Our regularly updated blog is packed full of exclusive insights from our experts and frontline staff.
Read about our most pressing campaigns, get the full view on current animal welfare issues, follow heartwarming rescue stories, and learn more about caring for and protecting the animals around you.
Reasons to #loverats this World Rat Day
Did you know that rats can count, establish friendships and learn to high-five? Here are our favourite reasons to #loverats…
Knowing when to say goodbye to a pet
Today marks National Pet Day 2019 and this year for me, is particularly poignant. Several weeks ago we had to make the really tough decision to have Sidney, our 13-year-old Labrador mastiff, put to sleep.
When the going gets tough on racehorse welfare
Every year in April, the focus of the public turns to the Grand National, but for horse racing consultant David Muir and our equine welfare team, it's the culmination of months of work.
Overcoming separation anxiety: Flo's story
"The first time I left her I returned to poo and wee on the floor and she hadn’t touched her food-filled toy. The same thing happened the next day and I could also hear her barking and howling as I approached the house."
Is enough being done to protect dog welfare? We're saying no
‘Rather than addressing the cause of the problems we’re trying to fix the symptoms.’
Animal lover takes on Everest challenge
This year marks not only Ren Shilcock’s 21st birthday but also 15 years of being in remission from cancer. So to celebrate, Ren has decided to take on our bespoke Everest base camp challenge.
Join the fight against litter and Keep Britain Tidy
This spring, we're teaming with Keep Britain Tidy and calling on everyone to help improve the environment on their doorstep by taking part in the country's biggest mass participation environmental campaign.
Rehome a pet: Valentine's Day special
This Valentine’s Day, find your perfect match with one of our many dogs looking for their forever home.
Staff spend dog's last day playing before he's put to sleep
We’re releasing Bailey’s heartbreaking story to shine a light on the unjust legislation that labels dogs as ‘dangerous’ based on their appearance - as Government announces it will not commit to change.
How a jog turned into a cat rescue mission for this runner
When Sophie Denny went out for a jog on Woolwich Common one bitterly cold, frosty morning last winter, little did she know that it would change her life...
How we get animals in our care ready for their fur-ever home
From rescue to rehabilitation, there's a lot of work that goes on at our centres before an animal is ready for their fur-ever home.
Meet the children's toy that helps animals in need
Over a third of British parents have caved in to pester power from their children to buy a puppy or other family pet – but ended up regretting it.
Watch our 2018 Christmas video
This year's Christmas video is all about growing up with a passion for animals...
Five minutes with... Our sponsor, Michelle
Michelle is one of our amazing kennel sponsors and has recently been to visit one of our centres to see how being a sponsor has made a difference.
Stock the sleigh for animals in our care
This Christmas, thousands of abandoned, abused and neglected animals will be in desperate need of help - and some simple human kindness.
Five minutes with... Kate Lawler
We interviewed Virgin Radio presenter Kate Lawler to talk all about her pets at Christmas!
How to keep your pets happy and calm this Christmas
Check out our top tips to helping your pets have a happy Christmas.
Join our call for animal welfare in schools
By developing young people’s knowledge about the sentience of animals, we can inspire the next generation of animal lovers, creating a future that’s kinder to animals.
"All I want for Christmas... is a puppy!"
If you're thinking of buying a puppy this Christmas make sure the puppy you bring home is healthy and happy with our top tips.
Kindness at Christmas
Christmas day is (nearly) the same as any other day at our animal centres! Watch our video to see what it's really like for our staff, volunteers and of course, animals...
How I grew to love all kinds of animals
"In the eyes of myself and an ever increasing number of others, all children should be taught this same lesson of kindness regarding animals as well!"
Five minutes with... Krzysztof
As a Vet Surgeon specialising in orthopaedic surgery, Krzysztof works tirelessly at our Greater Manchester Animal Hospital.
Three types of life-changing veterinary care
From vets and nurses to care assistants and surgeons, everyone who works at our animal hospitals is dedicated to making sure that animals in need get the best possible care.
What should you do if you find an injured animal?
Jess's life was hanging in the balance
How people like you helped give one little dog a second chance.
Helping injured and sick wildlife get back to their habitats
From wild birds to mammals or even fish, we rehabilitate a range of wild animals at our wildlife centres before releasing them back into their natural habit.
Wildlife in the garden
From checking your bonfire to leaving out food and proving shelter, there are a number of ways you can care for the wildlife in your garden.
Caring for animal habitats
As autumn approaches, discover how you can help wildlife in your area by creating and caring for their habitats.
Bat man helps out Vicar!
Caroline, a Vicar from St Andrew’s Church in Swaledale, tells her unusual story about the bats she discovered living in her church.
