Many people use the Christmas holidays to help others. They can be spotted volunteering in homeless shelters as well as animal charities. With the constant increase in the number of animals abandoned at this time of year it doesn’t take much to help out those who need a little assistance.
The RSPCA has been functioning for 180 years and has annual overheads of £120 million; so raising money is an important part of their work.
Giving money or time
There are many ways in which you can help the RSPCA at Christmas. Donate by giving cash or food or if you have the time you could always make it a family day out and volunteer at one of your local centres.
If you choose to give money you can rest assured that it will be used to not only help animal shelters or hospitals but will also be used to help prosecute those who abuse their pets as well as educating the next generation to care for animals in the future.
Volunteering is good for your future
Giving up some of your time to help a charity can benefit you or your children in the future. Volunteering makes you feel good and can bring out skills you didn’t know you had. Spending some of the Christmas holidays helping out at one of the many RSPCA branches across the country can help them tackle some of the various problems faced at this time of year.
There are not only the abused animals to think of, there is also a need for people with a vast range of skills to help behind the scenes. Children can be invaluable when it comes to new ways of fundraising or helping out, but you should check with the website to see what your local branch needs.
You may also want to look at other initiatives including the annual Animal Aid Christmas Without Cruelty campaign which runs in December.
How will my donation help?
An estimated 140,000 calls will be taken over the months of November and December and approximately 50,000 animals will need urgent help during this period, so some of the money donated will be used to run help lines.
There are many ways to donate this Christmas and many people will be doing it for the first time. This year’s rise in poverty means that more people than ever are calling on the services of the RSPCA. Cruelty to animals is on the increase and people are having problems with the high costs of feeding their pets. Other uses of the money donated, is to raise awareness and to maintain the RSPCA interactive website to help with education.