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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!


Hedgehogs, A declining Species. Give Them an Igloo Shelter

Hedgehogs are on the decline in the UK

The Igloo Hedgehog House gives hedgehogs and other small mammals a safe refuge from the many hazards they face on a daily basis such as gardening tools ie strimmers, forks, spades, also domestic pets and other predators like badgers and foxes.
It is also much safer than piles of leaves, compost heaps and bonfire piles.
Comprising of a round painted steel frame with a water-proofed roof it is covered with a brush wood finish decorated with withy bands and camouflaged with moss trim. Made from natural materials – appearance can vary due to seasonal availability.

The Hedgehog Igloo is roomy inside and can accommodate family groups such as mother and her hoglets.

Able to contain both a feeding bowl and water dish this shelter can also be used as a covered feeding station.

It has a small entrance tunnel designed to deter predators. The Igloo is designed for shelter but can be used for hibernation if additional brushwood cover is provided over the Igloo in winter.

Place under a hedge, large shrub or similar concealed place, out of the cold wind with leaves or foliage around the house for further camouflage. Put in some dry grass or leaves as nesting material. Can be anchored down for extra security.

Hedgehogs are on the decline in Britain due to various reasons and factors. Help our natural wildlife to survive.

Let us know if you have any success with providing shelter for these creatures.

Dimensions H 220mm W 590mm L 530mm

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Kittens Rescued from River by Fisherman – Video

Kitten Rescue.

When this fisherman went out on the water this weekend, he made an unexpected catch. Jason Frost and his friend Brandon were fishing on the Warrior River in Alabama when they spotted a small kitten racing to their boat. “At first we heard a splash…


Cumbrian Safari Zoo Owner Could Face Prosecution for Animal Neglect

Cumbrian Zoo Owner Could Face Being Closed Down for Animal Neglect

Calls for a Cumbrian safari zoo to be closed down after 486 animals die in four years
South Lakes Safari zoo, whose licence is ready for renewal, had a death rate of 12% of its inhabitants between 2013 and 2016.

Inspectors have asked for the owner of the zoo to face prosecution after the revelation that nearly 500 animals in its care had died in under 4 years.

A slating report into conditions at South Lakes Safari zoo in Cumbria, which houses more than 1,500 animals, found that 486 inhabitants had died of causes including emaciation and hypothermia between December 2013 and September 2016.

One African spurred tortoise named Goliath died after being electrocuted by electric fencing, while the decomposing body of a squirrel monkey was discovered hidden behind a radiator. The zoo had a death rate of about 12% of its animals per year.

Inspectors said they had found “significant problems caused by overcrowding, poor hygiene, poor nutrition, lack of suitable animal husbandry and a lack of any sort of developed veterinary care”.

They said the local authority should consider prosecuting the zoo’s founder, David Gill, under the Animal Welfare Act for allowing animals to suffer, adding that the entire blame for the attraction’s problems could be proved to be his.

Last June, the zoo was fined £255,000 for health and safety breaches after the death of zookeeper Sarah McClay, 24, by being attacked by a Sumatran tiger in 2013.

Read more at https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/28/calls-for-cumbrian-zoo-to-be-shut-after-nearly-500-animals-die-in-four-years

animal sanctuary

Thornberry Animal Sanctuary Near Sheffield

Thornberry Animal Sanctuary
There is always a lot of hard work to be done at an animal  sanctuary of our size so the people we rely on here include a team of trustees, staff members, volunteers and friends. Without all of these people we would not be able to survive as a sanctuary.

In an average week we have to exercise, feed, groom and spend time with our dogs and our horses, feed, play with and clean out our cats and small animals, deal with vet visits, adoptions, relinquishments from people no longer able to care for their animals, sort through donated items and jumble, staff our charity barns, aid members of the public, answer emails, update Facebook, website and Twitter, and deal with suppliers, collect food donations, plan events, raise money through street collections, respond to emergencies, provide ongoing support for those who have adopted an animal from us and many other vast and varied tasks!

Some of the animals who join us have been subjected to neglect and abuse and need to learn to have confidence in people again. Some of them have not been socialised with other animals and need help with a range of potential issues. Our staff, provide all of this and more through the care and commitment shown to those abandoned by their owners or sadly being rehomed for any reason.

Please contact us at the animal sanctuary if you are interested in any of the animals listed here. We can provide further details about whether they would be suited to your circumstances and lifestyle and arrange for you to come and see them.

If you have other pets we will help to assess whether they would all get along together, and we always insist that you bring any resident dogs to meet new members of your canine family.

A home check and adoption fee will apply and we are happy to discuss this further when you come to visit us. The adoption fee covers the cost of spaying or neutering your new animal and having them vaccinated and microchipped so that they leave us to start their new lives having had their essential veterinary needs met.

Visit our website at http://www.thornberryanimalsanctuary.org