An animal welfare charity has launched an emergency appeal to allow its rescue teams to continue to help animals in Staffordshire during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nationwide the RSPCA say they have received around 60,000 calls to their animal cruelty line since the coronavirus outbreak escalated in the UK in early March.
The charity said its animal rescuers are classed as key workers but the charity needs funds to keep them on the road – which the pandemic having an impact on the RSPCA’s fundraising income.
Dermot Murphy, Head of the RSPCA Rescue Teams, said: “This is a time of national crisis, and many of us are anxious about the future and our loved ones.
“This crisis has touched all areas of life and the RSPCA is no different. As we all face the biggest challenge of a generation, the RSPCA must continue to be on the frontline, rescuing and caring for the animals who need us most.
“Our rescuers, vets and nurses have been designated key workers by the Government which means we can carry on saving animals from cruelty and neglect but we rely entirely on generous public donations to fund our vital services.”
The RSPCA – whose centres are currently closed to the public due to COVID-19 – is currently caring for 3,288 animals across England and Wales.
Mr Murphy added: “We are facing immense challenges and huge pressures on strained resources, but our hugely dedicated teams are out there dealing with emergencies and our centres continue to deliver vital care to thousands of animals, with more expected in the coming weeks.
“We know that this is a difficult time for everyone but we simply cannot turn our back on animals who are suffering and we are appealing for animal lovers to give whatever they can to help us.”
In 2019 RSPCA rescuers dealt with 4,121 welfare incidents in Staffordshire and they are continuing to save animals on the frontline through these difficult times.
The RSPCA national emergency appeal is being supported by comedian Ricky Gervais.
He said: “It is really important for us all to pull together to help each other at this difficult time and someone needs to be there for animals, too. I would urge people to give whatever they can spare at this really difficult time to support the RSPCA so they can stay out on the frontline rescuing the animals who need them most.
“They are facing huge challenges through this crisis, but their amazing staff are committed to being there for animals in danger in any way they can and they can only do it with your help.”
To help the RSPCA keep rescuing animals like these and keep their animal hospitals and centres running for emergency treatment and round the clock care through these unprecedented times, you can donate here: www.rspca.org.uk/covid
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