Helping Animals in Need through Supermarket Collections

So far this year our brilliant Supermarket Collections Team have raised just under £1,200!

We are always in need of volunteers to help us with our collections – all we ask is 2 hours of your time.  We know that there are a lot of animal loves in East Suffolk and we hope some of you will be able to help us raise money for animals in need.

We have the following collections coming up, and would love your help:

Co-op at Woodbridge on 17th May, Co-op at Debenham on 31st May, Co-op at Rickinghall on 8th June, Tesco’s at Martlesham on 7th June, Co-op at Combs Ford (Stowmarket) on 28th June and Sainsburys at Warren Heath, Ipswich on 6th July…more to follow.

If you would like to help us or to find out more, please contact Kate on 01449 614057 or


Fantastic Family Fun Day returns

Don’t miss all the fun and games at our fantastic Family Fun Day; taking place from 11:30am to 3:30pm on Sunday 26th May at our Martlesham Animal Centre.

There’ll be lots going on, with food stalls (including Vegan and gluten free), ice cream, inflatables, local charity stalls, arts and crafts, music, a dog agility course and a very special mystery guest.

Parking at Martlesham Community Centre, and entrance £1 minimum donation.

All proceeds go towards our animal welfare work at the Centre.

One Fun Day – new event at Earl Stonham

Come and join the us at a lively new event to raise money for the animals in our care. Taking place at Earl Stonham Village Hall (Forward Green, IP14 5HJ) on Sunday 16th June 2019, our One Fun Day includes a fun Dog Show, refreshments, raffle, tombola, bric-a-brac and various other stalls.

Part of a series of RSPCA events happening nationwide on the same day, you can find out about the animal welfare and rehoming work we do and enjoy yourself at the same time!

Entrance is free, and the event opens at 11:30am. Dog show registration starts at 12 noon and judging from 1.00pm.

We are looking for volunteers to help on the day, and stallholders. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Mary Taylor at

To download a poster, click here.

Classes are:

1pm: Crossbreed with Character

1:15pm: Happiest Hound

1:30pm: Young at Heart (dogs 8 years +)

1:45pm: Second Chance (rescued dogs)

2pm: Fabulous Female

2:15pm: Marvellous Male

2:30pm: Kids & K9s (young handlers up to 16 years old)

2:45pm: Best in Show

Great Quiz Night result

And the results are in – our quiz night on Saturday raised a magnificent £795 for animals in our local area.

We had 15 teams in total, and the winners were U3A with an impressive 120 out of 130. Thank you all for coming.

A big thank you to Stephen, Mary, Ian and Jean for the catering, Gill for her sterling work as scorer, plus of course Geoffrey for writing the quiz and being Quizmaster on the night.

We would also like to thank Ray and Dawn who kindly donated the wine for the winning team and Dawn also for doing the raffle. Even more thanks to everyone who donated a raffle prize.


Student art project helps local animals

Year 7 students at Gorseland Primary School have been working hard to transform our very old, tired collection dogs into fun, colourful pieces! The students have done incredibly well, and their imagination and artistic talents can be seen in the main reception area of our animal rehoming centre in Martlesham.

The collection dogs we have around our centre help us to raise funds for our Branch so we can continue to help animals in need. Gorseland Primary School has supported this project and the students have put their all into creating the perfect attraction to help raise funds for animal in Ipswich and the surrounding area.

If you work with children and would like to get involved in similar projects, please contact our centre manager Zoe Barrett at to find out more.

Two Special New Children’s Stories for RSPCA Suffolk East & Ipswich!

Helen Lakey, who has been volunteering at our Felixstowe Charity Shop for over 10 years, has also found the time to write two children’s books in aid of our branch called “Plop! The Boy who saved the World” and “The Trainees go West”.

Helen lives in Felixstowe and is passionate about the environment and animals.   Having grown up on a farm in Suffolk and helped run a number of shops, she has a lot of experience to draw upon when thinking up her stories.  Helen is keen for her two new books to not only raise money for the branch but to also raise awareness for the branch and its vital work too.

Helen enjoys helping at our shop with the managers Cathie and Jo and the rest of the wonderful volunteer team.   She is busy working on the sequel to Plop!


Animal Centre opening hours

Although dog introductions are remaining by appointment only, the rest of the Centre is returning to our normal opening hours.

These are:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 11.30am to 3.30pm
  • Wednesday – CLOSED
  • Sunday (by appointment only for all animals) between 1.30pm and 3.30pm

We’ve decided to keep the appointment only system for dog introductions as this minimises stress to our dogs and limits disruption to their feeding, training and exercise routines.

Please call the Centre on 0300 999 7321 if you’d like to book an appointment or if you have any other questions.

Our Stowmarket shop is officially open!

Our Stowmarket shop is officially open and we have a few Thank You’s to make!

Firstly, a huge thank you to Hughes who once again have supported our Branch in donating a brand new microwave for our shop staff and volunteers to enjoy on their break times – the support Hughes have given us over the years has been absolutely incredible and we can’t thank them enough.
Another big thank you goes to Hicks Carpets for sponsoring our beautiful new flooring, we couldn’t have pulled this off without your generosity and kindness!

Lastly a very big thank you to Stowmarket Town Mayor, Councillor Linda Baxter for officially opening our shop on Saturday 15th December and helping to make it a very exciting event for us all.

Now we look forward to welcoming you all, so be sure to visit!  We can be found at Unit 6 Meadow Centre, Wilkes Way, Stowmarket, IP14 1DE.

Co-op Collections for Animals in Need!

Sincere thanks to the East of England Co-op for allowing us to hold collections at their stores again in 2019.  We are always looking for volunteers to help us with our collections.  If you can help with any of the following, please call 0300 999 7321, option 4 (between 9am and 4.30pm).   All we ask for is 2 hours of your time and friendly dogs are most welcome to help too!

We will be collecting as follows:-

  • 22nd February at Hadleigh Co-op
  • 29th March at Framlingham Co-op
  • 26th April at Needham Market (Barking Road) Co-op
  • 31st May at Debenham Co-op

*More dates and locations with be added through the year!*