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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 kate.Grimwood@rspca-ipswich.org.uk


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 mary.taylor@rspca-ipswich.org.uk

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

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 martlesham@rspca-ipswich.org.uk to find out more.

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.

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.