RSPCA Halifax and Huddersfield

Grant an Animal’s Christmas Wish this December with the RSPCA

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Help Miss Pickles the Bull Dog get an Urgent Operation!

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & DistrictBranch are hoping the local community will help them grant the Christmas wish of a new, loving home for all the animals in their care this December.

You can help with this fund by donating online or buying a Wish Ticket from all of the RSPCA Charity Shops across Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford and at the Wade Street Animal Centre too.

The self-funded Animal Centre (which rehomes cats, dogs and smalls animals) hopes to raise vital funds to help cover the veterinary, training, and shelter costs that make it possible for them to find homes for the abandoned, abused and unwanted pets in their care over the Christmas period.

Peanut the ferret peeks out of a Christmas stocking! 

The Wade Street Animal Home in Halifax are also hoping they can raise enough to cover the surgery costs of one dog in particular who needs a vital operation to help her breathe.

Miss Pickles, an 8-year-old British Bull Dog, arrived in the branch’s care after her original owner could no longer cope. The Animal Care team soon discovered that Miss Pickles was suffering from grade 3 Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS) – a term used to describe a group of conditions we see in animals with shortened skulls (brachycephalic) which compromises their ability to breathe normally.

Miss Pickles has made her wish to Santa this Christmas 

Miss Pickles urgently needs this surgery before she can safely be rehomed – however the operation will cost the local RSPCA branch over £2500.

 

Fay Gibbons, Digital Fundraiser, says “Our Christmas Wish Appeal is a special opportunity to grant an animal’s wish of finding a loving home this December. We have lots of cats, dogs, ferrets and other small animals in our care who will sadly have to spend the festive season in rescue. However, with the support of our local community we’re hoping we can raise the funds needed to support their care which will help these wonderful pets find a forever family!’’

For anyone who would like to grant a Christmas Wish for an RSPCA animal, you can donate direct via the local RSPCA’s website. Or if Miss Pickles’ story has pulled on your heart-strings, you can contribute directly towards her surgery costs to make sure this lovable girl is ready for rehoming as soon as possible.

There is also the opportunity to purchase ‘Wish tickets’ in all of the RSPCA Charity Shops across Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford and at the Wade Street Animal Centre too.

The Wish tickets make great stocking fillers for anyone wanting to purchase a unique gift idea or for those who just want to help.

Every Wish ticket granted and sold will help the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford in their mission to care for and rehome as many animals as possible as we move into 2022.

To donate to the appeal online visit www.rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk/christmas-wish-appeal/ or www.justgiving.com/campaign/xmaswish. To purchase Wish tickets, please visit any of the RSPCA charity shops across Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and in the Wade Street Animal Centre.

If you would like to donate towards Miss Pickles’ surgery costs directly visit: www.justgiving.com/campaign/MissPicklesXmasWish

So far this year the branch has successfully found homes for 89 dogs, 240 cats and 80 small animals. They hope with the support of the local community they can give all the animals currently waiting to be adopted the best Christmas possible.

All donations will be gratefully received, after what has been an extremely difficult 18 months for the local RSPCA Centre.

“The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and District Branch are a self-funding branch of the National RSPCA, responsible for raising money locally to support our animal welfare work.  Our main aim is to rehabilitate unwanted, abandoned and abused animals and find them loving, permanent homes. We rely on public donations and the generosity of our local community to keep the doors of our animal centre open.”  

RSPCA Christmas Stalls around Halifax

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For those who missed our Christmas Fair or can’t get enough of our festive cheer, we will be having more Christmas Stalls each Saturday of December around and about Halifax.

 

Come along and take a look, get unique stocking fillers and find out more about what your local RSPCA does.

 

Saturday 4th December : Westgate Arcade, Halifax, 11am – 3pm

Saturday 11th December : RSPCA Animal Centre, Halifax, 11am – 3pm

Saturday 18th December : RSPCA Animal Centre, Halifax, 11am – 3pm

 

www.rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk

 

RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield and Bradford is local and locally funded.

RSPCA Christmas Fair 21 November

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RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and District are having their Christmas Fair on November 21st at the Maurice Jagger centre, next door to their animal shelter.

See full information on events including more happenings at our local RSPCA

RSPCA Christmas Fair 10am – 12pm – Free Event

Join us on from 10am-12pm on Sunday November 21st for our Christmas Fair at The Maurice Jagger Centre (next door to our Wade Street Animal Centre) HX1 1UZ. 

