Manx Shearwater - cover starRSPCA Cymru officers rescued almost 23 animals each and every day in 2017, as new figures – for RSPCA Week – highlight the breadth of the charity’s frontline work.

The new data, launched today (14 June) within the RSPCA’s Annual Summary for Wales, shows the RSPCA inspectorate rescued 8,220 animals – including pets, farm animals and wildlife – throughout 2017.

More rescues were completed by the RSPCA over the year than in both 2016 and 2015, with the figure marking a 7.6% increase on the previous calendar year. RSPCA say the new data demonstrates the “invaluable, tireless and never-ending” nature of the emergency work delivered by the inspectorate 24 hours-per-day.

Rescues completed by the charity include 4,919 wild animals. That figure incorporates hundreds of Manx shearwater rescued in West Wales following stormy weather conditions; with one of the saved seabirds featured as the cover star for this year’s Annual Summary.

The nature of frontline work to support animals was again exceptionally diverse – with other featured rescues including the breaking up of a three-tonne boulder to save a seal in Port Talbot, and a kitten rescued after becoming wedged between two Neath walls.

Data also – once again – shows the emphasis placed by RSPCA Cymru on utilising non-statutory welfare and improvement notices to prevent animal suffering, and improve standards, across the country. These offer advice to people on observing good practice in caring for an animal – with their prevalence in 2017 – with 6,678 issued in Wales – highlighting that for the RSPCA, “prevention and education is always the priority”.

The Annual Summary shines a spotlight on the wide-ranging work of the RSPCA in Wales – including the investigation of animal cruelty complaints, rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals, educating children and adults, hosting events, working with the media and campaigning for change.

Key findings and statistics contained within the Annual Summary outline that, for 2017, RSPCA Cymru:

  • Rescued and collected 8,220 animals

  • Investigated 10,176 complaints of cruelty

  • Implemented 6,678 welfare and improvement notices, to prevent animal suffering

  • Rehomed over 2,100 animals*

  • Neutered 7,745 cats via the All-Wales Scheme**

  • Delivered teacher training with the potential to reach 42,000 children

  • Obtained an estimated 747 media mentions for animal welfare work

  • Garnered over 36,000 supporter actions for animal welfare campaigns

Martyn Hubbard, RSPCA Cymru superintendent, said: “2017 marked an exceptionally busy year for the RSPCA in Wales.

“As we celebrate the charity’s 194th birthday this RSPCA Week, we can reflect on, over the last twelve months, the rescue of 8,220 animals, the issuance of 6,678 welfare and improvement notices, the rehoming of over 2,100 animals, and so, so much more.

“The work of the RSPCA’s inspectorate is invaluable, tireless and never-ending – reflected by the fact that, across Wales, we rescued on average 23 animals every single day – despite having only a small band of officers to call upon.

“Again, welfare and improvement notices have proven central to the inspectorate’s work – dwarfing the number of prosecutions we take; emphasising how prevention and education is always the priority for the RSPCA.

“But the RSPCA’s animal welfare work covers so many different areas, and is so diverse – from the frontline, to campaign events, the classroom, our television screens, radios, and elsewhere.

“The RSPCA is proud to be at the forefront for animals. RSPCA Week is a great time to highlight this work, and celebrate what our inspectorate, animal centres, external relations staff, independent branches and others do – along with the public – to help animals in need, and deliver a caring Wales where all animals are respected and treated with compassion.”

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