Wednesday, 3 August 2011

RSPCA Frontline 24/7

I'm an animal lover, nothing unusual there I can hear you say. But what might surprise you is that up until 3 years ago we didn't have any pets. Not a one. It was only after years of my daughters pestering for a pet that I relented and said they could have guinea pigs, which we bought from a local animal rescue centre. I started spending a lot of time with our guinea pigs, just sitting and watching them scurry around. What?! It was relaxing and anyway, they were good listeners....

Anyway, once I realised how enjoyable it was having a pet I decided to go the whole hog (so to speak) and started thinking about getting a dog - also from a rescue centre.

Tessie, our adopted greyhound
That was 2 years ago and our gorgeous Tessie came from a greyhound rescue charity. The charity rehomes ex-racing dogs but they also regularly get greyhounds brought to them by the RSPCA who do amazing work rescuing and caring for animals. Only last week I was talking to one of the organisers who told me about a greyhound that was found wandering the streets in a terrible state. It was picked up by the RSPCA and taken to the greyhound charity who discovered she'd been used as the doggy equivalent of a brood mare (where she had been used for pups and then abandoned when she was no longer of use). She had been badly neglected and in need of some TLC and thankfully, because of the RSPCA, she is now being looked after.

Sadly, she is only one of many because last year 7,604 dogs were rescued by the RSPCA, and more dogs are rescued and treated by the RSPCA each year than any other kind of animal.

Shockingly, in 2010 the RSPCA 130,033 animals from neglect and cruelty, abandonment, disasters and accidents. That's an amazing number of animals. The RSPCA Frontline team do fantastic work every day and what's amazing - and quite humbling - is that the whole charity is funded entirely by voluntary donations. I had always assumed that it had some official Government funding, but no which, when you consider the amount of work they do, is extraordinary.

The RSPCA are hosting a 24 hour Tweetathon to raise awareness of the relentless work that the RSPCA Frontline team undertake to help animals around the clock, and I'm going to be taking part and trying to help in some small way. If you see tweets with #RSPCA247 then that's what it's about. Please join in and help raise awareness.

The RSPCA has been caring for sick, abandoned and injured animals since 1824. Today the RSPCA receives an emergency call every 30 seconds – which is more than 1.25 million phone calls a year. Every day the RSPCA responds to around 1,000 incidents a day, rescuing, caring for and re-homing animals that have been trapped, abandoned or hurt whether it’s 2pm or 2am. What’s more, the RSPCA is funded entirely by voluntary donations, so engaging the public in the work that is undertaken and gaining their support is key.

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