Every 29 seconds, a member of the public calls the RSPCA. While the majority of these calls are of a serious nature, occasionally they range from the weird and wonderful to the downright wacky.
Every 29 seconds, a member of the public calls the RSPCA for advice on animal welfare or to report an incident of cruelty. While the majority of these calls are of a serious nature, occasionally they range from the weird and wonderful to the downright wacky.
This year, the RSPCA national call centre has taken more than one million calls and below, in no particular order, are the charity’s top 10 funny phone calls received over the last 12 months:
- A member of the public called the RSPCA to report a slow moving tortoise on the hard shoulder of a motorway. After calling on the Highways Agency for assistance, they tracked down a deflated football.
- Someone reported that a seagull was looking sad because it was sitting in the rain.
- A caller asked if the charity could remove the spider from her bathroom sink.
- An inspector attended a call that a bat had been on a bedroom ceiling for a number of days. It turned out to be a damp patch.
- A lady called the emergency telephone number to reserve a chair she saw in an RSPCA charity shop window.
- Another woman asked if the charity could collect her RSPCA catalogue from her friends house as she had borrowed it a long time ago and not returned it.
- A lady contacted the RSPCA to say that the farm next door smelt and wondered if there was anything they could do about it.
- A cat-lover wanted advice on why his furry feline did not purr.
- A hotel located next to a duck pond was receiving complaints from guests because their neighbours could be heard quacking.
- A man requested help to remove the ladybirds that were climbing up a wall at his house.
Although you can’t help but chuckle at these stories, the RSPCA would like to remind members of the public that the 24-hour advice and cruelty line is for reporting serious cases or emergencies concerning animal welfare. Many requests are for animals to be rescued or to report animals involved in accidents.
The cruelty and advice line operates in a very similar way to the 999 emergency services number and non-urgent calls could prevent the charity from dealing with a serious incident. People with general enquiries about the RSPCA should call the charity’s non-emergency enquiries line on 0300 123 4555.
To hear more about these comedy calls, check out this month’s RSPCA wildlife podcast.