Almost 50 seals, many rescued from the North Somerset and Devon coasts, are now being cared for by the RSPCA.
Somerset’s West Hatch rescue centre will spend months feeding up and caring for each one after they were injured in the recent storms.
The RSPCA received more than 3,800 calls about needy animals in the South West last Christmas.
During December the RSPCA also took in nearly 5,500 animals and gave them a warm bed, food, veterinary care and the care and attention they desperately needed - as well as continuing to look after thousands of animals already in their care.
On Christmas Day last year the RSPCA West Hatch centre in Somerset looked after 146 pets as well as numerous wild animals, providing warmth, food and care.
This year, the charity’s inspectors will be out 24/7 rescuing animals from pets to livestock to wildlife in all weathers but for many animals brought to safety it is just the start of a long road to recovery and a new life.
Many animals spend weeks, months, and sometimes years in our care getting vet treatment.