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COVID-19 – latest on Branch services

This is the latest news on how Covid-19 is affecting our Branch services

Last updated: 12th April 2021

This information will be updated as and when necessary, and any major changes to our services will be communicated via our social media channels as well.

Martlesham Animal Centre:

Our rehoming centre remains closed to the public, however suitable animals can still be adopted via a virtual adoption process.  From 12 April 2021 we will be able to re-open by appointment only.

If you’re looking to re-home an animal, please visit our website www.ipswich-rspca.org.uk and call us on 0300 999 7321 if you see someone you are interested in adopting.

We are now able to accept animals from the public.  If you need to rehome your pet, please call the centre  on 0300 999 7321 to discuss how we can help.

If you have another animal related emergency, please call 0300 1234 999. Lines are manned between 7am and 10pm.

If you have found injured or unwell wildlife, please call the National RSPCA Control Centre on 0300 1234 999.

Our Vet Clinic:

Our clinic will remain open so that we can continue to help animals in need however there are restrictions in place to ensure we comply with the COVID-Secure requirements.

The following provisions will be in place:

  • We will open the door no earlier than 11.30am, you must have arrived by 1pm in order to see a vet.
  • 3 people will be allowed into our waiting room at any one time to ensure we comply with social distancing (only one person per pet).
  • There is a further marked out waiting area outside the Clinic (clients will be seen on a first come, first served basis). Please bear in mind if the weather is bad there is a limited sheltered waiting area.
  • For hygiene purposes there will only be a few chairs provided, if you require seating please notify one of the Clinic staff.
  • We require all clients to wear a face covering when attending the clinic.
  • Pets on long term medications can order repeat prescriptions providing their pet has been seen by the vet within the last 6 months, these can now be collected from the Clinic between 12 – 1pm on Tues and Fri, we will only post out medications for patients who are shielding.
  • If your pet has not seen a vet in the last six months and you need medical treatment you will need to bring your pet to the clinic for a health check and examination

Charity Shops

All 4 of our charity shops will be reopening from 12th April 2021.

If you have been kindly holding onto donations for our shops – thank you very much.  As we will be quarantining all donations for 48 hours, our storage will be limited, so we ask that you please call ahead to check we are able to take your donations in.  The shops can be contacted on the below numbers:


Felixstowe Shop – 01394 275350

Tacket Street Shop, Ipswich – 01473 253420

Reynolds Shop, Ipswich – 01473 714482

Stowmartket Shop – 01449 259036


Financial donations:

We continue to be amazed and truly touched by the offers of support we have received in these difficult times, to help us make sure our animals remain safe and well.

For those supporters who wish to make a financial donation, and are able to do so, that would be the best way to help us right now. We will continue to have our day to day running costs and anticipate increased cost in the coming months. To make a donation online you can do so via our Virgin Money Giving page.

If you’d like to offer us long-term financial help, we have our Safe Haven animal pen sponsorship.

Any amount you are able to give will make a difference – thank you.

Our team:

We are taking the threat posed by Covid-19 extremely seriously.

We are closely monitoring the ongoing situation and will continue to follow advice from the UK Government. As always, the safety and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers, the public, and the animals in our care, is first and foremost.  We are taking all necessary steps to ensure we are able to protect their health and safety both now and in the future.

We have also implemented the recommendations of Public Health England and will continue to ensure that all our animals are being well cared for at all times. All staff members are being extra diligent in terms of self-care and personal hygiene, and are encouraged to self-isolate and call 111 if they experience symptoms or come into contact with anyone they know or suspect may have the virus.

We are grateful to everyone for their patience and understanding at such a difficult time for us all – please keep an eye on this page for further information. Stay safe everyone.

National Pet Month!

We are now in National Pet Month which runs from 1st April to 3rd May.  The month celebrates and raises awareness of responsible pet ownership and looks at the mutual benefits of living with pets – and there are lots!

Introducing a new rescue pet to your home will be exciting, rewarding and, at times, challenging, it may take quite a while for your new animal to settle into life with you, but don’t worry – a lot of people encounter some tricky bits with their new animal and remember you are not alone – the Martlesham Animal Team are here to support you.

Pets, especially dogs and cats, can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, ease loneliness, encourage exercise and playfulness, and even improve your health!  Caring for an animal can help children grow up more secure and active.   Pets also provide valuable companionship for older adults.   A pet can add real joy and unconditional love to your life.

However, pet ownership is also a serious commitment with many important duties to consider that may not be immediately apparent – responsible pet ownership consists of more than simply feeding and playing with your pet.   Anyone considering re-homing a pet should ensure that they can provide for all the welfare needs before taking on the responsibility.

Why not see who is looking for a home //ipswich-rspca.org.uk/pets/ and then speak to our Animal Centre Team to find out more!



 All the animals pictured in this post have all found loving homes x

Sponsor Josh in the Great East Run

Support Josh Crewe, who is running the Great East Run half marathon on 26 September 2021 to raise £1,000 to help animals in our care. The pandemic restrictions have hit our fundraising events very badly, so many thanks to Josh for helping us raise money and awareness for our animals.

He has already raised over £500 on his Just Giving page. If you’d like to support Josh and the animals in our care, please donate via this link:


Josh will join some 4,000 runners for the highlight of Suffolk’s running year, following an incredible route through the beautiful Holywells Park, past Ipswich’s vibrant waterfront, and under the iconic Orwell Bridge, with a grandstand finish next to Ipswich Town Football ground.

Josh has already started his training and we wish him a safe and successful run.