Abby Wilson and The Great East Run!

Abby Wilson took on the Ipswich Half Marathon – Great East Run – for us on Sunday 16th September and conquered it!   Sincere thanks to Abbey for her hard work and support and to everyone who has donated.  Abbey has raised an amazing £431 (incl. Gift Aid).   You can still support Abby’s brilliant achievement and the work of our Branch by going to:-


Autumn Fair / Shop Early for Christmas event

Start getting in the Christmas spirit with our fabulous Autumn Fair / Shop Early for Christmas event on Saturday 3rd November at Holbrook Village Hall, Holbrook (10am to 2pm). Entry is free.

In addition to our usual suspects – raffle, tombola, bric-a-brac and new goods including Christmas cards, diaries and calendars, we have a great range of brilliant craft and food stalls. These include organic dog treats, Animals Asia raffle, delicious homemade jams and chutneys, and Christmas wares including elegant felted gifts and carved wooden items, glass ornaments and suncatchers, jewellery and fabric items (like bunting & aprons) and wooden reindeer. Plus hot and cold refreshments.

Help support our local animal welfare work as well as beginning the run-up to the festive season.

To download a poster, click here.

Open Day cancelled

We have had to take the difficult decision to cancel our Open Day & Fun Dog show, due to take place this Sunday (23rd Sept)

We were hoping the weather forecast would improve, but with high winds and heavy rain predicted, it would be too unsafe to go ahead.

It’s a huge disappointment, as we were hoping to raise a lot of money for our Animal Centre and to show off the new Project Winston paw plaques. However, we hope to see you all at our Autumn Fair / Shop Early for Christmas event on Saturday 3rd November at Holbrook Village Hall. Keep an eye on this website and our Facebook page for further information.



Lovely Lana hasn’t had the best start in life and was brought into our care by one of our inspectors.
Due to her age and poor treatment, she’s a bit wobbly on her legs and therefore doesn’t need long walks (although she is well-behaved on a lead). However, she does love to be outside and enjoys regular visits to our field for playtime and lots of love and attention.
She’s a little bit deaf but can hear some noises, especially the sound of her food bowl being delivered!
Lana has been taught how to sit whilst at the centre by using treats and hand signals. We are pleased with this step forward for her and know that she would benefit from further training.
She craves company and needs to be taught that it’s okay to be alone (but then she can only be left for a maximum of 4 hours in a 24-hour period).
Do you have a safe, loving home to give this wonderful lady the kindness and attention she deserves for the rest of her life?

New isolation kennels complete – almost!

We are delighted to announce that the new two-kennel isolation block has been completed – but it won’t be able to be used properly until the new drainage system has been installed.

With one standard kennel and one extra large kennel, the new isolation block will have ample space for all types and sizes of dogs, including big guys like Winston the Newfoundland after whom Project Winston is named.

The iso block has its own stainless steel catering-quality kitchen plus storage, so everything can easily be kept clean and completely separate if we have dogs with contagious diseases.

Jean Short, Hon Chairman: “The new support block is really taking shape as well. The shell is watertight and the plasterers are in. The next phase, knocking down the old isolation block and starting on the four kennels, had been slightly delayed whilst our contractors, RG Carters, re-routed the electricity supply which also fed other rooms on site. But we’re back on track and hope to be only slightly later completing than we’d planned.”

Project Winston will allow the RSPCA Animal Centre to continue its work in rehabilitating and rehoming all sorts of animals, especially dogs, from the local area. Led by local contractor R G Carter, the build will replace six of the Animal Centre’s oldest dog kennels with up-to-date facilities, as well as building a new support block to include toilets, shower, office, staff room and a cattery sluice room.

The Branch is a separately registered charity and, despite already raising over £300,000 for Project Winston, is looking to raise the remaining funds through collections and asking supporters to organise fundraising events. The Branch has also created a “Helping Paws” buy a plaque scheme for anyone who would like a permanent commemoration of a beloved pet or person at the Animal Centre. For more information, click here.

Helping Paws – for Winston

Buy one of our lovely paws plaques and help us complete Project Winston, the replacement of six of the Animal Centre’s oldest dog kennels with up-to-date facilities.

We have three types of lovely paws plaques available.

Solid brass 4” paw – minimum donation £250
4″ blue acrylic paw – £50 minimum donation
£25 minimum donation for the 2″ blue acrylic paw plaque

In celebration or in loving memory, each plaque can be engraved with a short message of your choice.

The plaques will be put on permanent display in a public area at our Animal Centre in Martlesham.

We are a separately registered charity from the national RSPCA and our Trustees are all unpaid volunteers. Our animal welfare work is not paid for by the national RSPCA and in 2017 over 95% of our income came from our own fundraising efforts, donations and legacies. Project Winston will allow the wonderful staff and volunteers at our RSPCA Animal Centre to continue their work in rehabilitating and rehoming all sorts of animals, especially dogs, from the local area.

For details of how to buy a paw of your own, please click here. Or visit the Project Winston stand at our upcoming Open Day (Sun 23 Sept).

Could you be our Shop Manager for our new shop in Stowmarket?

We have an exciting opportunity to be part of the RSPCA Suffolk East & Ipswich Branch team. We will be opening a charity shop later this year in the Meadow Centre, Wilkes Way, Stowmarket and we are looking to recruit an experienced Charity Shop Manager who will use their retail skills and volunteer management experience to help us create a great shopping experience.

The successful candidate will be instrumental in the successful setting up of the charity shop along with the ongoing responsibility of all aspects of the charity shop, including staff, volunteer recruitment and retention, customer service, stock management, financial records, administration, compliance with current legislation, Branch and National Society policy, and promoting the work of the RSPCA. The Shop Manager will work to budgeted sales targets and will be expected to control shop expenditure.

Please see the links for the Job Description and Person Specification.

In the first instance, please send your CV and a covering letter to Mrs Kim Puttock, Branch Manager, RSPCA Animal Centre, Mill Lane, Martlesham, Suffolk, IP12 4PD or via

Closing date for receipt of applications:  16th August 2018 at 4pm

Interviews to be held on Friday 24th August 2018

Appointments needed during building works

During Project Winston, from 28th May until 29th October 2018 inclusive, if you would like to visit the Centre to view or discuss any of our animals available for adoption, you’ll need to make an appointment. This is to allow staff and builders enough space to work.

If you would like to leave donations or visit the animal centre shop, there is no need to make an appointment; just visit during our normal opening hours. Our charity shops – at Hamilton Road, Felixstowe and Tacket Street and Reynolds Road in Ipswich, will also be delighted to receive donations.

Please call the Centre on 0300 999 7321 to book an appointment to see our animals.

To find out more about Project Winston – click here