Five minutes with... Chris Packham
As a long-standing presenter of the BBC’s Springwatch, Chris is deeply passionate about protecting and respecting our wildlife.
Each year we care for thousands of vulnerable wild animals
Wild animals are always at risk of suffering terrible injuries from litter.
Mythbusting: What we do - and what we don't
We bust the myths and set the record straight on what we do and what we don't do for animals.
International Homeless Animal Day
We already know the benefits of owning an animal are numerous - a pet can keep you healthy by reducing the stress of daily life by being your constant companion and can even boost your immune system.
Kind ways to save wildlife from litter
We've put together some tips about how to dispose of your rubbish safely and thoughtfully.
Giving wildlife a lifeline with Lucy Quinnel
Lucy and her team in Surrey are doing everything they can to give their local woodland a voice.
Top tips to keep your pets cool this summer
We get lots of enquiries about the welfare of animals over the summer months. Take a look at our top tips to help ensure your pets stay cool.
Why summer is our busiest time of the year
Summer is our busiest time of the year. More animals are abandoned at this time than any other. We're working around the clock to rescue animals in need.
Meet dog, cat, sheep and hamster rescuer, Herchy Boal
Herchy Boal has been on the frontline as an RSPCA Inspector for nearly two decades.
A moment with Maureen - a kind animal fosterer
Maureen has opened her door to more than 160 cats and kittens over the years.
Thousands of animals find forever homes
There are three key steps that change animals lives
Five minutes with... Liz Wood
Liz Wood joined us as a volunteer 24 years ago and has been with us ever since.
Inquiry into Breed Specific Legislation - what now?
We have long been concerned about Breed Specific legislation (BSL) which in the UK bans the ownership of four different types of dogs including the pit bull terrier.
How dogs know what we're feeling
If you’re someone who prefers to keep your emotional state secret from everyone, then steer clear of your dog!
PETA wants staffies added to the Dangerous Dogs Act
PETA state that they support the ban on pitbull terrier types and that they believe the law should be extended to include Staffordshire bull terriers.
Perfect picnics for pooches
Summer is here and from 15 June to 24 June 2018 it is National Picnic Week! I’m sure you can guess how we’re celebrating...
How rescue dog Rolo is making people smile
Rolo went from a puppy to farm to a therapy pet
Life as an RSPCA volunteer
The amazing work our volunteers do for us and why the keep coming back!
How to make homemade sushi for your rabbits
Make a tasty snack for your furry friends!
Rehabilitating baby badgers at our wildlife centres
Caring for baby badgers and releaseing them back into the wild.
Water rescue team in training
During one of the coldest spring months on record, our dedicated water rescue team were hard at work keeping their vital skills up to date.
Speaking with Radio 4 about prohibited dog law
Radio 4 interviews Sam Gaines, head of companion animals and dog welfare expert, to talk about brand specific legislation (BSL).
Our London veterinary director discusses some misconceptions
Caroline Allen is our London veterinary director, successfully managing our veterinary provisions at two hospitals – Putney and Harmsworth – and two clinics – Edmonton and Southall.
What animal are we describing?
Intelligent, affectionate and terrific at tricks: can you guess which animal we’re describing?
A day at a wildlife centre, in seven GIFs
We recently released a series of videos all about the people who work in our wildlife centres, and the animals that they work with.
How dogs know what we're feeling
If you’re someone who prefers to keep your emotional state secret from everyone, then steer clear of your dog!
Seven things that anyone who's ever owned a puppy will know
National puppy day covers the very serious issue of responsible puppy buying. It’s also a chance to celebrate healthy, happy puppies who have been well-bred, and well-matched with their new families.
Dogs deserve better
There’s been a lot of media coverage recently about ‘brachycephalic’ dogs (dogs with short, flat faces).
Take a chance on a senior pet: Golden Oldies
To celebrate some of the Golden Oldies in our care, get some insight into what caring for an older animal is really like.
How do you humanely kill a lobster at home? You don't.
Here in the UK, lobsters aren’t protected by the Animal Welfare Act 2006 – something we’re lobbying to change.
Why it pays to spay your kitten
According to the PDSA’s 2017 PAW report, just 30 percent of litters of kittens in the UK are planned!
Dog owners: why sheep worrying should be a real worry
Our #DogKind report, which was released last week, highlights how dog behaviour around livestock is a concerningly common issue. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
A volunteer with a difference
As every pet owner, walker and lover will know – there’s nothing quite like the bond that you can develop almost instantly with an animal.
Make your garden the nest big thing
National Nest Box week runs every year from 14-21 February.
