Emergency call requesting bus information for Putney & much more
The RSPCA have revealed: The strangest requests of the year.
Every 30 seconds*, a member of the public calls the RSPCA for advice on animal welfare or to
report an incident of cruelty or neglect.
Whilst the majority of these calls are serious, occasionally they
range from the weird to the wonderful. Here in no particular order,
are their top ten funny phone calls received over the last 12 months.
• A lady called our emergency phone line to find out which
bus she needed to catch to visit Putney animal hospital.
• Someone called us to report that a cat was stuck on a roof.
However, it turned out to be a satellite dish.
• Someone asked our call centre staff to speak to her husband as he was refusing to get
out of bed and walk the dog.
• A very unhappy woman called to say that a cat had been abandoned in her garden.
She called back later that day in a better mood to say that the cat turned out to be a
surprise present from her husband.
• A lady called up one evening to ask if we could open up one of our branches as she
had left her hearing aid there.
• A caller asked if she could borrow a cat from one of our centres. She didn’t actually
want a cat but she had a problem with mice in her house.
• A woman called to tell us that there was something in her bathroom but that she was
not sure if it was a hamster or a spider.
• An RSPCA inspector went out to an incident following reports that a cat had been
found under a bush. However, the ‘cat’ turned out to be a jumper with a reindeer on it.
• We were asked to help solve a neighbourly dispute as someone wanted to stop nearby
residents talking to the postman was it was causing her dog to bark.
• A displeased shopper called us to find out how she could make sure she only bought
milk from happy cows.
A society spokesman said,‘Although we may laugh at these stories, we need to remind people the 24-hour advice and cruelty line – 0300 1234999 is for serious cases or emergencies. The cruelty and advice line operates in a similar way to the 999 emergency services number and non-urgent calls could prevent us from dealing with a serious crisis. Most of our calls are for rescues or develop into legal investigations. We do have a non-urgent enquiries line, 0300 1234 555, and there’s also lots of information on our website, www.rspca.org.uk
December 14, 2010