RSPCA Sheffield Animal Centre Exciting new projects and campaigns

6th September 2017

Here at RSPCA Sheffield branch, we believe in giving you the best updates to show how we we are actively supporting the community.

This year, we are looking at taking things to the next level and increasing the retail side of our charity. We are potentially opening a large warehouse facility which will be open to the public and will allow us to orchestrate many parts of our retail business from one premises. At the moment we have five charity shops located around the Sheffield area, which are situated in Darnall, Woodseats, The Moor, Crookes and Chapeltown. While the shops do extremely well to bring in vital funding, we still have a long way to go before we can sustain a consistent income. Sheffield Animal Centre costs around £2900 per day to run and this includes the staff costs, gas, electric and all associated animal products and services. On top of this, we also have a large monthly vet bill of around £7000. This is not just spent caring for the animals that reside with us, but to support pet owners in our community who are in receipt of benefits. We launched Gunther's appeal this year to help this little guy receive some much needed surgery. Gunther needs a Total Ear Canal Ablation which involves removal of his diseased/infected ear canal. Although major surgery, once completed and he is fully recovered, he can look forward to a bright and happy future, pain and infection free. Campaigns like this are currently essential to RSPCA Sheffield Branch, as they help us to obtain quick veterinary treatment for animals just like Gunther. Without the funding, the outlook may not be so bright for the animals which need our help. We never put a healthy animal to sleep and we do our very best to make sure that each animal has the best possible care. There are several ways that you can get involved with the RSPCA Sheffield Animal Centre, and here are just a few of those ways. Support RSPCA Sheffield branch by building a strong and professional relationship with us by nominating us as Charity of the Year, or by becoming a Corporate Hero Supporter. Helping with veterinary campaigns, such as Gunther with a financial donation or by sharing our social media posts. Getting involved with events and helping us to gain further support through your friends, family and work colleagues. For more information on any of the above, please contact Phillip Morton at fundraising@rspcasheffield.org. On a final note, please allow me to introduce our next annual event called 'Big Walkies Sheffield 2017. Last year the RSPCA Sheffield held its first annual Big Walkies event in Graves Park and it turned out to be a huge success, to the point where the participants asked us if we would do it again. So, we rose to the request and here it is. Big Walkies Sheffield 2017 is back, and once again taking place in Graves Park, Sheffield S8 8LL on 24thSeptember. This is a sponsored dog walk and is open to anyone who would like to join us. There is a £10.00 minimum donation required to register and we do ask that you obtain as much sponsorship as possible for the event, so that you have a target too. The average person last year raised around £50.00 each and if you put that in to context, it costs £10.00 a week to feed an animal in our care. All the details for the above can be found at our website: www.rspcasheffield.org

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