RSPCA Cymru is bracing itself for the toughest Christmas yet as the charity fears the financial strain from the Coronavirus pandemic could mean a rise in pets being abandoned and neglected.
Last Christmas Day, across England and Wales, the RSPCA received more than 950 calls, the highest number since 2013 and it received 63,000 calls throughout December, or 2,000 a day, making it the busiest Christmas period for at least four years.
In Wales, the charity dealt with 4,171 incidents across the winter period (Dec, Jan, Feb) and 1,410 in December alone.
Swansea (372), Cardiff (355) and Carmarthenshire (258) were the areas of Wales with the most incidents dealt with over the 2019 winter period, while Swansea (130), Cardiff (118) and Rhondda Cynon Taf (89) saw the most incidents over the 2019 Christmas period (Dec).
This year, faced with the financial strain of the Coronavirus crisis, the RSPCA is concerned that more people may struggle to care for their pets and could see a rise in them being abandoned or neglected, putting more pressure on the charity’s rescue teams than ever before.
RSPCA officers are out on the frontline 365 days a year, including Christmas Day. Despite the pandemic, this year will be no exception with frontline teams saving animals and caring for them at our centres and hospitals across England and Wales – including at New