The three-year partnership scheme, called “The Networking Project”, will enable the charity to find loving new homes for pets by providing much-needed transport across the country for sick and injured wildlife, as well as rescued and abandoned animals.
The scheme will also be vital in ensuring the RSPCA maximises the use and efficiency of its centres when caring for animals, rather than relying on private care options when its shelters are full.
As part of the partnership, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will provide six short wheelbase CR30 2.0-litre TDI 136 PS BlueMotion Crafters, which will be converted to exact specifications provided by the RSPCA’s operations team, allowing for a variety of different animals to be safely transported around the country.
Offering strong residual values and a fuel-efficient engine with 39.8mpg (combined) and 187g/km, the Crafter will help to save money and reduce the RPSCA fleet's impact on the environment.
The vans will be decorated in colourful wraps – winning designs from a national schools design competition which launches today (30th June).
Matthew Cull, the RSPCA’s high value giving manager, said: ‘The impact this commitment from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will have on the day-to-day management of our core animal welfare activity is huge.
‘The Networking Project allows our staff on the frontline at animal centres to make the best decisions and use all our available resources in the most cost effective and efficient way. The Crafters are key to making this happen.’
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