Every year the RSPCA rehomes around 70,000 animals - these animals arrive at the RSPCA out of various circumstances - they may be unwanted pets that have been callously dumped or victims of cruelty by their owners.
Anyone who has rehomed their pet from an RSPCA animal centre or branch can tell you what a rewarding experience it is to offer these animals a new lease of life.
These are just some of the of pets that have been helped by the South Bucks RSPCA Branch:
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Jet and his sister were both abandoned by their owner in the middle of January
is two years tomorrow since I brought ‘Alfie’ home from you and
thought I would let you know how he has been getting on.I am sure you have had
many cats in your care since Alfie was with you but I hope you remember him, he
was an older cat who had a broken jaw which was wired up. His claim to fame was
making the RSPCA Facebook entry!I have attached some photos, two taken in
February in the snow and one taken today of him where he drinks out of the bird
bath on the patio just beyond my lounge windows – why is outside water always
better than the bowl provided even if it out of the same tap!As you can see he
is absolutely gorgeous and remains a wonderful companion. He has been 100%
healthy despite his age and has finally become a regular ‘lap cat’ which is all
I ever asked for!Believe it or not, on occasions he still uses the same paper
box lid he was sitting in when I came to collect him from you. There are times
when he has not used it for a while and I think of disposing of it and then he
curls up in it again!
Hi, it's Izzy here
A year ago this month we adopted ‘Mungo’ from South Bucks RSPCA. We renamed him Wilfred which has since been shortened to Fred and occasionally, other more colourful Anglo-Saxon names! He was in the poorest of conditions when handed over to the RSPCA but the love and care afforded him by Jenny, his RSPCA carer, meant he was well on the mend by the time he came to us. He is now a beautiful boy with a most wonderful temperament and loves the affection our 7 year old daughter lavishes on him. He also lives with two other 4 legged friends, they are Woody, another Heinz 57 dog and Poppy who we also re-homed from the RSPCA, but Woody and Freddie are special friends, no mischief too great for them but Freddie always at the heart of it, but we can never be cross as he shows so much remorse for crimes committed (3 kitchen mats at last count!). But his favourite pastime would have to be swimming or he will resort to bog snorkelling if no clean water can be found he really is not fussy! Favourite days out are to the seaside where he will stay in the water until shivering with cold. Freddie really is a special little dog who we are so grateful for as he brings so much joy. People say how lucky these dogs are that they have found loving homes but I think we are the lucky ones.
Paul, Tracy & Erin Pittuck
And Freddie, Woody &
Almost a year
ago Barbara and Tinkerbell arrived in our home, and we began a very challenging
few months! Both Lil’B and Tinks came from unclear backgrounds, are both over 3
years old and had not met until they went to the foster home, and to this day
we still have the occasional spat!
Here is a
photo of Fifi (grey) and Cheerio (tri coloured). Our Inspector, Martin,
brought Cheerio in to us in July. He was pathetically thin because he had been
starved and had only been fed on the breakfast cereal 'Cheerios', hence his
Tori came to us when she was about a year
old a Labrador/Airdale. A beautiful mixture but deep inside we think she always
thought she was a pure bred lab! She came to us scared and obviously mistreated.
It took along time with a lot of love for her to become a happy well adjusted
Just an update. Barney our staffy cross recue dog missed Tori so much he stopped eating and suffered separation anxiety [he would howl and cry if left alone] He was put on Prozac but our vet said "what about another dog' . I did not think we were ready but off we went to the local RSPCA lost dogs home and found Ruby! A 5 year old English Pointer, had been used as a breeding bitch and now was no longer wanted.
That was 8 weeks ago. What a delight she has become. Her first week she spent hiding under a blanket, she still had milk poor thing. With lots of love she has come out of her shell. Discovered how to play, eats with abandon and loves Barney [no more Prozac for him].
She is a delight and testimoney once again that Rescue dogs are a fantastic option. Here in Australia they only have 2 weeks and then they are euthanased. Ruby was on death row. So glad we found her. Still miss my Tori dog so much but Ruby has gone some way to easing that pain.
Attatched a photo of a very happy Ruby and Barney on the main beach with my husband.
take care and thanks once again.
