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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 cen...


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-Hello and welcome to the programme

-with me, Elin Fflur.

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-Over the next few weeks...

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-..we'll follow the events

-at Wales's largest animal centre.

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-They save, care and rehome

-all kinds of animals.

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-Stay tuned if you're anything

-like me and you love animals.

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-We've come to the RSPCA pet rescue

-and rehoming centre...

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-..on the historic farm of Llys Nini

-at Penllergaer near Swansea.

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-During the series,

-we'll learn about the centre...

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-..get to know the animals

-who live here...

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-..and meet those who work tirelessly

-to care for them.

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-These are animals like Starsky.

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-He's asked me to tell you

-about the site's history.

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-RSPCA Llys Nini Animal Centre is

-situated near Junction 47 of the M4.

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-Gorseinon and the Gower

-is to the south.

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-Swansea is to the east

-and the Lliw Valley is to the west.

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-The heart of the centre is an

-old farmhouse from the Middle Ages.

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-It stands on 80 acres of land...

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-..and is the temporary home

-of many orphan animals.

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-The centre develops

-various habitats...

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-..to encourage wildlife

-across the site.

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-It's all in aid of the animals.

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-Llys Nini is an independent charity

-but is affiliated with the RSPCA.

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-This is one

-of 14 branches in Wales...

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-..of The Royal Society for the

-Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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-The RSPCA inspectors

-of the South-West Wales region...

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-..are located at Llys Nini.

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-They save animals that have been

-abandoned, neglected or mistreated.

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-Many of them come

-to the Llys Nini Centre.

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-This is what we have for you today.

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-We meet two special huskies

-called Ollie and Che.

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-Joe Allen and wife, Lacey

-tell us how they help this centre.

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-Animals are always going to play

-an important role in our lives.

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-We'll also meet

-some brave animals...

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-..such as Marley the poodle

-and Merc the cat.

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-They do incredible work to improve

-the lives of these animals...

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-..so they have a chance

-to be rehomed with the public.

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-From week to week,

-the comedian, Steffan Alun...

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-..will tell us about some

-of Llys Nini's residents.

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-He has close ties with the centre...

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-..as his grandparents

-farmed the land for some time.

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-Hello, my name is Steffan.

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-I won't be doing

-any stand-up here...

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-..but have come to meet the animals

-of the Llys Nini centre.

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-They usually have over 70 dogs

-and 90 cats here.

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-Each one is looking for a home.

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-Some are snapped up quickly

-and are only here a week or two.

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-But others, like Boyo here, have

-been at the centre for over a year.

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-Greyhounds are amongst the most

-common breeds at these centres.

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-Many don't see any worth in the dogs

-after their racing days...

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-..but they are usually

-loving and loyal...

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-..and they don't need

-a lot of exercise.

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-These traits haven't been

-acknowledged in Boyo's case.

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-He's been here so long and struggles

-to cope despite the loving carers.

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-Boyo has been temporarily fostered

-by a loving home.

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-And as you can see, he's much

-happier and loves living with Anne.

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-His personality

-has finally come out.

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-When someone comes to adopt Boyo...

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-..he will have experienced

-a warm and loving home.

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-It will be difficult for Anne

-to see him go.

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-Llys Nini has a hard-working team...

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-..that cares for the centre

-and its four-legged residents.

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-Occasionally, the staff have

-the help of experienced volunteers.

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-I worked at the centre

-a few years ago...

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-..but now work full-time

-at a veterinary surgery.

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-I stayed in touch with the centre...

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-..and work for them

-when someone is ill or on holiday.

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-I step in when they need

-some extra support.

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-If I haven't been to the centre

-for a while...

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-..I come and volunteer with the dogs

-on weekends.

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-I always wanted

-to work with animals.

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-Any other job wasn't an option.

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-Despite working

-in a veterinary surgery...

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-..I've retained my relationship

-with the centre...

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-..and help the animals

-who don't have owners.

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-I feel like I'm making a difference.

