DIS­COM­FORT AT DO­NA­TION RE­QUEST

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Mrs King says she wanted to con­tact the RSPCA over her fears for the horses, but was put off from past ex­pe­ri­ences.

The Univer­sity of Kent worker said: “It is very dif­fi­cult to get hold of RSPCA in­spec­tors if you are an or­di­nary mem­ber of the pub­lic, and the last time I called the RSPCA cru­elty line to re­port some­thing they seemed far more in­ter­ested in se­cur­ing a do­na­tion than what I was ac­tu­ally re­port­ing! It made me very un­com­fort­able.”

RSPCA spokes­woman Katya Mira said: “It is stan­dard for our 24-hour helpline to ask those who call the RSPCA with an­i­mal wel­fare con­cerns whether they would like to make a small, dis­cre­tionary do­na­tion.

“This is en­tirely op­tional, but as many of the callers are an­i­mal lovers they of­ten wel­come the op­por­tu­nity to help­ing the cause in this way.

“Do­na­tions are not asked for on ev­ery call, only on ones where by the call han­dler thinks the caller seems to have a par­tic­u­lar pas­sion for an­i­mal wel­fare and the work of the RSPCA, and the ques­tion is only asked once the wel­fare is­sue at stake has been re­solved.

“The RSPCA and many other char­i­ties rely en­tirely on pri­vate do­na­tions and this in­come is enor­mously im­por­tant to en­able the char­ity to con­tinue its vi­tal work.”

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