We're still rescuing and rehoming
We're reassuring animal lovers that we're continuing to rescue and rehome animals despite the coronavirus outbreak.
We have a team of frontline officers, 17 animal centres, four wildlife centres and four animal hospitals across England and Wales, and have put contingency plans in place to cope with the weeks and months ahead.
Our chief executive, Chris Sherwood, said:
"Thanks to our amazing, dedicated and professional team of staff and volunteers, the RSPCA is still rescuing and rehoming animals in these difficult times.
"We're having to change the way we work, but please be assured we're doing everything we can to make sure that we get help to the animals most in need.
"There is a great deal of anxiety, worry and concern at the moment. Being around animals can bring great pleasure, companionship and mental health benefits, so we hope people will draw comfort from spending time with their pets and watching wildlife to help them through the weeks and months ahead."
We have frontline officers working around the clock to help animals. Our officers are regularly handwashing before and after handling animals, avoiding entering premises and asking people to bring animals to the door where appropriate and keeping their vans clean. They're sanitising their hands whenever they leave their vehicles.
24-hour rescue line
Each year we answer more than a million calls from the public concerned about animals. We would encourage those looking for advice to take a look on our website before calling as there is lots of information on there. Those calling with emergencies please be patient as, despite contingency planning, we may have fewer people available to answer calls.
Our 17 nationally run animal centres are still rehoming animals.
Our centres are restricting public access, but anyone looking to rehome an animal can make an appointment to visit if they see one they like.
Extra hygiene measures are in place to protect staff and visitors, but we would ask anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 not to visit.
Our hospital teams are still working to help sick and injured animals.
Staff will be dealing with emergencies only and on an appointment basis.
Extra hygiene measures are in place to protect staff and visitors but we ask anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 not to visit.
If you are unwell and you have an appointment please ask someone else to bring your pet.
There are restrictions on the numbers of people who can attend with each animal so please check with the hospital before attending.
Our wildlife centre teams are still working around the clock to help rehabilitate and release sick and injured wild animals.
Our centres are not open to the public for visits. If you find a sick or injured wild animal please contact our emergency line - 0300 1234 999 for advice on what to do.
We also give advice on what to do if you've found an orphaned baby animal.
Branches, centres and charity shops
There are some 160 RSPCA branches, registered charities in their own right, which are part of the RSPCA family running vital clinics, rehoming centres and charity shops.
A majority of this incredible work is carried out by volunteers, so there may be changes to local services.
Most are still operating as normal at the moment but please check their websites, social media channels or call before you visit.
"I'm really proud to work alongside such a dedicated team of animal lovers and I'm constantly inspired by their drive to help animals, even in the toughest of times.
"I would ask for people to bear with us over the coming weeks. It's great to see communities rallying around to support each other during this time and it would be good to see that community spirit extend to local RSPCA animal centres, branches and hospitals."
There are still lots of ways you can help us
- Find your local branch, centre or hospital and donate an item from their Amazon wish list.
- Sign up as a volunteer.
- Support one of our campaigns.
- Sign up for one of our exciting challenges later this year.
- Share animals details of animals looking for homes from our website on social media for us - we still need to find loving homes for them.
Many owners are concerned about caring for their pets amid the Coronavirus crisis - please read our latest advice.
To help us continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please donate online.