Yn yr ail raglen, bydd Elin yn cael gwers ar sut i fynd a chi am dro. Elin Fflur and Steffan Alun visit Wales' busiest animal centre - Llys Nini. Today, Elin learns how to walk ...
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-Hello, I'm Elin Fflur...
-..and I'm at Llys Nini, an RSPCA
-pet rescue and rehoming centre...
-..at Penllergaer near Swansea.
-They save, care and rehome
-all kinds of orphaned animals.
-Stay tuned if you're anything
-like me and you love animals.
-The RSPCA Llys Nini Animal Centre is
-situated near Junction 47 of the M4.
-Gorseinon and the Gower
-are 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 Paddy the Terrier.
-I learn about dog walking...
-..and we join the rugby legend,
-..who meets the competitive entrants
-at a Neath dog show.
-I've brought Elvis here.
-I came second
-in the Best Handler event.
-We've raised money for Llys Nini.
-First, we join the friend
-of these animals.
-It's Steffan Alun, our funny man
-who loves being in the cattery.
-a friend of the animals!
-An important part of finding a new
-life for some of these animals...
-..is teaching them to socialize as
-part of the Cuddle a Cat campaign.
-This is Dora.
-..and needs some love to get used
-to being around people again.
-She's eight years old.
-She had a home
-until two years ago...
-..when her family had a new baby.
-Babies are very noisy.
-They cause stress for everyone,
-including Dora's family.
-and wasn't seen for a long time.
-She returned but the house
-was unsuitable for her...
-..so Llys Nini wants to rehome her.
-Children are fine as long as they
-are over ten years old and quieter.
-That's the theory anyway!
-Cats like Dora benefit
-from socializing and being cuddled.
-Volunteers of all backgrounds
-and abilities come to cuddle a cat.
-Cuddling a cat is beneficial
-to the animal as well as the person.
-and Emma is my daughter.
-We come here every Monday.
-Ems loves cats.
-We come here so that she can sit
-and socialize with them.
-It's important for the cats too.
-The Llys Nini Centre has a lot
-of full-time and part-time staff...
-..but they need assistance
-from time to time...
-..from a team
-of experienced volunteers.
-Rhiannon has been a volunteer here
-for a while.
-Yes, I've been coming here
-for almost five years.
-It's great and I really enjoy
-being a volunteer here.
-What are your duties?
-I'm a wildlife specialist...
-..so I do a few things in that field
-on this site.
-I also do one of the most important
-tasks which is dog walking.
-There's up to 70 dogs here
-every day of the year...
-..and they all need to be walked
-twice a day...
-..so they need a team of staff
-and volunteers to do that.
-has become a profession for you.
-I've been coming here so often that
-I started a dog walking business.
-You're an expert and I'm wearing my
-orange wellies so let's walk a dog.
-It isn't that simple.
-You can't turn up and walk a dog
-as you need to do a course first.
-I'm looking forward to hearing more
-about this course on dog walking!
-Rhiannon and I
-head to the main building...
-who works at Llys Nini...
-..is with a dog
-in an exercise paddock.
-Dogs like this one, are very strong.
-They need a lot of exercise
-They are locked up all day so need
-exercise every morning and night.
-We just want the dog to be happy...
-..to enjoy a walk and have a cuddle
-and that's all year round.
-We don't get volunteers here
-We get a lot of people
-in the summer...
-..but we're short-staffed in
-the winter so we take the dogs out.
-Dog walking is one of the most
-important tasks of these centres.
-It's an easy activity
-for a volunteer...
-..especially if you know
-how to walk a dog properly.
-Tell me more about this course
-on dog walking, Rhiannon.
-Why does a person need
-to take a course on walking a dog?
-We follow a process at Llys Nini...
-..to ensure the safety
-of each person and each dog.
-We start with the signs that you'll
-see on each cage in the kennels.
-All the cages are colour-coded.
-Dogs with a green sign...
-and relatively easy to walk...
-..and don't pull on the lead.
-Anyone who has had the training
-or any member of staff...
-..can walk a dog with a green sign.
-The amber or red sign is for a dog
-who is nervous or pulls on the lead.
-You need extra training to walk
-a dog who has this coloured sign.
-There's also dogs who have
-a black sign on their cage.
-They should only be walked by staff.
-This could be due to
-..or they have an illness
-of some kind.
-You should use common sense too.
-Can you recognize a
-dog's temperament by looking at it?
-Yes, let me show you.
-You can analyze
-a dog's temperament...
-..from its physical behaviour.
-This helps the walker when walking
-a dog that's new to the centre.
-Cats don't enjoy
-being taken for a walk.
-They are independent
-Many cats are brought to Llys Nini
-and other centres...
-..after getting lost
-so they are stray cats.
-for a number of reasons.
-I've heard of some cats climbing
-into the back of cars and vans.
-This is Angel.
-She came in as a stray cat.
-Angel is twelve years old.
-It's difficult to rehome older cats.
-Most people prefer kittens and it's
-a shame because she's a lovely cat.
