Felix iThe RSPCA’s Merthyr Tydfil Clinic continues to help animals in emergency situations amid the coronavirus outbreak – dealing with more than 400 cases since lockdown started.  

New figures have been released by RSPCA Cymru as part of its emergency appeal, launched to keep its frontline rescue teams working during the Covid-19 crisis.

Across England and Wales, the charity’s five animal hospitals and clinics have been providing emergency care to thousands of animals rescued by frontline officers during the crisis; treating 5,495 emergency cases since the lockdown got underway, up to and including May 11.

Staff at the Merthyr Tydfil Clinic – at Abercanaid – have dealt with 429 emergency visits, 237 of which were for dogs, 170 for cats, 16 for rabbits and six for other animals. They have also carried out 60 procedures – including operations and vaccinations.

The RSPCA is asking the public to help donate to the effort of its frontline staff during the coronavirus outbreak; providing a lifeline to the nation’s animals in this time of crisis.

Dr Caroline Allen, chief vet at the RSPCA, said: “Our hospitals teams have been working incredibly hard around the clock to help animals who need emergency care.

“They’ve had to change the way they work in order to keep themselves and the public safe but they’ve done such an amazing job to make sure we can still be there for animals most in need throughout this crisis.”

RSPCA clinics and hospitals are not operating as normal and instead are focusing work on those animals most in need of urgent care – including those rescued from cruelty, neglect and suffering by frontline RSPCA officers.

Animals who have been treated by the Merthyr Clinic in recent weeks include black and white cat Felix, has recently been reserved by new owners from the charity’s Newport Animal Centre.

RSPCA Cymru was alerted after Felix was found with a serious leg injury in Neath. X-rays revealed he had been shot with a pellet gun, and sadly the leg had to be amputated – with staff at the Merthyr Clinic operating and providing vital care for the cat.

Felix – thanks in part to the role of the Clinic – is now set for a new home, as one of the many animals to find loving owners via RSPCA animal centres.

Dr Allen added: “This crisis time has been hard for our hospital teams who have been working in very difficult circumstances. They’ve had to move to an emergency-only service, and put special procedures in place.

“This has been a really stressful time for our hospital workers – they have families, concerns and lives of their own to cope with during this crisis, so the work they’ve done is absolutely incredible during lockdown.

“I’m extremely grateful to them and also to the public who have been supporting them by clapping for them on Thursdays and sending them messages of support.”

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