14.02.14

We have released the latest rescue figures for flood stricken Britain – with almost 400 animals saved since Monday (10 February).

RSPCA flood rescue team © RSPCANot only have we been helping people and pets, but unusual rescues include us saving 40 fish and,  in a separate incident, 30 chickens from the flood waters.

The flood rescue team have helped 586 animals affected by floods since January, with 386 of those in the last three days alone. These incredible efforts were praised by Labour leader Ed Milliband on Wednesday, who was at the scene with one of our water rescue teams in Wraysbury.

RSPCA flood rescue co-ordinator Jason Finch, said:

“The water rescue teams on the ground are doing an amazing job with limited resources.”

 

“We will continue to do everything we can to help animals, and humans, during this difficult time and are so grateful for all the support our workers have received from the public.”

Other rescues include:

  • Five cats rescued from a property and returned to owner who was evacuated Tuesday.
  • Two cats and two people rescued from a house and taken to safety.
  • One elderly gentleman found walking in floodwater and returned to safety.
  • Fifteen chickens rescued from a scrap yard and boarded by a volunteer.

Can you help?

RSPCA flood recue member in flooded field © RSPCAWe are also appealing for help in finding temporary homes for horses affected by the weather in the Hereford area.

There is currently a group of 10 ponies in the Kingstone area of Hereford which, whilst not in a flooded field, are being affected by the wet and cold weather and whose welfare is at risk.

Their owner has been giving them supplementary food twice a day but the ponies are using all their energy fighting the elements and desperately need shelter until the weather improves.

Anyone who thinks they may be able to help should contact the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018.  It is felt that a barn would be preferable to stables as the ponies are used to living in a group.

Find out some flood advice to help keep you and your animals safe.

We can’t do it without you

To help the RSPCA carry out this vital water rescue work please donate online or text HELP to 78866 to give £3 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).