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-A five-minute walk

-makes a huge difference...

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-..to a dog who is stuck in a cage

-throughout the day.

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-It feels great to help

-and do something for an animal.

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-I tend to arrive at 9.00am

-and help with the cleaning.

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-I usually work with the dogs and go

-to the block with the daily staff...

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-..and help to clean,

-feed and medicate the animals.

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-From about 11.00am, we take

-each of the dogs out for a walk.

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-It gets them out for some fresh air

-and exercise...

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-..before returning to be fed

-and put to bed.

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-It starts again on the next day!

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-There's more from Ffion, the staff

-and volunteers later in the series.

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-We'll also hear the stories

-of those animals...

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-..who have overcome

-an array of difficulties.

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-It makes the work of the staff

-all the more worthwhile.

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-Let's hear the story

-of Marley the poodle.

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-This is Marley the poodle.

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-Marley's medical needs proved to be

-too much for his owner.

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-His serious condition saw him

-lose the use of his back legs.

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-His owners had given up...

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-..but his life was turned around

-by a very special person.

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-Elsbeth, a friend of Marley's family

-has the story.

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-Helen and her sister

-have ties with Llys Nini.

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-Both are volunteers

-and do a lot with the animals.

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-Two years ago, Helen adopted Marley.

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-He has a curvature of the spine

-but this doesn't stop him.

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-As you can see, he has a wheelchair

-that was built by Helen's father.

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-He's happy as long as he has a ball

-in his mouth.

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-It takes a special person

-to have a dog like Marley.

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-Marley is lucky to have Helen

-but Helen is also lucky to have him.

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-He's such a character

-and everybody loves him.

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-The family is wonderful and Helen

-opens her home to care for animals.

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-The family loves dogs.

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-I can't think of a better family

-to have Marley.

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-Marley is an inspiration to us all.

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-The centre is fortunate

-to receive a lot of support...

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-..from kind people

-such as Catrin Alun.

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-The centre is very close

-to your heart.

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-There's a strong family connection.

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-Yes, and I first came here

-in 1975...

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-..when I met my late husband, Sion.

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-His family farmed on the land and

-we would come here every holiday.

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-I've driven a tractor

-and ridden horses on these fields.

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-This is the new building...

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-..that sits on foundations

-from the Middle Ages.

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-The previous building

-dated back to the Middle Ages.

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-That building is no longer here and

-nobody thought to get it registered.

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-The old fireplace

-had a stone staircase behind it.

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-The bedroom was above the cowshed.

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-When the RSPCA first came here...

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-..the family and my late

-mother-in-law had mixed feelings.

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-She wasn't sure if she wanted the

-site to be developed in that way.

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-If she was here today, she would

-be encouraged by their work.

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-The strong family ties continue.

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-Your son, Steffan

-features in this series...

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-..and his wife also works here.

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-Yes, Eleanor is involved

-in the environmental aspects.

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-She works on the land that was

-tended by Steffan's grandfather.

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-The circle is complete.

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-I've spent some time here and will

-struggle to leave without a dog.

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-You share the same feelings

-when visiting the cats.

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-I can't go and see the animals

-without being tempted.

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-I can't visit too often

-as I want to take them all home.

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-How many cats do you have?

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-How many cats do you have?

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-Seven.

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-Thank you, Catrin.

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-I think Steffan

-has found a friend for you.

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-No.

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-Yes, this is the perfect cat.

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-This is Idris.

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-Idris is two and has come from

-another centre to find a new home.

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-Black cats aren't very popular

-these days.

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-When I was younger,

-black cats were a sign of good luck.

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-Idris has never lived in a house.

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-I'm here to find Idris a home.

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-Idris has two positive features.

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-His name is great for a comedian...

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-..and black is a great colour

-for a cat.

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-We shouldn't judge cats

-by their colour.

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-# I never said the words

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-# I never hid on your shoulders

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-# I just shook your hand

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-# And put my words in my hand

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-# And looked into your eyes #

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-We'll meet more of Starsky's friends

-later in the programme.

