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TheraTails: Animals for therapy right here, right now

Shelters all over the world have seen a rise in animal adoptions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Why? This article outlines some of the reasons: emotional support, the need for touch and the desire to care for another creature. All of these are especially valuable when we’re in isolation. Interacting with an animal can help with anxiety, lowering your heart rate, blood pressure and cortisol levels while increasing your feel-good dopamine.

Transforming Therapy through Horses: Reflections on the Eagala 20/20 Conference

Watching sessions in the arena, I was struck by the tremendous energy, both physical and emotional, that was unleashed. At first, I did not really grasp what was happening. There was a lot of movement among the horses, some gentle commentary and suddenly the volunteer ‘clients’ were talking excitedly, unable to contain their feelings about […]

Golf Day

This event is to raise much needed funds to support and enable us to achieve our aim of making our education program available to all schools in Bermuda. Compassionate Class will explicitly teach compassion and empathy through the lens of animal welfare. It is a six-week programme led by a primary classroom teacher, designed to […]

Young Achiever: Skye Art for SPCA

An artist became one of the most generous young donors to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals after she raised more than $2,700 at her gallery. Skye Backeberg, 11, said that it felt rewarding to know how well the Paint for Paws art exhibition was received. The Somersfield Academy pupil said: “It […]

SPCA Offering Workshops With Feline Experts

The Bermuda SPCA will be welcoming feline experts Vicky Halls and Kim Horsford from International Cat Care. The organisation said, “The Bermuda SPCA and associated stakeholders are being given the unique opportunity to find out about the Cat Friendly way of working, with five days of intensive workshops and exercises to see how making some […]

Workshops to Teach ‘Cat-Friendly Homing’

Workshops aimed at bettering the lot of Bermuda’s feral cats will start today, courtesy of an international charity dedicated to feline care. The island’s cat population outnumbers available homes, according to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The five days of education sessions combine Vicky Halls, a bestselling author and expert on […]

SPCA Hits Out at Cruelty as Dogs Starved to Death

Dogs are being left to starve to death on the end of chains, the SPCA has warned. The charity told the Bermuda Sun communities are turning a blind eye to the blatant suffering of animals. The SPCA said they have witnessed a “significant rise” in the number of emaciated and malnourished dogs being taken into […]

Spicelands Horses Flown Out to Start New Lives Overseas

The last three horses left homeless by the closure of a riding school were flown last night to a new future overseas. The animals were transported free of charge by EquiJet, a specialist in horse transportation by air, who worked closely with the Bermuda Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The SPCA took […]

Rescued Horses Euthanised

Two neglected horses seized by an animal welfare charity last year have been put down on the advice of a vet. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals PCA said it made the “humane decision” to put down former carriage horses Charlie and Arthur last week after years of neglect left them with […]

‘Humane Decision To Euthanize Charlie & Arthur’

“It is with great sadness that, under veterinarian advice, the humane decision was made to euthanize Charlie and Arthur,” the SPCA said, with the organisation explaining that “years of neglect and infection had left them both with severe dental issues” and the time had come. Arthur and Charlie had previously been carriage horses and were […]