RSPCA helped more than 3.6million animals in past decade

Charity celebrates ten years of Animal Welfare Act as it shines a light on its work.

Since the Animal Welfare Act came into force ten years ago, the RSPCA has helped more than 3.6million animals*.

The charity is raising awareness about the fantastic work it does to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome animals.

Friday 16th June marked the 193rd anniversary of the animal welfare charity, which was set up in 1824 to protect animals from cruelty and neglect. In 2016, RSPCA inspectors investigated 150,000 complaints of cruelty and the charity received more than 1.15million calls to its 24-hour hotline

Last year alone, the RSPCA:

  • Rescued more than 8000 dogs, 30,000 cats, 3,000 rabbits and took more than 970 horses into its care.
  • Admitted 17,200 wild animals to wildlife centres
  • Neutered 56,640 animals
  • Microchipped 59,597 animals
  • Carried out 140,642 vet treatments

Chris Wainwright, RSPCA Director of Communications, said: “Our staff do an amazing job, whether it’s inspectors on the frontline, helping poorly animals through our clinics, fundraising, or finding homes for those animals who have often been through the most appalling neglect and abuse.

“All of this is possible thanks to the hard work of volunteers and generous donations from local people. I want to take the opportunity to thank them.


“Last year there we investigated nearly 150,000 complaints of cruelty across England and Wales which shows there is still a real need for the work we do.”


To find out more about your local RSPCA branch and how you can support it, visit


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