Linda Barber (2011)
We adopted these 2 beautiful boys April 2009 and have not looked back since. When my son and I went to see these guinea pigs from our local foster mum Janette, I was very surprised at how big guinea pigs were. After lots of begging from my son "mum.. please can we have them" we choose to adopt them. We had a large hutch built and a 6ft x 8ft run. These 2 guys love cucumber and hugs in the evening.
Simone and Oliver Hathaway
An Unusual Story ...
Early in July last year some boys found two little kittens in an alleyway and they were brought in to us to foster. Marian took them in, but although only about 6 weeks old they were petrified of humans. It soon became apparent that Leo and Midge, so named, were feral and spent their time spitting, cringing and hiding, Marian, who is an expert on rearing, spent hours trying to gain their confidence, but as time went by it became a certainty that we would not be able to rehome them in a domestic situation. However, they loved other cats and kittens and spent all day playing with them within the confines of the pens.
In February this year Marian came to me with a great idea. She had a 'Wendy' house used occasionally for isolation, and modified they could have this as their home. A cat flap and small chicken run were fitted to one end, It was then positioned in a quiet corner of the garden and they were moved in with their beds, toys etc. After a month they were very happy with their new home and one evening found that the door to a whole new world had been left open.!.......Freedom with a 'bolt hole'..........food and T.L.C every day as before.
It was just amazing how well and how soon they adapted..........now, nearly 4 months later they spend hours in the garden and love playing with Marian's 11 cats.!! It is lovely to see them, and although still very wary of humans will take a treat from Marian... at arms length.
We collected our staffie pup from her kind foster home four
weeks ago. Her paws already placed on the path to becoming a lovely pet: basic
training well under way, and responding well to her handler and her name“ Tia.
We did not change her name. We would not change her.
TJ the Alexandrine Parakeet
Mrs Jane Herbet, who lives in Oxford, recently discovered that her pet parrot ,who she had had for five years, was making her existing lung condition a lot worse. She was " ordered" by her doctor to rehome the parrot or risk having her life shortened by its presence. I heard about it a while ago when she was trying to sell it...I made it known that we could help find a good home for TJ. This is where South Bucks came in. I spoke to Liz regarding TJ & within days she was contacted by a lady looking for a tame bird to fill her home with "some noise" & company!
Well it was a match made in
heaven! I delivered him today along with his cage and buckets of toys!! TJ's new
home, Sharon Bakers' house, is very similar to the one he left...just a bit
posher! in no tiem TJ has settled down....by the time I left he was saying hello
and asking for tickles !! (2009)
Happy Bunnies! Peggy & Eddie ....
It would seem appropriate that after attending a first class Seminar on Neonatal Care at the Harmsworth, the South Bucks Hand Rearing Team took on six puppies and three kittens on October 3rd, less than a day old.
Heidi and Sarah have three puppies each which were rejected by their mother after a caesarean section. They are English Bull Terrier/Jack Russell - white, coffee/white, and dark brindle. The kittens are short haired black, and black/white found under a hedge beside their dead mother, and now being fostered by Elaine.
All the babies require two hourly feeds throughout 24 hours, and after each feed are stimulated to pass urine and faeces. Warmth and isolation are essential together with the strictest hygiene, in fact an animal I.T.U!! Without Colostrum (mothers milk), their immune system is very poor so they have to be watched constantly for any abnormal signs, and the taking of temperatures and weighing are all part of a daily routine.
Despite all the time, care, and attention of our dedicated team it is not easy to get them through to weaning, and as they say 'we win some and we lose some'. However, this does not dampen their enthusiasm, and if only10% survive there is great jubilation and all the reward that they seek.
10th November 2008 ~Update~
Sadly, we lost one of the puppies and two of the kittens, but the others are thriving. The puppies are now weaned, and are very strong and full of mischief. Lizzie the kitten is tiny and still needs her bottle, but is running around, into everything, and growing fast.
As you can imagine our fosterers become very attached to their charges, and although delighted when they are eventually rehomed do shed tears at the parting.
Tiggy & Pandora's Story ....
In September I decided
I wanted a cat. I was shocked to see how many animals need a home at the RSPCA,
so I contacted Janet and she arranged for me to see Marion who fosters the cats.
She had Tiggy my first cat I adopted, he was a tabby, I fell in love with him
instantly. After my home visit I went and picked him up, he is a great cat and
gives me so much joy to be around. I decided to get a play mate for Tiggy,
always wanting a long haired cat, I called Janet after seeing Pandora on the web
site for the RSPCA. The same day Pam called me and then I spoke to Marion to see
if Pandora would fit in, she said yes!
