To celebrate National Dog Day today, acclaimed cartoonist Rupert Fawcett has released a special RSPCA cartoon to encourage people to consider taking on a rescue dog.

Famed for his Off The Leash series, Rupert is helping the charity to spread the ‘Adopt Don’t Shop’ message with a special charity edition. He commented, “I was delighted to be asked to draw a cartoon for the RSPCA – I didn’t have to think twice!

“Their aim to rescue dogs from all walks of life really resonated; my Off The Leash cartoons feature such a varied number of breeds, and I’d love to think that they’d found their forever homes through the likes of one of the fantastic centres that the charity fund.”

Credit: Rupert Fawcett

The cartoon coincides with the launch of Off The Leash this weekend. Animation studio Factory has worked with the cartoonist to create a 2D line-animated version of the hit illustrations about dogs. The series, of 12 60-second episodes, launches on Saturday with the first episode Bedtime Barker on a newly created YouTube channel.

A still from the first Off The Leash episode Bedtime Barker

 

Klare Kennett, RSPCA assistant director of communications, said, “It’s fantastic to work with Rupert and Off The Leash to raise awareness of rescue dogs and how rewarding it is to give these wonderful dogs a second chance at a happy life.

“Just like Rupert’s cartoons show, every single dog is an individual with his or her own personalities, traits and quirks, and the RSPCA is all about matching the right dog to the right home.

“Our dedicated officers and inspectors are there to help dogs when they need us the most and our incredible animal centre staff are there to help potential new owners and their paw-fect pets find each other.

“If you’d like a lovable pooch to curl up with on the sofa and you’re thinking of adding a dog to your family we’d urge you to consider a rescue dog. We have hundreds of wonderful pooches, of all shapes, sizes, breeds and ages, waiting for to find their loving new homes.”

To find out more about the RSPCA rescue pets looking for new homes, visit their website.

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