Last year alone, the RSPCA NSW cared for 45 871 neglected, abused and surrendered animals*. Animal abandonment, cruelty and neglect are always a problem and one which the RSPCA tirelessly fights against. The unfortunate reality of the festive season means that thousands of animals are surrended or discarded during this time of year.
Whilst the RSPCA can offer refuge, the kennels are already near capacity due to the current financial climate, where people are often unable to cover the expense of owning an animal any longer, or are moving to smaller, more affordable premises where pets are not welcome.
When you take into account the cost of food, shelter, de-sexing operations and de-worming, as well as assessments for behavioural problems and ensuring they are ready for adoption, the RSPCA will be straining to care for the extra influx expected.
There are several ways we can help. Through the Guardian Angel programme, one-off donations of $30 can house and feed a dog for a day. $50 is enough to microchip and worm a cat ready for rehoming. $100 allows the microchipping, desexing and worming of a dog ready for rehoming.
Better still, if you’re in the market for a puppy this Christmas, rather than looking in pet stores, head to your local shelter, pound or rescue organisation and save one of these lovely souls from a difficult and uncertain future. After all, our Leeloo was rescued via the RSPCA, and she is our very own little Guardian Angel.