Sunderland, Hartlepool and South Tyneside Branch

Branch News

Regional & Branch News

700 Kittens and Counting

A Q&A with kitten and cat volunteer fosterers, Neil & Olwyn Above: Neil & Olwyn with Cinnamon Q. Can you tell us a little about your involvement with the RSPCA? We have been volunteering with the RSPCA now for almost 11 years, across a number of different roles. We visit the Felledge Animal Centre cattery regularly to get stuck in with the cleaning, as well as spending time with the cats to help socialise and care for them while they are waiting to find their new homes. We also carry…

Buddy Blogs 2 – Everything!

Woofs! It’s me, Buddy! I’ve got sooo much to tell you about being a good boy, and the best, most excellent boy, but also a cheeky monkey, I think. Which is weird, because monkeys don’t have waggy tails. But my humans think ‘cheeky monkey’ is my name sometimes. I keep them right though, when I say, “Bark, woof, snuffle!” My name is Buddy! Anyway, the humans at the worky place called RSPCA Sumlan, Hearty-pool and South Shiney-time said that some other bestest humans did a vote to say that they’d…

Mind Games – Brain Training for Your Dog

How to keep your dog occupied with fun brain-games. It’s important, even when we’re all stuck at home, to offer appropriate stimulation and environmental enrichment to our pets – particularly for dogs who may have bounds of energy that they are currently unable to fully exhaust through long walks and playing with friends. Games and training tricks that are designed to allow your dog to really think about solving puzzles are one of the best ways to really engage with and occupy your dog. Plus, they give your dog focused…

Welcome to Buddy Blogs!

Hey, I’m Buddy. I’m pretty little, but I’m pretty smart. They call me ‘Good Boy’ all the time, like a million and five times all in one minute, at home. I think. I don’t think I know numbers. But I know ‘Good Boy’, for sure. Mostly, I’m ‘Good Boy Buddy’ when I do things like not pee in the kitchen, or when I plonk my little bum on the floor for nom noms. I like having naps after I play with my friends, especially Poppy Dora. I’m learning how to…

An Interview with our Inspectors

We hope you enjoy this insightful interview, which looks at a ‘day in the life’ of an RSPCA Inspector. For more on our staff, insights into different roles across the Society, and monthly news/events updates, please get in touch and let us know that you’d like to subscribe to our e-newsletter on enquiries@rspca-sunderland.org.uk. In the meantime, here is our interview with Cathy and Rachael, Inspectors in the North East Region.         Pictured above – Left to right: Inspector Cathy with Hugo, and Inspector Rachael with a little…

The Things Toby Taught me about Responsible Pet Ownership

Hi, I’m Mel, and I’m the administrative assistant with RSPCA Sunderland, Hartlepool & South Tyneside. I decided to write this blog from a personal experience I had recently in the hope that it offers some helpful insight for those considering taking on a pet. So, if you are one of those people, please do have a read. It occurred to me that, had I not had Toby while he was here, I may not have had a vital perspective that recently led me to make an important decision. Firstly, you…

What to do if you’re Concerned about a Wild Animal

What to do if you’re Concerned about a Wild Animal Day to day, The RSPCA receive a high volume of calls from concerned members of the public about wild animals that are in distress, sick or injured. These animals range from common garden and woodland birds to birds of prey, swans, deer, rabbits, small rodents and so on. With your help and calls to action last year alone, the RSPCA took 18,337 animals into one of our four wildlife centres across the UK for treatment and rehabilitation, and many more were taken…

Gung Ho Girls

The worlds biggest 5k inflatable course came to the North East this weekend.  Gung-Ho seriously fun 5k was at Wynyard Hall and we had two volunteers take it on. The fun run included inflatable walls, mazes and slides. The whole course was thick with mud and the rain didn’t stay away but the girls powered through and finished the run only falling over a couple of times. Through a number of generous donations the girls managed to raise over £150 for us here at RSPCA Sunderland, Hartlepool and South Tyneside….

Charity Shop Chic

It’s finally time to banish the idea that charity shops only have clothes that are out of style. Fashion always comes around, and that a few staple pieces in your wardrobe like a leather jacket or shirt will always come in handy. You can team them with any outfit, no matter the season. Fashion is for everyone. No matter your age, shape or size and is definitely not determined by your bank balance. Our charity shops regularly have quality clothes passing through the door, from high street clothing to designer goods at…