Although the Suffolk East & Ipswich Branch of the RSPCA have been helping animals in the area for many years, we did not always have such lovely accommodation at Martlesham for the animals.
Until the early 1970s everything happened in Blackhorse Lane in Ipswich but at this time we were fortunate enough to receive a very generous legacy from Miss Butcher of Ipswich. It was decided to purchase the land and property at Mill Lane, Martlesham; which site was found by (the Late) Miss Olive Cossons (former Hon. Secretary for the Branch) and Insp. Ron Summers. In September of 1977 the Animal Centre opened, not in its present form but nevertheless a sanctuary for abandoned and needy animals.
In the 1990s it became necessary to improve the soundproofing of the kennels. We had to raise £100,000 towards the cost. An appeal was launched and thanks to many caring and generous people the target was achieved. In 1998 the new kennels were opened.
Over the last few years we have undertaken a lot of improvement work to the Centre and the accommodation, including a wonderful new cattery which will be much more pleasant for the cats and kittens; especially over the winter months and new and spacious accommodation for the rabbits and ferrets.