MEMBERS of the Shropshire branch of the RSPCA have moved to remind people in the county about the dangers posed to animals by litter.

Anne Wignall, a trustee of RPSCA Shropshire, has made the call in her monthly round-up of matters affecting the animal charity.

According to Mrs Wignall, on average, the RSPCA receives 10 calls a day about animals affected by litter, which spikes in the summer months.

She added: “It is estimated that the actual figure is much higher as injured animals are not always found.

“RSPCA inspectors rely on the eyes and ears of the public but given that so many injured animals will go unseen, the only way the suffering will stop is if people are more mindful about litter and how it is disposed of.

“Everyday objects that seem perfectly safe can become hazardous when animals come into close contact with them.

“By binning our rubbish safely instead of littering, we're making choices that could save many lives. 

“Protecting animals from harmful rubbish is easy – dispose of your rubbish responsibly by recycling, reusing or simply putting it in the bin.”

Mrs Wignall explained that the worst offenders in posing a danger to cars found by volunteers included plastic bags; plastic can holders; balloons, sky lanterns; containers and cans; elastic bands; fishing tackle, and glass.  

Meanwhile, she added that the RSPCA Shropshire Branch has many cats looking for forever homes. 

She said: “Jack is a beautiful 15-week-old kitten.

“He is very nervous and would be best with older children as young children might startle him. He could be rehomed with his mother Phoebe.

“Phoebe is a two-year-old mum. Sadly, her owner died and she is looking for a new loving home.

“She can be a bit hissy but would settle in a stable home. She can be rehomed with or without Jack.

“Gizmo has been at the cattery for a long time. He just wants someone to love him and make him feel special.

“He is four years old and is a friendly cat, and is on a urinary diet.”

Anyone wishing to meet the cats should contact the RSPCA Shropshire Branch at: or 07703 567 935.

All cats rehomed from the RSPCA Shropshire Branch are blood tested for FELV/FIV, vaccinated, neutered, wormed and de-flead.

The adoption fee is £75.