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.
Dramatic rescue caught on camera
Our officers abseiled 25-metres down a Swansea cliff edge to save a stranded sheep, with the dramatic rescue caught on camera.
Nine out of ten cats not microchipped
We’re urging pet owners to microchip their cats, after our figures reveal almost nine out of ten moggies coming into our care aren’t chipped.
Three alpacas beaten to death
We're investigating after three alpacas were beaten to death on a farm in Buckinghamshire, leaving their owners devastated.
Some of the funniest calls we received in 2017!
Hoping to share laughs this Blue Monday, we're revealing some of the entertaining calls we've received – and some are a real hoot!
350 budgies rescued from one home ready for rehome
Hundreds of birds, rescued from the same house, are now looking for their new home.
M&S has committed to a huge improvement in chicken welfare
We're asking supermarkets to join M&S and commit to improving chicken welfare, as most of the UK's 950 million chickens currently face 'substantial suffering'.
Wobbles the wobbly mog wishing for new home
A 'wobbly' cat with a neurological condition, causing coordination problems, is looking for his forever home. Check out his adorable video!
Announcement on wild animals in circuses ban
The UK Government has announced plans to bring the proposed ban on wild animals in circuses in England before MPs, as soon as Parliamentary time allows.
Become an RSPCA Council member
Would you like to use your skills and experience in becoming one of our charity trustees?
Two tiny otter pups rescued from a water mill
We rescued two tiny otter pups – less than five weeks old and 500g each – from a water mill in the Layham area of Suffolk.
Animals crackers: Top five rescues of 2017
Animals do the funniest things. But sometimes they can get themselves in a bit of a pickle and need a helping hand to set them free.
Video shows dramatic rescue of a Labrador from ice
Check out the video showing one of our inspectors crossing thin ice to save dog
Government crackdown on illegal breeders and smugglers
We welcome plans announced by the Government today to crack down on dog breeders in England who put profits ahead of the health and welfare of the animals.
The animal heroes of sub-zero!
With the West Midlands covered in snow for the past week, there have been a group of dedicated animal-lovers who went out of their way to ensure dogs and cats in need didn’t go without care.
The twelve pets of Christmas!
Christmas is a time of love and kindness, so we're urging animal-lovers who think they have room in their homes for a pet this festive season to consider rescuing.
Bentley has his bags packed ready for Christmas
Beautiful Bentley has his bags packed and is ready to find his forever home just in time for Christmas - after one year in our care.
From puppy farm survivor to hero
A dog who narrowly survived a puppy farm is now a hero who helps hospital patients
We welcome the draft animal welfare bill
Our exclusive figures reveal how many animal abusers don't go to prison. We welcome the news that the Government is publishing a new animal welfare bill.
Are you a Blue Planet Champion?
We’re proud to be supporting the Marine Conservation Society UK (MCSUK) in their call for a #BluePlanetChampion to help protect our world’s oceans.
Happy and Elf-y!
An abused dog whose jaw was torn off after she was used for badger baiting is set to have a happy Christmas.
Dog with same condition as Michael Jackson seeks new home
We're searching for a loving new home for a rottweiler with very unusual markings.
Spike in sick hedgehog numbers
We're appealing for hedgehog food and bedding donations as a surge in admissions has put pressure on our supplies.
Event offering free cat neutering
Mass Moggy neutering event as vets aim to neuter 50 cats in a day
We're launching a single for Christmas!
We've thrown our hat into the ring for the Christmas number one, as up and coming singer Lucy Ellie covers the Simply Red hit song 'Stars' in aid of our work.
Blind cat and son with no ears seek a special home for Xmas
We're looking for a special home for two very special cats. Rachel and Ross are best F.R.I.E.N.D.S and hope to find a new home together so they needn’t take a break.
One of the tiniest stowaways ever
We're caring for one of the tiniest stowaways we've ever dealt with – a young gecko, who was found by a holidaymaker who had just returned from St Lucia.
We're renewing our call to end wild animals in circuses
Ireland has become the 25th country to ban wild animals in circuses whilst we continue urge the UK Government to end the practice.
Kindness at Christmas
We're braced for 2,000 calls a day this festive season as we launch our Kindness at Christmas Appeal to help care for abused, neglected and sick animals.
Cheese robbin' robin caught in mousetrap
A robin redbreast which trapped itself while trying to steal cheese from a Middlesbrough garden mousetrap, has been returned to the wild, thankfully none the worse for wear.
MPs rejection of animal sentience in Brexit bill
A vote by MPs to reject the inclusion of animal sentience into the EU (Withdrawal) Bill is extremely disappointing and undermines the Government's ambition to achieve the highest animal welfare standards post-Brexit.