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-After the break...

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-..we'll meet two special huskies and

-some more residents of Llys Nini.

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-Joe Allen

-will also be paying a visit.

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-Welcome back.

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-I have a fact for you.

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-Some 7,589 animals were rescued

-by the RSPCA last year...

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-..and 2,760 of those

-were helped by Llys Nini.

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-All year, the centre is full of

-animals searching for a new home.

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-They are here for various reasons,

-such as neglect, cruelty and abuse.

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-Starsky was one of three puppies...

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-..found in a box

-on the side of the road.

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-His brothers were rehomed quickly.

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-It was more difficult for Starsky

-due to his leg injury.

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-Debbie, who works at Llys Nini,

-took a shine to Starsky.

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-He's very happy in his new home and

-loves coming to work with Debbie.

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-Their background and condition make

-it harder to rehome some animals.

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-Let's hear Ollie and Che's story.

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-I first met Ollie and Che when I was

-a volunteer dog walker at Llys Nini.

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-This is the cage

-where I first saw them.

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-They were big dogs and

-I was worried that they were nasty.

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-I didn't know much about the breed.

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-It was difficult to imagine

-who would adopt the dogs.

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-They had medical needs...

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-..and most people

-walked passed their cage.

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-The pair were subject

-to serious neglect.

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-They were discovered in

-a narrow cage in a small kitchen...

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-..and in an unacceptable state.

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-They were rescued by the police...

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-..and transferred to the care

-of an RSPCA inspector...

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-..before being moved to Llys Nini.

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-They hadn't been exercised...

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-..which meant that their muscles

-and spines were very weak.

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-The huskies were here

-for almost a year.

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-I remember that the staff

-were worried.

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-Their health deteriorated

-and they were depressed.

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-I started walking the dogs

-on a regular basis.

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-I fell in love with them as soon as

-I looked into their blue eyes!

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-They were excited to see me too.

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-I remember taking them home

-on the first day...

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-..and seeing their reaction

-to being in a long garden...

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-..for the first time in many years.

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-I also remember taking them to

-Aberavon Beach for the first time.

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-It was the first time

-for them to see the sea.

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-It was both shocking

-but sweet at the same time.

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-When the snow came that winter...

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-..I'll never forget seeing

-their reaction to the snow.

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-They ran around in circles.

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-It was a pleasure to see them

-experience so many things.

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-We lost Ollie within a year

-of the rehoming...

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-..but he lived like a king.

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-He was a very ill dog,

-but happy at the same time.

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-After we lost Ollie, Che was lonely

-and struggled with being alone...

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-..so we adopted a friend for him.

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-Nel is a chocolate Labrador

-who was also from Llys Nini.

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-Soon after,

-Che passed away in his sleep.

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-They were both elderly dogs and

-we knew they wouldn't live for long.

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-It's important to adopt elderly dogs

-and not only puppies.

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-The experience I had

-was unforgettable.

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-Running a centre like Llys Nini

-is quite challenging.

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-The charities who maintain

-the centre work closely together.

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-But how does this arrangement

-succeed?

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-The RSPCA

-works as one independent charity.

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-There are also

-14 independent branches.

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-We all work together as one family.

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-Llys Nini is run by a small group

-of trustees who are volunteers...

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-..who tend to everything.

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-The centre is not funded

-by the RSPCA...

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-..so we have to raise

-over 1 million a year...

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-..which is a massive amount.

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-We do this via our charity shops...

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-..by hosting local events

-and through marketing.

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-The main aim of Llys Nini

-is to offer resources...

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-..for the welfare of the animals.

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-We also support the work

-of the RSPCA inspectors.

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-About 80% of the animals...

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-..come directly

-from the RSPCA inspectors.

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-We have a close relationship

-with the inspectors.

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-The inspectors work independently...

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-..but the West Wales inspectors

-have an office at Llys Nini.

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-We rehome around 600 animals

-every year.

