@RSPCA_Frontline held its second tweet-a-thon as part of RSPCA Week last Thursday (May 5) and increased its followers by 200 to more than 1,800 by the end of the day.

@RSPCA_Frontline held its second tweet-a-thon as part of RSPCA Week last Thursday (May 5) and increased its followers by 200 to more than 1,800 by the end of the day.
 
Inspector Tony Woodley, communications and liaison officer for the RSPCA inspectorate, tweeted more than 40 incidents between 9am and 5pm – just a fraction of the 2,160 incidents that were tasked out to the RSPCA’s inspectors, animal welfare officers and animal collection officers.
 
Twitter logoHe said: “I am amazed at the response I have received – the feedback on Twitter has been excellent and I think the tweet-a-thon has been a real insight for some into the sort of incidents that the RSPCA deals with every day.
 
“Our frontline officers were tasked with 1,667 complaints, collections and rescues by 5pm alone, with almost 500 more being received after 5pm. As usual it was tough for me to keep up – throughout the day I tweeted over 40 incidents and updates and answered questions from followers.”

Incidents tweeted by Mr Woodley throughout the day included:

  • 3 FOX CUBS. TRAPPED DOWN A 6 FOOT WELL. FELL DOWN A WEEK AGO, MOTHER HAS NOW ABANDONED THEM. NO ACCESS TO FOOD & WATER
  • SQUIRREL. TRAPPED BEHIND BASIN IN BATHROOM. CALLER HAS OPENED ALL WINDOWS BUT SQUIRREL STILL THERE.
  • SHEEP. SHIVERING, TRAPPED IN MUD. GONE DOWN A BANK, MUD IS HALF WAY UP THE SHEEPS BODY, UNABLE TO MOVE, OWNER UNKNOWN
  • DOG. OWNER BEAT DOG. HAPPENED AROUND 7AM THIS MORNING. USED HANDS AND FEET TO BEAT DOG. NO VISIBLE INJURIES TO DOG.
  • CAT. CAT BEEN TRAPPED IN THE BASEMENT FOR ABOUT 4 DAYS. OWNER UNKNOWN.
  • SNAKE? SNAKE IN BACK GARDEN. WILL TRY AND PLACE RECYCLE BIN OVER IT.

 
Mr Woodley said: “Some found the updates upsetting and some were inspired, with requests coming in to volunteer for the RSPCA, something which is vital, not only during RSPCA Week but all year round, especially for our network of branches which rely on local support.”
 
Some of the comments from followers were:

  • Tweets from @RSPCA_Frontline re animals in distress.  Thank God in England people care.  In Toronto there is no such service.
  • @RSPCA_Frontline You are doing an amazing job!!  Hope you can get more people involved x
  • Thanks to @RSPCA_Frontline for all the incidents/update tweets. Big thanks to all at the RSPCA for all your hard work 24/7 in all weathers.

 
RSPCA_FrontlineTony Woodley tweets a small selection of RSPCA incidents daily, follow the action now at www.twitter.com/RSPCA_Frontline. Details of incidents tweeted are edited so no one is identified and will not include a location.

To report animal suffering or cruelty to the RSPCA, please call 0300 1234 999. Please DO NOT send a message via Twitter. To find out how to support your local independent RSPCA branch during RSPCA Week and all year round, please visit www.rspcaweek.org.uk or www.rspca.org.uk

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