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150,000 animals rescued
RSPCA releases rescue figures for 2007

FOR THE second year running - and for a variety of different reasons - the world’s largest animal welfare charity rescued nearly 150 thousand wild, exotic, farm and domestic animals from dangerous and distressing situations.

The rescue figures include a 23 per cent increase in the number of animals abandoned by their owners - from 5,959 in 2006 to 7,347 in 2007. Almost half of these were cats, although dogs figure very highly in the figures too.

And the worrying trend could be continuing. Just four months into 2008 the Society has already rescued 2,621 abandoned animals.

Equally concerning are some of the bizarre reasons given to the RSPCA by owners no longer wanting their pets, for example: ‘My dog hurts my legs when she wags her tail’ and ‘my cat doesn’t match my new carpet.’

The RSPCA works around the clock to rescue thousands of animals every year from a wide range of distressing situations. The 2007 rescue figures also show a 20 per cent hike in the number of dogs rescued.

This news comes at the start of RSPCA Week (28 April - 4 May) - the Society’s largest annual fundraising and awareness raising push.

Commenting on the figures Tim Wass, chief officer of the RSPCA inspectorate, said: ‘From birds injured by oil spills to stranded cattle, and cats in road traffic accidents to dogs simply abandoned by their owners, the RSPCA was on hand last year to help all types of animals whatever the emergency. Last summer we deployed the biggest number of RSPCA staff for a generation to the rescue of farm animals, horses and other much-loved pets from the severe floods that swept the country. Sadly we also noticed a rise in the number of animals callously abandoned. It is an offence to abandon any animal and there is never any excuse for doing so. If people have pets they cannot care for, for any reason, then help and advice is always available from the RSPCA’.