The RSPCA announced it has launched an emergency appeal to keep our rescue teams on the frontline saving animals as the coronavirus crisis continues.
The appeal, supported by comedian Ricky Gervais, has been launched to support animal rescuers who have been designated as “key workers” by the government.
The charity said it needs “vital funding” to continue rescuing animals during the pandemic. It is currently caring for 3,288 animals.
Despite its centres being closed, the RSPCA is continuing to operate through its centres and hospitals.
However, it said it is “facing a huge financial strain”, and has “already seen the damaging effect” of this crisis on its fundraising income, as the costs of saving, treating and caring for animals continue.
Gervais said: “It is really important for us all to pull together to help each other at this difficult time and someone needs to be there for animals too.
“I would urge people to give whatever they can spare at this really difficult time to support the RSPCA so they can stay out on the frontline rescuing the animals who need them most.”
He added: “They are facing huge challenges through this crisis, but their amazing staff are committed to being there for animals in danger in any way they can and they can only do it with your help.”
Dermot Murphy, chief inspectorate officer, said: “This is a time of national crisis, and many of us are anxious about the future and our loved ones. This crisis has touched all areas of life and the RSPCA is no different.
“Our rescuers, vets and nurses have been designated key workers by the Government which means we can carry on saving animals from cruelty and neglect but we rely entirely on generous public donations to fund our vital services.”
He added: “We are facing immense challenges and huge pressures on strained resources, but our hugely dedicated teams are out there dealing with emergencies and our centres continue to deliver vital care to thousands of animals, with more expected in the coming weeks.
“We know that this is a difficult time for everyone but we must still be here for animals who are suffering and we are appealing for animal lovers to give whatever they can to help us.”