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Please keep away from seals

September to December is the breeding season for grey seals. Pups are born with a fluffy white coat and don’t enter the sea for the first two to three weeks.

Do not approach a seal or seal pup- Observe, don’t disturb.

Adult grey seals can weigh between 200 and 350 kilos. If under threat, they could knock over or crush anything, (even people) so do not approach or harass them. They can give a nasty bite, inflicting a wound that will need immediate medical treatment with antibiotics as they carry a lot of bacteria. 

Sometimes pups are left alone on the beach while their mothers take to the sea to feed.  If the mother is scared away by people surrounding her pup when she returns she is likely to abandon it, leaving it to starve to death.

What to do if you find a baby seal alone
If you find a seal pup that looks fit and healthy and shows no signs of distress, monitor it first from a safe distance for 24 hours.

Too many seal pups are taken into captivity because people mistakenly think they’ve been abandoned.

How to tell if a seal pup needs help
Baby seals can be separated from their mothers by storms and others may not feed properly for some reason and need help. An easy way to tell if they need help is:

  • a healthy seal pup looks like a big, stuffed maggot without a neck
  • an unhealthy seal pup looks thin (but not bony) and has a visible neck, like a dog.

If the mother does not return within 24 hours, or you think that the pup is sick or injured – please keep at a safe distance and contact the National RSPCA on 03001234999

Please remember seals are wild animals and you should always stay at least 10 metres away from them.

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Open day- What a lovely day!

It has been a while since we have been able to run events and on our first open day, we realised just how much we missed it! The team got together to plan and create their displays, set up the stalls and marquee and made sure the day was well advertised. They even had a secret mission! Keep reading to find out what they got up to but first, let’s take a look at some of the lovely photos from the day.

Our AGM was also a success and it was lovely to finally see our Trustees and some of our members all together in one place!

We also had the privilege of presenting Priya, the winner of our Arty August competition (7-11 category) with her certificate and her prize. Priya won the public vote with her beautiful painting of her cat Bella.

Secret mission

During the midst of the pandemic, we received a lovely phone call from a very proud mum. Her daughter Matilda did something so amazing; we just couldn’t believe it! Matilda cut her very lovely and very long hair and donated it to The Princes Trust. Not only that, Matilda also raised around £700 and she donated it to our Branch to help animals in need! We really wanted to do something special to thank Matilda, so our Receptionist Jamie went on a secret mission! Jamie organised a surprise for Matilda to join us at the Branch to receive a certificate and some RSPCA goodies as a thank you. This mission had to be delayed due to COVID however, a few months later on our first open day; Jamie decided it was the perfect day to do this! Matilda had no idea she was to be the star of the day alongside Priya, and it was lovely to see her reaction when our CEO and Chair of Trustees gave her the certificate and her RSPCA goodies.

We were really pleased to be able to show you our new premises and all of the hard work we have been up to, helping animals in need in your local area. We were also really grateful for you all showing up and providing your support, it really meant a lot to us and it made the day very special. There will be more events coming in the future and we cannot wait to see you all again!

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Here it is!

Hello September.

This month the newsletter is packed full of tips from the team, advice on the law, some important seasonal advice, and a look at some of our adorable adoption stars! 

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It’s our first open day!

It has been a while since we have been able to run events for members of the public, however we have been very busy behind the scenes! With our recent move to Ashwellthorpe in Norfolk, we have decided to open our doors to our dedicated supporters for a fun filled day of activities with a chance to meet some of the hard working team at your local Branch.

Just turn up on the day or if you would like mores information, call us on 0303 040 1565. You can also email us at woof@rspcanorwich.org 

 

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What do I do if I find a stray cat?

Cats are avid explorers and sometimes they end up going into back gardens all over their community. Some are clever enough to look hungry and even take food from their neighbours and then wander back home again to have even more lovely treats! However many cats do get mistaken for strays so here is some advice on what to do if you are concerned a cat does not have an owner.

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What should I do if I find a stray cat?

If you see a healthy, friendly cat that you think may be a stray, monitor it closely, make sure it is not sick or injured and contact your neighbours and other members of the community to see if the cat is owned. A neighbour may have a new cat, or someone new may have moved to the neighbourhood and their cat may be out exploring so please do not take it away from its location before exhausting all the options below.

Unfortunately, the National RSPCA doesn’t have the resources to collect healthy strays. If you would like advice please call our Branch on 0303 040 1565.

Cats are considered property in the UK, which means that a lost or stray cat belongs to its owner, and you need to do everything possible to return it to its rightful and original owner before you consider taking on the cat for yourself or try to rehome it elsewhere. You should do this for at least 7-10 days.

  • Try placing a paper collar on the cat requesting the owner contact you. You can download paper cat collars from the National RSPCA here. Remember to always take precautions when approaching the cat and fixing the collar.
  • We also recommend you visit Pets Located, an online resource that reunites owners with their pets. Social media can also be a really useful tool in helping to reunite lost pets with their owners. There are often local lost and found groups/pages for pets that you can post on.
  • Putting up posters in your local area can also be effective, you can download and print a found poster here. 
  • If none of these options work for you and you are unsuccessful in finding an owner, you can take the cat to your local vet who will be able to scan the cat for a microchip.

What should I do if I can’t find the cat’s owner?

If after not being able to locate the animal’s owner, you’re prepared to take responsibility for continued feeding and are willing to take the cat to a vet for vaccinations & neutering, please do so – you would be potentially saving a little life.

