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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…

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…