RSPCA launches appeal as Staffordshire figure shows busiest time of year

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The RSPCA’s 24-hour emergency hotline received 55,821 calls across the UK in December last year – almost 1,000 from Staffordshire alone.

December 11 was the busiest day with 2,640 calls answered.

As the charity’s staff prepare for an influx of calls at Christmas, the charity is appealing to the public to help cover some of the costs it faces over this period.

Staffordshire received 902 calls in December 2017 and 2,769 across winter 2017 – the 19th highest county for calls in England.

RSPCA chief executive Chris Sherwood said: “The RSPCA is a charity but we work 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to ensure that there is always someone available to help an animal in need.

“This Christmas is no different and we’re expecting thousands of members of public to contact our emergency hotline over the holidays asking for help.

“That’s why we’ve launched our Kindness At Christmas fundraising appeal to help cover some of the costs we’ll face.”

A donation of £12 could help buy the gift of comfort for a needy animal, providing a warm blanket, tasty treats and a toy or £24 could give the gift of safety, helping us answer and respond to a call and provide a safe bed.

A donation of just £3.80 helps us answer a call for help while £15 helps keep an inspector on the road for a day.

The RSPCA will remain open over Christmas with call handlers, inspectors, animal centre workers and veterinary staff giving up their family time to help look after the animals and respond to calls for help.

Over the Christmas period last year, the charity dealt with thousands of reports of animal cruelty:

Christmas Eve – 1,220 calls answered
Christmas Day – 726 calls answered
Boxing Day – 1,268 calls answered
New Year’s Eve – 1,306 calls answered
To donate, head to www.rspca.org.uk/giftofkindness

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