Who are the RSPCA, and why are they so important?

The RSPCA stands for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and they have been established since 1824. The RSPCA is a registered charity in England and Wales.

It is their vision to live in a world where all the animals are treated and respected with compassion.

With the help of their members and supporters, they take active steps to achieve their mission. From rescuing a stranded deer to changing the law, they've already achieved so much and come so far.

Key information

On average, every minute someone dials 0300 1234 999 - the RSPCA's 24-hour cruelty telephone helpline. In 2016, they received over 1 million phone calls.

They have approximately 340 RSPCA Inspectors, 50 Animal Welfare Officers (AWOs) and 88 Animal Collection Officers (ACOs) working to prevent cruelty and promote kindness to animals.

Their inspectors now investigate more than 149,000 complaints of cruelty and neglect every year.

They have a network of 162 RSPCA branches, and they work with many animal welfare organisations abroad through their international team.

In 2007, the Animal Welfare Act became law in England, shortly after it was implemented in Wales. Described as the single most important piece of animal welfare legislation for nearly one hundred years, the Act places a legal obligation on owners and keepers of animals to care for them properly.

The RSPCA has four animal hospitals and five clinics treating pets in need of preventative medicine or welfare treatments belonging to members of the public who can’t afford private veterinary fees.

Their 17-regional animal centres help people adopt pets and re-home more animals than any other animal/pet care organisation. They have four specialist RSPCA wildlife centres in England.

The RSPCA also works to improve the lives of millions of farm, laboratory and wild animals.

As you can see, the RSPCA does wonderful work to improve the lives of thousands of animals every year. Please donate whenever and wherever possible to this tremendously important organisation.

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