Armies of RSPCA staff and volunteers are preparing for a nationwide fundraising push to boost awareness of animal welfare and promote responsible pet ownership during RSPCA Week, which runs from Monday 25 April to Sunday 1 May.
All of the 177 RSPCA branches around the country will be raising more funds towards the cost of the vital work they carry out in combating cruelty and promoting kindness to animals in their local areas.
Now in its 11th year, RSPCA Week is supported by Tesco. RSPCA branches will be holding cash collections in around 300 Tesco stores throughout England and Wales, and asking shoppers to donate pet food to their local animal centres*. Further Tesco-branded four and six pint semi-skimmed milk cartons will carry a call to action asking pet owners to help the RSPCA by choosing products from the Pedigree or Whiskas Snacks and Treats range, the Butcher's or Classic range and any product from Good Boy or Good Girl - for every purchase of these products made at Tesco during RSPCA Week, 1p will be contributed to support the RSPCA National Society.
Throughout the Week the Society also aims to increase awareness of the importance of responsible pet ownership by holding discounted microchipping and neutering sessions, and the need to find homes for thousands of animals in the RSPCA's care. The Society rehomed around 70,000 animals in 2004, and this year hopes to encourage even more people who are thinking of getting a pet to consider adopting an animal from one of its rescue centres.
Jackie Ballard, RSPCA director general, said: "Each year a staggering number of pets are left abandoned, unwanted and neglected and RSPCA rescue centres are bursting with animals desperately looking for new loving homes. But rehoming is only one way you can help needy animals. By simply popping into your local supporting Tesco store during RSPCA Week and making a donation, you can help us in our mission to improve welfare and help animals."
Did you know?
The RSPCA receives no government funding. All work undertaken by the Society is funded through generous donations from members of the public
The RSPCA has 320 inspectors and 146 animal collection officers working around the country to combat animal cruelty - this equates to approximately just one inspector or animal collection officer per 110,603 people
The RSPCA has 177 branches which are all individually registered charities. There are four RSPCA animal hospitals, four RSPCA wildlife centres and 52 RSPCA animal centres around the country.
In 2004 the RSPCA treated a total of 237,000 animals.