RSPCA SHEFFIELD BRANCH'S CRISIS APPEAL – WE DESPERATELY NEED YOUR HELP
As the RSPCA Sheffield Branch proudly celebrates its 140th anniversary this year, it is with great irony that we also have to launch a financial appeal to the people of Sheffield – as our animal centre is facing dire financial constraints.
We are one of 169 Branches around the country that are separate charities responsible for our own finances and operation. You will also know us as the Sheffield Animal Centre. We are not part of the National RSPCA and although we do receive some support from them we have to generate our own running costs. We provide shelter, clinical treatment, neutering and rehabilitation for thousands of animals each year and the majority of animals are received by us as a result of cruelty cases that are handled by the National Society. Other animals come to us from the Sheffield public who have desperately sought our centre's help.
It is RSPCA Sheffield Branch policy that no re-homable animal in its care should be put to sleep. Euthanasia is only carried out under veterinary advice, to prevent further suffering, for aggression towards people or as required by the law.
The RSPCA Sheffield Branch (Sheffield Animal Centre) is recognised as one of the best in the country. It provides excellent facilities for re-homing and treatment of animals and is something we are very proud of. However, since its relocation to Attercliffe 4 years ago, we have never been able to operate to full capacity and recently the situation has deteriorated. We are seriously looking at reducing the number of animals we can help – which is why we are making this appeal to you, today.
Honorary Treasurer and voluntary Trustee for the RSPCA Sheffield Branch Roger Billing says:
“Legacies have always provided a major part of our funding. We have seen a dramatic decrease in legacies and this will affect our ability to provide animal welfare. Our aim, with the public's assistance, is to achieve a position where regular income can sustain our day to day operation without the dependency on legacies. This is a tall order as our operating costs are around £2000 per day. We run as commercially as possible and are always looking for new ways to support ourselves such as the recent opening of new charity shops that are helping to fund us. However, on a day to day basis we trade at a loss and this restricts our activities. We really want to fully utilise the excellent facility we have built and we desperately need the help of Sheffield people.
“Unlike a normal business, ironically if we increase our turnover, of animals, we lose more money as each animal costs a considerable amount to put through the extensive re-homing process. This process includes spaying, vaccinations, micro-chipping, veterinary fees, food, and daily care and training by staff and sometimes animal behaviourists. We have a dedicated team of staff and volunteers but we want ensure we can continue to help the many neglected and mistreated animals of Sheffield. We are therefore appealing for your financial help by way of a regular donation, or one off donation, towards the running costs of our centre. Ideally, we need £20,000 per month of extra income to maintain and improve our care for the Sheffield area. If only 10,000, about 3 percent, of people in the Sheffield area, out of a population approaching 600,000, were to donate just £2 per month to our centre, we could transform our situation and vastly improve the lives of more animals.”
General Manger for the RSPCA Sheffield Branch Stella White adds:
“The country is in the middle of an animal welfare crisis and to ensure we can continue to help animals in our local area we must increase our income. It is only with your continued help that we can rehabilitate the number of animals we re-home each month, without it we are seriously looking at reducing the number of animals we can help. So, please help us in our continued local campaign to prevent cruelty and suffering to animals.”
To speak us about making a regular donation, or one off donation to RSPCA Sheffield Branch (Sheffield Animal Centre), please call 0114 289 8057; or email: email@example.com; or write to the RSPCA Sheffield Branch General Manager Stella White at 2 Stadium Way, Attercliffe, Sheffield, S9 3HN; visit: www.rspcasheffield.org or text: SHEF11 £5 to 70070 to donate £5 OR PETS14 £10 to 70070 to donate £10.
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These puppies have thankfully now been rehomed but many more like them need our help every day