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.
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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