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The search is on the nation’s su-paw heroes!

The Thin Blue Paw Foundation – a national welfare charity that supports and celebrates working and retired police dogs – is hosting its inaugural awards this year and is looking for inspirational tails of bravery and heart-warming stories of dogs who have dedicated their lives to keeping the public safe.

The Thin Blue Paw Awards, supported by Animal Friends Pet Insurance, will be taking place on 14th September in Hertfordshire to celebrate the achievements of the country’s four-legged heroes.

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Abandoned bald lurcher puppies are recovering well in RSPCA care

Four lurcher puppies who were found abandoned in a bag near a river in Leatherhead are recovering well in RSPCA care.

Norma, Jean, Bradley and Cooper are being rehabilitated at the RSPCA Millbrook Animal Centre in Surrey after they were found abandoned in a plastic bag at the beginning of the month.

All four of the puppies were suffering from severe sarcoptic mange and were almost completely bald.

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Cycling a penny-farthing to raise many pennies to help animals in need!

A team of six took on a 205-mile cycle challenge in one day for the RSPCA
A team of six animal lovers cycled 205 miles in one day to raise funds for the RSPCA - with one of the fundraisers cycling the entire way on a penny-farthing!

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Rescue dog raises motherless kittens at Battersea

A former resident of much-loved animal rescue charity, Battersea, has been melting hearts after taking a litter of kittens under his wing. Unlikely father figure, Bertie, is a one-year-old Labrador who has spent the last several weeks caring for seven motherless kittens brought to the charity in need of urgent help.

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'Dogs die in hot cars' campaign message to feature on Wales' road warning signs again

RSPCA Cymru say the announcement is “brilliant news for animal welfare” - and have urged Highways England to ensure similar messages appear in England too

Wales will continue to display messages warning motorists about the dangers of leaving dogs in a hot car during spells of warmer weather.

The Welsh Government confirmed the "brilliant news" in a letter to the RSPCA, who have long championed the benefits the signage can play in raising awareness of their ongoing campaign.

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Max the Miracle Dog has statue unveiled in hometown

Max the Miracle Dog, who made headlines around the world when he was awarded the PDSA Order of Merit* earlier this year, has today (Friday 2 July) had a permanent statue unveiled in his hometown of Keswick, Cumbria.

The famous four-legged hero has been honoured with a bronze statue in his likeness, which is perched on a bench in Hope Park so that all his fans for years to come can sit and have a cuddle with the loyal pooch.

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Calling all Muggles! RSPCA Newport appeals to find special home for abandoned dog who looks like Harry Potter character

The RSPCA Newport Animal Centre is appealing to find a special home for a crossbreed dog called Cooper who came into the charity’s care after he was abandoned.

The 18-month-old dog was left behind in a property in August last year before being rescued by the RSPCA.

He has been undergoing rehabilitation at the animal centre in Newport with the charity’s experienced behaviourists and is now ready to find his special home.

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Scottish Ministry of Defence Police officers take on fundraising challenge for canine charity

Eleven Ministry of Defence Police officers will be taking on an endurance challenge around Aberdeenshire in a bid to raise money for a national charity that supports retired police dogs.

PC Phil Duncan, 40, from Fraserburgh, is leading a team of fundraisers in a 12-hour fitness challenge to raise vital funds for the Thin Blue Paw Foundation, which supports and celebrates serving and retired police dogs across the UK.

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Love at first Sighthound

Move over Romeo and Juliet, step aside Bey and Jay, make way Harry and Meghan, there’s a new love story unfolding now. Meet TJ and Coral, a pair of rescue dogs who first crossed paths when they were both brought to Battersea’s Old Windsor centre at the start of the year, where they proceeded to fall in love. The striking couple have become so inseparable that staff at the leading recue charity are now searching for a loving home for them to go to together.

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Abandoned dog becomes first explosives search Staffie in UK and now protects Royal family at major events

Roxy was rescued by the RSPCA after being abandoned in 2017

An unwanted Staffie who was rescued by the RSPCA after being abandoned has transformed into a life-saving explosives search dog who protects the Royal family.

Five-year-old Roxy was rescued by RSPCA officers after being abandoned in 2017. She was taken in by the charity’s West Hatch Animal Centre, in Somerset.

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243 - Positive Pet Project and Lance A Spirit Unbroken

Jon Garstang is an animal shelter expert who is spearheading the first ever national initiative in Greece to teach children the value of relationships with animals. Walter Stoffel describes himself as having survived the rescue of Lance, a border Collie with issues. Two inspiring dog advocates.

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.