We’ll be getting festive with some seasonal games for all the family (including the dog) and you can peruse our stalls to find some interesting stocking fillers and gifts from local traders.

All profits raised on the day will go directly to our Animal Centre, helping us to care for, rehabilitate and rehome the many cats, dogs and small animals in our Centre.

 

Whiskers and Cream – Sold Out

For enquiries, please email michelleking@rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk

Zombie Walkies for families, all ages and the dog too!

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The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield and Bradford branch and Huddersfield BID are planning a fang-tastic first ever Zombie Walkies this Halloween.

Local families and their dogs are invited to take part in this interactive trick or treat event around Huddersfield town centre on Sunday October 31st…. in fancy dress too!

Starting from 11am at St Peter’s Gardens, Byram Street in Huddersfield Town Centre with spooktacular stalls and games; this dog and family friendly walk around the Town Centre calls in at different eateries and trick or treat pit stops along the way to celebrate Halloween and promote some great businesses too.

The event is free to attend but participants are encouraged to dress up, make a donation or raise sponsorship on their walk for the local RSPCA.

You can sign up to the Zombie Walkies on the day of the event from 11am or sign up now to secure your Zombie Walkies goody bag.

The event is also open to those who would just like to visit the Halloween hub of stalls and games at St. Peter’s Gardens – all are welcome!

All funds raised at Zombie Walkies go towards the important welfare work and animal care the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford support in our area.

Lauren Moore, Fundraising Manager said:

‘’We’re really looking forward to welcoming everyone to our first Zombie Walkies and can’t wait to see the costumes people turn up in! As a local, self funded branch of the RSPCA, we rely heavily on our community’s support to help us care for all the animals in our Centre and we really hope people will take part in this event with or without their four-legged friends. You can even just pop down to say hello – or should that be Howloooooo!’’

With the added extra of rosettes and prizes awarded to the best-dressed individuals, group or pair (adult, child or dog) this promises to be a ghoulishy good Howloween!!

For more information and to sign up in advance for a goody bag contact www.rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk/zombie-walkies-2021/ or search Facebook events for Zombie Walkies.

Animal Blessing service at Halifax Minster with the RSPCA

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LOCAL RSPCA & HALIFAX MINSTER CELEBRATE WORLD ANIMAL DAY WITH ANIMAL BLESSING SERVICE

     

 

THE RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District branch in partnership with Halifax Minster are set to hold their annual animal blessing service in celebration of World Animal Day on Sunday 3rd October.

 

(A St Bernard is blessed by Trish Boyd at a previous service)

This annual service celebrates World Animal Day by giving attendees the chance to bring their beloved pets along to an animal friendly service, meet some other furry friends and get blessed. This special service takes place at 2.00pm on Sunday 3rd October at Halifax Minster, Causeway, Halifax, HX1 1QL.

Fay Gibbons, Digital & Events Fundraiser from the RSPCA branch said “We think World Animal Day is a day worth celebrating and we’re inviting everyone to join us for what is always a beautiful service in a truly stunning church. It’s a unique experience to have our furry friends join us in the pews, but if that may be stressful for your pet or perhaps your pet has crossed the rainbow bridge, a photo can be blessed instead.”

(Sid the dog enjoys a blessing along with Trish blessing photographs of beloved pets too)

 

All animals are invited to attend, but dogs must be kept on a lead and small animals (such as cats, hamsters, rabbits etc) kept in carriers. All animals will be blessed in their seat and the service usually lasts around 45 minutes.

 

The RSPCA animal centre in Halifax is a self-funded, local charity and is hoping to raise awareness of the animal welfare work they do within the Halifax, Huddersfield and Bradford areas. All proceeds raised on the day will be split between the RSPCA branch and the Halifax Minster.

 

To find out more about the Animal Blessing Service please visit the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield and Bradford branch website here: www.rspcahalifaxaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk, alternatively you can also find out more on the Facebook event page: RSPCA Animal Blessing Service Halifax.

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and District Branch are a self-funding branch of the National RSPCA, responsible for raising money locally to support our animal welfare work. Last year the branch rehomed over 500 animals. Our main aim is to rehabilitate unwanted, abandoned and abused animals and find them loving, permanent homes. We rely on public donations and the generosity of our local community to keep the doors of our animal centre open.

