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-Hello and welcome to the programme
-with me, Elin Fflur.
-Over the next few weeks...
-..we'll follow the events
-at Wales's largest animal centre.
-They save, care and rehome
-all kinds of animals.
-Stay tuned if you're anything
-like me and you love animals.
-We've come to the RSPCA pet rescue
-and rehoming centre...
-..on the historic farm of Llys Nini
-at Penllergaer near Swansea.
-During the series,
-we'll learn about the centre...
-..get to know the animals
-who live here...
-..and meet those who work tirelessly
-to care for them.
-These are animals like Starsky.
-He's asked me to tell you
-about the site's history.
-RSPCA Llys Nini Animal Centre is
-situated near Junction 47 of the M4.
-Gorseinon and the Gower
-is to the south.
-Swansea is to the east
-and the Lliw Valley is to the west.
-The heart of the centre is an
-old farmhouse from the Middle Ages.
-It stands on 80 acres of land...
-..and is the temporary home
-of many orphan animals.
-The centre develops
-..to encourage wildlife
-across the site.
-It's all in aid of the animals.
-Llys Nini is an independent charity
-but is affiliated with the RSPCA.
-This is one
-of 14 branches in Wales...
-..of The Royal Society for the
-Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
-The RSPCA inspectors
-of the South-West Wales region...
-..are located at Llys Nini.
-They save animals that have been
-abandoned, neglected or mistreated.
-Many of them come
-to the Llys Nini Centre.
-This is what we have for you today.
-We meet two special huskies
-called Ollie and Che.
-Joe Allen and wife, Lacey
-tell us how they help this centre.
-Animals are always going to play
-an important role in our lives.
-We'll also meet
-some brave animals...
-..such as Marley the poodle
-and Merc the cat.
-They do incredible work to improve
-the lives of these animals...
-..so they have a chance
-to be rehomed with the public.
-From week to week,
-the comedian, Steffan Alun...
-..will tell us about some
-of Llys Nini's residents.
-He has close ties with the centre...
-..as his grandparents
-farmed the land for some time.
-Hello, my name is Steffan.
-I won't be doing
-any stand-up here...
-..but have come to meet the animals
-of the Llys Nini centre.
-They usually have over 70 dogs
-and 90 cats here.
-Each one is looking for a home.
-Some are snapped up quickly
-and are only here a week or two.
-But others, like Boyo here, have
-been at the centre for over a year.
-Greyhounds are amongst the most
-common breeds at these centres.
-Many don't see any worth in the dogs
-after their racing days...
-..but they are usually
-loving and loyal...
-..and they don't need
-a lot of exercise.
-These traits haven't been
-acknowledged in Boyo's case.
-He's been here so long and struggles
-to cope despite the loving carers.
-Boyo has been temporarily fostered
-by a loving home.
-And as you can see, he's much
-happier and loves living with Anne.
-has finally come out.
-When someone comes to adopt Boyo...
-..he will have experienced
-a warm and loving home.
-It will be difficult for Anne
-to see him go.
-Llys Nini has a hard-working team...
-..that cares for the centre
-and its four-legged residents.
-Occasionally, the staff have
-the help of experienced volunteers.
-I worked at the centre
-a few years ago...
-..but now work full-time
-at a veterinary surgery.
-I stayed in touch with the centre...
-..and work for them
-when someone is ill or on holiday.
-I step in when they need
-some extra support.
-If I haven't been to the centre
-for a while...
-..I come and volunteer with the dogs
-I always wanted
-to work with animals.
-Any other job wasn't an option.
-in a veterinary surgery...
-..I've retained my relationship
-with the centre...
-..and help the animals
-who don't have owners.
-I feel like I'm making a difference.
-A five-minute walk
-makes a huge difference...
-..to a dog who is stuck in a cage
-throughout the day.
-It feels great to help
-and do something for an animal.
-I tend to arrive at 9.00am
-and help with the cleaning.
-I usually work with the dogs and go
-to the block with the daily staff...
-..and help to clean,
-feed and medicate the animals.
-From about 11.00am, we take
-each of the dogs out for a walk.
-It gets them out for some fresh air
-..before returning to be fed
-and put to bed.
-It starts again on the next day!
-There's more from Ffion, the staff
-and volunteers later in the series.
-We'll also hear the stories
-of those animals...
-..who have overcome
-an array of difficulties.
-It makes the work of the staff
-all the more worthwhile.
-Let's hear the story
-of Marley the poodle.
-This is Marley the poodle.
-Marley's medical needs proved to be
-too much for his owner.
-His serious condition saw him
-lose the use of his back legs.
-His owners had given up...
-..but his life was turned around
-by a very special person.
-Elsbeth, a friend of Marley's family
-has the story.
-Helen and her sister
-have ties with Llys Nini.
-Both are volunteers
-and do a lot with the animals.
-Two years ago, Helen adopted Marley.
-He has a curvature of the spine
-but this doesn't stop him.
