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Staffies are most abandoned dog breed, RSPCA reveals
Nova is one of many Staffies reported abandoned in 2023.
1,316 Staffies have been abandoned in 2023 so far.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has revealed that Staffordshire bull terriers (Staffies) are set to be the most abandoned dog breed in 2023, with 1,316 reports so far.

This is followed by the French bulldog, which has had 582 reports, and the German shepherd, with 542 reports.

The statistics have been released as the RSPCA experiences a three-year high of animal dumping reports in 2023.

The animal rescue charity has already seen 16,040 abandoned dogs reported this year, an increase on the 15,666 reports in 2022. Some of the individual calls received by their emergency line referred to multiple abandoned dogs.

Among the dogs rescued by the RSPCA is Nova, a three-year-old Staffie crossbreed who was abandoned by her owners. Following her ordeal, Nova was stressed and nervous around strangers and new surroundings.

She is now looking for a permanent home, and her carers are confident she will settle in quickly.

However, the RSPCA fears that increased abandonment rates could mean that more dogs will have a difficult winter, putting further pressure on their volunteers.

They are appealing for donations to their Join Our Christmas Rescue campaign, which aims to ensure that their rescue teams are able to continue rescuing and rehoming abandoned animals.

Dermot Murphy, RSPCA inspectorate commissioner, said: “These figures show that, despite being man’s best friend, we are seeing far too many dogs being sadly abandoned by their owners - and we fear the winter could be bleak for countless dogs.

“The cost of living is one of the biggest barriers to animal welfare and is making it harder for some owners. Many pet owners are struggling, even more than last year, which is likely impacting these shocking figures.

“Regardless of their breed, all dogs are loving and loyal to their owners so it’s heartbreaking that people decide to abandon them, instead of asking for help.”

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Bristol uni celebrates 75 years of teaching vets

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 The University of Bristol's veterinary school is celebrating 75 years of educating veterinary students.

Since the first group of students were admitted in October 1949, the school has seen more than 5,000 veterinary students graduate.

Professor Jeremy Tavare, pro vice-chancellor and executive dean for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, said: "I'm delighted to be celebrating Bristol Veterinary School's 75 years.

"Its excellence in teaching and research has resulted in greater understanding and some real-world changes benefiting the health and welfare of both animals and humans, which is testament to the school's remarkable staff, students and graduates." 

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RCVS HQ to temporarily relocate

The headquarters of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) is to move temporarily, ahead of its permanent relocation later in the year.

From Monday, 26 February 2024, RCVS' temporary headquarters will be at 2 Waterhouse Square, Holborn, London. This is within walking distance of its current rented offices at The Cursitor, Chancery Lane.

RCVS have been based at The Cursitor since February 2022, following the sale of its Westminster premises the previous March.

However, unforeseen circumstances relating to workspace rental company WeWork filing for bankruptcy means The Cursitor will no longer operate as a WeWork space. The new temporary location is still owned by WeWork.

RCVS anticipates that it will move into its permanent location at Hardwick Street, Clerkenwell, later on in the year.