Treated like rubbish

Here at the RSPCA our staff and volunteers have seen an alarming increase in animals being abandoned across England and Wales.

In the last year, the RSPCA was called out to rescue more than 37,000 abandoned animals and received a call asking for help every 30 seconds.

Every year the charity sees a sharp rise in abandonments at the height of summer, because some people chose to get rid of their pets rather than pay for them to be looked after while they are on holiday.

In other cases, money may be spent on holidays and other summer ‘treats’ rather than seeking vet attention for ill or newborn animals, so they are dumped.

The shocking fact is that even in a nation of animal lovers, there are thousands of people out there who don’t care about their pets at all. In fact, some literally treat them like rubbish.

It’s bad enough when we find a box of kittens wrapped in blankets on our doorstep with a note, but now people are deliberately dumping their animals in out of the way places – like bins, skips or on waste ground – and leaving them to die.

But you can help us save innocent animals by being vigilant and alerting the RSPCA on 0300 123 4999 if you notice boxes, bins or bags that could contain abandoned animals.

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Things to look out for include movement and noises – no matter how faint. We hope together we can rescue even more animals from being treated like rubbish.

Dermot Murphy

Chief Inspector


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