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RSPCA figures reveal more animals coming into rescue as rehoming slows

RSPCA launches annual Adoptober campaign to promote adoption of rescued animals as new figures reveal more animals are coming into shelters while the rate of rehoming has slowed

The RSPCA has launched its annual Adoptober campaign encouraging prospective pet owners to consider giving a rescued animal a new home as new figures raise concerns that more animals are being relinquished to charities at a time when rehoming has slowed.

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Zero recorded rabies cases in Kabul thanks to Mayhew's mass rabies vaccination programme

Mayhew Afghanistan, (part of UK animal charity Mayhew), Kabul Municipality, Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation & Livestock and Kabul University Vet Faculty, are working in a dynamic and unique partnership to eradicate rabies in Kabul. The global profile and awareness of rabies is being raised through public advocacy and awareness efforts and delivery of a city-wide mass vaccination programme.

Almost 95,000 dogs in Kabul have now been vaccinated.

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Bulldog Bruce goes from burned to beloved

A terrified and injured French Bulldog who was found dumped with horrific untreated burns across his body has made an amazing recovery from his ordeal and is now loving life in his forever home.

Poor Bruce, aged 8, was taken into the RSPCA Preston and district branch by a woman who said she found the pet dumped and shivering in a bush near a park in the Thorpe Lane area of Preston, Lancashire, on February 18.

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Warning To UK Dog Owners As Blue-Green Algae Puts Dog In CRITICAL Condition

Dog owners are being warned of the dangers surrounding blue-green algae, as a dog in Glasgow was rushed to the vet over the weekend after the dog came in contact with the dangerous substance. Google trends data shows a 5,000% increase in searches for ‘how long does it take for blue green algae to make your dog sick’ so this is actively being searched for and concerned pet owners want to keep their dogs as safe as possible this summer.

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Triple trouble: Trio of small but mighty Chihuahuas search for home together


A trio of ‘feisty’ Chihuahuas are looking for a special home willing to take them all together.

Six-year-old Chico, five-year-old Daisy and six-year-old Mitch were rescued by the RSPCA alongside a large number of Chihuahuas who’d been found living in a caravan.

The threesome were taken in by Block Fen Animal Centre, in Cambridgeshire, where dedicated staff have spent months building their confidence and socialising them with other dogs and people.

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Ministry of Defence worker takes on Kilt Walk to raise funds for charity supporting police dogs

A Scottish kennel assistant took on the renowned Kilt Walk to raise money for a charity that supports retired police dogs in Scotland.

Eilidh Paterson, 34, from Kilcreggan, completed the 22.6-mile route at the Glasgow Kilt Walk on Sunday (24 April).

Eilidh, kennel manager for the Ministry of Defence Police Dog section, DM Glen Douglas, has so far raised £580 for the Thin Blue Paw Foundation, a national charity that supports, protects and celebrates working and retired police dogs.

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Animal lover praises apprenticeship for kick-starting his career and introducing him to his much-loved dog

Spotlight on RSPCA apprentice Sam for National Apprenticeship Week (7-13 February)

An animal lover has praised the RSPCA’s apprenticeship programme which kick-started his career and gave him his much-loved dog Sonny whose mum was rescued from a puppy farm.

Sam Kiddle volunteered at the RSPCA Block Fen Animal Centre for two years before starting a Level 2 Animal Care apprenticeship through the charity’s apprenticeship scheme.

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Senior Staffie learning sign language in RSPCA care


I was told when Buddy was only 3 to teach him sign language in case he went deaf in old age. Every command and communication became associated with a sign, so when Buddy did lose his hearing we could still communicate with him.

The most important sign we taught him was "good dog", which was simply a thumbs up. It meant so much to me that I could always tell Buddy he was good, and see his tail wag in response.

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RSPCA staff seek homes for lovable lurchers

Block Fen Animal Centre is trying to find the paw-fect matches for five lurchers who have been waiting a total of 28 months!

Five ‘lovable’ lurchers who are desperate to be loved are seeking fun-filled active homes to call their home.

Three-year-old Tiger-Lily was rescued by the RSPCA in May after being abandoned along with two friends. It’s believed they had all been used for hare coursing. Her two friends were soon rehomed but shy Tiger-Lily is still waiting for her forever home.

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Lucky the stolen dog makes it home for new year

A scared dog has been reunited with her owner after being stolen over a year ago, thanks to Battersea.

Jack Russell, Lucky, was stolen from her owners in August 2020 while she was out on a walk. After months and months of searching, her family thought they’d never see their much-loved pet again.

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258 - Andrew Cotter Olive and Mabel and celebrating Mutts

Sports broadcaster Andrew Cotter made charming videos of his two Labrador dogs Olive and Mabel, which kept us smiling in lockdown and beyond. He talks to Julie about Dog Days, the book he has written about the ups and downs of life with his dogs, and their rise to social media stardom. Photographer Olivia Pritchard loves mutts - mystery mixed breeds as she puts it - and has created a stunning fine art coffee table book in celebration of them. She talks about her experiences meeting the dogs that feature in the book, and about her own rescue dog.

189 - The Dog Healers and War Dogs Remembered

In this episode you can hear Mark Winik talk about his debut novel, The Dog Healers, and listen to Julia Robertson explain why she founded the charity War Dogs remembered. Plus there's the DogCast Radio News, and what Mischief the German Spitz puppy has been up to.

188 - Service Dogs UK and Roxie the Doxie Finds Her Forever Home

In this episode you can hear about Service Dogs UK, a fantastic charity which trains assistance dogs to support veterans of any service - military personnel, police, firefighters, paramedics and the coastguard - who develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to their job. Also, listen to Dr Jody A Dean, a clinical psychologist talk about how her book, Roxie the Doxie finds her Forever Home, is helping children understand and talk about adoption and other family issues. Plus the DogCast Radio News and some thoughts on the alpha dog myth.

187 - Muffins Halo and Chorley Fun Dog Show

In this episode you can hear about Muffin's Halo for Blind Dogs, and what motivates people to enter their dog in a fun dog show. In the DogCast Radio News, listen to stories about the latest dog related research. Plus there's a new member of the DogCast Radio team!

186 - Maxwell Muir on wolves

In this episode you can hear trainer, behaviourist, writer, broadcaster and wolf expert Maxwell Muir talk about what wolves mean to him personally, their plight in a modern world, and his hopes for their future. Plus we have the DogCast Radio News.