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To give to PDSA instead of RSPCA

69 replies

Meadowland · 16/12/2019 17:02

With the austerity measures likely to now continue, many more people may be unable to afford vet's bills. The PDSA who do a fabulous job, will probably be stretched to cope.
Meanwhile, the RSPCA, have been utterly dismal in responding to any requests to help animals in need, both from myself and from others I know. They also, as far as I am aware, have a lot of legacies left to them, but have consistently refused to help struggling smaller animal charities.
If you are thinking of making a donation, the PDSA is definitely my choice.

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Lockheart · 16/12/2019 17:07

Give to whoever you want, why do you need to ask if you're unreasonable?

Finfintytint · 16/12/2019 17:13

Every time I have called RSPCA out in a professional capacity they have refused and smaller local charities have been more accommodating.
They have millions in the bank and like to spend the money on shiny vehicles and uniform.
Shit charity playing on cute puppy photos to generate bequeaths.

flouncyfanny · 16/12/2019 17:22

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KatherineJaneway · 16/12/2019 17:35

I would go with the PDSA. I needed to report an animal but was told by a few people that they would put the animal down and not help it.

Wolfiefan · 16/12/2019 17:37

“Told by a few people” @KatherineJaneway based on what knowledge or experience.
I do support our local branch of the RSPCA but we also have a wonderful small local charity that I tend to favour. They do amazing work without national support.

LightsInOtherPeoplesHouses · 16/12/2019 17:39

I've never had a bad experience with the RSPCA, they've always responded when I've reported an animal in distress.

However YANBU to give to whoever you choose, and the PDSA is a worthy cause.

PickwickThePlockingDodo · 16/12/2019 17:39

Yanbu the rspca are rubbish now, give to a smaller local charity.

MitziK · 16/12/2019 17:45

I donated to the PDSA every month on payday and then would pop into the local branch to pick up a shopping list of things they needed right away, as I had been so grateful for them looking after the Best Cat in the World several years previously when I'd been too sick to work.

I took in the usual big boxes of washing powder, ten packs of kitchen towels, tins of mackerel in tomato sauce and, because the Best Cat in the World had died two days beforehand, £85 worth of specialist renal food in little tins, as I thought it was so agonisingly expensive, it would be good for them to have some tins to hand out or give to inpatients.

I got loudly berated in the waiting room in front of everybody by a nurse for not giving them money and that there was no way this would begin to cover the costs of any animal's treatment so I should go home and come back with my bank card if I wanted to make a contribution to the amounts they were spending on my animal.

I left in tears. Not only was I doing it long after the animal had ceased to be their patient, as I'd got a job, the soil over the poor bastarding animal's grave hadn't even settled at that point.


I went home and, once I'd stopped crying, cancelled my Standing Order and told them exactly why I was doing so.


Find a smaller rescue/charity and help them.

FesteredFairy · 16/12/2019 17:55

I caught some of a programme featuring the PDSA the other day. 1 thing really stood out a mile.
NONE of the pet owners said thank you, not a single one.
Compared to The Supervet it was a real eye-opener!

CabbageAndCornflakes · 16/12/2019 18:01

FesteredFairy OMG! That's awful! But then again,I suppose that I shouldn't be too surprised. I witness so many incidents of bad manners these days.

Mitzik Angry That is awful! My heart goes out to you.

dognamedspot · 16/12/2019 18:06

I will never forgive the RSPCA for the way they handled the Peel case, where Arabian horses were rescued. If you Google you'll find the sad story, the Daily Mail for one covered it. I was one of those ringing the RSPCA within 24 hours of the seizure offering a home for a horse. Little knowing that they'd already destroyed most of them. For example horses killed because they were a bit hot to handle and had rainscald... The Arab Horse Society were offering help and ignored. The lies came out in court eventually, where it transpired that the RSPCA were claiming livery costs for horses long dead. These weren't little feral ponies, they were well bred horses known to the Arab community. One mare - Taragun - broke a leg while the RSPCA were dealing with her and they travelled her in that state.

