CHALLENGES facing the RSPCA in Hillingdon were explained to Uxbridge and South Ruislip MP Boris Johnson when he visited the clinic in Crescent Parade on the Uxbridge Road.

Hillingdon, Slough, Windsor, Kingston and District branch, a registered charity, has seen a sharp rise in abandoned and unwanted animals as the cost of living has peaked.

It is completely dependent on donations from the public and proceeds from its charity shops.

The chairman runs a busy clinic that supports pet owners on restricted incomes and also re-homes hundreds of animals every year.

Mr Johnson met chair Irene Hansford and other trustees and also watched the vets in action as they carried out a spay operation on a large female dog.

Irene said: “We are experiencing enormous challenges, with a huge increase in stray animals, which are often just abandoned on the streets, and the spiralling costs of running our branch day to day.

“We are grateful Mr Johnson took the time to visit our clinic to discuss these growing issues.”

Hillingdon clinic is open Monday to Friday and the branch is currently caring for almost 100 animals at a separate centre.