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Open Day & Fun Dog show returns

After being rained off last year, our annual open day and fun dog show returns to the Martlesham Animal Centre on Sunday 1st September (fingers crossed!)

Our traditional stalls, including raffle, tombola, RSPCA branded goods and bric-a-brac, will be there, along with a tasty BBQ and the ever-popular tea tent, with delicious cakes and savouries. Stalls already booked include animal themed cards, jewellery and novelties, gourmet dog treats, carved wooden decorations, children’s pocket money toys and glitter tattoos.

This is one of our main fundraising events, so please do come along and help us raise the money we need to go on helping animals in the local area.

The event opens at 11:30am. Dog Show registration is from 12 noon with judging from 1pm.

If you would like to download a poster, please click here.

Rain didn’t stop play – new event raises over £350 for animals

Despite the weather – and Fathers’ Day – being against us, our first ever One Fun Day still managed to raise £377.78

Held in Earl Stonham Village Hall and on the local cricket pitch, our One Fun Day was part of a series of RSPCA events happening nationwide on the same day to raise awareness of our work and money for local animals in need.

Thank you to everyone who helped.

To Jean, Kathy and Lynn for running the refreshment and Jean, Kathy, Sue and Denice for their baking and other lovely eatables, and Stephen for his soup.

The Dog Show was ably judged by Geoffrey and Carrie – the Society’s Interim Field Ops Director – and well supported by Daniel and Melayna running the registration stall. Skinner’s Pet Food at Stradbrooke kindly donated dog food vouchers to first, second and third prize winners as well as to Best in Show.

John, Yvonne, Kate, Caroline and Julie and Jill braved the intermittent rain and constant, frolicksome wind, to run outdoor stalls, including one showing the quality items available from our Stowmarket shop, and John and Yvonne’s ever-popular books, DVDs and jigsaws stall.

One key element was getting everything, from gazebos to bunting, from Martlesham to the lovely Village Hall at Earl Stonham. Huge thanks to Daniel, Melayna, Caroline and Stephen for logistics and transportation.

Also thanks to Ren & her partner for help on the day and the HQ Campaigns stall – which looked fabulous – and Zoe and Neil for helping unpack at the MAC afterwards.

More thanks go to the non-RSPCA stallholders who brought a great range of goods, and themselves made kind donations to us on the day.

It was also the first outing of our new, commercial strength, gazebo, which was immovable in the wind and proved itself – to the heart-felt relief of all of us – 100% rainproof!

This was a lovely event, in an area of the Branch where we’ve no track record of activities, so we hope this will be the first in a long line of successful events that raise lots of money for animals in need.

Izzy and Elena’s Animal Day Out!

Izzy and Elena contacted us after they’d raised an amazing £60.00 for our animals by making and selling all kinds of wonderful arts and crafts at their school.

We thought what better way to thank them than to show them where the money they’ve raised will be spent (and who it will be spent on!).

Izzy and Elena especially loved meeting Sonny the Rabbit, and our very active litter of kittens, as well as getting to see a brand-new addition brought in to us during their visit… a tiny baby ferret!

If your school would like to get involved in a fundraising activity for our cause, please drop us an email for some great ideas!

Helping Animals in Need through Supermarket Collections June to August

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.

We have the following collections coming up where we need your help:

  • Co-op at Rickinghall on 8th June
  • Co-op at Combs Ford (Stowmarket) on 28th June
  • Morrisons at Felixstowe on 13th and 14th July
  • Co-op at Woolpit on 26th July
  • Tesco at Kesgrave on 2nd August
  • Co-op at Felixstowe on 17th August
  • Tesco at Stowmarket on 23rd August
  • Co-op at Capel St. Mary on 30th August

If you would like to help us or to find out more, please contact:

  • Ian on 01449 767747 (after 6pm) or ian.hendry@rspca-ipswich.org.uk for the Co-Op Collections
  • Kate on 01449 614057 or kate.grimwood@rspca-ipswich.org.uk for the Tesco and Morrisons Collections





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.