RSPCA’s football loving dogs soak up World Cup fever

The RSPCA is appealing for the donation of footballs so that dogs in the charity’s centres can practise their fancy footwork as World Cup fever spreads across the country.

While Roy Hodgson’s team prepares to battle it out in their opening game against Italy tomorrow, hundreds of animals will be practising their ball skills at RSPCA animal centres throughout England.

More balls are needed though if our mutts are to maintain their match fitness, while they warm up on the substitutes bench during their wait for a new home.

But behind the fun and games, there is a genuine message behind the appeal which will ensure animals in rehoming centres can enjoy the same fun and play as pets already lucky enough to have happy homes.

Abigail Moon, the RSPCA’s rehoming operations manager, said: “There are plenty of budding stars among the dogs in our centres, who love chasing a ball around. It provides them with plenty of exercise and play time is a serious part of their care while they are with the RSPCA.

“They might not be able to match Rooney or Gerrard for skill, but there’s never any lack of enthusiasm from the dogs in our centres who give 100% every time they take to the ‘pitch’.”

Anyone who is able to donate any balls to RSPCA centres can drop them off at animal centre receptions.

For details of your nearest RSPCA animal centre visit



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