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Hundreds come together for festive fun in aid of helping animals this Christmas

Animal lovers joined together for an evening of festive cheer all to suppawt the RSPCA’s work helping animals in need over winter

TV presenter Matt Johnson led a chorus of special guests at a Christmas concert in London in aid of the RSPCA.

More than 250 people gathered together at St Andrews Church, Holborn, on Tuesday (3 December) for an evening of festive fun and cheer to raise money for the animal welfare charity.

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Is there hope of a home for rescue dogs Bagheera and Alan in time for Christmas?

Unusual breed rescue dogs have been overlooked for six months.

Rescue staff are hoping for a home for a Presa Canaria and a Sharpei who have been in rescue kennels for more than six months.

With the festive season just around the corner, two Shropshire dogs, who have spent more than half a year in kennels, are hoping to land themselves loving new homes in time for Christmas.

Striking Bagheera (pictured top) is a seven-year-old Presa Canaria and handsome Alan (pictured below) is a five-year-old male Shar-Pei crossbreed.

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Blind collie and his ‘guide dog’ seek special home together

Visually impaired Roy relies on Bess and the two are best of friends

A border collie who is losing his sight is looking for a new home with his best friend - who acts as his guide dog.

Nine-year-old border collies Bess and Roy are the best of friends and arrived at the RSPCA’s Westmorland branch, in Cumbria, on 7 November.

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Greyhounds are Great Hounds!

Paul O'Grady falls for one of Battersea's most misunderstood residents in the latest episode of ITV’s For the Love of Dogs.

Sidney, a former racing Greyhound, captures the television personality's heart as he steps off the van for a new life at the much-loved animal rescue in the eighth series of the popular TV series.

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PDSA's PAW Report reveals worrying drop in pet vaccination

Plunge in vaccinations is a ticking time bomb for UK pets, vet charity warns

Over 7 million pets at risk of suffering and disease through lack of vaccination, PDSA’s latest PAW Report finds

Latest findings from leading vet charity PDSA reveal a record decline in the number of young pets receiving their vaccinations, leaving millions of much-loved pets unprotected and exposed to potentially fatal diseases.

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Washing basket of puppies dumped at RSPCA hospital open day

RSPCA Putney Animal Hospital threw open its doors to the public on Sunday (1 September) and welcomed lots of visitors throughout the day. But as staff were clearing up at the end of the day, a man brought in a plastic washing basket of puppies.

Joanne Elmes, who works at the hospital, said: “The man said he’d found them outside but ran off before we could take any details from him.

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Dog wins bravery award

Indie - a 10 year-old Miniature Dachshund – from Greasby on the Wirral has won a bravery award following her dramatic recovery from life-saving surgery by the orthopaedic team at ChesterGates Veterinary Specialists.

Her owner, Sheila Yates, noticed that Indie was wobbly and was struggling to walk and immediately took her to her local vet who identified that she was paralysed and had no pain sensation in her right back foot. She was then referred to orthopaedic specialists at ChesterGates.

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Britain's Fat Pet Club: Podgy pets highlight serious obesity problem in nation's animals

The RSPCA is urging owners to watch what their pets eat after taking in a number of pets whose weight had ballooned dangerously.

The animal welfare charity is raising awareness of the problem after caring for a number of obese animals who arrived into its care dangerously overweight. Like porky puss Poppy (pictured) who arrived at RSPCA Little Valley Animal Shelter, in Devon, weighing more than 6kg!

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A hairless dog nobody wanted because she was 'ugly' is now an Instagram star!

Hairless Chinese crested is now a much-loved pet and social media star

An elderly, hairless dog who struggled to find a new home because potential adopters thought she was ugly has landed on all four paws and found her paw-fect match with new owner Rio, who is hoping to turn her into an Instagram star!

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Dachshund 'used for breeding' found abandoned alone in alleyway

Breeding bitch was still lactating when she was found alone in the middle of the night

A breeding bitch was found dumped alone in an alley in the middle - still lactating milk for her absent puppies.

Dachshund Dolly - as she’s been named by her rescuers - was found by a member of the public at around 3am on Monday (19 August) in an alley off Wymington High Street, Northamptonshire.

She’d been left in a small, metal dog crate with a red fleece blanket and a water bowl.

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247 - Can you have a dog and work?

Can you have a dog and work? Of course you can - but possibly not with every dog. In this podcast we hear from a breeder who doesn't home her puppies to owners who work, leaving the home empty all day. We also hear from an owner and breeder who works and keeps her dogs happy. If there's no ultimate wrong or right, how do we ensure our dogs are happy? Plus we celebrate breeders who care about their dogs - as opposed to "greeders" who churn our puppies purely for money.

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.