Nationally, the charity has dealt with 660 incidents a DAY since start of lockdown
In the month since the start of the lockdown, the RSPCA has dealt with 195 incidents in Bedfordshire. Across England and Wales it has dealt with over 21,000 animal incidents – an average of 660 a day, or 27 an hour.
Animal rescuers at the charity have been designated key workers by the Government. But vital funding is needed to help the RSPCA’s frontline staff continue this crucial work. Dermot Murphy, chief inspectorate officer, said:
“Despite the lockdown, there are still thousands of animals which need our help.
“As designated key workers, our frontline rescuers are still out and about rescuing animals in urgent need of care. The Coronavirus crisis hasn’t put a stop to animal suffering and these figures show there are still many animals out there that need rescuing.
“We know that this is a difficult time for everyone but we must still be here for animals who are suffering and we are appealing for animal lovers to give whatever they can to help us.”
Since the Government announced the lockdown on Monday 23 March:
- RSPCA rescuers have dealt with 21,137 incidents of animal cruelty and suffering animals which need help
- The charity has received more than 66,000 calls from members of the public
- There are 4,200 animals in RSPCA care*
- The charity has rescued more than 1,274 abandoned animals in need
Keeping pets safe while owners with COVID-19 are in hospital
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.
Pet-owners are urged to make an emergency pet-care plan should they be admitted to hospital with Coronavirus. This includes placing a poster in the window informing people that there are pets inside.
Owners who are concerned about caring for their pets amid the Coronavirus – or COVID-19 – outbreak can find advice and help on the RSPCA’s website.
To help the charity to keep rescuing animals and to 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.
*The RSPCA had 4,200 animals in its care as of 26 April 2020. There are thousands more at RSPCA branches which are charities in their own right.