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RSPCA in rehoming plea after 'unprecedented' influx of animals

Playful Ridgeback cross Buster only has three legs and is desperate to be rehomed after an animal centre reached its full capacity.

Your Questions: 'Should I keep my six-month-old kitten indoors during Halloween and bonfire night?'

Q. This will be the first winter with our six-month-old kitten. Is it true that you have to keep him indoors and away from all the fun of Halloween and bonfire night? Or can he join in the fun with us? Claire, Essex

Pet of the week: The Staffordshire bull terrier

It's hard to imagine a more maligned breed than the SBT. Originally bred in the 17th century as working dogs, from the word go Staffies were used for fighting. Sadly, dog fighting still exists and is one of the reasons why so many of them are abandoned. To depict them as a vicious breed, however, couldn't be further from the truth...

Four-foot long cat breaks world record

A US cat broke the Guinness world record for the world's longest domestic cat.

Woman fined for dumping cat in wheelie bin

A woman who was caught on CCTV dumping a cat in a wheelie bin was fined £250 today after pleading guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to the animal.

Your Questions: How do I stop my one-year-old female bulldog biting my shoes?

Q. I have a one-year-old female bulldog, who has recently taken to biting my shoes when we are in the park and I'm on the mobile. She can be slightly aggressive and I'm starting to get worried and a bit annoyed. How do I stop her? Susan, London

Pet Of The Week: The Southdown sheep

We've embraced the urban chicken and the micro pig... now it's time to consider the domestic sheep. OK, so it's probably not suited to a one-bed city flat, but, with sheep numbers having halved in the UK in the past 20 years – due in part to us using less wool – it's about time we gave them some attention.

Surgery sorts out sex-change dog

A sex-change dog born with male and female organs is looking for a home.

Why the long face? Maybe because he's a bowl-half-empty dog

Scientists have shown what many dog owners have suspected – while some canines are joyfully optimistic about life, others have a tendency for gloomy pessimism.

Victoria Summerley: Our emotions are not so very far from those of our pets

If you're not a pet owner, it's easy to dismiss the idea of dog psychology as a symptom of a 21st-century obsession with psychobabble. But, as most vets will tell you, understanding the way the canine mind works is the key to preventing the sort of anti-social behaviour that leads to a dog being labelled aggressive.

Your Questions: 'How do I stop my kitten chewing on electric cables?

Q. I have a three-month-old kitten who keeps chewing on electric cables. I don't know how to stop him and I am becoming really worried. Could he actually get electrocuted? Sue, Berkshire

Your Questions: 'Is it safe to buy a dog online?'

Q. Finally, I'm in a position to own my first dog. I've been doing lots of research on the internet and I was thinking about buying one online. But is this a safe thing to? Do I have to do any checks on the breeders? Joanne, Dartford

Pet of the week: The Shetland pony

Hello – this looks like something out of a Thelwell cartoon ...

Another kitten dumped in wheelie bin

An animal charity which came to the aid of a kitten found trapped in a wheelie bin said today the "waste of space" who did it must have been copying an infamous incident caught on CCTV.

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