Thousands of animals have been rehomed in Dorset over the last decade.

The RSPCA has revealed that it has found new homes for more than 3,000 animals - as it marks its 200th birthday.

The latest available figures show that in the ten years up until the end of 2022, new homes have been found for 3,468 animals across the county.

Additionally, they have helped pet owners by providing 10,737 neuters to stop unwanted pregnancies and promote responsible ownership, and installed 1,905 microchips to help reunite lost pets with their owners.

Dorset is served by a team of RSPCA rescuers who save animals and investigate cruelty while also offering welfare advice and help to pet owners in need. 

Across the county they also rehabilitate and rehome rescued animals and help animals most in need in the area. 

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

Dermot Murphy, RSPCA inspectorate commissioner said: “We have even more animals in need of help coming into our care - but at the same time rehoming has been declining sharply, meaning thousands fewer rescue pets are being adopted and our branches and centres are full to bursting.

“We are also faced with increased bills and less donations due to the cost-of-living crisis which is one of the biggest challenges facing animal welfare right now - and this economic hardship is continuing into our 200th anniversary year.

“But we are determined to rise to the challenge and help animals and pet owners who need us more than ever. 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 desperately need them.

“Animals are now facing bigger challenges than ever as a result of factory farming, climate change, war and a cost of living crisis. In our 200th year we want to inspire one million people to join our movement to improve animals' lives.

“We’ve been changing industries, laws, minds, and animals' lives for 200 years. Together, there are actions, big and small, we can take to create a better world for every animal.”

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