RSPCA braces for the toughest year yet and launches Christmas campaign

RSPCA said they fear they will face the toughest winter yet
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RSPCA said they fear they will face the toughest winter yet PICTURE: RSPCA - Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA is bracing themselves for the toughest year yet as 358 incidents in Cambridgeshire were recorded last Christmas.

The charity has launched a new Christmas campaign, as they fear the financial strain from the Coronavirus pandemic could mean a rise in pets being abandoned and neglected.

The RSPCA revealed that it took in more than 7000 animals last winter and received more than 2000 calls about cruelty and neglect a day.

Dermot Murphy, head of the RSPCA’s animal rescue teams, said: “Christmas may be different for many people this year but for the RSPCA, our teams will be working day in, day out, as usual, rescuing, caring and rehabilitating those animals who need us the most.

“Last year, we rescued thousands of animals over the winter months and we fear that due to the pandemic, we could be facing our toughest Christmas yet as we are braced for a rise in abandoned and neglected animals needing our help.”


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The charity’s officers are out on the frontline 365 days a year, including Christmas Day.

Dermot said: “It’s been a tough year for everyone, including charities, so now more than ever we need your help to continue our vital work saving animals and giving them a voice.

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“Our frontline teams are out throughout the winter but they cannot do this alone, which is why the RSPCA has launched its Join the Christmas Rescue campaign to show how we can all help animals.

“From our animal rescuers, hospital and centre staff, and our volunteers to every supporter who picks up the phone to call us when an animal is in need, or donates to help us continue our work - every one of us is vital to make sure we can rescue the animals who need us the most.”

This year the RSPCA is asking supporters to Join the Christmas Rescue by donating to help rescue teams reach the thousands of animals who desperately need them.

Donating just £25 could help keep our Animal Rescue Teams on the road and £50 could help feed all the rescued animals in one of our centres for a day.

To help our rescue teams reach the thousands of animals who desperately need us, visit www.rspca.org.uk/xmas and Join the Christmas Rescue #JoinTheRescue

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