This past week the Centre saw two particularly difficult cases of dog abandonments. This is poignant considering that recently there has been lots of publicity from National RSPCA and our Centre on dumped animals. Every dog deserves their paw-fect home and yet these two have been let down in the past.
At the start of the week the first of the abandoned dogs was found by a concerned member of the public tied up to a tree near a pub. The rope tethering him was so tight that the kind lady couldn't even get her finger between the rope and the dog's neck. He was terrified and is still very scared in his new environment.
Later in the week we saw an even worse case. An Inspector brought in a dog who had been recovering from her ordeal in a private boarding establishment for two weeks. Even after two weeks being provided with good food and water this dog is still extremely underweight. That just shows how skinny she must have been when discovered. When they left her, her owners had no clue whether she would be found before she starved to death or not. Luckily she was. But the outcome could have been much different.
These headlines are never the fun ones to share but they are very im-paw-tant. They highlight the difficult situations that are faced by this Centre, and other animal charities. For a nation of animal lovers there is still a lot of animal cruelty, lots of which goes undetected behind closed doors.
Moving on to happier news, we had 9 adoptions at the Centre this week, including Luna the husky puppy. Luna was transferred to the Derby Centre from another RSPCA after being taken as a young puppy by an Inspector. She had a skin condition which eventually cleared up and she was ready to find a woof-ing home.
14 animals arrived on site in the past week - 9 cats, 4 dogs and 1 rabbit. All crossing their paws that they will be chosen soon. Good luck to my furry friends! Have a look at the 'find a pet' section of the website to see if any of the animals here will fit in well with your household.
Thanks for reading folks and thanks for your support - this is Felix Purrington signing off!