Jon Fitzmaurice, Methyr clinic - kittenAn RSPCA veterinary clinic is running “desperately low” of blankets and other bedding, and has asked supporters to donate unwanted items to help animals in its care.

RSPCA Merthyr Tydfil Clinic – at The Willows in Abercanaid – provides veterinary care for sick or injured animals rescued by RSPCA officers; and offers low-cost support for pets of people on benefits in the local community.

The centre provides care for more than 5,000 animals every year, including treatment for sick and injured pets, health-checks, neutering, microchipping, vaccinations, flea treatment, worming and other care.

However, resources are often a challenge – and the clinic are hoping that the local community will donate any unwanted blankets, and other bedding, as there is currently a shortage.

Keira Thomas, clinic manager, said: “We’re desperately low of blankets and other bedding for animals in our care, particularly larger items for dogs.

“As a charity, the RSPCA relies on kind donations from our supporters – and we’d be so grateful if anyone able to donate unwanted bedding could help us our here at the clinic.

“However, we’d ask if donations of duvets or pillows can be avoided, due to hygiene reasons given the challenges washing these items.

“We’re open Monday to Friday between 8.45am and 4.30pm, and any donations can be dropped off at reception. We’d be so grateful to the local community for any support they can give us with this plea.”

Animals cared for at the centre include – just this week – a tan-coloured rabbit, who has been undergoing treatment after a woman was spotted trying to dump the helpless animal on a grass verge ext to the River Taff bridge on Taffs Mead Embankment.

Ms Thomas added: “This poor rabbit is just one example of the thousands of animals we provide care and treatment for each and every year, here at the RSPCA Merthyr Tydfil Clinic.

“A large number of the animals we care for come via RSPCA inspectors and officers – so have often been the subject of abandonment, cruelty or neglect. Therefore, any donations of bedding and blankets will be helping animals most in need.”