The male Lionhead rabbit was spotted by a member of the public on Saturday (8 August) on the side of a main road, between the A428 near Kempston and King Alfred Way. He was loose with no cage or carrier, food or water in sight.
The passerby managed to catch the rabbit as he was very friendly and then contacted the RSPCA for help.Read More
The RSPCA’s key workers have responded to 100,000 incidents* during lockdown, 1,068 in Bedfordshire.
The animal welfare charity’s frontline officers, animal carers and vets have continued to rescue, treat and care for animals in need since the country went into lockdown on 23 March 2020.Read More
Bedford’s RSPCA charity shop is once again opening its doors to the public from Wednesday 29 July 2020.
The RSPCA closed all of its 318 charity shops at the start of lockdown. But is now undergoing a phased re-opening, following the social distancing guidelines set out by the Government.Read More
The RSPCA has revealed that 243 glue trap incidents were reported to its cruelty line in the last five years (2015-2019). These reports included incidents with cats, garden birds, hedgehogs, squirrels and even a parrot.
Glue traps, also known as ‘glue boards’ or ‘sticky boards’, consist of a sheet of plastic, cardboard or wood coated with non-drying adhesive designed to trap rodents such as mice and rats as they cross the board.
The RSPCA opposes the manufacture, sale and use of glue-traps because of the unnecessary suffering they cause to animals.Read More
The RSPCA is bracing itself for a surge in abandoned animals and fears the fallout from the COVID crisis could see more owners struggling to keep their pets.
Typically, the charity sees abandonment peak in the summer months. Between June and August 2019, 16,519 animals were reported abandoned to the RSPCA which accounts for 30% of all animals reported abandoned that year.
During the summer months the charity received 138 reports about dumped animals in Bedfordshire.
The RSPCA is braced for an even bigger impact this summer following the easing of lockdown and the financial impact on the coronavirus pandemic.Read More
The RSPCA is warning that a financial recession could plunge the country into a second wave of an equine crisis. Which, it said, has already led to thousands of dumped and dying horses and crippled welfare charities.
The charity said it was called 15 times about equine incidents in Bedfordshire during lockdown.
In 2019, the charity received reports of more than 4,370 incidents involving horses in the south east of England, 145 in Bedfordshire, and by the end of the year it had nearly 900 in its care nationally, leaving its rescue centres full and funding hundreds more in private boarding.
Now the charity fears much worse is to come if, as expected, the COVID crisis sparks a UK and global recession.Read More
The RSPCA is urging people never to buy or use glue traps after a tawny owl suffered irreparable damage to his wings after getting stuck to one of these sticky boards.
RSPCA inspector Gina Stallon was called to Mentmore Crescent, Dunstable in Bedfordshire, on Thursday (21 May 2020) after someone found the stricken bird in their back gardenRead More
Charity warns of unneutered cats giving birth to unwanted litters
The RSPCA said that is facing a cat crisis as since the start of lockdown, there have been 6,630 cat incidents reported to its hotline. 75 of these reports were from Bedfordshire.
The charity is currently caring for 1,013 cats (as of 13 May) which is more than any other pet in its care. It fears that the situation is set to get worse as the traditional kitten season gets underway.
The lockdown is making it harder for owners to neuter their pets, which could mean even more unwanted litters coming through the charity’s doors.Read More
The RSPCA has received more than 1,600 reports of abandoned animals across England & Wales since lockdown began – that’s 40 a day.
The charity has released the figures as part of its emergency appeal, launched to keep its rescue teams out on the road during the Coronavirus crisis and continuing to rescue animals most in need.
In Bedfordshire, there have been reports about 18 abandoned animals to the charity’s cruelty hotline since lockdown started on 23 March.Read More
In the month since the start of the lockdown, the RSPCA has dealt with 195 incidents in Bedfordshire. Across England and Wales it has dealt with over 21,000 animal incidents – an average of 660 a day, or 27 an hour.
The charity has released the figures as part of its emergency appeal, launched to keep its rescue teams out on the road during the Coronavirus crisis and continuing to rescue animals most in need.Read More
The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dead Chihuahua puppy was found on the side of the road. The puppy was discovered by a member of the public in Manor Road, Kempston Hardwick in Bedfordshire.
The female puppy’s body was wrapped in a greyish cream blanket and a black bin bag with a supermarket shopping basket placed upside down to cover her.
The dog, which was not microchipped, was found on Monday, 24 February 2020, at around midday.Read More
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