The fact that the RSPCA does good work is one of those things that we all take as read. What I hadn’t realised is that the RSPCA receives an emergency call every 30 seconds. That equates to more than 1.25 million phone calls a year. I had just known that they were there, like another emergency service. One that I hadn’t needed but I one that I knew I could call on if I needed to.
Every day the RSPCA responds to around 1,000 incidents rescuing, caring for and re-homing animals that have been trapped, abandoned or hurt. And that goes on irrespective of whether it is 2pm or 2am.
Whilst I was aware of their good work, I wasn’t aware of the sheer scale and scope of it.
Nor had I really taken on board that it is entirely funded by voluntary donations.
Today the RSPCA is holding a 24 hour tweetaphon to raise awareness of the relentless work its Frontline team to do to help animals around the clock.
RSPCA Inspector Tony Woodley has set up the twitter account RSPCA_frontline which follow him as he goes out on call. What it shows is that RSPCA staff can be called out to help an animal at any time of the day or night*. And in many cases they find more than they expect. They have to react quickly, not only to the call out but in dealing with a situation which may go far beyond what the initial call suggested. They are called into situations which are sometimes dangerous and to help animals who may be scared of humans. Often understandably scared of humans.
Their work doesn’t stop there. Once an animal has been rescued and treated the RSPCA staff work to coach the animal back to their prime. Many rescued animals are nervous around people but the RSPCA team work with patience and care until the animal reaches a point where they have gained their trust and confidence. Once the animal is read they are put out for rehoming and the staff work to match the animal with a new forever home where they will be loved and cared for.
The RSPCA exists only because of charitable donations. Without these its staff will be unable to carry on helping the animals that need them.
Please consider following their twitter stream to see the range of work that they do and consider donating to support their work. You can also read more about the wide range of work that they do on their website.
* if you click on the image you can see a sample of the twitter stream and the range of callouts