Christmas Day 2018 was the busiest in the past five years, RSPCA reveals. On 25 December 2018, the charity received 934 calls to its cruelty line – the highest number for five years and almost a third more than in 2017. Throughout December, there were more than 61,000 calls coming through to the cruelty line – up by more than 5,000 the previous year.

The charity took more than 5,000 animals into its care last December, while Inspectors looked into more than 2,000 complaints of abandonment, and over than 5,000 complaints of neglect. Their work will continue throughout the festive period this year as well; this winter, the RSPCA expects to take in more than 10,000 animals in need.

Dermot Murphy, Chief Inspectorate Officer, said, “Our cruelty line received more than 900 calls on Christmas Day last year and our rescue officers are always out working through the festive period to help animals in need. Hospital staff will be working to provide veterinary care for injured and sick animals and our animal centre staff will be making sure the hundreds of pets and wild animals in our care over Christmas are well looked after.

“Rescue work doesn’t stop just because it’s Christmas. We know that animals need our help all-year round and our officers are out in all weathers helping save pets from abuse and neglect, and rescuing wildlife who may be injured or in need of assistance. We are expecting to take in more than 10,000 animals this winter which means the officers, vets and animal care staff are braced for another busy festive period.

“We can’t do this on our own – we rely on our generous supporters to help the many animals who come into our care this Christmas in urgent need whether it is for veterinary care, medicine, food or a safe, comfortable and warm bed. We are asking animal lovers to Stock the Sleigh for the RSPCA and help us to care for these animals in desperate need this winter.” 

This year, the RSPCA is asking people to Stock the Sleigh for the RSPCA to help all the animals the charity cares for over the Christmas period. You can choose the gift you want to make, fill the sleigh, and watch it take off. 

  • £7 could keep an animal warm with a soft and cosy blanket
  • £15 could give the gift of comfort – a warm blanket, treats and toys
  • £25 could give the gift of safety – it could help answer a phone call, provide a safe bed and food
  • £40 could give the gift of care – providing essential veterinary care and medicines

You can also support the charity by buying Christmas merchandise – giving money and possibly sorting out a loved one’s Christmas present in one go.

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