Our inspectors and welfare officers have helped save the lives of thousands of animals this year. In March alone we took almost 100,000 calls from the public asking for help.

It has been a particularly busy year for us and our national call centre has received 26,000 more calls in the first five months of the year, compared to 2013.

With rescues ranging from the daring and dramatic to the weird and wonderful every day is different for our inspectors and animal welfare officers.

More than a million calls

Goat being held after rescue (c) RSPCA

Dermot Murphy, from our inspectorate, said:

“Every year we receive more than a million calls reporting animals in need. Pets, wildlife and farm animals can all find themselves in need of a little assistance from time to time and when they do, we’re here to help.


“We can get called out to all sorts of incidents, from the ordinary to the extraordinary – like the rabbit stuck up a chimney. As a charity, our officers will do everything in their power to rescue the animals most in need and offer them safety and treatment until they can be returned to their owners, rehomed or re-released.”

Incredible rescues in 2014 include:

  • The first few weeks of 2014 saw our inspectors and wildlife staff battling to save the lives of over 100 orphaned seal pups washed as a result of tidal surges along the Norfolk coast. The seals were nursed back to health at RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre in Norfolk and have since been re-released.
  • Pony rescue (c) RSPCAWe ‘hopped to it’ to save a wild rabbit left stranded by floodwater in the shadow of Windsor Castle in January.
  • In February a beaver was found trapped under a car while sheltering from bad weather in Cliffsend, near Ramsgate, Kent.
  • In March a Welsh Mountain pony saved from the base of a cliff in Carmarthenshire thanks to the combined efforts us, Coastguard and Fire and Rescue Service.
  • In March we rescued a cat that had taken a nap on a warm coach fuel tank and ended up hitching a 100 mile four hour ride from Westward Ho! in Devon to Bristol.
  • In April we rescued two deer stuck to each other when their antlers got caught in barbed wire in Potten End, Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire.
  • In May, a mother goat and her kids were rescued from a perilous ledge in Wales.

Long history of rescuing animals

We have a long history of rescuing animals in England and Wales and across the world. For example, during World War Two, we rescued 256,000 animals during bombing and shelling raids.

In recent years, we have been heavily involved in international animal rescues such as in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquakes in 2010.  We also have been the leading animal charity rescuing animals in the severe weather closer to home – such as during the Cockermouth floods of 2009.

Find out more about our rescue work.

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