RSPCA launches appeal to caregivers in Wales due to crowded animal centers

RSPCA launches appeal to caregivers in Wales due to crowded animal centers

Hundreds of rescued animals are waiting for “blast-filled” spots to appear at RSPCAs.

Shocking new statistics reveal that 700 rescued animals are waiting for space and £26,000 a week is being spent at the special border for the temporary care of hundreds of rescued animals – including dogs, cats, rabbits, small furry animals, exotic pets, birds and farm animals.

There are 59 rehoming centers and 125 animals in private boarding establishments across Wales; 91 in Central and West Wales, 25 in North Wales and nine in South Wales.

To help relieve the pressure, the RSPCA launched an urgent new campaign to recruit more foster caregivers. This is part of the charity’s comeback campaign – Uber adoption.

Caregivers tend the animals temporarily in their homes and receive support from the RSPCA.

Nia Paul and Mr. Darcy.  Photo: RSPCA Wales

Brian Reeves, head of volunteering at the RSPCA, said: “We are struggling – all over Wales.

“The RSPCA centers in England and Wales are bursting at the moment which means we have to use vital charitable funds to pay for animal care with Private Borders, and we have a long waiting list of animals waiting to come to our centers where they can start looking for a new home.

“We are in the midst of an animal crisis and can only see it get worse during the winter months as the cost of living crisis worsens. It is critical that we make plenty of room at the RSPCAs now, so we have room for rescued animal victims of neglect and cruelty in the coming weeks and months – And more incubators will be critical to achieving this.

“Taking pets into loving care homes – especially before the winter months – will be a lifeline to our frontline officers and the endangered animals we need to save.”

In total, 691 animals are currently placed in temporary care with special boards due to a lack of space at the centers – including 120 dogs, 144 cats, 112 rabbits, eight furry animals, 38 exotic birds, 35 birds, 132 equies, and 102 farm animals .

Capacity problems at RSPCAs have been exacerbated by increased calls to the RSPCA after the pandemic, a slowdown in rehousing, and an increase in the number of animals entering the charity’s care—with cost-of-living pressures continuing to bite.

The animal welfare charity has 14 National Resettlement Centers across England and Wales, with another 45 being run by RSPCA chapters, which are separate charities in their own right. Collectively, the centers rehoused 26,945 animals in the past year, however: The number of rehomed animals is down—by eight percent compared to 2020, and by 31 percent compared to 2019.

As re-housing slowed, the average survival time of the animal in RSPCA care increased; For dogs, it increased by 9.4 percent — from 85 days in 2020 to 93 days in 2021 — and for rabbits — from 104 in 2020 to 117 in 2021, an increase of 12.5 percent.

More people are seeking to rehouse or give away their pets — the charity’s pet donation advice page has seen pageviews increase 42 percent this year, compared to last year.

The charity currently has 350 registered caregivers.

Brian added: “With more animals coming into our care, staying with us longer, and fewer people adopting, we’re in a really worrisome situation. It’s a real space race right now – with no place in many of our overcrowded centers.”

“Fortunately, we already have an amazing 350 brooders – and we are grateful to all of them; but we desperately need more. These brooders welcome rescue animals into their homes on a temporary basis, with the full support of the RSPCA, and are invaluable to us.”

“Times are tough, but adoption can be a lifeline to helping us save more animals over the next few months. It is not only a wonderful and rewarding volunteer opportunity; but it can also help relieve the real strain on our resources and help address this growing crisis of animal welfare” .

The RSPCA provides adoptive caregivers with the financial, emotional and some logistical support they need in providing temporary care for the animal – including any medication the pet may be taking and funding for any ongoing veterinary treatment.

A nursery also gives people who would normally not be able to accommodate an animal in the long term, due to other obligations, an alternative and the opportunity to have pets at home.

Put simply – we desperately need more people willing to open up their homes and hearts to help give dogs, cats and other animals a fresh start in life.

“Fortunately, it’s a great role. Caring can be a challenging business but it’s also incredibly rewarding – and makes a huge difference to the individual animal, as well as us. It can also be very beneficial for the sponsor as well; allowing them to accompany a pet without the long-term financial commitment of adoption. “.

“The nursery is also incredibly valuable to ensure that the animals we rescue get the specialized and individual care they need. It provides a lifeline for vulnerable animals who may be really struggling in an animal center environment, and it also means we can make extra space in our centers to accommodate more animals in need. If we have some of them in nursing homes, where they will continue to receive our support.”

Anyone interested in applying for RSPCA sponsorship can do so online through the RSPCA Volunteer Portal at

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