RSPCA staff working over the Christmas break responded to nearly 12,000 calls about more than 7,000 animals in need of help.
While the nation was busy tucking into their Christmas dinners and opening presents, more than 200 RSPCA officers were working across England and Wales.
The charity received 11,888 calls over Christmas week (December 23-December 29), with 7,119 animals reported. There were 1,255 cats and 1,790 dogs reported to the RSPCA’s emergency hotline, along with 613 equines and 1,301 wild birds and mammals.
The charity’s vets, vet nurses, animal care assistants and volunteers were also busy looking after the thousands of animals in hospitals, animal centres, and wildlife centres across the country.
This winter, the RSPCA expects to take in more than 10,000 animals across England & Wales.