Scruff came into the centre after being found as a stray.
When first at the centre, Scruff was very scared and worried by his new environment and human companions but since settling in with us he improved massively!
Scruff now loves it when people go into his cattery to give him all the fuss and attention and loves letting us know but giving us lots of meows!
Scruff had a blood test to determine whether he had FIV or FELV and unfortunately came back positive for FIV. This means Scruff will need to be kept as an indoor cat to stop the spread of the virus onto other cats.
Scruff will need lots of enrichment and space to make up for the fact that he will no longer be able to roam around outside as well as patience to allow him to settle into his new environment.

Quiz Cancelled

We are sorry to inform you that our Quiz Night planned for Saturday 23rd October has been cancelled.

While we are still as dedicated as ever to raising funds to help animals in need in Suffolk, the safety of our attendees has to come first and we don’t yet feel we are at a point where it would be sensible to hold an indoor quiz.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused and we look forward to seeing you at our Quiz Nights in 2022.

As we have had to cancel this event, if you would like to donate the cost of a quiz ticket (£8) to help our vital work it would be much appreciated.   To donate click here.



Help us End BSL!

Last month marked 30 years of Breed Specific Legislation (BSL).  We believe that BSL is cruel and ineffective as decades later, countless innocent dogs continue to face death row due to no fault of their own.   Their only crime is how they look.

Please help us by supporting the campaign and contacting your MP.    Together we can demand change for dogs that deserve better

To take action, please go to


We are Recruiting!

We have a great job opportunity at our Stowmarket Charity Shop!

We are looking to hire a part-time Deputy Shop Manager who will have responsibility for the day to day running of the shop in the absence of the Shop Manager.

For further details and how to apply follow the link below:

Deputy Shop Manager details

Closing date for applications is midday, 31st August 2021

Good luck!


Help Us Raise Free Funds! It won’t cost you a penny extra!

Did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be raising free donations for RSPCA Suffolk East & Ipswich Branch with easyfundraising?

There are over 4,000 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation – including eBay, Argos, John Lewis, ASOS, and M&S – and it won’t cost you a penny extra to help us raise funds for animals in need.

All you need to do is:

  1. Go to // and join for free.
  2. Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first to find the site you want and start shopping.
  3. After you’ve checked out, the retailer will make a donation to RSPCA Suffolk East & Ipswich Branch at no extra cost to you whatsoever!

There are no catches or hidden charges and we will be really grateful for your donations

Thank you x

We’re in the Kickstart Scheme!

The Kickstart Scheme provides a fully funded 6-month job opportunity for young people to gain experience of working and we’re excited to be a part of the scheme.

f you are claiming Universal Credit, and are at risk of long-term unemployment, speak with your Work Coach about the Kickstart Scheme and find out whether it’s right for you.

We currently have 2 Charity Shop Retail Assistant positions that we would like to fill. One is in our Stowmarket Shop and the other is in our shop in Reynolds Road, Ipswich.

More details about the scheme can be found here.

COVID-19 – latest on Branch services

This is the latest news on how Covid-19 is affecting our Branch services.  We will be revisiting the current measures in place as soon as the government confirm what will be happening from 16th August onwards.

Last updated: 28th July 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, and we will continue to operate by appointment only for the foreseeable future.  This is so we are able to manage the number of people onsite at any one time and do our best to reduce the impact that the virus will have on the centre if our team are required to self-isolate.

Although restrictions have eased, we want everyone to continue to feel safe. If you’re visiting us at the animal centre, we’re asking you and our team to continue wearing a face covering and to keep a safe distance from others, wherever possible, so that we can do our best to prevent our animal centre from being forced to close due to sickness/requirement to self-isolate.

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

We are now able to accept animals from the public.  If you need to rehome your pet, please call the centre  on 0300 999 7321 to discuss how we can help.

If you have another animal related emergency, 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.

Our Vet Clinic:

Our clinic remains open so that we can continue to help animals in need however we will be continuing with some restrictions to keep our customers, staff and vets as safe as possible.

The following provisions are in place:

  • We will open the door no earlier than 11.30am, you must have arrived by 1pm in order to see a vet.
  • 6 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 ask all clients to wear a face covering (if they can) when attending the clinic so that we can do our best to prevent our clinic from being forced to close due to sickness/requirement to self-isolate
  • Vets may see you and your pet either inside or outside the consultation room. This is down to the individual preference of the vet on duty and/or yourself. Due to the consultation room needing to be secure to prevent escapees, we will be encouraging the use of outdoor space where practical.
  • 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 are open.

We are no longer required to quarantine donations, but thanks to the generosity of our supporters our shops are still receiving high volumes of donations so we are asking if you could please consider calling in advance to make sure the shop(s) have adequate storage space.  The shops can be contacted on the below numbers:


Felixstowe Shop – 01394 275350

Tacket Street Shop, Ipswich – 01473 253420

Reynolds Shop, Ipswich – 01473 714482

Stowmartket Shop – 01449 259036


We are also asking all customer to please consider wearing a face covering (if you can) so we can try and keep our teams and you as safe as possible so that we can do our best to prevent any of our shops from being forced to close due to sickness/requirement to self-isolate.

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 can 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.

All staff members are being extra diligent in terms of self-care and personal hygiene and will self-isolate and call 111 if they experience symptoms or are pinged.

We are grateful to everyone for their patience and understanding at such a difficult time for us all.

Stay safe everyone.

Chloe’s Yay for the Animals!

One of our wonderful young supporters Chloe Haynes had just undertaken a super challenge in aid of our branch of the RSPCA and animals in need.

Chloe, aged 12, biked 25 miles in just under 3 hours; which we think is pretty amazing.   Chloe loves cycling and wanted to help animals at the same time.

She has already smashed her £150 donation target by raising £330 but we would like to help Chloe raise even more, to say thank you to her for taking on this challenge to help local animals.

A big thank you to Chloe and well done!

Your can support Chloe’s fundraising challenge by going to //

Open Day cancelled

Sadly, we’ve decided to cancel our Open Day & Fun Dog show, due to take place at our Martlesham Animal Centre on 5 Sept.

Although the restrictions are being lifted, Covid-19 is still a very real and potent danger, and we did not want to take the risk of bringing Covid into the Animal Centre after all the hard work that’s gone into keeping it out.

It will mean another financial loss, as the Open Day is one of the most popular events in our calendar, but we felt the risk was just too great.

If you could make a donation to help our animals through this difficult year, we would be incredibly grateful. Our Virgin Money Giving Page is here.