Found a snare?

If there is a live animal in the snare call the relevant animal welfare charity. We do not advise trying to release an animal yourself as the animal could be injured and require medical attention. Record the incident using our Snarewatch report form.


Scottish SPCA
Animal Helpline 03000 999 999

England and Wales

Cruelty line 0300 1234 999

Northern Ireland

Animal Information Line 028 3025 1000, caller ID required


Watch Bill Oddie in Snares Uncovered

A desperate plea for people not to use animal traps was issued after a cat was trapped in a snare.

Neville Bushbridge and his wife Jill appealed for the traps not to be used after their cat 'Mackerel' was caught up in the device.

After the pet had gone missing, his owners put posters up in a bid to find him.

Ten days later a dog walker heard his meows. When he investigated, he found Mackerel who had suffered significant injuries.

Mackerel was treated at a vets surgery for a snare injury, dehydration and starvation and it took more than a week for him to show signs of recovery and get an appetite back.

Type of snare



Malvern, Worcestershire


June 2019

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