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Guinea pigs: basic needs and common mistakes
Welfare16.05.22
Guinea pigs: basic needs and common mistakes

Guinea pigs make great pets and are incredibly rewarding if looked after properly. But there are a fair few mistakes that Rory The Vet commonly sees and most are things that can be easily improved for these little guys.

Is it time to drop #AdoptNotShop?
Welfare13.05.22
Is it time to drop #AdoptNotShop?

‘Adopt not Shop’ is a phrase meant to encourage us to consider rehoming pets rather than purchasing them. However, Cat the Vet is becoming increasingly concerned that its meaning is being twisted...

Reptile market event cancelled over welfare concerns
Welfare16.05.22
Reptile market event cancelled over welfare concerns

An event advertised as a ‘breeders meeting’ at Kempton Park Racecourse in August will not go ahead due to the "high risk of illegal animal sales", Spelthorne Borough Council has confirmed.

How to make your garden bird-friendly
Conservation15.05.22
How to make your garden bird-friendly

Bird feeders and a few bird houses are all you need to make your garden a bird hotspot - but a few extra measures need to be taken to minimise the risk of avian flu, and protect them from predators.

Mental Health Awareness Week: tackling loneliness
Behaviour14.05.22
Mental Health Awareness Week: tackling loneliness

For this year's Mental Health Awareness Week, the main theme is 'loneliness'. For many, pets have been and continue to be a lifeline; however, they too have emotional needs that need to be met.

Fundraising to help rescue Frenchie breathe
Health13.05.22
Fundraising to help rescue Frenchie breathe

An RSPCA rescue centre has launched a special fundraising appeal to pay for surgery that will help Buster, a five-year-old French bulldog with brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome, breathe freely .

Thelma & Louise on the lookout for their forever home
Stories13.05.22
Thelma & Louise on the lookout for their forever home

Heart-stealing duo Thelma and Louise, a pair of Greyhound sisters in the care of Dogs Trust, are looking for a forever home where they can be together - and staff is hoping they won't have to wait for much longer.

Ship collisions put whale sharks at risk, study suggests
Conservation12.05.22
Ship collisions put whale sharks at risk, study suggests

Ship collisions may be greater danger to the endangered whale shark population than previously thought, according to a report published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal.

New guidelines planned for tougher animal cruelty sentences
Welfare12.05.22
New guidelines planned for tougher animal cruelty sentences

Courts will be able to hand down tougher sentences for the most harrowing cases of animal cruelty in England and Wales, as guidelines are set to be updated in accordance with the Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Act 2021.

Six fox cubs rescued from netting in Surrey and London
Stories12.05.22
Six fox cubs rescued from netting in Surrey and London

RSPCA Animal Rescue Officer Louis Horton is calling for the public to put away their sports netting when not in use, after he rescued six tangled fox cubs since mid-April - while one cub sadly did not make it.

Germany announces restrictions to hunting trophies imports
Conservation11.05.22
Germany announces restrictions to hunting trophies imports

The German Ministry of the Environment has announced the intention to restrict the import of hunting trophies from protected species in Germany - which is now the second largest importer in the world.

When kindness kills: why you should leave fawns alone
Welfare11.05.22
When kindness kills: why you should leave fawns alone

The Scottish SPCA (SSPCA) says that well-meaning members of the public could be inadvertently killing baby deer by removing them from the wild after incorrectly assuming they’ve been abandoned.

Cat charity reports 25% rise in unwanted kittens
Welfare11.05.22
Cat charity reports 25% rise in unwanted kittens

UK charity Cats Protection has seen a 25% increase in the number of kittens being surrendered to their adoption centres in the first quarter of 2022 - with some surrendered due to home evictions.

Public urged to keep away from moulting grey seals
Welfare10.05.22
Public urged to keep away from moulting grey seals

Volunteers are warning the public to keep away from grey seals who come on beaches for their annual moult, following an incident in Norfolk in which two jet skiers were seen "harassing more than 200 seals".



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