Feeding fish soup to seals
Winter can mean an influx of seal pups into our wildlife centres, which can make it a very busy time of year.
Five rubbish rescues
Last year we received a worrying 7,704 calls about animals caught up in, or injured by litter.
Act now for fairer fireworks
Parliament is going to be debating our current fireworks regulations on Monday 29 January.
Is there real fur on your bobble hat?
We’re pretty concerned about the use of real animal fur on some items of winter clothing.
Our Wildlife Casualty Volunteers save the day!
Our Wildlife Casualty Volunteers (WCVs) are invaluable in supporting our inspectors on the front line of our work.
"The nightmare of Spindles Farm still haunts me even now"
One of our inspectors, Kirsty Withnall, was first on the scene to discover the horrors of one of the worst horse neglect cases we've ever seen.
10 years since Jamie Oliver's 'Fowl Dinners'
It's been ten years since Jamie Oliver's documentary TV programme 'Jamie's Fowl Dinners' brought mass attention to the suffering faced by millions of farmed meat chickens.
Six kind things you can do for wildlife and magical reindeer
The festive season is well underway, and we’re continuing to campaign for kindness this Christmas to help the thousands of animals who’ll be in our care over the holidays.
Kindness on the frontline
As part of our Kindness at Christmas appeal, we’re sharing examples of how a little kindness can have a huge impact.
A journey into our archives
We first began our work to improve animal welfare back in 1824, when we were formed by a meeting of animal lovers in a Victorian coffee shop.
What do rescue dogs eat?
As part of our kindness at Christmas appeal we’re asking our supporters to donate the cost of feeding an animal in our care. But what exactly does go into feeding one of the animals in our care?
Six tips for walking your elderly dog
Here are six points that it may be useful to consider when walking a dog who’s a little on the wiser side.
Every dog is different
Every pet is an individual, and in turn, this means that every dog needs to be treated differently when it comes to their training, exercise and daily routines.
What are we doing about non-stun slaughter?
We've been opposing non-stun slaughter for decades but the release of new statistics brings fresh light to this crucial topic.
Stop Live Exports International Awareness Day
This year on Stop Live Exports International Awareness Day, we’re readying ourselves for the momentous presentation of one million signatures for action later in September.
Liven up your walk with these training games
We’ve got some tips for making walk time more fun, more interesting and more productive.
Nine things that anyone who's ever owned a puppy will know
Puppy Awareness Week covers the very serious issue of responsible puppy buying.
The needs of marmosets
This International Primate Day, thousands of primates remain confined inside domestic homes across England and Wales.
International Blind Dog Day
This year, on August 23, we're supporting the first ever International Blind Dog Day.
Winning over Wilma
One week after Equifest 2017 finished, we’re catching up with Katie Moulds. Katie won the RSPCA traditional and native class with her rescue horse Wilma.
Improving transparency in slaughter: first signs of a Brexit
The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs’ (Defra) have proposed mandatory CCTV in all approved English slaughterhouses
Seven puppies euthanised under BSL
The story of Mercedes and her nine puppies illustrates the arbitrary nature of Breed Specific Legislation (BSL).
Join us in calling for an end to BSL
Saturday 12 August marks 26 years since the Dangerous Dogs Act and Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) came into force.
Campaigning and the new government - your views matter
We’re a few weeks into the new parliamentary session and focussed on making sure animal welfare is high on the agenda.
We rehome thousands of dogs every year. Some are rehomed within days of arriving in our centres while others can take months – sometimes even years – to find the right home.
Tackling the horse crisis together
We're facing a horse crisis across England and Wales and it’s never been more apparent than now that equine welfare organisations need to work together.
We are ambitious for animals...
A blog from Michael Ward, interim chief executive of the RSPCA.
No such thing as an average day at our 24-hour call centre
Here at the RSPCA we love animals. That's why we get up every morning – to protect, defend and care for the animals who need us most.
Microchips and missing cats
Microchipping is the best way to ensure you can be re-united with your cat if it gets lost.
The EU referendum and animal welfare
The government will hold a Referendum on June 23 on whether the UK wishes to remain part of the European Union.
Laws may be changing for animals...
Did you know, the UK Government are reviewing licensing for animal establishments in England?
A guide to voluntary dog walking
"I’ve always loved dogs but due to work restrictions I couldn’t have a dog of my own. Because of that I decided to look into voluntary dog walking at my local RSPCA centre."
Pinch collars and why they can compromise dog welfare
Over the last couple of days, we have been asked on several occasions for our position on pinch collars (also known as prong collars) and whether they are legal to use.
Giving up a pet
Giving up a much-loved pet is a heartbreaking thing to do and it’s important for your pet’s future that you get it right.