Annual Review

Badger cub © RSPCA

In 2012 we came out fighting

The continuing economic situation means the pressure on us and the animals that need our help is increasing from all sides. 

That’s why we’ve used a badger picture on the front cover of our Annual Review 2012 – to symbolise our determination never to stop battling for animals. 

Read our Annual Review online or download and print the PDF on the right.

Grabbing headlines

In 2012 we’ve shown our mettle in three big headline-grabbing issues.

  • Our campaign to reverse the decision to cull England’s badgers
  • Our drive to stop the cruelty of long-distance live animal transport
  • Our successful prosecution of the Heythrop Hunt

We attracted hostility from those who want to continue abusing animals for their own gain. But we’ve also been shown an incredible amount of support.

Fearless rescues

We rescued and collected 194,695 animals in 2012.


RSPCA water rescue team with donkeys © RSPCA

These include two donkeys, pictured on the right, who were rescued from a field in York after flooding left them stranded. 15-year-old Davy and four-year-old Noah were just two of the 100 animals rescued by our officers during a particularly wet week in November.


Making a difference

Patterdale Terrier (Robbie) and single adult Shih Tzu (Harvey) © RSPCA photolibrary

Our animal centres and branches gave 55,459 animals a second chance of a new home and a new life in 2012.


One such animal was Robbie, a brave Patterdale terrier who was attacked by his cruel owner. He was left with fractures to his leg and was in real danger of losing it. Whilst in our care Robbie’s owner was prosecuted and Robbie found a new friend – a three-year-old shih-tzu named Harvie.

The two were successfully rehomed together.

Your support

The RSPCA is here to be the voice for animals and to stand up on their behalf to those who abuse them. With your continuing support, that is exactly what we are doing.

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