Archive for April, 2012

RSPCA Week – what’s it all for?

Inspector holding single cross breed dog © RSPCA

This week RSPCA supporters up and down the country will be finding fantastic ways to get involved with RSPCA Week.

Volunteers are manning collections outside stores, children are fundraising with their classmates, even companies such as eBay are getting involved.

What exactly is it everyone is fundraising for?

We have worked to greatly influence law and policy makers affecting animal welfare since 1824 when we were founded.

We’ve affected the lives of millions of animals by changing laws … continue reading ››

After 21 years of waiting for revisions in failing dog control laws…is this it?


The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 has failed. Yet, after 21 years of the RSPCA having to deal with the mess that the Dangerous Dogs Act has left us in, the government today announced a flimsy package of measures to target irresponsible dog ownership, which fall way short of tackling the ever escalating problem.

Despite years of working with policy makers  to help them to understand the issues that we, along with the police, local authorities and other animal charities have … continue reading ››

Trepidation turns to fury during the Grand National

Cathy Hyde © RSPCA

Stable yards at week-ends have been a second home. All three of my children have ridden from early ages. Both my daughters still do. Indeed Clare competes in dressage. I watched her put her beautiful horse, My Scallywag Prince through his paces on at a  wet and blowy Easter Dressage camp near Winchester on Easter Monday.

Holly, my youngest at ‘sweet 17′ had decided to restart her riding and on Saturday morning she and Liz went to book their assessment … continue reading ››