The pet project helping to get rough sleepers in the UK off the streets

The pet project helping to get rough sleepers in the UK off the streets

Photograph: Christopher Thomond/The Guardian The charity has 1,060 active patients, which includes 397 staffordshire bull terriers like Poochie, 93 cats, two rabbits and one ferret – and these pets provide crucial companionship and a sense of responsibility to people experiencing homelessness in different ways, from people sleeping on a friend’s sofa or living in temporary accommodation to those having to bed down on the streets.

Deaf and blind dog loves comforting owner's foster pets

Deaf and blind dog loves comforting owner's foster pets

Tina loves Sherio too (Picture: Sherio’s Shenanigans)Sheryl explains to : ‘He is almost three, I adopted him when he was a year old.It took a while for Sherio to be adopted (Picture: Sherio’s Shenanigans)The latest pet to come into the Smith home was a little kitten who they named Tina Tolley.

I wish more people would read ... The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith

I wish more people would read ... The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith

You’ve seen the films, but the novel is far richer and funnier – and in these locked-down days it’s as comforting as hot buttered toast.

Cooped up: is coronavius lockdown a good time to start keeping chickens?

Cooped up: is coronavius lockdown a good time to start keeping chickens?

But Smith, Scott-Norman and RSPCA’s scientific officer Dr Sarah Babington all warn that a backyard chicken coop is not an easy egg fix, if the supermarket runs low.

Dog overjoyed family is staying home wags tail so hard he sprains it

Dog overjoyed family is staying home wags tail so hard he sprains it

Rolo was very excited to see his family working from home (Picture: Emma Smith)We might be struggling with being cooped up due to coronavirus-related self-isolation and social distancing, but some are benefiting from the lockdown.

This hiking ferret has summited 11 of Colorado's highest peaks

This hiking ferret has summited 11 of Colorado's highest peaks

While Oliver sometimes hangs out in his ferret-sized tent, at night he cuddles with Lauren Smith in a sleeping bag.Lauren SmithIn winter, they spend a lot of time hiking in Utah since it’s not blisteringly hot as it is during summer months, and has less snow than Colorado.

Lost Baby Bird: What Happens Next Will Give You Feel-Good Chills!

Lost Baby Bird: What Happens Next Will Give You Feel-Good Chills!

Smith’s narrative throughout the quick clip is adorable as he returns the baby to it’s parents saying, “Wow, that was like one of the coolest things that’s ever happened to me.”.Kudos to you Patrick Smith, for reuniting this little family!.

Wiley Born With A Heart-Shaped Nose

Wiley Born With A Heart-Shaped Nose

Wiley was such a little cute when his mm first brought him into the home so they didn’t have a clue whether the heart shape would stay.The vast majority stop to make proper acquaintance consequently, particularly when they see his cute nose.

MPs to consider fireworks sales ban as anger mounts over effect on animals

MPs to consider fireworks sales ban as anger mounts over effect on animals

“That’s exactly why the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) is already gathering information on the noise, disturbance and anti-social behaviour that can be associated with fireworks, and the impact on people, animals and our environment.

Thugs caught wild rabbits and filmed as they fed them to their dogs

Thugs caught wild rabbits and filmed as they fed them to their dogs

The wild rabbits were caught near playgrounds and fields in the Eastbourne area of East Sussex (Picture: RSPCA / SWNS)It was then discovered that his son Liam Smith, had been going out with Earwaker rabbiting and ferreting, and they were catching rabbits and ‘dropping’ them in front of their dogs for the dogs to chase.

'Sentencing their dog to death': how the anti-vax movement spread to pets

'Sentencing their dog to death': how the anti-vax movement spread to pets

“Most of the time people are OK, they’re not staunchly against it once you tell them the science and the statistics [but] we have had people walk out in hysteria, saying that there is absolutely no way their dog is getting [vaccinated] because they believe it causes auto-immune diseases or, specifically, autism.”.

Horror of blinded dog found collapsed in woods - was he bludgeoned and left to die?

Horror of blinded dog found collapsed in woods - was he bludgeoned and left to die?

Blinded Peter the Akita on drip at animal hospital (Image: RSPCA)Inspector Smith continued: “He was very skinny. Peter the Akita was emaciated and had a matted coat when he was rescued (Image: RSPCA)Inspector Smith added: “He’s very thin and has sores all over his body.

Let sleeping dogs lie (in the kitchen) | Brief letters

Let sleeping dogs lie (in the kitchen) | Brief letters

• So chief whip Julian Smith thinks MPs can be persuaded to back Theresa May by the thought that otherwise they might lose some of their Christmas break (Report, 1 December). • Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit gu.com/letters

Mandy Moore shares 'roller coaster of emotions' after cat dies night before wedding

Mandy Moore shares 'roller coaster of emotions' after cat dies night before wedding

While Moore and Goldsmith are "still in shock," the actress said she's grateful she was able to hold Madeline in her arms, "making sure she knew she was safe and loved as she took her last breaths will stay with me for the rest of my life."

Watch These Adorable Bunnies Participate in a Yoga Session

Watch These Adorable Bunnies Participate in a Yoga Session

“Bunny Yoga was created to provide people the opportunity to meet adoptable bunnies in a fun setting,” says Carrie Smith, the manager of the Best Friends Visitor Center. Participants leave class both educated about the importance of helping bunnies and “relaxed and inspired,” Smith says.

A London restaurant is offering free dog burgers for a whole week

A London restaurant is offering free dog burgers for a whole week

(Picture: Smith & Whistle)The ‘Quarter Hounder’ is being released in honour of National Burger Day. Smith & Whistle, a bar in London’s Mayfair, is offering customers’ canine companions the chance to sample a one-off doggy burger for pampered pooches.

The ‘Croydon cat killer’ hunt has lasted three grisly years. But is he man or myth?

The ‘Croydon cat killer’ hunt has lasted three grisly years. But is he man or myth?

Police and the RSPCA said that little could be done, even when a vet with forensics experience determined that a headless cat, brought to him by Snarl, had been killed by blunt-force trauma and then mutilated.