18.08.14RSPCA workers with horses during a flood

This September 24 and 25 we will have a stand at the Emergency Services Show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham to promote our flood response team’s hard work.

Early this year the country was battered with storms and widespread flooding but it wasn’t just people who suffered, animals were put in danger too!

We rescued over 2,000 animals from flooding and our emergency hotline team answered 7,476 calls to animals affected by floods in the first quarter of the year. That’s almost four times as many as the same period in 2013.

Our inspectors worked hard advising owners on keeping their animals safe and moving them to safety. Our water rescue team worked around the clock in all weather to rescue 2,010 animals from flooded fields and homes.

Rescues included:

  • saving a tank of 40 fish from a flooded home
  • 30 chickens from flood water
  • stranded rabbits trapped in a sports pavilion in a royal park
  • three chinchillas from a waterlogged garage
  • cats found swimming through water
  • dozens of horses and cattle from flooded fields

In Wraysbury, Berkshire, we delivered medication and food parcels to pensioners and worked with fire and rescue teams to check flooded homes for stranded animals.

Help rescue animals and deliver vital supplies like food and water

Our crews were also personally thanked for their efforts by Prime Minister David Cameron and opposition leader David Miliband. 

Superintendent Tim Minty, responsible for technical and specialism at the RSPCA said:Some of the RSPCA flood rescue team

“We seem to be getting more and more calls to help animals affected by flooding. These are in addition to our more day to day water rescues such as helping injured swans on lakes or reaching dogs stuck on islands.


“I’m very proud of the RSPCA’s response to the recent flooding across England and Wales. We are looking forward to attending the Emergency Services Show so we can talk to other agencies about our capabilities and how we can support them.


“Our water rescue teams, rope rescue teams and boat crews work very closely with the police force, fire service, mountain rescue, coastguards, RNLI and the military.”

This year we became part of Defra’s National Flood Response Team after a government grant funded water rescue training and equipment.

Tim added:

The RSPCA has invested heavily in rescue equipment and staff training and are proud to be part of Defra’s flood response team, it’s confirmation that we do a professional job in extreme circumstances.”

We currently have 78 trained officers in our water rescue team and aim to have 100 by the end of the year.

We also have a fleet of 35 boats to help rescue animals and deliver vital supplies like food and water to stranded herds of horses and cattle.

We can’t do it without you!

We can only carry out rescues like this with your help. Please donate online today or text HELP to 78866 to give £3 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).