat shot with airgun
Staff at our Putney Animal Hospital are caring for a young cat who was shot in the back leg by someone using an airgun.
New Government report on animal sentience
The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee has published a report, commenting on the draft Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill, taking on board a number of our recommendations.
Heartbroken goat refuses to leave his dead friend
A heartbroken goat who was abandoned under a viaduct in Crewe refused to leave the side of his dead friend.
Pair of love-birds dumped by bins
A pair of kissing budgies were left out by some bins inside their cage in Coventry.