-I'm sure someone
-has a home for Angel.
-Next, we meet Gemma.
-Paddy the Terrier was rescued
-from the Aberystwyth area.
-He was badly injured when brought to
-the attention of an RSPCA inspector.
-We believe the injury had been
-caused a few days earlier...
-..after a fight between the dog
-and a wild animal.
-The owners hadn't taken the Terrier
-to the vet.
-His nose and face were badly torn...
-..and he was obviously
-in a lot of pain.
-The owner had photographs
-on his mobile phone...
-..showing the dog
-at the opening of a badger sett...
-..with the badger in the background.
-Fortunately, Paddy recovered
-from his injuries.
-Other dogs who are used for illegal
-badger baiting are not so lucky.
-His owner was banned from
-keeping animals for five years...
-..paid costs of 2,500...
-..and sentenced to 240 hours
-of unpaid work in the community.
-Paddy was brought to Llys Nini
-He was rehomed and is very happy.
-Our thanks to Carys for letting us
-meet Paddy in his new home.
-After the break,
-we meet Winston the pig...
-the centre's projects...
-..meet Harry the cat and attend
-a dog show with Rowland Phillips.
-First, Rhiannon and I are taking
-a walk with some special guests.
-Yes, Flossy and Myfanwy
-are coming with us.
-This is going to be fun.
-Rhiannon, myself and the dogs
-are enjoying our walk.
-As you can see, we've left
-the main buildings of the centre...
-..and come to the land
-around Llys Nini.
-The site was originally a farm...
-..and the trails cross
-the meadows and marshland.
-The centre is home to many pets
-but also some wild animals.
-The site has some exciting
-Let's hear from Elanor Alun, the
-environmental manager at Llys Nini.
-I'm the conservation manager
-at the site...
-..so I manage the area
-and aim to improve the wildlife.
-I also try to encourage people from
-the local community to visit us.
-We have our trails,
-..and opportunities for volunteers.
-The site covers 78 acres in total...
-..that includes a forest
-with an ancient tree...
-pools and streams.
-There's a lot of water
-so we're almost swimming!
-The site was a working farm
-for many centuries...
-..until the early 1990s.
-They also mined for coal
-in some of the fields.
-When the animal centre
-was opened here in 1997...
-..the site was in
-a poor condition...
-..apart from a few fields that were
-rented by a farmer to keep cattle.
-But this site was awash
-with various habitats.
-It attracted a lot of birds
-and other wildlife.
-The site was originally
-part of the Land in Care Scheme...
-..but it has just finished.
-In 2015, Llys Nini received a grant
-from the National Lottery...
-..and Natural Resources Wales
-amounting to 220,000...
-..for an environmental project.
-We now have trails through the site.
-There are nature trails,
-heritage trails about Llys Nini...
-..and special trails
-for the monthly events.
-The trails are open to the public...
-..and the centre uses them to walk
-the dogs that are in their care.
-This is Tiger
-and we think that he's an Akita.
-Tiger came from a home
-where the owner had too many dogs.
-There's nothing wrong with him
-and he's so gentle.
-But the Akita is such an usual
-and specific breed...
-..that his new owner needs to be
-someone who knows this breed.
-He's a strong dog
-who needs a lot of exercise.
-We need someone
-who has experience of this breed.
-When adopting a dog...
-..think about whether the breed
-suits your home and way of life.
-The Akita is originally
-a Japanese hunting dog.
-There's also an American version.
-They are faithful dogs
-who need a lot of exercise.
-You'd be expected to walk them
-for at least two hours a day.
-We can put our feet up after
-walking along the glorious trails.
-The dogs can also
-take the opportunity to relax.
-Tell us about your experience.
-You adopted these two
-from Llys Nini.
-People say it's beneficial
-but what was it like?
-a very positive experience.
-Giving two dogs a second chance
-at life has been great.
-I've loved every second.
-Tell us Flossy and Myfanwy's story.
-An inspector brought Flossy to us.
-She had been abused and was here
-as a case dog for a long time.
-This is Myfanwy.
-She came from a house
-that had too many animals.
-There were too many dogs and cats
-so she was in a sorry state.
-She had never had her fur trimmed
-and so on but she's great!
-You've worked wonders with them,
-What's your advice for someone who
-is thinking of adopting an animal?
-Think of it as giving an animal
-a second chance at life.
-You might need to do some training
-but you'll reap the rewards.
-It can be easier to take
-an older dog rather than a puppy.
-Is it the best thing you've done?
-Is it the best thing you've done?
-We have to draw attention
-to Myfanwy's collar.
-A touch of bling for the dog!
-Thank you, Rhiannon.
-If you're thinking about
-adopting an animal...
-..Rhiannon has given her advice...
-..but do your research...
-..and contact your local
-animal centre for more information.
-The owner of this animal
-didn't do enough research.
-In his youth, Winston, the micro pig
-was a small and cute creature...
-..but his owner's life
-was turned upside down...
-..when Winston changed
-from being micro to macro!
