It’s not often I have back to back posts on pets, but here goes another one.
It’s hard for me to criticize the RSPCA, whom I know do an awful lot of good work, from rescuing animals to re-homing and also providing low cost and free veterinary care of pets for the unwaged and low income. However it’s a big fail for them time and time again, when an animal is trapped and needs to be rescued. I also appreciate they are a charity with limited personnel and resources, but they way they handle calls from the public regarding distressed animals, need to be reviewed
If you visit my site regularly you may be aware of an incident earlier this year at my home when I had to call on the RSPCA for help. If not you can read it about it here. There weren’t much help, in fact it’s common knowledge you can not depended on them in situations like this. One of my Jack Russell’s was in great distress, yet I was repeatedly told by the cold unsympathetic call centre worker, to leave him stuck in a fox hole, in sub zero degree weather for up to 48 hours. She was convinced he would come out ‘eventually’.
It was Fire Fighters who eventually came to our rescue and lifted the garden shed, enabling him to jump out of the hole. I have never been so grateful and angry at the same time. Angry because of the way I was dealt with by RSPCA.
Things happen and I or anyone’s pets could find themselves in a pickle anywhere, so you can imagine how I felt when I read this yesterday:
The number of animals rescued by the capital’s firefighters has shot up by almost 60 per cent over the past six years, according to the new figures released today by the London Fire Brigade.
The Brigade was called out to rescue 620 animals in 2011 – almost a 60 per cent increase on the 389 animal rescues carried out in 2006, meaning that the capital’s fire crews are called out to rescue an animal every 14 hours. Firefighters have been called to more animal rescue incidents in the first half of this year than for the same period in 2011. Just over half of the incidents involve cats and around a quarter involve dogs.
So concerned is the Brigade, about the rise in these incidents, along with the RSPCA, it is launching its first ever animal rescue campaign, “I’m An Animal, Get Me Out of Here”. It hopes the campaign will remind people to think carefully before dialing 999 when they see an animal in difficulty.
Listen, I take responsibility for what happened that morning and would have willingly paid for taking up fire fighters time, but between the high winds were were experiencing and foxes, something must have come loose. It has since been reinforced and replaced where needed, but I worry about what will happen to distressed pets and their owners who get the cold treatment from the RSPCA when they are desperately needed, if we are to rely on them and not the Fire Brigade.
I just hope that the campaign not only serves as a reminder to the public, but hope it will be the proverbial kick up the RSPCA’s backside for them to review how they handle calls about distressed pets.
London Fire Brigade: I’m an Animal, Get Me Out of Here
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