Campaign to help save RSPCA animal shelter underway

VIDEO: THE campaign to save the local branch of the RSPCA animal shelter on Slutchers Lane from closure is underway, with a £500 grant from Warrington-Worldwide’s Legacy Project.

The Warrington Shelter is due to celebrate its 40th anniversary next year but now needs urgent financial donations to keep its doors open so it can continue to provide vital welfare services to local animals affected by neglect and abuse.

During a visit to the shelter, editor Gary Skentelbery met team members Jenny and Katie and the star of ‘the show’, a young pup currently adopted after being neglected.

With running costs of £28,000 per month, the RSPCA Warrington Halton & St Helens branch operates with one member of staff for every three volunteers.

The pandemic has had a devastating impact on the charity which supports animals that are victims of cruelty and neglect by humans. The charity has 12 dog spaces and 18 cat spaces and works to the highest legislative standards to rehome and rehabilitate these animals.

Operating costs cover veterinary fees, license conditions and welfare regulations, council tax and maintaining lighting and heating. The average cost per dog and cat is around £30 per animal per day.

As an independent charity, they rely on the generosity of the public to help care for the dozens of animals that are housed and rehabilitated.

To help kick off the fundraising campaign to keep the shelter open, the charity has received a £500 donation for the Legacy Project from Warrington around the world.

“It’s heartbreaking to hear how some of these animals have been left to suffer at the hands of humans,” Gary said. “Although our Legacy Project Grant is only small compared to monthly running costs, we hope to help encourage others to support this worthy cause to help provide a better future for helpless animals.”

How can you help?
When you shop through the RSPCA online store, you are helping to support their work. So whether you’re buying a dog bed or a cat bowl, you know the purchase you’re making will help animal welfare in your area.

Fundraising Fun
There are many ways to raise funds for the RSPCA! If you’re a daredevil, you can skydive, or if you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, you can take part in a run. Take a look at our fundraising ideas to help you get started.

The easiest way is to sign up to make a regular or one-time donation and every penny really helps.

You can donate by visiting https://rspca-whs.org.uk/save-our-shelter/ or you can email [email protected]

People can also send a check or bring cash donations to the RSPCA Warrington, Halton and St. Helens branch at Slutchers Lane, Warrington, WA1 1NA (opening hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week ).

Gary meets Jenny and Katie and the “Star” of the show

To contact the branch, email [email protected] or search RSPCA-WHS on social media.

*Nationally in 2020, the RSPCA’s Cruelty Line received 1,016,455 calls from members of the public, the equivalent of one call every 30 seconds. The animal with the highest number of reported incidents in 2020 was the dog (56,563 incidents) and the second was the cat (55,667 incidents). Each investigation conducted is triggered by a call from a member of the public. The cruelty line is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, 365 days a year. In summer, they pick up an abandoned animal every hour!

Urgent appeal launched to help save Slutchers Lane animal charity from closure