Sergeant the dog, who was shot in Rudry, was just one of more than 8,500 animals that were rescued by the RSPCA in Wales last year.
Animals rescued included a Chinese water dragon, a puffin and three boa constrictors.
A sheep stuck in a bog was one of 136 of the farm animals rescued, but the majority was cats and dogs.
No animal was to small to help, with 26 goldfish and three slow worms taken in by the charity.
But cats far outweighed the tarantulas, Amazon parrots and other exotic species that needed help, with a staggering 2,7145 of our feline friends rescued.
In Caerphilly County Borough, one stand out case was Sergeant the dog, who was attacked and shot in Rudry. Thankfully he survived and found a new home.
His new owner Helen George-Carney said Sergeant was a wonderful dog that they adore.
She said: “I found out about him on Facebook and saw his story on the news.
“I could not get him out of my head and I just wanted to make sure the rest of his life was better than it had been and he knew what love was. We worship him, he is so wonderful. I could not be without him.”
RSPCA Cymru superintendent Martyn Hubbard said: “The RSPCA works around the clock to rescue thousands of animals every year from a wide range of distressing situations and 2014 was no exception.
“From abandoned kittens in a suitcase to a Chinese water dragon and everything in between, the RSPCA was on hand to help all types of animals whatever the emergency.
“Sadly many of the animals we rescued last year were callously abandoned. It is an offence to abandon any animal and there is never any excuse for doing so. If people have pets they cannot care for, for any reason, then help and advice is always available from the RSPCA.”