PickwickThePlockingDodo · 16/12/2019 18:09

That's appalling MitziK Angry

CarolinaPink · 16/12/2019 18:17

I ran the London marathon for the PDSA in years gone by, for this very reason. Another good animal charity is Compassion in World Farming Xmas Smile

MrsFoxPlus4Again · 16/12/2019 18:21

You just donate to whatever charity you want to support no need to announce it.

Meadowland · 16/12/2019 23:00

@Finfintytint My feeling exactly. Super rich, but unwilling to help animals when called out. Not just my experiences, but others I know too.
Contrast with the small animal shelters who are willing to help, despite most struggling financially.

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Neron · 17/12/2019 08:51

YANBU OP. I used to have a direct debit for the RSPCA, only £10 a month but had it for around 8 years. They never came out when I called and I used to work for an insurer where I saw the salaries of their management. I cancelled the DD and now donate to various small charities and rescues who do amazing work. I also take my old clothes etc to the PDSA to sell in their shops

BlaueLagune · 17/12/2019 09:06

I think the RSPCA has become too political and they've pursued certain court cases unnecessarily in my opinion. I would also donate to PDSA or maybe the Blue Cross.

Or places like Tigglewinkles hospital in Buckinghamshire which seems to do amazing things for wildlife (was featured on BBC Countryfile on Sunday).

Meadowland · 17/12/2019 16:15

I know lots of animal shelters are struggling as many people can no longer afford to keep their animals, so more need re homing, and also the shelters are receiving less donations.
When I wrote to the RSPCA to ask if they could help our struggling local shelter with some of their reserve cash, they basically said no.

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Zoidbergonthehalfshell · 17/12/2019 16:24

I wouldn't give the RSPCA the steam of my piss, to paraphrase Frank McCourt. PDSA all the way, OP.

LochJessMonster · 17/12/2019 16:31

Is this just a thread to bash the RSPCA?

They might not be the most well run charity but they help more animals than any other, and are the only charity able to push for welfare prosecutions. For every animal they are unable to help, they help many many more.

All those saying that the won;t donate because they don't help, or the money just goes to the fatcat bosses, are taking money away from the individual rescue centres and the inspectors who work really hard and dedicate their lives to helping animals.

What you have to remember is that the RSPCA are often not able to comment on individual cases so it looks like they haven't done anything.

And they can only work within the law - you may have seen someone hitting their dog, but without physical proof, the courts are not going to authorise a warrant to remove the dog.
Yes the dog might be left in the garden all day and that's really sad, but as long as it has food, water and shelter, then they cannot remove it.

If the prosecute and fail - waste of money
If they don't prosecute - not doing anything

ManonBlackbeak · 17/12/2019 16:40

YANBU. I wouldn't give to the RSPCA if they were the last charity on earth.

MrsTerryPratchett · 17/12/2019 16:44

Every time I have called RSPCA out in a professional capacity they have refused and smaller local charities have been more accommodating.

This has been my experience. Never received any help on numerous occasions. The PDSA have helped me with the animals of very poor clients more than once. And the clients did say thank you!

Meadowland · 17/12/2019 17:07

@LochJessMonster Seems to be the opinion of most posters though that the RSPCA do not respond to ANYTHING so why give them money?
Having failed to get the RSPCA to investigate an animal I reported in distress, I went on to call my local shelter ( in financial difficulties ) who investigated and rescued a very badly emaciated animal.
Honestly, which one of those would you give your money to?

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IceCreamAndCandyfloss · 17/12/2019 18:07

We only donate to the local animal charity that is run purely by volunteers. I know the money is spent on the animals rather than salaries.

Weedsnseeds1 · 17/12/2019 18:12

A local RSPCA officer died trying to rescue stranded gannets during a storm. So clearly some do respond to calls for help, in circumstances that dangerous to those responding.

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