MORE than 10,000 animals have been rehomed in the region by the RSPCA during the past decade, new figures show.

The charity's two West Yorkshire branches – including Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District, which covers this area – have together found homes for 10,318 animals, ranging from cats and dogs to hamsters and guinea pigs.

They have also provided 13,866 neuters and 11,332 microchips, which help reunite lost pets with their owners.

Nationally, the RSPCA – which has 140 branches and animal centres across England and Wales – rehomed 405,839 pets between 2013 and last year.

Also, 615,000 animals were treated in the charity’s hospitals, and 1.7 million vet treatments were carried out.

The data has been released as the RSPCA celebrates its 200th anniversary.

Dermot Murphy, inspectorate commissioner for the charity, says: "West Yorkshire is served by a team of RSPCA rescuers who save animals and investigate cruelty, whilst also offering welfare advice and help to pet owners in need, and is home to two independent branches which rehabilitate and rehome rescued animals.

"Many of these animals will have endured horrendous suffering, but with the care of dedicated staff and volunteers will be helped to recover before they are found loving homes.

"We're determined to carry on our work at a time when animals are facing bigger challenges than ever, as pet owners are affected by the cost-of-living crisis."

In 2023, the RSPCA received 72,050 reports of animal abandonment and neglect – a three-year high.

The charity is appealing to the public for support.

Mr Murphy adds: "We have more animals in need of help coming into our care but at the same time rehoming is declining sharply, meaning thousands fewer rescue pets are being adopted and our branches and centres are full to bursting.

"We're also faced with increased bills and fewer donations due to the cost-of-living crisis, which is one of the biggest challenges for animal welfare right now – and this economic hardship is continuing into our anniversary year.

"But we're determined to rise to the challenge and help animals and pet owners who need us. That’s why we’re currently asking supporters to 'Join the Winter Rescue' by donating to help our rescue teams reach the thousands of animals who need them.

"In our 200th year, we want to inspire one million people to join our movement to improve animals' lives."

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