We're launching our festive appeal following busiest Christmas day in 5 years

Our festive Stock the Sleigh appeal is back to help thousands of abused, neglected, and abandoned animals this Christmas.

The kind people at Christmas are invited to Stock the Sleigh to help needy animals this winter after last year's Christmas Day was our busiest in five years.

On 25 December 2018, our helpline received 934 calls - the highest number for five years and almost a third more than in 2017.

Last year we took more than 5,000 animals into our care in December

Stock the sleigh for the RSPCA

This year, we're asking people to Stock the Sleigh so we can help all the animals in our care over the Christmas period.

Last December, more than 61,000 calls came through to our cruelty line, up by more than 5,000 the previous year. We also took more than 5,000 animals into our care and helped many more.

In that time, Inspectors looked into more than 2,000 complaints of abandonment and more than 5,000 complaints of neglect.

Our dedicated team will be hard at work on Christmas Day

Whilst most people tuck into their Christmas dinners, our dedicated inspectors will be working 24 hours a day rescuing animals - from pets to wildlife - and bringing them to safety. Some animals can spend weeks, months and sometimes years in our care receiving the treatment and rehabilitation they need.

Dermot Murphy, Chief Inspectorate Officer, said:

Our cruelty line received more than 900 calls on Christmas Day last year and our rescue officers are always out working through the festive period to help animals in need. 

Hospital staff will be working to provide veterinary care for injured and sick animals and our animal centre staff will be making sure the hundreds of pets and wild animals in our care over Christmas are well looked after.

Rescue work doesn't stop just because it's Christmas. We know that animals need our help all-year-round and our officers are out in all weathers helping save pets from abuse and neglect, and rescuing wildlife who may be injured or in need of assistance. We're expecting to take in more than 10,000 animals this winter which means the officers, vets and animal care staff are braced for another busy festive period.

We can't do this on our own - we rely on our generous supporters to help the many animals who come into our care this Christmas in urgent need whether for veterinary care, medicine, food or a safe, comfortable and warm bed. We're asking animal lovers to Stock the Sleigh and help us to care for these animals in desperate need this winter.

Make an animal's Christmas special from as little as £7

It costs around £670,000 to run an RSPCA centre for a year. Your generous donation to Stock the Sleigh help animals in our care have a special Christmas too.

  • £7 could keep an animal warm with a soft and cosy blanket.
  • £15 could give the gift of comfort - a warm blanket, treats and toys.
  • £25 could give the gift of safety - it could help answer a phone call, provide a safe bed and food.
  • £40 could give the gift of care - providing essential veterinary care and medicines.

Stock the Sleigh today

This winter, our centres expect to take in more than 10,000 animals in need. To help us deliver vital supplies to thousands of abused, neglected and abandoned animals left out in the cold this Christmas, you can stock the sleigh today.

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