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RSPCA – How and When Did This Organisation Start

The RSPCA a short history of its founding.

Founded in 1824

Our beginnings were in a London coffee shop in 1824. The people present knew they were creating the world’s first animal welfare charity, but they couldn’t have guessed the size and shape that the charity would become today.
T the start we were the SPCA – Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Royal patronage followed in 1837 and Queen Victoria gave her permission to add the royal R in 1840, making us the RSPCA as we are still known today.

When we were founded, our aim was working animals, such as ‘pit ponies’, who were worked down the coal mines. But we’ve changed with the times.
During the First and Second World Wars we worked to help the millions of animals enlisted to serve with British, Commonwealth and Allied forces. Our work with pets that we’re best known for today, only developed with the trend to keep them.

We’ve always been influential in forming and improving animal welfare law. In 1822, two years before we were founded, ‘Martin’s Act’ was passed. It was the first animal welfare law and it forbade ‘the cruel and improper treatment of cattle’. Thirteen years on, in 1835, and ‘Pease’s Act’ consolidated this law. The prohibition of cruelty was extended to dogs and other domestic animals, bear-baiting & cock-fighting was forbidden, and it insisted on better standards for the nations slaughter houses. Other successes along the way have included laws for lab animals, the abolition of fur farming in the UK, the ban of fox hunting with dogs and the animal welfare act. Today we are still changing the law.
The greatest shift across the times has been in attitude. In the UK we’re known as ‘a nation of animal lovers’ but it wasn’t always that way. When we were founded it was a challenge to get the British public to recognise animals as sentient beings – and not just commodities for food, transport or sport. It’s inspiring to think how much more of a difference we can make. With your support and our expertise, so much more can be achieved!

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Last Chance Animal Rescue Charity

Last Chance Animal Rescue Charity

Rescue dogs often have to find new homes and familys even though it is not their fault. Family deaths, seperations, or lack of training in their original homes are often common causes also.

The staff at Last Chance Animal Rescue will tell you all about the dog that you are interested in, and its veterinary information if any available, assessments and current eating, sleeping and activity routines so that his transition into your home can be made as easy as possible. We recommend that you find out all you can about his routine, and keep to it as much as you can. Work out your house rules and decide what is required with all the members of the family. Who will walk the dog first thing in the morning? Who will feed him at night? Will your rescued dog be allowed on the couch or bed? Where will he sleep at night?

When you first bring your new dog home, hopefully from Last Chance Animal Rescue, make sure you have him on a lead! Spend the first 15-30 minutes walking him outside around your house and garden. Walk slowly and let him sniff and pause if he wants to. He is getting used to all the smells. Your dog may relieve himself; this is their way of making themselves at home by adding their mark to the smells of your home, and now their new home. Obviously you would want this to happen outside! The excitement of the move and new family will cause them to relieve themselves more often than normal. You must be prepared to give them plenty of opportunities to do this in the beginning by taking them to your garden.

Let your new dog explore the house, making sure he is supervised AT ALL TIMES.
Read more about Last Chance Animal Rescue at        http://www.lastchanceanimalrescue.co.uk/kennel/info.html

List of animal charities      http://www.onestoppetshop.co.uk/animal_charities

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Status Dogs in Shelters Increasing

The number of status dogs being brought into shelters is on theincrease, as per one of the UK’s leading animal charities.

Blue Cross said it was being inundated with the amount of Staffies coming in.

Their records show 331 of the dogs were accepted into shelters last year, compared to 198 in 2008.

They are blaming the increase on dog owners not getting their pets neutered.

Blue Cross says another problem is people breeding to make cash.

However, it says because the dog is so common now, selling the puppies is not as easy as imagined.

The charity says Staffordshire Bull Terriers are often now given to friends for free or advertised on websites for next to nothing.

Hannah Wiltshire, who works at the Burford Blue Cross Shelter in Oxford, said: “There was an advert placed on a website that said basically, ‘I would swop my dog for a PlayStation’.

“A big problem is this kind of status dog thing that’s going on.

“They are a solid, heavy-looking dog, and very muscular, so they can give off this impression of being a tough guy. So they’re used a lot with a kind of gang image.”

The charity took 3,015 dogs into its shelters in 2012, but had to turn away around 1,800 Staffordshire Bull Terriers last year.

Blue Cross has begun schemes such as Home Direct, which lets dogs be re-homed directly from an owner’s house.

They say education is key and they are going into schools to teach children how to look after dogs as well as explaining the responsibilities that can come with owning them.

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