-As you can see, he has a wheelchair
-that was built by Helen's father.
-He's happy as long as he has a ball
-in his mouth.
-It takes a special person
-to have a dog like Marley.
-Marley is lucky to have Helen
-but Helen is also lucky to have him.
-He's such a character
-and everybody loves him.
-The family is wonderful and Helen
-opens her home to care for animals.
-The family loves dogs.
-I can't think of a better family
-to have Marley.
-Marley is an inspiration to us all.
-The centre is fortunate
-to receive a lot of support...
-..from kind people
-such as Catrin Alun.
-The centre is very close
-to your heart.
-There's a strong family connection.
-Yes, and I first came here
-..when I met my late husband, Sion.
-His family farmed on the land and
-we would come here every holiday.
-I've driven a tractor
-and ridden horses on these fields.
-This is the new building...
-..that sits on foundations
-from the Middle Ages.
-The previous building
-dated back to the Middle Ages.
-That building is no longer here and
-nobody thought to get it registered.
-The old fireplace
-had a stone staircase behind it.
-The bedroom was above the cowshed.
-When the RSPCA first came here...
-..the family and my late
-mother-in-law had mixed feelings.
-She wasn't sure if she wanted the
-site to be developed in that way.
-If she was here today, she would
-be encouraged by their work.
-The strong family ties continue.
-Your son, Steffan
-features in this series...
-..and his wife also works here.
-Yes, Eleanor is involved
-in the environmental aspects.
-She works on the land that was
-tended by Steffan's grandfather.
-The circle is complete.
-I've spent some time here and will
-struggle to leave without a dog.
-You share the same feelings
-when visiting the cats.
-I can't go and see the animals
-without being tempted.
-I can't visit too often
-as I want to take them all home.
-How many cats do you have?
-How many cats do you have?
-Thank you, Catrin.
-I think Steffan
-has found a friend for you.
-Yes, this is the perfect cat.
-This is Idris.
-Idris is two and has come from
-another centre to find a new home.
-Black cats aren't very popular
-When I was younger,
-black cats were a sign of good luck.
-Idris has never lived in a house.
-I'm here to find Idris a home.
-Idris has two positive features.
-His name is great for a comedian...
-..and black is a great colour
-for a cat.
-We shouldn't judge cats
-by their colour.
-# I never said the words
-# I never hid on your shoulders
-# I just shook your hand
-# And put my words in my hand
-# And looked into your eyes #
-We'll meet more of Starsky's friends
-later in the programme.
-After the break...
-..we'll meet two special huskies and
-some more residents of Llys Nini.
-will also be paying a visit.
-I have a fact for you.
-Some 7,589 animals were rescued
-by the RSPCA last year...
-..and 2,760 of those
-were helped by Llys Nini.
-All year, the centre is full of
-animals searching for a new home.
-They are here for various reasons,
-such as neglect, cruelty and abuse.
-Starsky was one of three puppies...
-..found in a box
-on the side of the road.
-His brothers were rehomed quickly.
-It was more difficult for Starsky
-due to his leg injury.
-Debbie, who works at Llys Nini,
-took a shine to Starsky.
-He's very happy in his new home and
-loves coming to work with Debbie.
-Their background and condition make
-it harder to rehome some animals.
-Let's hear Ollie and Che's story.
-I first met Ollie and Che when I was
-a volunteer dog walker at Llys Nini.
-This is the cage
-where I first saw them.
-They were big dogs and
-I was worried that they were nasty.
-I didn't know much about the breed.
-It was difficult to imagine
-who would adopt the dogs.
-They had medical needs...
-..and most people
-walked passed their cage.
-The pair were subject
-to serious neglect.
-They were discovered in
-a narrow cage in a small kitchen...
-..and in an unacceptable state.
-They were rescued by the police...
-..and transferred to the care
-of an RSPCA inspector...
-..before being moved to Llys Nini.
-They hadn't been exercised...
-..which meant that their muscles
-and spines were very weak.
-The huskies were here
-for almost a year.
-I remember that the staff
-Their health deteriorated
-and they were depressed.
-I started walking the dogs
-on a regular basis.
-I fell in love with them as soon as
-I looked into their blue eyes!
-They were excited to see me too.
-I remember taking them home
-on the first day...
-..and seeing their reaction
-to being in a long garden...
-..for the first time in many years.
-I also remember taking them to
-Aberavon Beach for the first time.
-It was the first time
-for them to see the sea.
-It was both shocking
-but sweet at the same time.
-When the snow came that winter...
-..I'll never forget seeing
-their reaction to the snow.
-They ran around in circles.
-It was a pleasure to see them
-experience so many things.
-We lost Ollie within a year
-of the rehoming...
-..but he lived like a king.
-He was a very ill dog,
-but happy at the same time.
-After we lost Ollie, Che was lonely
-and struggled with being alone...
-..so we adopted a friend for him.
