I love animals and have had pets my entire life. Not having a pet now is horrible and I cannot wait for the day when Addy and I can have another pet. Bella was a rescue cat we had and although a timid little thing she would always come for a cuddle and was so good with Addy. The thought that someone would hurt her was truly awful. We have always taken care of our pets and the thought of animal cruelty upsets me right to the very heart of me. Unfortunately, this is something that still happens today, with the festive period proving the busiest time for the RSPCA.
As the age old saying goes “a pet is for life, not just for Christmas” and whether you’re considering welcoming a new furry family member into the home as 2015 dawns or already have several, it’s important to make their Christmas’s and New Year’s as joyful as ours.
What can I do?
Thankfully, there’s a lot we can do to help. Donating as little as £3 to the RSPCA can turn a cruel December into a happy New Year for the large number of abandoned and neglected pets who are left to suffer each winter.
It’s a great gift to pop into an animal lover’s stocking – knowing that they’ve helped to prevent this cruelty will mean so much more than material possessions.
You can always set up a regular donation if you want to and choosing to give at this time of year will ensure the RSPCA can continue to do their great work. More cases of animal cruelty are reported throughout the winter months than at other times and last winter alone the RSPCA rescued an astonishing 23,847 animals.
It’s important to remember that animal neglect and abuse is an ongoing problem and although your family Christmas might be filled with joy and happiness, not every animal will be able to claim the same.
Giving during the festive season is imperative and it’s a great way for families and animal lovers to ensure our four legged have a less daunting New Year to look forward too.
For more information on how you can help suffering animals through the winter and prevent future animal cruelty, watch the RSPCA’s Snowglobe video. It really highlights how animals can be mistreated so easily at the hands of humans during a time of year that is supposed to centre on giving.
Say no to cruelty this Christmas and donate a small amount to the RSPCA today. Whether you donate £3 or £50, you can help vulnerable animals get the help they deserve and show your kids what the true meaning of Christmas is all about.
Join the RSPCA and say #NoToCruelty. Just text RESCUE to 84010 to donate £3 and join their Christmas Appeal to protect animals this winter.