More than 12,000 animals rehomed by the RSPCA in Essex last decade

Lifestyle / Fri 12th Jan 2024 at 08:33am

The achievement is revealed as the RSPCA celebrates its 200th year anniversary 

THE RSPCA has revealed that it has found loving new homes for more than 12,000 animals in a decade in Essex, with the remarkable rehoming feat revealed to mark its 200th birthday in 2024.

The charity has come a long way since 1824 – when founding members of the charity met in a coffee shop in London determined to change animals’ lives, creating the then SPCA and sparking an animal welfare movement that spread around the world.

Now – as the RSPCA enters its landmark 200th anniversary year – the charity wants to inspire a one million strong movement for animals, as the charity aims to “create a better world for every animal”.

Today Essex is served by a team of RSPCA rescuers who save animals and investigate cruelty while also offering welfare advice and help to pet owners in need. 

The county is also home to  the RSPCA Danaher Animal Home  which is an independent trust and  four independent RSPCA branches: RSPCA Essex Mid and North Branch, RSPCA Essex South West Branch, RSPCA Essex South, Southend & District Branch,  RSPCA Stort Valley Branch,-  who rehabilitate and rehome rescued animals and help animals most in need in the area. These separately registered charities raise money locally to support the animal welfare work they do.

Many animals  will have endured horrendous suffering but with the care of dedicated staff and volunteers they will be helped to recover before they are found loving homes.

The latest available figures show that in the ten years up until the end of 2022 they have found new homes for a staggering 12,452 animals. 

Additionally they have helped pet owners in the county by providing: 

  • 14,681 neuters (to stop unwanted pregnancies and promote responsible ownership) 
  • 12,777  microchips – to help reunited lost pets with their owners

Nationally the charity has rehomed 405,839 pets in need of a new home since 2012 thanks to its network of 140 branches and animal centres across England and Wales – which equates to 111 animals every day.

Also during that time 615,000 animals have been patients at the charity’s hospitals for anything from life-saving operations to welfare treatments and a staggering 1.7 million vet treatments have been carried out.

Throughout their history local RSPCA teams have helped thousands more animals in the county and are determined to carry on their amazing work as the RSPCA marks a new chapter – at a time when animals are facing bigger challenges than ever with the cost–of-living crisis.

Animal neglect and abandonment is sadly at a three-year high. In 2023, the RSPCA received 72,050 reports about animal abandonment and neglect – higher than in 2022, 2021 and 2020.

Dermot Murphy, RSPCA inspectorate commissioner (pictured with a rescued cat), said: 

“We have even more animals in need of help coming into our care – but at the same time rehoming has been declining sharply, meaning thousands fewer rescue pets are being adopted and our branches and centres are full to bursting.

“We are also faced with increased bills and less donations due to the cost of living crisis which is one of the biggest challenges facing animal welfare right now – and this economic hardship is continuing into our 200th anniversary year.

“But we are determined to rise to the challenge and help animals and pet owners who need us more than ever. That’s why we’re currently asking supporters to Join the Winter Rescue by donating to help our rescue teams reach the thousands of animals who desperately need them.

“Animals are now facing bigger challenges than ever as a result of factory farming, climate change, war and a cost of living crisis. In our 200th year we want to inspire one million people to join our movement to improve animals’ lives.

“We’ve been changing industries, laws, minds, and animals’ lives for 200 years. Together, there are actions, big and small, we can take to create a better world for every animal.”

To find out how you can join our million-strong movement for animals visit www.rspca.org.uk/200 

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3 Comments for More than 12,000 animals rehomed by the RSPCA in Essex last decade:

2024-01-12 14:15:32

Animal cruely is absolutely everywhere and the world has not got any better for animals in my opinion. I see the horrific cruelty to animals and their suffering every day and nothing will ever change while rescues tip toe around abusers.vigilantes in every town is what is needed and animal abusers named and shamed and their faces plastered everywhere for us all to see who they are.

2024-01-12 19:02:21

To many people using the cost of living crisis as an excuse and its lies. Humans are disgusting.

Kim Oconnor
2024-01-13 12:16:10

This goes right back to lock down. Oh let's get a dog, we can go out with a dog, we can exercise with a dog, it will get me out... No foresight into when they go back to work... No foresight into the cost of dogs when need to go to vet, no foresight into costs of feeding, this list goes on.... If you are a true dog lover, you make sure you have the time, you make sure, the money is secure if you have to have vet visits.. you go with out, not the dogs... Lots of people did not see the foresight of having dogs, who's going to have your dog when you go on holiday, if theses people were true dog lovers, they would take the dog with them. Dogs are not for when it suits you, there a life long companion, you have to have time for them. True animals lovers do not just abandone there dogs , they will tell you , over my dead body.

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