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Diary of a First-Time Kitten Fosterer

Hi all. Mel here. I’m part of the team here at RSPCA Sunderland, Hartlepool and South Tyneside. Recently, I put myself forward to foster a stray kitten. So, today, I thought I’d share that experience with you. This blog is for anyone. But perhaps it leans more toward being an insight piece for anyone considering fostering with the RSPCA.It also calls out to the animal lovers amongst us, of course. I mean, look at this face, for starters… This is Greg.We named him after Dr. Gregory House, from the American TV series. I know, right? Standard….

Buddy’s Blog 4 | Learning Name Reflex | Introducing the Welfare Wisps

Buddy’s Blog: 4th Edition! Today’s blog is a mixed bag. We start, as always in Buddy’s blog, with an update from Buddy and, in this specific blog, a little video of Buddy during a training session. But please do read on, as we are launching our new educational project aimed at kids and, here, we’ll show you what our brand new Welfare Characters are all about. Over to Buddy! Hey, it’s me, Buddy! I’m still the bestest Buddy, in case you forgot from last time. I’m also getting so much…

Your Dog & Lockdown Changes

Your Dog & The Easing of Lockdown When lockdown was brought into play, we considered the impact of the ‘new norm’ on our pets, and we offered some ways in which to help your pet stay well, happy and stimulated. Now that lockdown measures are beginning to ease, it is just as important to consider the impact of these changes on your dog. Let’s explore why this is important. Much may have changed During lockdown, it’s quite likely that we have all been spending much more time at home than…

Puppies | Key Stages of Development

Puppies: Key Stages of Development Just as you might expect, a puppy, as he or she grows, will go through various developmental stages. Like humans, they learn as they grow – and each stage is an important step in their healthy development. As their guardians, part of our job is to make sure that our puppies are being nurtured properly and allowed to grow through each stage with our support and understanding. It is important for us to recognise where our pups might be struggling or showing signs of unusual…

Buddy’s Blog 3: The Humans Are Learning!

Buddy’s Blog 3: The Humans are Learning! Hi! It’s me – Buddy! I’m back, and I’m famous now. Look how handsome my new logo is. One of the RSPCA Sumlan, Hearty-pool and South Shiney-time arty people made this just for me. Her name is Abbie, and she is one of the excellent people we call volunteers. Woofs for Abbie! High Paw! But enough about the humans because, look! It’s me again, the bestest, good boy ever, Buddy! I’m here to share some more things from my everythings list. Today, I…

A Life With The RSPCA

A Life With The RSPCA Above: Michelle meeting a giant tortoise in Mauritius You may have been following our ‘Interview With…’ series if you are subscribed to our monthly newsletter. (If not, you can subscribe, here) Well today, we interview Michelle about her vast experience with the Society. From being eager to stand up for animals as a young girl, to volunteering locally as she got older, and eventually working as an inspector, chief inspector and now establishments liaison officer. Please note – there are references to animal cruelty in the…

Crossword Puzzle

Welcome to our very own, home-made, (mostly) animal-themed crossword puzzle! You can simply print the page to play, hand-draw the grid if you don’t have a printer, or download the PDF file to share, here: Crossword PDF Have fun, and let us know how you get on! Across: 1. Most common of the big cats (6, 5) 6. A common preposition (2) 7. ‘Earth Pig’ in Afrikaans (8) 9. One of them had snakes for hair (6) 10. Braying animals (7) 13. Considered well trained (7) 15. A common command for…