How you can help the RSPCA help an­i­mals

Midweek Visiter - - The Rspca Column -

IWOULD say that around 50% of the calls re­ceived at the an­i­mal cen­tre are re­gard­ing an­i­mal cru­elty and ne­glect, and the rest are in re­la­tion to adopt­ing an an­i­mal.

Well, fair enough, you would think, but un­for­tu­nately that means that half of the con­tact made with our­selves has to be redi­rected to the na­tional RSPCA, as most al­leged cru­elty can­not be dealt with di­rectly at the South­port branch.

The ma­jor­ity of the pub­lic re­gard the RSPCA as one big or­gan­i­sa­tion and each of its branches deals with ev­ery as­pect of an­i­mal wel­fare, from farm an­i­mals, through pets to wildlife. How­ever, this is not the case. Un­der­stand­ably, you may now be to­tally con­fused!

Put in the sim­plest of terms, the na­tional so­ci­ety is like an um­brella or­gan­i­sa­tion, cov­er­ing the full range of an­i­mal wel­fare.

The branches, around 150 of them, are all sep­a­rately reg­is­tered char­i­ties that ei­ther have an an­i­mal cen­tre re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing/re­hom­ing, or if not, pro­vides other forms of wel­fare to the gen­eral pub­lic.

Again, try­ing to keep it sim­ple and go­ing into great de­tail, you could say that the na­tional so­ci­ety is the main in­ter­face for the gen­eral pub­lic in re­spect of re­port­ing cru­elty, work­ing to­wards pre­ven­tion, or in dire cases, of which there are many, prose­cu­tion of those that have harmed an­i­mals.

They are the peo­ple you see on TV, to us known as the In­spec­torate, to­gether with other cen­tral sup­port and spe­cial­ist re­sources and per­son­nel.

The na­tional so­ci­ety is a sep­a­rately reg­is­tered char­ity, as are the branches, all re­port­ing to the Char­ity Com­mis­sion. The so­ci­ety as a whole, in­clud­ing the branches, is also gov­erned by a sep­a­rate Act of Par­lia­ment.

There’s a pot­ted his­tory of the RSPCA on the na­tional so­ci­ety’s web­site, if you are in­ter­ested – www.rspca. org.uk

So, back to the is­sue of us hav­ing to re­fer you on to the na­tional RSPCA to re­port an­i­mal cru­elty, etc.

Un­for­tu­nately, as sep­a­rately reg­is­tered char­i­ties we are not all on one “big switch­board” and can­not trans­fer you. The level of de­tail re­quired and log­ging of all calls is done at a na­tional call cen­tre, as, too, is the task­ing of work to the in­spec­tors. In the branches, we are not equipped or re­sourced to re­spond to these calls, so all we can do is of­fer ad­vice and point you in the di­rec­tion of the na­tional cru­elty line.

So, please, if you have any an­i­mal wel­fare emer­gency, con­cerns or wish to re­port cru­elty and ne­glect, call 03001 234999, or re­port it on­line at www.rspca.org.uk

There is also a link on our own web­site, www.rspca-south­port.org. uk to the na­tional on­line re­port­ing fa­cil­ity.

So, turn­ing to the branches, in­clud­ing South­port, Orm­skirk & District Branch, each op­er­ates at a lo­cal level, of­fer­ing ad­vice, mi­crochip­ping, and lim­ited sub­sidised ve­teri­nary help /neu­ter­ing (for those on means-tested ben­e­fits), as well as re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing and re­hom­ing an­i­mals taken in from the In­spec­torate, or some straight from the pub­lic.

As I’ve men­tioned be­fore, the branches are all self-fund­ing in the main and run on the gen­eros­ity of the peo­ple in the ar­eas in which they op­er­ate.

How­ever, it should al­ways be borne in mind that, if you wish any do­na­tion to be used lo­cally, you must al­ways make that do­na­tion di­rectly to the branch con­cerned.

Sim­i­larly, leav­ing all of your money to the RSPCA, as used to be the case years ago, but not so of­ten these days ow­ing to changed so­cial re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, will see your gift go to the na­tional so­ci­ety and not your lo­cal branch.

If you want your money to be used to help an­i­mals dur­ing their re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and whilst in our care at South­port, you must say so by nam­ing our branch or our char­ity no. 232258.

Fi­nally, don’t for­get our Christ­mas Fair on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 1, at Green­bank High School, Hill­side, South­port, with doors open at 11.30am.

This was one of three ne­glected dogs taken from its owner, which re­sulted in prose­cu­tion and a three-month cus­to­dial sen­tence. The dog has since been found a lov­ing new home

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