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Battersea seeing highest number of cats in five years
Smudge has been in Battersea's care for over 134 days.
The charity is calling for more feline adoptions.

Battersea is asking members of the public to consider adopting its rescue cats, as the number of cats needing its care reaches a five-year high.

In 2023 alone, the animal welfare charity directly cared for 2,450 cats across its three centres. These cats are also spending more time in Battersea’s care than previously.

Cats may be brought into Battersea’s rescue centres for many different reasons. These include owners experiencing a change in circumstances, and stray cats being brought into the centre without a microchip.

Battersea has also seen an increase in unwanted litters due to ‘kitten season’, which can span across the year. With ‘kitten season’ most frequently running from April until late autumn, the charity expects to see higher numbers of kittens and pregnant cats during the summer months.

Among Battersea’s current feline residents is four-year-old black cat Hopper, who has now been at the centre for over 150 days.

Another of Battersea’s long stay residents is thirteen-year-old Smudge. Smudge has been in Battersea’s care for over 134 days, and is currently living with his foster carer.

Smudge’s foster carer describes the older cat as ‘the perfect house guest’, who prefers the simpler things in life.

Bridie Williams, rehoming and welfare manager at Battersea, said: “Whilst there is no limit to the amount of time an animal can stay in our care, we urge prospective owners to get in touch and consider one of our wonderful rescue cats so that we can continue to support even more animals who need us.

“Whether you want to offer an older cat a quiet retirement home or are looking for a playful companion, we’d love to hear from you.”

To find out more about adopting a cat from Battersea, visit its website.

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Special imports digital service set to change

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 From Monday, 15 July, Special Import Certificate (SIC) applications will only be accepted via the Veterinary Medicines Directorate's (VMD's) new special imports digital service.

The original online special import scheme will be decommissioned. The VMD says that the new service is easier to use, more secure and reliable, and meets accessibility legislation.

The VMD is urging veterinary surgeons who have not yet signed up for the new service to do so before 15 July. The new digital service can be accessed here

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RCVS course explains concerns process

A free, online course from the RCVS Academy has been launched, designed to clarify RCVS' concerns procedure.

The content will give veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses a better understanding of the process, and what they can expect if a concern is raised about them. It includes details of common concerns.

The interactive resource has been developed in collaboration with Clare Stringfellow, case manager in the RCVS Professional Conduct Team.

Ms Stringfellow said: "We appreciate that concerns can be very worrying, and we hope that, through this course, we can give vets and nurses a better understanding of the process and how to obtain additional support."

The course can be accessed via the RCVS Academy. Users are encouraged to record their learning for CPD.