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30 Oct 15

Role of an RSPCA Inspector

The day in the life of an RSPCA inspector…

We’re astonishing the RSPCA by raising £10,000 worth of vital funds through the sale of our limited edition Antibacterial Cleanser. The donation will mean a great deal to this fantastic charity, helping them to continue towards the improvement of animal welfare throughout England and Wales.

Being the largest animal welfare charity, last year the RSPCA investigated almost 154,000 cruelty complaints, which are normally logged via their national cruelty line which is available 24 hours, 7 days a week and 365 days of the year.

We wanted to learn more about all the hard work that the RSPCA does, so we caught up with Emma Ellis, an Inspector and Canine Focus Officer who has worked at the charity for 12 years to find out more.

Here we find out what Emma’s job entails, from catching a 12 foot Burmese Python (yes, really!) to helping a bird trapped up a chimney; it’s all in a day’s work.

  1. Please describe a typical day as an RSPCA Inspector?

There isn’t a typical day. One minute you could be giving advice about fleas, then rescuing a bird stuck in a chimney or dealing with a horrific act of cruelty. We deal with anything and everything that comes in.  I love the variety that the job offers.

  1. What do you most enjoy about your role?

Making a difference – whether that’s advice being taken by someone or securing a disqualification of an individual owning or keeping animals from a court hearing. The RSPCA is unique in what we do and I am extremely proud of that. We put ourselves in difficult situations to make a difference to animal welfare.

  1. What do you find most challenging about the role?

When people become confrontational it can be quite challenging. After all, we are just humans that are trying to help animals.  We are not always perfect but we do it because we care.

  1. What attracted you to your current role?

I love animals and anything I can do to make a difference makes me get out of bed in the morning.  I used to work in television and I found that really unfulfilling.  This is a job where I can make a real difference on a daily basis.

  1. If you could change one thing about your job what would it be and why?

Sometimes people can be quite critical of what we do and I think if we could talk to them and help them to realise that we are a charity with limited resources, they’d understand how difficult certain situations can be.

When you work as hard as RSPCA Inspectors do, to get criticism from anyone is so demoralising.  We try our very best to get to everything as quickly as we can but sometimes it just isn’t possible.

  1. What’s the most unusual animal you’ve dealt with?

I was once called into a murder scene where there was a 15 foot Burmese Python that needed removing. You could say that was a very interesting day! Dealing with exotic animals is one of the more unusual aspects of this job.

  1. What are you passionate about outside of work?

I love the outdoors. There’s nothing better than camping or a walk in the mountains. I have two children and two dogs and we all love to get out in the fresh air.

You can get involved with our campaign with the RSPCA by purchasing a bottle of the limited edition Antibacterial Cleanser from 99p Stores, Savers, B&M Bargains, ASDA, Tesco, The Range and Ocado amongst other leading retailers. Look out for the special RSPCA sticker on the bottle, so you can be sure you are doing your bit!

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