The RSPCA has released the latest rescue figures for flood-stricken Britain – with almost 400 animals saved since February 10.
Not only has the charity been helping people and pets, but unusual rescues include saving 40 fish and – in a separate incident – 30 chickens from the flood waters.
The flood rescue team has helped 586 animals affected by floods since January, with 386 of those in the past three days alone.
“The water rescue teams on the ground are doing an amazing job with limited resources,” said RSPCA flood rescue coordinator Jason Finch.
“We will continue to do everything we can to help animals, and humans, during this difficult time and are so grateful for all the support our workers have received from the public.”
Other rescues include:
- Five cats rescued from a property and returned to an owner who was evacuated
- Two cats removed from a property and boarded for the owner
- Two cats and two people rescued from a house and taken to safety
- Three chinchillas rescued from a flooded garage and taken to animal centre
- One elderly gentleman found walking in floodwater and returned to safety
- Fifteen chickens rescued from a scrap yard and boarded by a volunteer
- Three stray cats – one swimming in flood water; one rescued from a tree and another found shaking on a doorstep.
The RSPCA is also appealing for help in finding temporary homes for horses affected by the weather in the Hereford area.
Anyone who thinks they may be able to help should contact the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018.