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Bulldog Bruce goes from burned to beloved

A terrified and injured French Bulldog who was found dumped with horrific untreated burns across his body has made an amazing recovery from his ordeal and is now loving life in his forever home.

Poor Bruce, aged 8, was taken into the RSPCA Preston and district branch by a woman who said she found the pet dumped and shivering in a bush near a park in the Thorpe Lane area of Preston, Lancashire, on February 18.

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Bruce in his forever home

Bruce with his new owners.

Triple trouble: Trio of small but mighty Chihuahuas search for home together


A trio of ‘feisty’ Chihuahuas are looking for a special home willing to take them all together.

Six-year-old Chico, five-year-old Daisy and six-year-old Mitch were rescued by the RSPCA alongside a large number of Chihuahuas who’d been found living in a caravan.

The threesome were taken in by Block Fen Animal Centre, in Cambridgeshire, where dedicated staff have spent months building their confidence and socialising them with other dogs and people.

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Chico, Daisy and Mitch

Chico, Daisy and Mitch are looking to find a home together.

Chihuahuas Chico Daisy and Mitch

Chico, Daisy and Mitch are looking to find a home together.

Animal lover praises apprenticeship for kick-starting his career and introducing him to his much-loved dog

Spotlight on RSPCA apprentice Sam for National Apprenticeship Week (7-13 February)

An animal lover has praised the RSPCA’s apprenticeship programme which kick-started his career and gave him his much-loved dog Sonny whose mum was rescued from a puppy farm.

Sam Kiddle volunteered at the RSPCA Block Fen Animal Centre for two years before starting a Level 2 Animal Care apprenticeship through the charity’s apprenticeship scheme.

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Sonny

An animal lover has praised the RSPCA’s apprenticeship programme which kick-started his career and gave him his much-loved dog Sonny whose mum was rescued from a puppy farm

Sam and Sonny

An animal lover has praised the RSPCA’s apprenticeship programme which kick-started his career and gave him his much-loved dog Sonny whose mum was rescued from a puppy farm

Senior Staffie learning sign language in RSPCA care


I was told when Buddy was only 3 to teach him sign language in case he went deaf in old age. Every command and communication became associated with a sign, so when Buddy did lose his hearing we could still communicate with him.

The most important sign we taught him was "good dog", which was simply a thumbs up. It meant so much to me that I could always tell Buddy he was good, and see his tail wag in response.

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RSPCA staff seek homes for lovable lurchers

Block Fen Animal Centre is trying to find the paw-fect matches for five lurchers who have been waiting a total of 28 months!

Five ‘lovable’ lurchers who are desperate to be loved are seeking fun-filled active homes to call their home.

Three-year-old Tiger-Lily was rescued by the RSPCA in May after being abandoned along with two friends. It’s believed they had all been used for hare coursing. Her two friends were soon rehomed but shy Tiger-Lily is still waiting for her forever home.

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256 - Keep fit with your dog and holistic animal practice

Physiotherapist and lecturer Steph Evans helps people and dogs have fun and keep fit. Lisa Tully explains her holistic approach to dog health, and reveals how she has communicated with companion and wild animals. Julie takes exception to the trend of "10 dog breeds which..." articles.

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.

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

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!

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.