Submitted by Steve on 14:35, 27th May, 2014 | 0

On what was a very sunny Sunday morning the GSPCA held another sold out Dog First Aid Course at the Animal Shelter.

The GSPCA have been running a series of training courses at the GSPCA site in St Andrews.

With 18 in attendance and taken by GSPCA Manager Steve Byrne the training session which takes just over 2 hours covered topics from dog CPR to seizures.

Many of those attending had a wealth of knowledge on dogs as nearly a dozen trainers from the Island Dog Training Club came along to learn and also share their experiences.

The course model that helped with a few demonstrations was a little westie at only 12 weeks called Benson.  Although Benson looked very cute after he helped the attendees search for a heart beat and caused some mischief he went back to his pen.

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said 'This is the third course we have held for Dog First Aid and through sharing experiences we develop and look to improve the content of the course each time.'

'It was lovely that the Island Dog Club Trainers came along as they were a wealth of experience and knowledge.'

'From those with lots of experience to a young lad at only 13 years of age the course is catered for all levels of experience.'Benson a westie puppy GSPCA first aid course for dogs in Guernsey

'The next sessions are in July and places are going quick.'

'We also have another Animal Care Course planned in September with WEA and another Pet Bereavement training session in November.'

'Thank you to all those that attended and we look forward seeing some who are planning to come along to other courses.'

To see a full range and dates of GSPCA Training Courses please click here.

The dates for the first aid courses are:

Cat First Aid 9.30am - 11.45am Sunday 6th July 2014 - Ref - Cat 6/7

Dog First Aid 9.30am - 11.45am Sunday 13th July 2014 - Ref - Dog 13/7

Cat First Aid 9.30am - 11.45am Sunday 2nd November 2014 - Ref - Cat 2/11

Dog First Aid 9.30am - 11.45am Sunday 9th November 2014 - Ref - Dog 9/11

All courses are a minimum £15 donation and you must book your place by the Saturday before the training session.

Within the sessions you get the chance to learn about what to do if you were faced with an emergency situation with your dog or cat.  All participants receive handouts, a few goodies and surprises.

To book your place call 01481 257261 or pay via the paypal link below using the reference code so we are aware which you would like to attend.

We have lots of animals in need of homes. Could you help us advertise them? To download a the posters please click here. or to share them on social media please click here.

To download a poster to advertise the Hedgehog Competition please click here.

To download a poster to advertise the Hedgehog Awareness Poster Competition please click here.

Create a GSPCA Awareness Poster for Hedgehogs

Age groups –

4 – 7 years old (infants)

7 – 11 years old (juniors)

Some ideas could include:

Watch out for hedgehogs on the road waking up from hibernation

Hedgehogs out in the day time could mean there is something wrong

Please put out clean drinking water for hedgehogs over the summer

Check for hedgehogs before cutting the lawn/grass

Discard of rubbish properly - especially netting/wires

Make sure your swimming pool/pond is easily escapable

Do not put slug pellets down as they are poisonous

Don't touch a nest until sure you need to intervene

Cut holes in fence bottoms to allow hedgehogs to pass through gardens

Watch your dogs around hedgehogs- either one could get hurt

Other points to add:

Phone GSPCA for advice/emergency: 01481 257261

Advice on the GSPCA Webpage-


Prizes for the top 3 in each age group.

Send your posters with your name, age, contact number and school on the back to [email protected] or to the Shelter at

Guernsey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Rue du Truchots
St Andrews
Guernsey, Channel Islands

Closing date 6/6/14. Winners will be announced on the 13/6/14

Build a Hedgehog House

2014 Competition

Design and build a hedgehog house to be used in your own or friends garden!

There are two age group categories:

7 to 11 years (Junior age)

11 to 16 years (secondary age)

The top three from each group will be contacted to be judged and there are PRIZES for the top 3 designs in each group!

The house structure must be:


- Big enough to make a nest

- Safe from predators

- Camouflaged

What could you use to build the house?

 - Logs                          

- Old plastic box

- Bricks

- Wood

- Pots

- Anything else - Be as creative as you like!

Try the internet and our website for more inspiration!

Last thing to do is take a beautiful photograph then email it to us along with your age, full name and contact number to:

[email protected]

Closing date 6/6/14. Winners will be announced on the 13/6/14

Good luck and have fun!

Please be careful when building your hog houses

 Work with an adult to put it together as you may need to use grown-up tools

We currently have two stunning cats called Trio and Trouble needing operations. To donate to help them please click on this link, call 01481 257261, by post or popping into the Shelter.

Donate with JustGiving and PayPal

GSPCA, Rue des Truchots, St Andrews, Guernsey, GY6 8UD

To find out about our Events, how to become a Member, Sponsor an Animal Pen, our Wish List, Corporate Sponsorship & Volunteering, , our New Build & Redevelopment Appeal and much more please click here.

To find out about GSPCA training and courses at the Shelter please click here.

There are many ways to support the work of the GSPCA and you can even donate online by clicking the paypal link below.

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