In 2009 the RSPCA re-homed 16,659 dogs. It put down 533 healthy dogs because they could not be rehomed — just over three per cent.
In the same year it neutered 24,861 dogs and provided a total of 217,497 low-cost veterinary treatments for pets (cats, dogs and other species).
Three-quarters of all rehoming is done at RSPCA branches, which are all run largely by volunteers.
We desperately need to increase this volunteer base so that no animals have to be turned away.