With RSPCA Week 2011 currently underway (May 2-8), the charity has released its annual animal welfare figures to show its supporters how they have helped it to help animals throughout 2010.

With RSPCA Week 2011 currently underway (May 2-8), the charity has released its annual animal welfare figures to show its supporters how they have helped it to help animals throughout 2010.

Winter the cat was found lodged halfway through a cat flap in Coventry with a broken leg.The headline figures released by the charity claim that the RSPCA has investigated almost 160,000 complaints of alleged cruelty in 2010 (159,686) – an increase of more than 10% when compared to 2009 (141,280).

86,354 animal owners received welfare improvement advice from the RSPCA last year, to help them improve the way they care for their pets. This was up by more than 10,000 compared to the previous year (76,199). 

However, the charity had to rescue fewer animals in 2010 as people took the charity’s advice on board and were able to keep their pets rather than having to give them up. In addition, 92% of people who received warning notices from RSPCA inspectors chose to follow them rather than risk possible prosecution.

The RSPCA West Hatch wildlife centre in Somerset had a very rare visitor last year: an extremely weak juvenile Leisler’s bat had to be rehabilitated for more than a month before he could be released.During 2010, the RSPCA:

  Investigated 159,686 complaints of alleged animal cruelty;
  Issued 86,354 animal owners with welfare improvement advice;
  Rescued and collected 130,033 animals;
  Rehomed 64,086 animals;
  Treated and helped 210,970 animals in our hospitals and clinics;
  Spent almost £4m on veterinary care;
  Microchipped 67,388 animals, helping them to stay safe;
  Admitted 16,429 wildlife casualties into its 4 wildlife centres.

Tony Woodley, communications and liaison officer for the RSPCA inspectorate, said: “It is thanks to the commitment and dedication of our officers that they managed to investigate so many complaints and rescue so many animals, especially given the treacherous weather we had in the early and latter parts of the year.

“Offering welfare advice is a crucial part of the work of the RSPCA since the Animal Welfare Act came into law in 2007. It enables our officers to actually prevent cruelty by issuing owners with advice on how to care for and treat their animals. Over 9 out of 10 owners chose to follow the advice rather than risking prosecution, which is always a last resort as far as the RSPCA is concerned.”

To find out more about the work of the RSPCA visit www.rspca.org.uk. To find out how to support your local independent RSPCA branch during RSPCA Week and all year round, and for a list of your local events, visit www.rspcaweek.org.uk

 

  • Follow @RSPCA_frontline on Twitter for a live one-day tweet-a-thon on Thursday, May 5. RSPCA inspector Tony Woodley will be tweeting updates of animal rescues and cruelty complaints received throughout the day.
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