Giving a home to a cat in need can be hugely rewarding but it’s also a responsibility and a long-term commitment. Consider carefully whether you have the time, space and money to help care for a stray cat. If the cat becomes ill or injured in the future you’ll be responsible for ensuring that they get the veterinary care they need.

If you decide to take on responsibility for a stray cat, please make sure you get them microchipped and have your contact details registered so that you can be identified as the owner.

What should I do with a sick or injured stray cat?

If you find an injured stray or feral cat and they’re approachable, please confine them and take them to a vetif possible. If this is not possible, please get in contact with the National RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.

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Taking care of your pets in hot weather- Rabbits and rodents

Summer is here! Although the weather can be hit and miss at this time of year, how are you keeping your pets cool on those extra warm days?

Read on for some tips from the National RSCA on keeping your pets cool this summer.

  • Avoid leaving cages, runs or hutches in direct sunlight.
  • Remember to keep rabbits and other pets in a safe environment. Don’t house animals in greenhouses, conservatories and other glass buildings as they can heat up very quickly and become dangerous.
  • Always make sure your pets have plenty of shade in their enclosures – remember the sun moves across during the day so areas that were shaded in the morning could be in full sun in the afternoon!
  • Regularly groom pets to get rid of dead hairs helping keep them cool (while offering bonding time as well!).
  • You can freeze a semi-full plastic bottle of water and wrap it in a towel so pets can lie against it. For rabbits and guinea pigs, this can be left in their exercise areas. For small rodents place it on the outside of their enclosure. It’s safest not to put it into rabbits or guinea pigs shelter or directly in small rodents enclosures (in case it leaks!).
  • If you suspect your rabbit, guinea pig or other pet may be suffering from heatstroke, move them to a cool, shaded place; wrap them in a cool, damp towel and phone your vet immediately.
  • Make sure you provide extra water during warmer weather as pets will drink more.
  • In summer you should also check your pets twice daily for signs of flystrike.
  • For pets that live indoors, opening a window can allow for a breeze and help keep them cool. Just make sure your pets aren’t in any draughts first!
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Keeping pets cool this summer- Fish, amphibians and reptiles

If you look after exotic pets, it is important to make sure they are kept within their recommended temperature range. Overheating can occur in hot weather and can be highly dangerous for many animals so it is important to make sure you are keeping your pets within their recommended temperature range during summer.

Here are some key tips from the National RSPCA for keeping your pets happy and healthy when the weather heats up:

  • Keep fish tanks and reptile or amphibian enclosures out of direct sunlight.
  • Check the temperature levels inside fish tanks and reptile and amphibian enclosures regularly to ensure that you are providing the recommended temperature gradient for the species.
  • For fish tanks, you may need to carry out water changes to prevent overheating. For ponds, top up the water levels and make sure pond fish have access to shaded areas created by aquatic plants.

Some reptile owners take their reptiles outside during warmer days in the summer, to take advantage of the natural sunlight. It is good for reptiles to be allowed the opportunity to receive natural sunlight, however we would urge owners to ensure that their reptile is kept secure when doing so, as reptiles can warm up and move quickly on a sunny day. It is an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) to release, or allow to escape, any species that is not native to the UK. It is possible to microchip snakes and we would recommend that owners ask their exotics vet to do this, so that snakes can be easily reunited if lost and found.

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Arty August starts today!

Today is the day and we are really looking forward to seeing your entries. This competition is about unleashing your creative side and having a bit of fun so why not take a look at our prompts and give it a go?

You don’t have to be the world’s best artist to join in. We accept any style, any media and any idea you have based on the prompts provided!

Get your entries in by Wednesday 18th August! 

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Get out and about this summer

July is National Picnic month so if you enjoy getting out of the house and eating outdoors then this is the month for you! Of course, you can do this at any time of the year and in any weather (each to their own) however as it is National Picnic month; let’s take a look at the benefits of getting outside and some of the activities you can do whilst enjoying your picnic.

Wildlife spotting

Sharing the space with the local wildlife is very special! Why not see what you and your family can spot whilst you’re enjoying your picnic? Remember to observe from a distance as you do not want to disturb or scare the animals.

Bird watching

There are so many different species of birds across Norfolk & Suffolk, so this game will never get old! Try having a few picnics in different areas such as the woodland or by the coast. This will give you even more opportunities to see some of our lovely feathered friends that we are so lucky to share our landscape with.

It’s good for your mental health

Being outdoors is good for your physical and mental wellbeing as it can help improve your mood, help you feel more relaxed as well as be more active.

Below are some pictures of some wildlife you may see on your outing. Do you know what they are called and where you might find them? Why not challenge a friend or family member to see who can name or spot the most!

Don’t forget to take your litter home with you

On average the National RSPCA receive 14 calls a day about animals affected by litter and these calls spike in the summer months. And, as pet owners go directly to vets, and many injured wild animals are never found, it’s estimated that the actual figure of animals injured by litter is much higher than the RSPCA currently knows.

Everyday objects that seem perfectly safe, can sadly become hazardous when found accidentally by animals.

By disposing our rubbish safely instead of littering we are making choices that could save many lives. Protecting animals from harmful rubbish is easy.  Dispose of your rubbish responsibly by putting it in the bin, reusing or recycling! If you are out and about and cannot find a bin, take your rubbish home with you and put it in your bin. For more information on how litter affects animals, click here to go to the National RSPCA website.

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