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.
A new Hope
Starved pony gave birth on the side of the road.
Dove kept sneaking back in through the cat flap!
A dove we rescued, rehabilitated and released liked it so much at our Surrey centre that cared for him that he kept sneaking back in - via the cat flap!
Phone scam warning
Rogue websites advertising fake numbers for our cruelty line are scamming the public and potentially leaving animals without the care they need.
Unwanted and overlooked bunnies hopping to find new home
Are Molly and Quigley Britain's unluckiest bunnies? This sweet pair have been waiting for the perfect home for almost four years.
Animal-lovers graduate as our inspectors and join the ranks
Sixteen new recruits will now hit the road to help England’s animals – and people
Halloween horror with our scariest rescues
Warning: Not for the arachnophobes or faint-hearted!
Black 'bat' cat hoping to find purr-fect home this Halloween.
China to fast-track animal welfare legislation
China has announced it will accelerate the introduction of the country’s first ever comprehensive animal welfare legislation.
To mark Build-a-Bear's 20th birthday, and as a thank you for the toy company’s ongoing support, we've sent our very own bear travelling to our centres and clinics across England and Wales.
Could you treat these black cats to a new home?
Half the cats we care for are black or black and white so we'e getting into the spirit of all things Halloween - and National Black Cat day on October 27 - to help find these moggies loving new homes.
Live exports ban of animals for slaughter
Brexit has potential to end live farm animal exports to the continent for good.
Holidaying inspectors jump into action for trapped wren
It was a case of right time, right place when three of our officers came to the rescue of a little wren who had fallen down a drainpipe.
Poorly puppy abandoned and 'left to die' in Lancashire woods
We're appealing for information after an extremely poorly and tiny puppy was found abandoned in woodland in Kirkham this week.
Cat flu can be a killer
This Flu Awareness Week – October 16-20 – when people are reminded to get their jabs, we're also urging pet owners to vaccinate their pets against potentially deadly cat flu.
Petition to protect primates handed-in at Westminster
The 55,000 strong #ProtectPrimates petition has been handed in to Defra to highlight the misery suffered by pet marmosets, capuchins, squirrel monkeys and other primates.
CCTV captures puppies dumped over garden wall
We're appealing for information after two young puppies were dumped in a West Yorkshire garden in the middle of the night. The heartbreaking moment was captured on CCTV
Passer-by writes message in sand to lead us to troubled gull
A quick-thinking member of the public helped alert us to an injured beach-stricken gull by surrounding the bird with seaweed, and writing a message in the sand.
We've seen a 340 percent rise in reports of 'brutal cruelty' witnessed by children on Snapchat
Kitten avoids death after rescue from derelict house
Dying kitten now on the mend after mission to rescue her from derelict house.
Jon Snow the seal pup
We're caring for a ten-day-old seal pup after he was found alone and hungry on beach.
Knitting for animals this Wool Week
We're calling on knitters to put their skills to use this Wool Week by whipping up leg warmers for sick kittens, snuggly nests for baby hedgehogs and jumpers for chilly dogs.
A proposed end to the UK ivory trade
We welcome government plans to ban the sale of ivory of all ages, an important step towards ending the UK’s contribution to the ivory trade.
We take in more than 12,000 cats in just four months
The UK is facing a cat overpopulation crisis and we're receiving more than 11,000 complaints about abandoned cats.
We welcome the move to toughen up animal cruelty sentences
We're delighted at the UK Government's announcement that those who carry out shocking abuse or neglect of animals will now face up to five years in jail.
We celebrate World Day for Farmed Animals
To celebrate World Day for Farmed Animals today we look back at some of our best farm animal stories this year. We're celebrating why we believe our farmyard friends are so much more than just 'goods'.
We're hoping to pair some of our senior dogs with older people this #OlderPeoplesDay
Drain pipe drama for hedgehog
She may have been looking for a good hiding place from predators - but this hedgehog picked the wrong one.
Please don't throw in the towel - give it to us!
Staff at our East Winch Wildlife Centre have launched a desperate appeal for towels and facecloths which are vital for the daily care of the seals, hedgehogs and ducklings in their care.
Bat out of reach
Bat caught in fishing line and suspended over a lake for days.
Brilliant bunnies looking for homes
To mark International Rabbit Day, Saturday 23 September, we’re showcasing some of our brilliant bunnies who are looking for homes.
One in six dog owners sing to their pet while on a walk
Our survey has revealed that 75 percent of dog owners chat with their pet while out walking - and one in six sing to them.
Organisations awarded for safeguarding animal welfare
Public service organisations across England have been awarded the prestigious RSPCA Community Animal Welfare Footprints awards to highlight pioneering contributions to improve animal welfare.
Badger cull statement
We're appalled at the latest plans to issue eleven new badger cull licences in England.
Home adapted for special needs cats
Two deaf cats rescued by us have landed on their feet after moving into their very own, purpose built home.
Animal Hero Awards 2017
Yesterday evening, Thursday 7 September, saw our fourth ever Animal Hero Awards ceremony, which we've been running with The Daily Mirror since 2014.
Game of cats
We're sure you'll fall in love with our Game of Thrones cats.
Swollen turtle found abandoned
We're appealing for information after a turtle with a severely swollen body was found abandoned in a Stoke-on-Trent park.
African pygmy hedgehog found in cage at London Underground
African pygmy hedgehog found abandoned on Tube station platform.
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.
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
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.