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The 12 days of Christmas RSPCA style


RSPCA searches for homes for some of the festive pets in rescue this Christmas

Christmas is a time of love and kindness - and the RSPCA is urging animal-lovers who think they have room in their homes for a pet this festive season to consider rescuing.

The largest and oldest animal welfare charity expects to take in around 19,000 animals during the Christmas period - and has thousands more already in its care patiently waiting to find their fur-ever homes.

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Who do you spend Christmas with?

If you celebrate Christmas, what does it mean to you?

A day to spend with family?

Loads of prezzies?

Overindulgence in food and drink?

A baby in a manger?

Great television?

Being forced to play charades?

Whatever else Christmas means, it often means compromise. Do you spend it with family or friends? If it’s family, your own or your in-laws? And what if your family includes dogs or other pets? And what if not all your family appreciate your dog(s)? Things get complicated very quickly, and there is a huge scope for feelings being hurt.

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Bentley

Poor Staffordshire bull terrier is overlooked time and time again - could he be the loneliest pup this Christmas?
Beautiful Bentley has his bags packed and is ready to find his forever home just in time for Christmas - after one year in RSPCA care.

New World Record for Most Dogs in Christmas Jumpers

BorrowMyDoggy and Save the Children Break World Record for Most Dogs in Christmas jumpers

More than 300 dogs brave the snow wearing festive knits to support Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day

To support Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day, BorrowMyDoggy teamed up with the charity to organise the most ‘pawsome’ event of the year.

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Puppy farm survivor grown up

It was touch and go whether Rolo would survive when he was rescued by the RSPCA - but he’s come a long way…!

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Greyfriars Bobby

The statue commemorating Greyfriars Bobby.

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Monkeys House is a dog sanctuary and hospice where dogs go to live. It's a joyful place run by Jeff and Michele Allen in their own home, supported by volunteers. With the uncertainties of life, separation anxiety has more potential than ever to trouble our dogs. Head dog trainer at Eye 2 Eye and Beco ambassador Bryony Cole, and Beco founder George Bramble discuss dealing with, and preventing, it. Plus the DogCast Radio News.

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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.

187 - Muffins Halo and Chorley Fun Dog Show

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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.