Muntjac resuce in Bedford on 7 April Image RSPCA

An average of eight incidents a day between 24 March and 5 August

The RSPCA’s key workers have responded to 100,000 incidents during lockdown, 1,068 in Bedfordshire.

The animal welfare charity’s frontline officers, animal carers and vets have continued to rescue, treat and care for animals in need since the country went into lockdown on 23 March 2020.

During lockdown (24 March – 5 August), the RSPCA has answered 442,344 calls and dealt with 106,676 incidents – that’s an average of 790 incidents a day.

In Bedfordshire, officers have responded to 1,068 incidents – an average of eight a day.

One of the rescues carried out in Bedfordshire was for a deer found in distress after getting stuck in a metal gate in Bedford on 7 April 2020.

The muntjac was unable to escape so the RSPCA was called to help him and the fire service helped to bend the posts and free him before releasing him into the wild.

The pandemic’s impact on the charity’s finances

Funding is needed to help the organisation continue its work rescuing animals and caring for the 6,381 animals in its care across England and Wales.

As well as operating an emergency service, rescuing animals in need, RSPCA officers have also been collecting animals from the homes of people who have been admitted to hospital with COVID-19, who may not have anyone else to care for them while their owners are being treated.

Dermot Murphy, chief inspectorate officer, said:

“We’ve had to quickly and drastically change the way we work during these unprecedented times, from the way we rehome animals to the PPE we wear when responding to calls.

“But the priority for us during lockdown has been to continue to be there for those animals who need us – while also helping people who have been hit hard by the pandemic.

“Now, more than four months into lockdown, we’ve passed a milestone as we responded to our 100,000th incident. And our staff are as busy as ever collecting abandoned animals, investigating complaints of cruelty, providing life-saving veterinary treatment to the sick and injured, and finding wonderful new homes for our residents.

“But to continue our vital work and to survive the huge impact this pandemic has had on the economy and, therefore, the charity sector, we really need your help.”

To help the RSPCA keep rescuing animals and keep its animal hospitals and centres running for emergency treatment and round the clock care through these unprecedented times, please donate whatever you can spare at www.rspca.org.uk/covid.