The RSPCA has answered almost 1 million calls since the start of lockdown a year ago, and officers across the South East have dealt with 25,757 incidents – including over 400 here on the Isle of Wight.
The charity has had to adapt the way it works to comply with lockdown rules and social distancing but has continued to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome animals during the pandemic.
Since 23rd March 2020, the charity has received 958,352 calls to the hotline, dealt with 253,714 urgent incidents and took 23,228 animals into care at national centres, hospitals and private boarding partners.
The charity’s inspectors and animal rescue officers were designated key workers and continued to respond to emergencies and urgent calls, as well as rescuing animals in need. On the Isle of Wight, a total of 424 incidents were responded to with Hampshire seeing a further 3,613.
One such incident is the rescue of a cat stuck high upon a telegraph pole. The RSPCA worked alongside the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service to safely rescued the animal, as previously reported by Island Echo.
Chief executive Chris Sherwood said:
“The last year has been incredibly difficult for individuals, for families, for businesses, for charities and for animals. But I’m incredibly proud of the work the RSPCA has managed to do during this challenging year.
“We’ve had to adapt how we work, change our procedures, review our practices, and all while we continue our vital everyday work rescuing, rehabilitating, rehoming and releasing animals, and investigating animal cruelty.
“Over the past 12 months we’ve demonstrated our commitment to animals and shown that, despite the hardships we face, we will always be there for the animals who need us. But the pandemic has hit us hard; we’ve had to change how we work, suspend door-to-door fundraising and cancel fundraising events.
“The charity sector has been hit hard by the pandemic so we’re asking the public to get behind us, to donate, and to help us continue our vital work; together we can make this a better world for animals.”
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