DURING this year’s RSPCA Week, which ends on Sunday, we celebrate 193 years of helping animals in need.

This year is particularly special as it marks 10 years since the Animal Welfare Act came into force.

Since this landmark law was passed we have helped more than 3.6 million animals across England and Wales, rehomed more than 444,000, microchipped more than 335,000, neutered more than 480,000 and helped towards more than 891,000 vet treatments for poorly animals whose owners were struggling to meet the costs.

Our branches do an amazing job, whether it is fundraising, helping poorly animals through our clinics or finding homes for those animals who have been through the most appalling neglect and abuse.

All of this is possible thanks to the hard work of volunteers and generous donations from people.

This RSPCA Week I want to take the opportunity to thank them.

Last year there were nearly 150,000 complaints of cruelty across England and Wales, which shows there is still a real need for the work we do.

To find out what you can do to support us visit rspca.org.uk/whatwedo/whoweare/branches.

Jeremy Cooper

RSPCA chief executive