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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.

 

Bobby, Nobby, Johnny and Tommy

These four vocal bachelors have come to the centre for rehoming as their owner sadly passed away. All four have been used to an aviary and would love to find a home together or with other friendly community feathered friends. Although they can be slightly shy at first, these guys have got used to us walking in and out of their aviary to clean and their favourite spot this time of year is high up on the branches by their heat lamp. Can you offer our four birds their forever home?

 

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.

Project Winston fundraising: paw plaques

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.

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

Result! Latest totals are in

Here are some results from our lovely volunteers taking the RSPCA stall to various fundraising events around the area.

We’ll kick things off with a completely new event – the Fun Dog Show at Castle Hill Park on 9th June. With a lovely atmosphere and even lovelier dogs, we raised a magnificent £115.

Whitworth Vets Fairy Tale themed Open Day and Fun Dog show on 8 July was, as always, a lively event and raised £86.75. Many thanks to Jean, Sue and Bekkie for running the stall and a huge thank you to Whitworth vets for inviting us and donating a share the takings from the gate, raffle and refreshments to our rebuild campaign, Project Winston.

On the same day, Stephen and Mary took a selection from the main stall to the Woodbridge Royal British Legion Centenary Commemoration of the Ending of WW1 and raised £34. Full marks to the band, standard bearers, performers and cadets for holding it all together on such a scorching day.

Martlesham Fete on 14 July raised an excellent £122.90. Many thanks to the organisers for putting on such an entertaining, friendly and well supported event and it was lovely to meet several dogs who had been adopted from the MAC.

The following day saw the stall at a new event for us, Old Newton Village Fayre. We raised £55.60 which wasn’t bad considering how hot it was and that we were in competition with the tennis and some football competition final. Many thanks to Becky for her help on the day.

All the monies raised go directly to helping animals in our local area.

Fabulous final figure for feel-good Family Fun Day

Well the results are in and what a fabulous day we all had at our Family Fun Day. The sun shone, the crowds flocked and the total was awesome. We took £3638.50 on the day – an amazing 20% increase on last year’s total. Many thanks to everyone who came.

Congratulations to Zoe and the team for all their hard work, and a huge thank you to all our volunteers who assisted on the day. We certainly couldn’t do it without you.

Keep an eye out for more info on our next on-site event, our Open Day and Fun Dog Show on 2nd September.

Project Winston begins!

After years in the planning, Project Winston has started on site. The first works began on 29th May, after a quick photoshoot with staff, Trustees and volunteers from the Animal Centre and staff from the contractors, RG Carter. Jean Short (our Hon Chairman) and Paul Segger (General Works Manager, RG Carter) were wielding the spades, but Blue, a beautiful lurcher who is looking for his forever home, stole the show.

If you’d like more information on hosting a money-raising event or sponsoring the Project Winston build, please take a look at the Project Winston section here on our website or contact Kate Grimwood at kate.grimwood@rspca-ipswich.org.uk / 01449 614057.

Free animal welfare talks

If your group or organisation is looking for an interesting animal welfare talk, then look no further. Gill is our lovely volunteer speaker who can give an engaging talk on animal welfare and the work the Branch does for animals in our local area. The talk can be tailored to adult or child groups, on a class basis that is age appropriate or a full school assembly. The talks are free of charge, but of course we are always open to donations or monies raised via fundraising.

If you would like to book a talk, please email Gill at: education@rspca-ipswich.org.uk or call 01473 623280.