The south west London branch of the RSPCA is celebrating its 62nd birthday this year - and the rehoming of thousands of animals over the years.

As the RSPCA as a whole celebrates its 200th anniversary, the Wimbledon, Wandsworth & Sutton branch is also marking its 62 years of history.

Formed in 1962 by like-minded Wimbledon residents, the branch has tirelessly supported the needs of animals in the area through fostering and rehoming.

The branch has rehomed 2,000 cats, rabbits and guinea pigs in the last decade alone.

Its vital work has saved these animals from suffering and neglect, ensuring they find safe and loving forever homes.

The charity has donated pet food to food banks during the cost of living crisis (Image: RSPCA Wimbledon, Wandsworth & Sutton)

The Wimbledon, Wandsworth & Sutton branch is majorly supported by donations from the public, as well as proceeds from its two charity shops and eBay shop, which are all managed by dedicated volunteers.

In response to the cost of living crisis, the branch stepped up its support efforts, offering pet food and supplies to local food banks.

It managed to microchip hundreds of cats at free chipping events since the start of the cost of living crisis, and also provided donations for pet owners towards veterinary costs.

The branch recently raised funds to supply ten snake-eye cameras to help officers detect animals stuck in hard-to-reach places.

Branch manager Laura Kennedy said: "For almost two centuries, the RSPCA has been changing minds, laws, industries and lives to create a better world for animals and people alike.

"Here in this part of South West London and Surrey we have achieved so much in our 62-year history, and we are still here to help animals in need and their owners who need us more than ever due to the cost of living crisis."

Margo and Matilda are just some of the thousands of animals that have been rehomed by the branch (Image: RSPCA Wimbledon, Wandsworth & Sutton)

She said the branch is receiving more calls about neglected and abandoned animals, and rehoming figures have dropped sharply, leading to more animals coming into its care.

Ms Kennedy added: "At the same time while caring for the animals we are faced with increased bills and less donations due to the financially difficult economic climate.

"But together we can help animals and everyone can do their bit from donating funds to our cause, volunteering or even dropping goods off at our charity shops."

Despite the challenges, the branch plans to continue its vital work.

The branch will expand its welfare effort and seek new boarding spaces, change its name to RSPCA South West London, and step up fundraising efforts to ensure the organisation's sustainability.

Ms Kennedy said: "Together we can make the world a better place for animals."

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