Newport East MP backs RSPCA Cymru's #BangOutOfOrder campaign on animal centre visit

Newport East MP backs RSPCA Cymru's #BangOutOfOrder campaign on animal centre visit

Jessica Morden MP visited Newport Animal Centre today (November 5) - and met rescue pets looking to join the 257 who found new homes last year.

The stress, anxiety and fear the irresponsible use of fireworks can cause pets was top of the agenda, as Jessica Morden MP visited the RSPCA's Newport Animal Centre today (5 November).

The Newport East MP visited the centre as RSPCA Cymru continues to promote its #BangOutOfOrder campaign - offering advice to the public on how to prepare pets in advance of local fireworks displays. 

A bombshell new poll from the charity reveals 44 percent of people in Wales intend to attend an unofficial fireworks display this year.

The RSPCA fears a surge in "unplanned" or "spontaneous" events could put animals at risk - with unofficial displays in close proximity to pet-owning homes, and less likely to have safety measures in place or to have notified the local community.

Billie-Jade Thomas, RSPCA public affairs adviser, said: "It was brilliant to welcome Jessica Morden .MP to Newport Animal Centre today - and for her to meet many of the rescue animals in our care looking for a second chance of forever home happiness.

"Fireworks season can be an uncertain and scary time for pets - so it was also really positive to discuss our #BangOutOfBorder campaign, and how we can spread the message to people across Newport East to think about animals at this time of year. Our message is simple - before the cheer, consider their fear.

"We know there'll be so many unplanned or spontaneous events this year rather than official displays. We're urging anyone having a home display to think of those around you and let neighbours know what to expect so they can help prepare their animals - including those who may have horses, ponies or farm livestock. 

"Our work with parliamentarians both at Westminster and in the Senedd is so important in making our communities a better place for animals to live. We're so grateful to Jessica Morden MP for giving up her time and showing her support for RSPCA Cymru and championing animal welfare."

RSPCA Cymru's Newport Animal Centre is based on Hartridge Road East - and rehomes dogs, cats and small furry animals, many of whom have faced situations of abandonment, cruelty or neglect. 

In 2020, the centre found new homes for 257 animals - despite Covid restrictions stopping or curtailing rehoming for a number of months. This included 121 cats, 85 dogs and 51 other small animals. 

Jessica Morden MP said: "It was great to visit the RSPCA Animal Centre in Newport today, and I'm incredibly thankful to the dedicated local team and everyone at RSPCA Cymru for all the brilliant work they've been doing to protect neglected animals in challenging times. 

"I absolutely share their concerns about irresponsible firework use - its an issue I've raised in parliament previously - and I fully support the #BangOutOfOrder campaign which I know is an initiative that will resonate with thousands of pet owners here in Newport East."