Annual review

RSPCA Annual Review 2017 cover © RSPCA

In 2017 we continued to focus our resources on helping the most abused and neglected animals in the most difficult areas of animal welfare.

This meant dealing with a huge number of distressing cases of cruelty and neglect. But through these tragedies there are also many moments of real satisfaction and joy.

Read just some of our amazing stories from last year in our online Annual Review 2017 or download and print the PDF at the bottom of the page.

Tougher sentencing

Xray showing a dog with a nail through its head © RSPCA

After years of campaigning, thousands of emails and hundreds of animals failed by the UK's sentencing system, 2017 saw the introduction of longer prison sentences for animal abusers by the UK and Welsh Governments.

The announcement to increase the maximum prison sentence from six months to five years sends a strong message, that animal abuse will not be tolerated. Causing harm to an animal is an offence that will be taken seriously by the courts.

Puppy campaigns

Puppy trafficking © RSPCA

Last year also saw a change to the sale of puppies. After launching our campaign, Scrap the puppy trade, over 100,000 people signed our petition calling for action to be taken to tackle the unscrupulous trade in puppies.

We wanted to see an end to sales of puppies other than from the breeder or rescue organisations. And thankfully, with your help, the UK Government announced that it will introduce a new licensing scheme for anyone breeding or selling more than three litters of puppies a year, and banning the sale of puppies younger than eight weeks old.

Seal intake

Seal wrapped in a pink towel © RSPCA

2017 also saw our highest intake of seals ever. At one point we were caring for more than 140 orphaned, injured and sick seals; with our monthly mackerel bills alone topping £14,000.

It takes on average at least three months to rehabilitate and release a seal back to the wild so our ongoing costs were significant.

We wouldn't have been able to care for all these amazing mammals without your help.

A huge thank you for your support

Every animal we rescue, rehabilitate and release or rehome could only be helped because of the unwavering support of the public. Without you none of the achievements and accomplishments in 2017 would have been possible.

Thank you.

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