The UK is known throughout the world for being a nation of animal lovers -and it’s even part of the law: the Wild Mammals (Protection) Act 1996 and the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002 mean that a whole host of woodland creatures and other wild animals have an amount of legislative lookout that would be unheard of elsewhere.
And aptly for a nation that cares so much for animals, one of the most famous charities in the UK is the RSPCA – in fact it’s the oldest charity of its type – so it’s a uniquely experienced organisation that’s been helping animals for nearly two hundred years. Aiming to promote ‘compasssion for all creatures’, the RSPCA is involved in everything from rehoming pets to improving the welfare of wild animals.
When you think of the amount of animals that are out there – from domestic pets (cats, dogs, rabbits and so on) to UK wildlife like hedgehogs and foxes – then it’s not difficult to see just how big a job the RSPCA has. Ensuring animals all receive humane treatment is an ongoing commitment and the animal welfare professionals can be rightly proud of what’s been achieved so far.
One way of making a regular contribution to the work of the RSPCA is to take out a pet insurance policy. Pet insurance brings you peace of mind as a pet owner, and it also means that you can avoid hefty vet fees if your pet needs treatment. With an RSPCA policy, you also have the benefit of knowing that you’re helping animal welfare with 20% of the premium going towards the charity.
Animal insurance doesn’t just cover vets fees – it can also cover things like boarding costs so if it’s you that’s unwell rather than your pet, kennel fees are paid up to a certain amount. In times of recession an insurance premium might seem like another extra expense, but given the high cost of vet fees these days, it can be a real money saver in the long run.