-Nel is a chocolate Labrador
-who was also from Llys Nini.
-Che passed away in his sleep.
-They were both elderly dogs and
-we knew they wouldn't live for long.
-It's important to adopt elderly dogs
-and not only puppies.
-The experience I had
-Running a centre like Llys Nini
-is quite challenging.
-The charities who maintain
-the centre work closely together.
-But how does this arrangement
-works as one independent charity.
-There are also
-14 independent branches.
-We all work together as one family.
-Llys Nini is run by a small group
-of trustees who are volunteers...
-..who tend to everything.
-The centre is not funded
-by the RSPCA...
-..so we have to raise
-over 1 million a year...
-..which is a massive amount.
-We do this via our charity shops...
-..by hosting local events
-and through marketing.
-The main aim of Llys Nini
-is to offer resources...
-..for the welfare of the animals.
-We also support the work
-of the RSPCA inspectors.
-About 80% of the animals...
-from the RSPCA inspectors.
-We have a close relationship
-with the inspectors.
-The inspectors work independently...
-..but the West Wales inspectors
-have an office at Llys Nini.
-We rehome around 600 animals
-We also have a low-cost
-..that treats 700 animals.
-We also help people
-on a low income...
-..to neuter and microchip
-Llys Nini relies heavily
-on the generosity of the public.
-We met two of the centre's biggest
-supporters on their recent visit.
-Lacey and I have supported
-the Llys Nini centre for many years.
-Animals will always be important
-in our lives as a couple.
-We have dogs, geese,
-ponies and chickens.
-I was raised locally,
-so Llys Nini is close to my heart.
-I'd come here a lot and when we
-return to the area, I still do.
-When we're in the area, we enjoy
-coming back to see the animals...
-..to walk around
-and see how they're doing.
-We also support the work
-of the centre throughout the year.
-I've sold our clothes and those of
-our friends and family on eBay...
-..and we've arranged a number
-of events to raise more money.
-When we got married...
-..we asked our guests to resist
-the urge to buy us gifts...
-..but to donate the money
-to Llys Nini.
-Our guests were generous
-and we raised over 3,000.
-We're delighted to be ambassadors
-for Llys Nini.
-It's an honour and privilege...
-..and I hope we can continue
-to raise money for Llys Nini.
-As you saw earlier,
-this dog is a bit of a footballer.
-His name is Mac and he's played
-football against Joe Allen!
-I don't know much about football,
-but I guess it was Wales v Scotland.
-Is that right?
-Mac first came to the centre
-with his sister...
-..after their owner had died.
-In this different environment, Mac
-and his sister didn't get along...
-..so they were separated
-and Mac's sister has been rehomed.
-Sadly, Mac is still here and
-is waiting for the right owner.
-We hope his likeable character...
-..will help him to find
-the right owner in the end.
-# I'm still holding on
-# And think back
-# But I've lost the chance
-# And it will never come back #
-Gemma Black is an inspector
-with the RSPCA.
-She works in South-East Wales
-but occasionally visits Llys Nini.
-I started working for the RSPCA
-I've lived in Pembrokeshire
-..but these days, I'm an RSPCA
-inspector just outside of Wales.
-This van is like my office.
-I practically live in it.
-I never know what I'm going
-to come across each day...
-..so I have a variety of things
-There are cages
-for dogs, cats and birds.
-Towels are very useful
-and we carry newspapers.
-There's also sorts of things
-including a net.
-It's stuck at the moment!
-This is great when you're dealing
-with birds or aggressive cats.
-You never know what you'll encounter
-so we carry all these things.
-The trick is to remember
-where you've put it!
-If you find an animal
-and suspect that it is in trouble...
-..or needs a vet...
-..then you can contact us.
-You can contact us if you think
-an animal is being mistreated...
-..or if it's being neglected.
-If you find an animal in trouble...
-..these are the emergency
-contact details for the RSPCA.
-We're nearing the end
-of the programme...
-..but there's time
-for one more story.
-It's over to Steff at the cattery.
-This is Merc.
-He was named after a Mercedes...
-..because Merc was found
-under the bonnet of a Mercedes.
-As you can see, he's a happy cat but
-there's a lesson to be learned here.
-Cats like warm spaces
-so check under your car bonnets.
-Simply slap your bonnet
-or open it...
-..to see if your cat
-is hiding inside.
-These days, Merc is healthy...
-..and has been rehomed.
-That's it for this week.
-For more information,
-visit our social media sites.
-It's likely that the animals in this
-series will all be rehomed by now...
-..but there are still hundreds of
-animals searching for a new home.
-Make sure you visit
-your nearest shelter.
-Until next time, from Llys Nini...
-Until next time, from Llys Nini...
-..the home for animals...
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Cyfres newydd wedi'i lleoli yng nghanolfan anifeiliaid fwyaf Cymru. New series based in Wales' busiest animal centre - Llys Nini. Today, footballer Joe Allen calls in to the centre.