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Virtual pet show raises £340 for our animals

Our newest event – a virtual pet show – raised £340.37 for animals in the care of our Martlesham animal centre.

Replacing our One Fun Day that was scheduled for Sunday 14 June, the on-line pet show attracted entries showing a range of much-loved pets, from dogs to cats and rats, horses, ferrets, guinea pigs and rabbits.

The class winners are:

Best Rescue – Rolo who was rescued from a puppy farm by RSPCA Southend and now visits hospitals as a Pets As Therapy dog. Runners up were Coco the cat and Mya the rabbit.

Sleeping beauty – the picture of ultimate relaxation was Cookie the cat, closely followed by two dogs, Jack and Buddy.

Golden Oldie was won by Winston the dog, a dapper old gentleman. Roly Poly Pudding the white rat and Aggy the welsh collie were runners up.

Perfectly Imperfect celebrated the imperfections we love so much and was won by a lovely dog called Leo. Milo the dog and Daisy the rabbit were runners up in this class.

Joie de Vivre showcased animals loving life and not afraid to show it and the winner was Margo a horse rolling for the sheer joy of it. Maebelle and JJ, both dogs, were the runners up.

Best Companion was possibly the most touching class, showing the special bond between animals and their human friends. It was won by Rosie the dog and her family, with two other dogs, Dobbie and Bindi, taking the runners up spots.

Winners and runners-up will receive a rosette and a certificate.

Many thanks to everyone who entered, especially those who gave over and above the £2 per entry donation, and to the judges who had such hard decisions, Zoe for the social media support and David Letts for designing the website entry page.

Coronavirus emergency appeal

The outbreak of Covid-19 is leaving us seriously short of funding, with all four of our charity shops temporarily closed and fundraising events cancelled.

Despite this loss of income, we still have animals that need to be cared for every day. Please, please help us to help them by sending us money via our Virgin Giving Page. We are so grateful for every donation, however big or small, thank you.

You can also donate over the phone by calling our Animal Centre on 0300 999 7321 or by cheque, made payable to ‘RSPCA Suffolk East & Ipswich’, and posted to Martlesham Animal Centre, Mill Lane, Suffolk, IP12 4PD.

Essentials for our animals

We’ve made a dedicated COVID-19 essentials Amazon Wish list for anyone who is able to help our animals during this difficult time. Click here.

We understand that buying only essentials is very important at the moment, which is why we’ve created an “essentials only” wish list. These are absolute must haves; items our animals cannot be without. We use them daily and run out very quickly.

We’ve had to close all 4 of our charity shops which fund the vital work we do in Suffolk, so any donation big or small from this list would be so generous and gratefully received.

Store collection tin

Framlingham Co-Op collection cancelled

Because of the situation with the coronavirus, we have taken the decision to cancel our store collection at the Co-Op Framlingham on 27 March. All our other store collections have been postponed for the foreseeable future.

We hope to quickly put in place alternative forms of donation (such as the Donate link here on our website) for anyone wanting to support the animals in our care.

If you have any questions on the store collections or would like to volunteer to collect at future ones, please contact Ian Hendry on 01449 767747 (after 6pm) or via ian.hendry@rspca-ipswich.org.uk.

Thank you all for your support so far this year and, hopefully, it will not be too long before we can get back in the stores again and collect a lot more money for animals in need. In the meantime, please take care of yourselves.

Save the Date: Family Fun Day Sun 24th May

Whether you come to our Fun Day every year, have never been, or have wanted to come but have had other plans, this year won’t be one to miss!

It’s never too early to pop the date in your diary.  We will have lots of exciting stalls, fun for the kids, good food and drink plus music and some added surprises!

Supermarket Collection Dates 2020

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

We have the following collections coming up until the end of June 2020 where we need your help or perhaps you will see us in store, come and say hello and donate a little?

  • Co-Op in Barham on 31st January
  • Tesco at Copdock Interchange on 16th February
  • Co-Op in Framlingham on 27th March
  • Morrisons in Felixstowe on 18th and 19th April
  • Co-Op in Needham Market on 24th April
  • Co-Op in Woodbridge on 8th May
  • Co-Op in Debenham on 29th May
  • Co-Op in Rickinghall on 6th June
  • Co-Op in Felixstowe on 20th June
  • Co-Op in Combs Ford on 26th June

If you would like to help us or to find out more about helping with supermarket collections, please contact:

Ian Hendry on 01449 767747 (after 6pm) or ian.hendry@rspca-ipswich.org.uk

Collection dates for the remainder of 2020 will be added shortly…

Store collection tin

Super supermarkets – thank you

Thank you to our local Co-op, ASDA, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, and Tesco supermarkets, along with the SPAR in Felixstowe, for their support during 2019. By allowing us to hold supermarket collections in their stores, we raised a staggering £5,078.84 of much needed funds for our Branch.

This is a vital source of income, and we will be holding further supermarket collections in 2020. Details can be found on our website or at the back of our newsletter, coming out at the end of January.

We couldn’t do this without the unstinting help of volunteers who collect on the day. If you would like to help at any of our supermarket collections, please contact Ian Hendry on 01449 767747 (after 6pm) or via ian.hendry@rspca-ipswich.org.uk.

Christmas cheer at Holbrook

Our Christmas Fair on Saturday (9 November) raised a magnificent £987.65 to help with our animal welfare work.

Many thanks to all our wonderful volunteers who made the event possible, including Sue and her crew who ran the refreshments and made some awesome cakes and sausage rolls. Thanks also to Jean, Geoffrey, John and Yvonne, Lorna, Jan, Mary and Stephen for their help on the day. Our thanks also to everyone who donated raffle and tombola prizes and who helped publicise the event.

There was a festive range of craft and food stalls, including organic dog treats, Tropic toiletries, delicious homemade jams, gluten and dairy-free cakes and pastries plus Christmas gifts including bags and bunting, fairy jars and crystal angels.

Many thanks to all the stallholders and to everyone who came to support the Branch and our animals.

We are always looking out for more people to help at events and collections, so if you’ve been thinking of volunteering, please take a look at the volunteers section.

RSPCA Christmas Fair 2018: RSPCA goodies for sale

Festive Christmas Fair

Start getting in the Christmas spirit with the RSPCA’s fabulous Christmas Fair on Saturday 9th November at Holbrook Village Hall, The Street, Holbrook, IP9 2PZ (10am to 2pm). Entry is free.

In addition to our great RSPCA stalls such as raffle, tombola, bric-a-brac and new goods including Christmas cards and calendars, we have a fascinating range of brilliant craft and food stalls. These include organic dog treats, Tropic toiletries, delicious homemade jams and chutneys, gluten and dairy-free cakes and pastries plus Christmas gifts including bags and bunting, fairy jars and crystal angels. There will also be 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, please click here.