Do you have a flair for social media, website content and all things digital marketing? Would you like to put your skills to use while also helping animal welfare in your local area?
We are looking for a Social Media and Website Coordinator to help us reach out to the community, spread news about our activity and raise awareness of animal welfare in the Sunderland, Hartlepool and South Tyneside area.
The successful candidate, who will take up this unpaid, voluntary role, will act as a central contact point for current and potential volunteers. They will also welcome new volunteers to the branch/centre and co-ordinate the volunteer effort.
This will be an excellent role for you to make a difference to animal welfare in your area while also building valuable skills and experience.
It’s not just cats and dogs that our inspectors are called to take in.
These lovely snakes came into RSPCA care recently when their owner was jailed and and asked us to come and take them in. They had been very well cared for and were offered up for rehoming after a health check.
There you have it – not all of our rescue and rehoming stories involve cute, cuddly and fluffy animals!
A couple from Sunderland have been fined and been forced to hand their pony over to the RSPCA, following an investigation into animal neglect.
The magistrates’ pointed out that it was clear from the photographs they had seen, that the pony was suffering due to marks on its neck, however, its general condition was good and they had taken that into consideration when sentencing.
The couple were fined £120, costs £150, vet’s fees £34 and victim surcharge £30. They were also banned from owning horses for a minimum of five years.
A seal was rescued from a perilous position on Hendon Beach after being trapped in rocks for four hours.
ACO Bryan Moffitt attended the incident and came across a juvenile grey seal weighing about 15kgs, jammed between the rocks and a slipway. It was above the tide line, and appears it was probably washed over by a large wave which pushed it over into a crevasse.
Bryan said: “Members of the public had tried to rescue it, however it was very feisty, and quite rightly they thought better of it. I used a dog catch pole which was placed around the body of the seal and gently lifted it out, kicking and screaming. I quickly released it and the seal flip-flopped down the slip way, back into the North Sea.”
Sunderland, Hartlepool and South Tyneside branch regularly help our feline friends, supporting our inspectors’ work by funding treatment and helping rescued cats find their forever homes.
We paid to have this cat shaven and neutered and he was then promptly re-homed through Newcastle branch.
The Sunderland branch has also supported some of the inspectors with neutering in multi-cat households in the area, alongside flea treating and worming as well as the neutering and treatment of several stray cats – including many males with abscesses and fight wounds.
RSPCA Inspectors were involved in two rescues of our feathered friends recently:
This falcon somehow ended up tangled around a tree in Sunderland. Luckily he was ringed and following his rescue he was reunited with his owners on the same day.
Catch the Pigeon!
This Pigeon was rescued from Washington, smaller than a pear and with no feathers.
He was covered in fly eggs, filling his little ear holes and mouth and was very limp.
Inspector Rowena Proctor said: “He had fallen from his nest and i thought he wouldn’t make it. I took him home for the night, cleaned all the fly eggs away, fed him and kept him warm. The photo of him is about four weeks later. He was then released back into the wild once he had learnt to fly.”
This owl was found in Sunderland and ringed to the National History Museum, it’s legs wouldn’t work but he received vet treatment and was released again.
Silksworth Swans Rescued
These swans are from Silksworth Lake, Sunderland. Four youngsters and their two parents were rescued following an accidental oil leak. They spent three weeks in the care of vets and at Stapeley Grange, Cheshire where they recovered and then taken back to Sunderland .
The RSPCA received a call about four feral kittens in a garden in South Shields. Unfortunately the mother had died and the kittens were about 7 weeks old.
Inspector Rowena Proctor fostered the kittens herself, taking them home and socialising them with her Staffordshire Bull Terrier, while the Sunderland, Hartlepool and South Tyneside branch covered their vaccinations, vet visits and treatment for flu like symptoms.
Rowena said: “They were then all re-homed via the Newcastle branch and all have lovely lives now. I still get to see pictures of them in their new homes which is lovely. Most are in homes with dogs thanks to their early socialisation and are all doing really well. Two of them were re-homed in the same street, two doors apart so will still see each other too!”
The RSPCA are looking to recruit Wildlife Casualty Volunteers in South Shields, Hartlepool and Newcastle.
RSPCA Wildlife casualty volunteers support the vital front line work of our Inspectorate. Volunteers are trained to collect and transport (and release where appropriate), sick, injured, suffering birds and small mammals and take them to RSPCA premises or appropriate veterinary establishments.
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