Cold weather and icy conditions across England and Wales are stretching RSPCA rescuers to the limit as the animal welfare charity is receiving, at peak times, 300% more calls than normal for this time of year.
Since the bad weather began on Sunday evening the number of calls to the RSPCA has dramatically risen and the charity’s National Control Centre has received almost 8,000 calls since Sunday.
Officers are busy working round-the-clock assisting with animal rescues such as some horses that had collapsed in the snow, a cygnet that was trapped in ice and a cat stranded on a snow-covered roof – but the bad weather is hindering their efforts and travelling between incidents is also hampered.
RSPCA superintendent Simon Osborne said: “With the bad weather hitting large sections of England and Wales we are taking a huge amount of calls from members of the public concerned about animals.
“We are very busy with animal rescues up and down the country and will get to as many of the incidents as we can – but we are only able to respond to emergencies at the moment and we must also consider the safety of our officers in severe weather conditions.
“We would ask that while the bad weather continues that members of the public call us with emergency cases – but if their report is for advice or something that is of a less urgent nature we would ask if they could get in touch with us via our website at www.rspca.org.uk/myrspca or use our Ask Us A Question facility on our website.
“The cold weather and adverse weather makes this a busy time of year for us in our wildlife centres too as that wild animals that would normally be released at this time of year have to be kept in our care until we can be confident they will be able to find food and shelter.”
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