Fairytale Of New York Pogues/Kirsty MacColl
7 December 2017, 07:00
The RSPCA had more than 1,000 reports of sick or abused animals in Berkshire, and nearly 900 in Oxfordshire, last year.
The animal welfare charity expects to take in around 19,000 animals in need this December and January and needs help to care for them.
RSPCA superintendent Simon Osborne said: "It's a sad fact that every day at work throughout the year can be tough for our inspectors and animal welfare and collection officers, but winter really does come with its own challenges and issues. In fact, we expect to take in somewhere in the region of 19,000 animals this winter alone.
"During the festive season alone last year, we rescued over 25,000 animals, many of whom had been cruelly abandoned, injured or abused. But we also saw so many acts of kindness by animal lovers, from the passer-by who rescued a shivering and sick puppy days before Christmas, to those who reported suffering animals to our cruelty hotline or volunteers caring for animals in our centres and branches. We are asking animal lovers across the country to show kindness this Christmas by supporting our winter appeal."
To help the RSPCA to continue rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing animals in desperate need of care, and to support the charity's 'kindness' campaign, visit www.rspca.org.uk/winterappeal