RSPCA volunteers are celebrating after helping find new homes for a record number of rescued animals.
The West Norfolk RSPCA Rehoming Centre, which takes in abandoned animals and those involved in cruelty cases, rehomed a record 65 animals last month.
The centre, in Eau Brink Bank, Tilney All Saints, also received a record 40,000 hits to its website throughout January – compared to its usual number of around 30,000.
Jo Hayes, the centre’s assistant rehoming co-ordinator, said volunteers were puzzled as to why they had seen such a successful start to the year, but said it was great news for the centre andfor the animals finding forever loving homes.
She said: “It’s been very, very busy, but it’s difficult to say why. For some reason our website has received a record 40,000 hits and this has drawn an in an unprecedented amount of people to adopt our animals.”
“In January we rehomed 65 animals, including 45 dogs, which is our biggest ever number of dogs in one month. We also rehomed 14 cats, which is a huge amount. It’s one cat every other day.”
Other animals rehomed last month were three canaries, two rabbits and a tortoise.
Mrs Hayes said the majority went to new homes locally but thanks to the success of the website they also went to families in Hampshire, Essex, Suffolk, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire.
The centre also received enquiries from Bristol, London, Hereford and Wales during the month, and in the past there have even been enquiries from Finland, France, Holland and Bermuda.
Mrs Hayes said so far this year there have been no long-term animals either.
“You usually find at rehoming centres a dog that has been there for over a year or something, but luckily we haven’t had that. As soon as they are coming in, they are going out again,” she said.
“It’s fantastic for the animals as they haven’t had to stay here too long before finding a new home.”
Among the animals rehomed last month were five dogs who had been badly neglected and who were brought into the centre by RSPCA inspectors. Two of the dogs were blind due to not receiving medical treatment and one was deaf.
Blind Molly, who featured in the Lynn News Paws for Thought feature last Friday, has now been rehomed and the other blind dog and his deaf friend have been adopted together.
Three-legged cat Tommy, who also featured in the Lynn News during January, has also been rehomed.
Another two dogs, a Mastiff cross called Eddie and a Husky called Phoebe, both went to families in South Yorkshire in January, and now live only 15 miles apart.
Mrs Hayes said: “We are thrilled for all our animals and that our hard work, as volunteers, has paid off so well!
“We would like to thank everyone for their continued support and help with rehoming our animals.”
Anyone interested in adopting an animal from the West Norfol Rehoming Centre can visit its website at: www. westnorfolkrspca.org.uk or contact 01553 618889.