RSPCA water rescue team helping animals and humans in Wraysbury

A specialist rescue team from the RSPCA has been in Wraysbury, Berkshire since yesterday morning (Monday 10 Feb) to offer help and assistance to the stricken town.

Not only has the animal welfare charity been busy rescuing animals – including two adult Sheepdog-type dogs and their six puppies as well as a number of horses – but the charity has also provided support to residents left stranded by the flood water.

Rosie Russon, from the RSPCA’s water rescue team, said: “We took the decision to deploy to the town yesterday, after receiving reports that there were people in need.

“The team have been going door to door offering help and advice – from pet owners concerned about how to protect their animals to elderly people who needed assistance evacuating their homes to a place of safety.

“It is thanks to the generosity of the public that the RSPCA exists and is able to carry out our vital work, so it is wonderful to be able to give support to people as well as animals during this difficult time,” she added.

The charity has taken over 1,500 flood related calls since the beginning of the year and provided advice, support and monitoring to over 5,500 animals across England and Wales. Its specialist water rescue team have rescued more than 200 animals over this period. 

These are just the recorded incidents but many more will have been rescued as our specialist trained flood teams go about their work in conjunction with other animal charities and the emergency services.

To help the RSPCA carry out this vital water rescue work please text HELP to 78866 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).

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