-I was contacted by a worker
-from the RSPCA...
-..who had received a call
-from a member of the public.
-I helped them to collect the pig.
-When I arrived,
-he was being kept in the kitchen.
-After two days,
-he had caused extensive damage.
-There were holes in the cupboards
-and he had damaged the doors.
-He was frightened
-which made him difficult to catch.
-At the time, he was small enough to
-go into a cat carrier to bring home.
-He was small but caused
-a lot of damage in two days!
-He's much bigger now
-so could cause much more damage.
-Unfortunately, a lot of people
-think it's a good idea to keep pigs.
-They are interesting and a lot
-of fun so I can see the appeal...
-..but they have very different needs
-to other animals.
-They are not the sort of pets that
-can be kept in the house or garden.
-You need to prepare and
-know exactly what you're taking on.
-It's irresponsible to have one
-because it's fashionable.
-Events are an important part
-of the Llys Nini calendar.
-They raise funds and awareness
-about the centre.
-It's also an excuse for rescued and
-rehomed animals to have some fun!
-Welcome to Gnoll Park in Neath
-for the Llys Nini Dog Show.
-Every show or Eisteddfod needs
-an experienced and informed judge.
-The Neath and Wales rugby legend,
-Rowland Phillips has that task.
-Why am I here?
-I'm judging the dog show.
-I can't take part myself because
-I'm a bit of an expert in Europe...
-..and some say the world!
-I can't let
-these two enter either...
-..because they are highly trained!
-Animals are a great way
-to bring people together socially.
-This group meets regularly
-to walk their dogs at Gnoll Park.
-The Gnoll Park Furry Friends
-was established two years ago.
-..and originally had three dogs...
-..but we now have about 500 members.
-A lot of children have
-brought their dogs to the show.
-They are very proud of their pets.
-I've brought Elvis here today.
-We're competing in the Cutest Couple
-and Waggiest Tail events.
-Hello, I'm Cian.
-I came second
-in the Best Junior Handler event.
-Ozzie's an English Springer Spaniel
-and we're from Pontardawe.
-We were third
-in the Waggiest Tail event.
-This is Chip.
-Chip is five
-and I'm eight years old.
-I've thoroughly enjoyed myself.
-walked around the ring...
-..and were met by a famous face
-from a popular soap opera.
-Kirsten and I are supporting
-Llys Nini and all that they do.
-We've met animals from the charity.
-They are fantastic, cute, gorgeous
-and they just want some love.
-This group of dogs
-came from the same litter...
-..that was rescued over Christmas.
-It's a school reunion!
-These dogs were left in a box
-in a field...
-..before they were found,
-rescued and nurtured by Llys Nini.
-They haven't met since Christmas.
-We like to do something
-to help the animals.
-It's a great day out.
-We see all the dogs,
-meet different people...
-..and raise money for Llys Nini
-by selling various items.
-It's an important centre
-in the area.
-We should support these centres
-that are found across Wales.
-It was a sunny and successful day
-for the centre.
-The families and animals
-had a day that was fit for a king!
-It's been a great day.
-We've raised a lot of money
-for the animals at Llys Nini.
-Everyone's happy with the results
-and are going home happy.
-BARKING AND GROWLING
-Who would have thought that
-Rowland Phillips could be a judge?
-Don't worry, Rowland.
-Somebody is always wronged!
-Before we go, we've got the story
-of a special person and a lucky cat.
-Louise is one of those
-..who is a fosterer
-or temporary carer...
-..for those animals
-who need special care.
-Louise and her family love animals
-of all shapes and sizes.
-Her home is full of them.
-The centre recently asked Louise
-to care for a cat...
-..who had been seriously injured
-and underwent an operation.
-Harry's ordeal was horrific
-to say the least!
-Whilst driving passed
-..a local man, Mark Norman...
-..spotted two lads kicking
-a young cat from one to the other.
-He stopped, shouted at them
-and they ran away.
-Mark took the cat
-to the surgery at Llys Nini.
-Harry was seriously injured
-and had a broken leg...
-..so had an emergency operation.
-The cat was a stray so
-the public paid for the operation...
-..after the charity
-appealed for help.
-At the start, he was very ill...
-..but has settled down with Louise
-and is much better now.
-After a long period with Louise...
-..Harry has made a full recovery and
-lives with Elinor and her partner.
-He's settled in well
-in his new home.
-Unfortunately, the lads who were
-so cruel to Harry were never found.
-That's all for this week.
-There's details about animals and
-centres on our social media pages.
-The animals who appeared on this
-programme will have been rehomed...
-..but a number of animals are
-still waiting to find a new home...
-..so head to your local
-Until next time from Llys Nini...
-Until next time from Llys Nini...
-..the home for animals...
-S4C Subtitles by Tinopolis
Yn yr ail raglen, bydd Elin yn cael gwers ar sut i fynd a chi am dro. Elin Fflur and Steffan Alun visit Wales' busiest animal centre - Llys Nini. Today, Elin learns how to walk a dog.