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November 2020

Easyfundraising ~Help us while you Shop!

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Please support RSPCA Suffolk East & Ipswich Branch on #easyfundraising, you can raise FREE donations when you shop online with over 4,300 retailers. It’s simple and only takes 2 minutes to sign up! Plus if you sign up, we’ll get a £5 bonus donation:

Visit: //www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/rspcasuffolkeastipswich

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Amazon Black Friday Deals!

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If you shop Amazon Black Friday Week deals from 20th – 30th November, you can do more than discover great deals: Simply shop at smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/206269-0 or with AmazonSmile ON in the Amazon Shopping app, and AmazonSmile donates to Royal Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals Suffolk East And Ipswich Branch at no extra cost!

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Give as you Live – Support us this Christmas

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Support us this Christmas by generating donations when you shop online for gifts and more via @GiveasyouLive Online.

💸 It’s free
📱 There’s a handy app
🛍️ There are over 4,000 stores!

Click here to join our supporters who are raising vital funds for us while they shop!

//www.giveasyoulive.com/join/rspcasuffolkeastandipswich

 

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What does Lockdown 2.0 mean for us?

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We’re sad to have to lockdown our re-homing centre once more, however we will still be working hard to help re-home our suitable animals via a mostly virtual process.

Keep a close eye on our website where new animals will still be added: www.ipswich-rspca.org.uk. If you see someone you are interested in, call us on 0300 999 7321 between 9am-4:30pm.

We will still be accepting animals via the National RSPCA Inspectorate team and helping with emergencies.

We’re so pleased to be able to tell you that our welfare clinic will not be affected by the recent lockdown announcement. We will be there as normal to help with your pets veterinary care when you need us. More information can be found here: //ipswich-rspca.org.uk/clinic/

Sadly all four of our charity shops have closed once again, and we will update you when they are able to re-open.

This will be another difficult month for our small charity, so if you’d like to help by donating a small amount to our cause please do so here: Virgin Money Giving

Thank you for your continued support, and stay safe during these difficult times.

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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: 5th November 2020

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:

The Animal Centre remains CLOSED to visitors and following the national lockdown announcements we have had to suspend all appointments.

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

With immediate effect we have had to close our shops.  If you have donations for our shops we would be most grateful if you could please hold onto them until our shops are able to reopen.

Financial donations:

We’ve been truly touched by the offers of support we’ve received already this year 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 in a position 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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RSPCA Christmas Fair 2018: felt reindeers - so cute

Christmas Fair cancelled

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It’s with deep regret that we’ve taken the decision to cancel our Christmas Fair at Holbrook (21st November). We also cancelled our Quiz night, due to have been on the 24 October. Losing the two events will make a big dent in our income, as they are very well attended and raised almost £1,000 each last year, but the continuing dangers of the pandemic leave us no option.

We are trying to make up some income with online events, so please keep an eye on our website and Facebook for more fundraising activities.

Hopefully we will be able to resume our face-to-face events next year, but in the meantime, if you would like to make a donation to help us look after the animals in our care, we would be very grateful.

Our Virgin Money Giving page is here or, if you’d like to send a cheque, please make it payable to RSPCA Suffolk East & Ipswich and send it to RSPCA Animal Centre, Mill Lane, Martlesham, IP12 4PD.

Any amount you can give will make a difference – thank you.

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October 2020

Pyometra – a dangerous and invisible infection

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We’ve seen a sharp rise in the number of cases of Pyometra in dogs visiting our welfare clinic.

Pyometra is a deadly infection, which can take hold quickly and make your pet extremely poorly.
Often the surgery involved to save a pets life once they have Pyometra can cost in excess of £1,000.

The good news? Pyometra is 100% AVOIDABLE!

Neutering your female dog or cat at an early age will almost totally guarantee them avoiding this awful yet common infection of the uterus.

If you are in receipt of benefits our clinic can neuter your dog or cat at a significantly reduced price. A price that could save your pet’s life in the long run, and avoid costly vet bills later down the line.

We cannot stress the importance of this enough and strongly advise reading more about our clinic and how we can help you: //ipswich-rspca.org.uk/clinic/

Please do not hesitate, it could save your best friends life.

*although Pyometra is an infection seen in female animals, neutering your male pet can reduce their risk of avoidable diseases by a considerable amount too*

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September 2020

Text Giving Fundraising Appeal!

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Our Branch funding has been severely affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic, with the cancellation of our events and fundraising activities.   Things are now starting to look up with our shops having reopened but we still need your help please.

In an effort to cover all the ways you can help us, we are delighted to tell you about our Text giving Fundraising Appeal.

Thank you, your support is so important to us.

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