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Starving dog strengthens resolve to combat cruelty


Staff at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home see the consequences of animal cruelty daily, and are committed to giving the animals affected by it another chance of life, love and happiness. One recent case has also stiffened their resolve to see tougher sentences brought in for those who perpetrate animal cruelty.

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Blind puppy saved from euthanasia looking for love


There have been a couple of stories lately that have made me shake my head in complete incomprehension – here’s another one.

How beautiful is little Bea? Yet all her breeder could see of her was that she would not “sell”. So to that breeder, the tiny puppy was no longer worth anything, and was taken to the vet, at just FIVE WEEKS OLD, to be put to sleep.

I’ll let that sink in for a second. This gorgeous little Yorkshire Terrier was condemned before her life had really started, due to a disability which will not stop her living a happy life.

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Don’t forget your pet when it’s holiday time

There was a reminder from the RSPCA today that owners must provide adequate care for their pets when they go on holiday. Of course, such a reminder should not be necessary, but the case of a couple who left their dog and two cats home alone has highlighted the need for the warning. Unbelievably, three pets were abandoned at home while their owners enjoyed a fortnight’s holiday. The consequences were tragic.

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Battersea Honey seeks the sweet life


359 dogs walked out of Battersea’s Brands Hatch centre and into a new loving home last year – but poor Honey wasn’t one of them. Although many dogs have barely settled into the centre before they are snatched up, a few – like Honey – take a little longer. While they stay at the shelter, the staff strive to give them as many of the comforts of home as possible; especially for the more long term residents.

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Ella the leaping Lurcher

Ella the Lurcher is now full of beans and feeling happy after five weeks in the care of the RSPCA. You could say she's jumping for joy. She's bounding around, and looking far better than when she was found, abandoned, very underweight with lots of fur missing.

The future's looking bright for Ella.

The future may not be as happy for the person who abandoned her, tying her to a fence in Laburnum Grove in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire on the 9th of February.

The charity is still appealing for information in relation to the man seen in CCTV footage abandoning the Lurcher before running away.

Anyone with information can telephone the RSPCA’s inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

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Lurcher Ella is recovering in RSPCA care after being dumped on the street in a bad condition

A Lurcher who was tied to a fence and abandoned in February of this year is doing well in the care of the RSPCA. The moment that Ella was abandoned was caught on CCTV, and the RSPCA is ongoing, but the dogs is recovering from her ordeal.

When Ella was found, the freezing, skinny Lurcher was curled up on the floor in an effort to keep warm. Due to a skin condition, she had lost a lot of fur, which meant her skin was exposed to the harsh weather, leaving it even more sore than it had been.

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Pug agility

When you think of Pugs, you may not think of agility - yet! But think again, because Pugs can do agility, in fact they can do pretty much anything any dog can do.

The Pug in this video is Marsha and we have an interview coming up with her owner, who took her form being overweight and out of shape to whizzing around the agility course. Amazing.

Take care,

Julie xx

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Vote for the RSPCA People's Choice Award


The RSPCA is asking the public to vote for their favourite photo in the charity’s People’s Choice award for 2017.

The entries have been whittled down to a few finalists, and now it’s down to the public to choose the overall winner. The images include a tortoise about to eat a flower, a kitten with his paw poised to swipe, and two Cocker spaniels having fun on the beach, as well as a Labrador taking a nap, and a guinea pig sheltering in s tunnel.

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Why does nobody want one-eyed Tyson?

Crossbreed dog is still waiting to find his fur-ever home…

RSPCA staff and volunteers in Buckinghamshire are desperately trying to find the paw-fect home for a one-eyed dog who is their loneliest pooch.

Tyson has been waiting for a home for 295 days (as of Thursday) and, despite having a small fan club online, still hasn’t found his perfect match.

As the five-year-old rottweiler-cross approaches his 300-day milestone, staff are doing all they can to find him a home to call his own.

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Battersea English Bull Terrier up for Crufts award - Friends for Life

English Bull Terrier Bowser who was rehomed by the Kent centre of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home has been nominated for a Friends for Life award at Crufts 2017. Bowser is three years old and was adopted by Sally Deegan who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis; since his adoption, he has proved to be a lifeline to Sally.

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Episode 190 - What It's Like to be a Dog and Barking Mad Dog Holidays

Gregory Berns talks about his book What It's Like to be a Dog, which is a thought provoking and fascinating read. Sue Corfield tells us about the dog activity holidays she runs in the beautiful Shropshire countryside. Plus we've rounded up some happy stories for the DogCast Radio News.

Episode 189 - The Dog Healers and War Dogs Remembered

In this episode you can hear Mark Winik talk about his debut novel, The Dog Healers, and listen to Julia Robertson explain why she founded the charity War Dogs remembered. Plus there's the DogCast Radio News, and what Mischief the German Spitz puppy has been up to.

Episode 188 - Service Dogs UK and Roxie the Doxie Finds Her Forever Home

In this episode you can hear about Service Dogs UK, a fantastic charity which trains assistance dogs to support veterans of any service - military personnel, police, firefighters, paramedics and the coastguard - who develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to their job. Also, listen to Dr Jody A Dean, a clinical psychologist talk about how her book, Roxie the Doxie finds her Forever Home, is helping children understand and talk about adoption and other family issues. Plus the DogCast Radio News and some thoughts on the alpha dog myth.

Episode 187 - Muffins Halo and Chorley Fun Dog Show

In this episode you can hear about Muffin's Halo for Blind Dogs, and what motivates people to enter their dog in a fun dog show. In the DogCast Radio News, listen to stories about the latest dog related research. Plus there's a new member of the DogCast Radio team!

Episode 186 - Maxwell Muir on wolves

In this episode you can hear trainer, behaviourist, writer, broadcaster and wolf expert Maxwell Muir talk about what wolves mean to him personally, their plight in a modern world, and his hopes for their future. Plus we have the DogCast Radio News.

Episode 185 - Doggie Food Bank and Animal Naturopath Lyndall Pinchen

In this show you can hear naturopath Lyndall Pinchen describe her natural approach to helping your dog live healthily, and how you can deal with parasites and vaccinations. Listen to the inspiring story of how Julie Austin started Doggie Food Bank after a homeless woman asked for help feeding her dog. Plus the DogCast Radio News, and the latest developments with Buddy.

Episode 184 - Galen Myotherapy for dogs

Galen Myotherapy was founded by Julia Robertson in 2002, and in this show you can hear Julia talking about how the therapy works, how it allows dogs to choose to participate or not, and how letting the body heal itself is essential. You can also listen in to a therapy session.