RSPCA respond to 3,000 lockdown incidents

RSPCA respond to 3,000 lockdown incidents

by Tom Martin (August 2020)

THE RSPCA has revealed its key workers responded to more than 3,000 incidents during lockdown.

The animal welfare charity’s frontline officers, animal carers and vets have continued to rescue, treat and care for animals in need since the country went into lockdown in March.

Between March 24 and August 5, the RSPCA have dealt with 3,060 incidents in Merseyside, which is an average of 23 a day.

RSPCA animal rescuers were designated key workers by the government at the beginning of lockdown but the global pandemic has had a huge impact on the charity’s finances.

As well as operating an emergency service, rescuing animals in need, RSPCA officers have also been collecting animals from the homes of people who have been admitted to hospital with Covid-19, who may not have anyone else to care for them while their owners are being treated.

Dermot Murphy, Chief Inspectorate Officer, said: “We’ve had to quickly and drastically change the way we work during these unprecedented times, from the way we rehome animals to the PPE we wear when responding to calls. 

“But the priority for us during lockdown has been to continue to be there for those animals who need us - while also helping people who have been hit hard by the pandemic. 

“But to continue our vital work and to survive the huge impact this pandemic has had on the economy and, therefore, the charity sector, we really need your help. Please donate whatever you can spare at www.rspca.org.uk/covid.” 

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