We are supporting Help the Animals at Christmas because we believe every animal deserves a good quality of life, from our much-loved pets to the UK’s vast variety of incredible wildlife. This is why Channel 5 is delighted to promote the Help the Animals at Christmas appeal – the UK’s first telethon supporting the work of animal charities across the UK.
This Christmas we are proud to showcase five amazing charities – RSPCA, Scottish SPCA, Blue Cross, The Donkey Sanctuary and the Wildlife Aid Foundation – in the work that they do, so they can give thousands of animals the chance of a happier life every year.
Christmas is a magical time of year during which we all look forward to spending invaluable time with our loved ones, but during December 2017 over 65,000 calls were answered where UK animals were in danger or at risk. More than 6,300 animals were rescued and taken in for care – that’s 205 each day last December – so the festive period is far from cheerful for the UK’s animals.
Every year, the RSPCA takes in and cares for more than 114,000 animals, from pets to wildlife, and everything in between at our centres, hospitals and clinics. Once they have received the care they need, they’re either released back into the wild or are found new and loving homes. We also campaign to improve the lives of animals, whether they are in the home, the wild, the lab or the farm, as well as inspiring a new generation to care for animals through education projects aimed at young people from all walks of life. We want to create a world which is kinder to animals and we can only do that with your support.
As Scotland’s animal welfare charity, we’ve been helping animals in need for over 175 years. We rescue animals and nurse them back to health before finding them loving new homes or releasing them back into the wild. Last year, our animal helpline received almost a quarter of a million calls, our inspectorate attended more than 85,000 incidents and more than 19,000 animals were cared for across our nine animal and rescue and rehoming centres and our National Wildlife Rescue Centre.
Blue Cross has been helping sick, injured, abandoned and homeless pets since 1897. Pets help us in so many ways and they depend entirely on us. We help thousands of pets in need every month, providing veterinary care, expert behaviour help and find them loving happy homes, as well as advice and education for current or future pet owners and pet bereavement support. We develop lifelong relationships with pets and owners, providing quality care that is accessible and non-judgemental. With your support we can give back to more pets in need. Pets change lives. We change theirs.
For nearly fifty years we’ve been providing a safe haven to donkeys and mules who have been neglected, abused and abandoned. We have 10 sanctuaries across the UK and Europe, giving lifelong care to over 6,000 donkeys and mules. We provide lifesaving veterinary care and we deliver training for current and future donkey owners. At our Donkey Assisted Therapy centres, through one to one interaction with donkeys, we also help vulnerable children and adults develop critical life skills, including self-esteem, confidence, empathy and trust. We depend entirely on public support to transform the lives of donkeys and those who depend them, here and across the world.
The Wildlife Aid Foundation is dedicated to the rescue, care and rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned wild animals. Established in 1980, our veterinary wildlife hospital deals with more than 20,000 wildlife emergencies every year. All wild animals that come into our care at our Surrey-based wildlife hospital are treated and rehabilitated completely free of charge. Our aim is to return every animal capable of survival back to its natural environment. We treat every species of British wildlife and are on call 24/7, 365 days a year in all weather. During winter, we annually look after over 200 hedgehogs which are too small to survive hibernation.
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