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-We also have a low-cost

-veterinary surgery...

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-..that treats 700 animals.

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-We also help people

-on a low income...

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-..to neuter and microchip

-their cats.

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-Llys Nini relies heavily

-on the generosity of the public.

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-We met two of the centre's biggest

-supporters on their recent visit.

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-Lacey and I have supported

-the Llys Nini centre for many years.

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-Animals will always be important

-in our lives as a couple.

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-We have dogs, geese,

-ponies and chickens.

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-I was raised locally,

-so Llys Nini is close to my heart.

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-I'd come here a lot and when we

-return to the area, I still do.

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-When we're in the area, we enjoy

-coming back to see the animals...

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-..to walk around

-and see how they're doing.

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-We also support the work

-of the centre throughout the year.

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-I've sold our clothes and those of

-our friends and family on eBay...

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-..and we've arranged a number

-of events to raise more money.

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-When we got married...

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-..we asked our guests to resist

-the urge to buy us gifts...

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-..but to donate the money

-to Llys Nini.

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-Our guests were generous

-and we raised over 3,000.

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-We're delighted to be ambassadors

-for Llys Nini.

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-It's an honour and privilege...

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-..and I hope we can continue

-to raise money for Llys Nini.

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-As you saw earlier,

-this dog is a bit of a footballer.

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-His name is Mac and he's played

-football against Joe Allen!

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-I don't know much about football,

-but I guess it was Wales v Scotland.

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-Is that right?

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-Mac first came to the centre

-with his sister...

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-..after their owner had died.

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-In this different environment, Mac

-and his sister didn't get along...

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-..so they were separated

-and Mac's sister has been rehomed.

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-Sadly, Mac is still here and

-is waiting for the right owner.

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-We hope his likeable character...

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-..will help him to find

-the right owner in the end.

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-Och aye!

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-# I'm still holding on

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-# And think back

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-# But I've lost the chance

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-# And it will never come back #

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-Gemma Black is an inspector

-with the RSPCA.

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-She works in South-East Wales

-but occasionally visits Llys Nini.

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-I started working for the RSPCA

-in 2007.

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-I've lived in Pembrokeshire

-and Coventry...

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-..but these days, I'm an RSPCA

-inspector just outside of Wales.

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-This van is like my office.

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-I practically live in it.

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-I never know what I'm going

-to come across each day...

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-..so I have a variety of things

-in here.

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-There are cages

-for dogs, cats and birds.

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-Towels are very useful

-and we carry newspapers.

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-There's also sorts of things

-including a net.

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-It's stuck at the moment!

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-This is great when you're dealing

-with birds or aggressive cats.

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-You never know what you'll encounter

-so we carry all these things.

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-The trick is to remember

-where you've put it!

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-If you find an animal

-and suspect that it is in trouble...

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-..or needs a vet...

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-..then you can contact us.

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-You can contact us if you think

-an animal is being mistreated...

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-..or if it's being neglected.

0:22:060:22:09

-If you find an animal in trouble...

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-..these are the emergency

-contact details for the RSPCA.

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-We're nearing the end

-of the programme...

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-..but there's time

-for one more story.

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-It's over to Steff at the cattery.

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-This is Merc.

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-He was named after a Mercedes...

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-..because Merc was found

-under the bonnet of a Mercedes.

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-As you can see, he's a happy cat but

-there's a lesson to be learned here.

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-Cats like warm spaces

-so check under your car bonnets.

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-Simply slap your bonnet

-or open it...

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-..to see if your cat

-is hiding inside.

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-These days, Merc is healthy...

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-..and has been rehomed.

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-That's it for this week.

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-For more information,

-visit our social media sites.

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-It's likely that the animals in this

-series will all be rehomed by now...

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-..but there are still hundreds of

-animals searching for a new home.

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-Make sure you visit

-your nearest shelter.

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-Until next time, from Llys Nini...

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-Until next time, from Llys Nini...

-

-..the home for animals...

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-Goodbye!

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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.