Thanks from Jodie ,
Tiggy and Pandora
Bill & Ted a.k.a. Scooby & Chappie
We thought you might like to know
how we are getting on in our new home.
Pumpkin, Poppy and Primrose ~
We adopted Poppy and Primrose in spring 2007 as tiny babies. Their foster mum told us their mum had been abandoned just before Christmas with a litter and was already pregnant with another brood of which these two little girls were part. We took them home when they were old enough and we fell in love. Poppy was the runt of the litter but you could not tell now and what's more after Pumpkin she is the next one down in the hierarchy of the piggies!
We are so hooked that
this spring we expanded the hutch and adopted Pumpkin, he had come to the RSPCA
with a Rabbit and after a little op to make sure we did not have lots of little
piggies, we took him home. He now has his nice little harem of ladies including
our fourth piggy Petal who we gave a new home to after her mum was rescued by
the Hounslow animal trust.
My three human girls now
want to have yet more piggies! I expect that we will expand again very soon and
be asking Heather at South Bucks RSPCA to adopt again!
Sooty - A Story of Patience & Endurance ~
On 11th of February 2008, we
at South Bucks RSPCA had a call from Crossroads Surgery to say that they had a
very young cat brought in from a R.T.A. The left front leg was severely damaged-
a nasty double fracture and all the skin and tissue completely gone plus damage
to the paw. It seemed inevitable that Sooty would lose the leg but after some
consultation it was decided to try- without much hope- to save the limb.
Basil the Crimson Rosella ~
Basil came to the South Bucks RSPCA in November of 2005, up until that time, he had spent at least 10 years locked up in a tiny, filthy cage with little food or water.
Basil was suffering from malnutrition which had left him almost totally blind, his beak was soft from a calcium deficiency, his little body was bare apart from a few feathers, his breast bone stood prominent due to starvation, he had no flight feathers nor tail feathers & very few body feathers as a result of feather plucking – all that remained of his former glory was a bright red crimson head.
Basil has been in our foster care ever since, although he still nibbles his feathers out of habit he is covered in fluffy grey down & proudly displays his new flight & tail feathers. The frightened & quivering bird that first came to us has been replaced by a beautiful & brave boy. Basil now spends his days interacting with all his bird friends, he fell in love with a yellow cockatiel called Splodge, he sings songs, LOVES a bath & is disgusted if his daily treats bowl doesn’t contain celery or strawberries!
He is most
certainly making up for lost time!
Holly & Cassie ~
We were lucky to get Holly from the RSPCA
when she was 12 weeks old. Our cat had been killed by a car and we were looking
for another one when we saw Holly advertised on the cat page of the RSPCA
website. It must have been fate as we had always wanted a Border Collie but
previous work commitments meant that we would not have the time to walk such an
active dog. Now that we run a dog walking business (K9helper) we decided we
would be able to give Holly a good home with our other 2 dogs and 4 cats. She
settled in really well and is a delightful and highly intelligent dog. She is
now progressing in obedience training at the Dog Training Club and shows great
promise. A few weeks later we had a call from the RSPCA to tell us that they had
rescued Holly's mum from the puppy farm and would we like to go and see what
Holly will be like when she grows up. Cassie (or Shyla as they called her) had
been used as a breeding bitch on a puppy farm and was lying in deep mud when she
was rescued. When they brought out Cassie the first thing Dave said was "How do
we go about adopting her?" Well I think I was as surprised as the RSPCA worker
who brought her out and I was giving Dave "the look" which said "are you mad".
However I could see that he had made up his mind and nothing was going to change
it. We had already been home checked for Holly so they told us we could take
Cassie there and then. After signing the forms and paying the donation we put
her in the car and set off home. We only got 50 yards down the road and she was
sick. By the time we got home she had been sick about 5 times and I was thinking
that maybe we had made a mistake. She was really nervous and stressed so we put
her in our outside kennel and gave her a couple of days to settle down. She has
now been with us for 6 weeks and is the most placid, loving and obedient dog we
have ever had. The pleasure we have gained from watching her flourish and play
with her pup daily is indescribable. People tell us we are so good to give these
dogs a home but we are the lucky ones to have them. We cannot thank the RSPCA
enough for rescuing them and allowing us to adopt them.
happy tail to tell?