null Our rescuers are dealing with 660 incidents a DAY since start of lockdown

Our rescuers are dealing with 660 incidents a DAY since start of lockdown

We've released these figures as part of our emergency appeal, launched to keep our rescue teams out on the road during the Coronavirus crisis, continuing to rescue animals most in need.

Our animal rescuers have been designated key workers by the Government but vital funding is needed to help our frontline staff continue our crucial work across England and Wales.

Our team of rescuers have recorded vlogs to show what it's like working on the frontline, in our animal hospitals and in animal centres during lockdown. 

Since the Government announced the lockdown on Monday 23 March

  • Our animal rescuers have dealt with 21,137 incidents of animal cruelty and suffering animals which need help.
  • We've received more than 66,000 calls from members of the public.
  • There are 4,200 animals in our care.
  • We've rescued more than 1,274 abandoned animals in need.

Among the animals rescued since the start of the lockdown is lurcher, Harvey who was abandoned in a garden in Norfolk. Our inspector spent two hours trying to get the frightened dog to trust her enough to allow her to put him on a lead.

Harvey has now been taken in by our centre and is one of 4,200 animals we continue to care for during lockdown.

Dermot Murphy, our Chief Inspectorate Officer, said:

Despite the lockdown, there are still thousands of animals which need our help. As designated key workers, our frontline rescuers are still out and about rescuing animals in urgent need of care. The Coronavirus crisis hasn't put a stop to animal suffering and these figures show there are still many animals out there that need rescuing.

Our rescuers have dealt with over 21,000 incidents in the last three weeks, an average of 660 a day and there are many more animals who need our help. However, our resources are under huge strain and vital funding is needed to keep our rescue teams out on the road.
We know that this is a difficult time for everyone but we must still be here for animals who are suffering and so we're appealing for animal lovers to give whatever they can to help us.

As well as operating an emergency service, rescuing animals in need, our officers have also been collecting animals from the homes of people who have been admitted to hospital with Covid-19, who may not have anyone else to care for them while their owners are being treated.
Our animal hospital teams are carrying out lifesaving operations and giving emergency treatment to animals most in need.

Among the animals which have been rescued by our dedicated team since lockdown started are:

Get your emergency pet care plan

We're also urging pet-owners to make an emergency pet-care plan should they be admitted to hospital with Coronavirus, including placing a poster in the window informing people that there are pets inside.

How you can help

To help our animal rescuers to keep rescuing animals like these and keep our animal hospitals and centres running for emergency treatment and round the clock care through these unprecedented times, please consider donating whatever you can spare.

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