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February 2021

World Spay Day – 23rd February

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World Spay Day is here and it’s more important than ever that the benefits of Spaying and Neutering are made clear.

If you haven’t yet had your cat or dog neutered whether it be due to finances, time, or because you’ve been told you don’t need to, we would like to help!

We are strong believers in animals being neutered as soon as possible to avoid health problems later in life, unwanted litters when there are so many animals without homes already, or frustrating behavioural issues.

That’s why we are jumping on board this World Spay Day and running two separate promotions!

Please see the poster for all the details.

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Why Not Send an E-Card for Mother’s Day?

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She is one of the most important people in our lives.   Why not send your mum an e-card and raise funds for animals in need?

Mothering Sunday is a special day to say thank you to all our mums for all they do for us and a time to remember our lovely mums who are no longer with us.

Click Here to Send Your E-Card and Show Your Mum You Care! 

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Valentine’s Photo Competition now closed

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Our Valentine’s Photo Competition has now closed. Many thanks to all the people who entered, many of whom donated much more than the £2 entry fee.

Our category judges will be hard at work – and given how gorgeous all the entries are, their task will not be an easy one.

We will notify the winners before the end of February and all the winning entries will be on our website and Facebook about the same time.

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Lonely Calendars and Diaries Need a Home!

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We know if you are reading this you are an animal lover!   So, please read on……

Due to our charity shops having to be closed we have a number of Calendars and Diaries which need a good home as they are currently gathering dust in our charity shops and unlike the Christmas cards, we can’t sell them at the end of the year!

We are now selling our Calendars and Diaries at 50% – £0.75 for the diaries and £1.70 for our calendars.   (Plus, postage to get them to you of course).

Your Calendar or Diary purchase could cover the cost of a yummy meal or two for one of the animals in our care.

If you would like more details or to purchase a calendar or diary please contact Kate on kate.grimwood@rspca-ipswich.org.uk or 01449 614057.

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Virgin Money London Marathon 2021

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We would like to encourage any animal lovers who have won a ballot place in this great race to support our charity when they run on 3rd October 20201 – the 40th race!

Runners who have entered the ballot will have now received their ballot result.  Did you get a ballot place?  Would you like to run for us and help all the animals that come through our doors each year?

With 100,000 runners taking part both physically and virtually, it promises to be a wonderful event!

We would be so excited if someone lucky enough to get a space would like to raise vital funds for our Branch.  Click here to set up your page for us.

 

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January 2021

COVID-19 – latest on Branch services

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This is the latest news on how Covid-19 is affecting our Branch services

Last updated: 4th January 2021

This information will be updated as and when necessary, and any major changes to our services will be communicated via our social media channels as well.

Martlesham Animal Centre:

Our rehoming centre remains closed to the public, however suitable animals can still be adopted via a virtual adoption process. Due to the current Tier 4 restrictions in relation to COVID-19 we are unable to re-home outside of the Suffolk area.

If you’re looking to re-home an animal, please visit our website www.ipswich-rspca.org.uk and call us on 0300 999 7321 if you see someone you are interested in adopting.

We are only taking in animals from the Inspectorate and so if you have an emergency situation, please call 0300 1234 999. Lines are manned between 7am and 10pm.

If you have found injured or unwell wildlife, please call the National RSPCA Control Centre on 0300 1234 999.  We are currently unable to accept wildlife into the animal centre.

Our Vet Clinic:

Our clinic will remain open so that we can continue to help animals in need however there are restrictions in place to ensure we comply with the COVID-Secure requirements.

The following provisions will be in place:

  • We will open the door no earlier than 11.30am, you must have arrived by 1pm in order to see a vet.
  • 3 people will be allowed into our waiting room at any one time to ensure we comply with social distancing (only one person per pet).
  • There is a further marked out waiting area outside the Clinic (clients will be seen on a first come, first served basis). Please bear in mind if the weather is bad there is a limited sheltered waiting area.
  • For hygiene purposes there will only be a few chairs provided, if you require seating please notify one of the Clinic staff.
  • We require all clients to wear a face covering when attending the clinic.
  • Pets on long term medications can order repeat prescriptions providing their pet has been seen by the vet within the last 6 months, these can now be collected from the Clinic between 12 – 1pm on Tues and Fri, we will only post out medications for patients who are shielding.
  • If your pet has not seen a vet in the last six months and you need medical treatment you will need to bring your pet to the clinic for a health check and examination

Charity Shops

All 4 of our charity shops have closed once again.

If you have donations for any of our shops we would be most grateful if you could please hold onto your donations until the shops are open again.

Financial donations:

We continue to be amazed and truly touched by the offers of support we have received in these difficult times, to help us make sure our animals remain safe and well.

For those supporters who wish to make a financial donation, and are able to do so, that would be the best way to help us right now. We will continue to have our day to day running costs and anticipate increased cost in the coming months. To make a donation online you can do so via our Virgin Money Giving page.

If you’d like to offer us long-term financial help, we have our Safe Haven animal pen sponsorship.

Any amount you are able to give will make a difference – thank you.

Our team:

We are taking the threat posed by Covid-19 extremely seriously.

We are closely monitoring the ongoing situation and will continue to follow advice from the UK Government. As always, the safety and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers, the public, and the animals in our care, is first and foremost.  We are taking all necessary steps to ensure we are able to protect their health and safety both now and in the future.

We have also implemented the recommendations of Public Health England and will continue to ensure that all our animals are being well cared for at all times. All staff members are being extra diligent in terms of self-care and personal hygiene, and are encouraged to self-isolate and call 111 if they experience symptoms or come into contact with anyone they know or suspect may have the virus.

We are grateful to everyone for their patience and understanding at such a difficult time for us all – please keep an eye on this page for further information. Stay safe everyone.

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