Halifax Minster was built some 900 years ago by Benedictine monks from Cluny, and it is that Benedictine tradition which shapes its ministry today: with daily worship; a place for education, culture and civic engagement; and a place of hospitality. The Minster belongs to the whole community: to the Christian community; to those of the other faith communities; and to those who have no faith. Everyone is welcome to come and experience the rich depth of heritage and spirituality. Visitors and new members looking for somewhere to worship regularly are both invited to come and join us for quiet services during the week, and to hear the Minster choirs and organs perform at weekends, as we join the Saints and Angels in the eternal hymn of praise to God the creator. The Minster serves Halifax and the borough of Calderdale, but we are also part of the worldwide Christian community. We are part of the Anglican Diocese of Leeds and particularly the Huddersfield Episcopal Area, and we have international links with Halifax’s twin town of Aachen, in Germany, and our mission partner, the Cathedral Church of St Peter, Kowak, in the Diocese of Rorya in Tanzania. The Minster is also the spiritual home to the Duke of Wellington Regiment and Association, now subsumed into the Yorkshire Regiment.

Put your best paw forward this March and support local RSPCA animals in need!

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Dave the dog from the Halifax RSPCA Animal Centre.

 

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District Branch have an exciting challenge this March that encourages their supporters to get active, raise much needed funds and you can even receive a medal for your efforts!

The Best Paw Forward is a personal challenge that can be uniquely catered to your own abilities. You pick the distance you want to cover, the method you will use and go at your own pace – the only rule is you must complete it by 31st March.

Whether you walk, run, cycle or skate! Your challenge can help raise funds and awareness for the animals currently in the care of the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford Animal Centre.

Tish the German Shepherd from the Halifax RSPCA Animal Centre.

All participants have a full month to finish the challenge and it can be part of your daily exercise or a personal goal. The event is open to all ages and abilities, and entrants are encouraged to raise sponsorship from family and friends to help the local RSPCA care for the animals spending lockdown in their centre.

Community Fundraiser, Michelle King says ‘The Best Paw Forward is a great way to keep fit and get outdoors, especially now the weather is turning brighter! The flexibility of the event should hopefully make your goal more achievable – from running 30 miles if you’re ready for a big challenge or just 10 miles of walking the dog. Anyone who raises £20 or more in sponsorship will receive a special medal and a goodie bag for those with a canine companion! We hope you’ll take on the challenge and help support our lockdown animals this March”.

After a difficult 12 months, the local RSPCA branch hopes this event will help raise vital funds for their rescue centre and the animals in their care.

All funds raised from the challenge will directly benefit the local RSPCA rehoming centre and you can find out more/sign up via their website here https://www.rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk/best-paw-forward.

You can also email Fundraising@rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk or call Michelle on 07908 478956 to for more information.

Billy (current Animal Centre dog) enjoying playtime and training with our resident Dog Trainer and Behaviourist Yeli Williams.

 

“The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and District Branch are a self-funding branch of the National RSPCA, responsible for raising money locally to support our animal welfare work.  Our charity rehomes around 500+ animals every year. Our main aim is to rehabilitate unwanted, abandoned and abused animals and find them loving, permanent homes. We rely on public donations and the generosity of our local community to keep the doors of our animal centre open.” 

RSPCA presents The Super Smalls Show! September 26

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LOCAL RSPCA TO HOST BRAND NEW SUPER SMALLS SHOW LIVE FROM THEIR ANIMAL CENTRE ON SEPTEMBER 26TH    

THE RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District Branch have been busy this year adapting their events online to bring them into supporters’ homes.

In July they hosted their popular annual K9 Party via a live streamed event, in August it was one for the feline fans with their Virtual Cat Show and this month it is the small animals turn as the local Branch introduce the Super Smalls Show.

 

This fun and interactive virtual show will celebrate the smaller animals in their Centre. Supporters of the local RSPCA rehoming centre can watch live from home and even take part in the show with 6 Ferret Fun Runs to bet on, along with entering photos of your Super Small animal into the photo competition from 10th – 24th September via their Facebook event page.

 

The RSPCA branch will host this special live streamed event from their Animal Centre on International Rabbit Day, Saturday 26th September at 2pm. The live show will include introductions to the small animals in their care, talks on how to care for smaller animals, a live raffle (with help from some of their guinea pig residents) and the fabulous main event feature of the Ferret Fun Runs! Supporters are encouraged to place a donated bet on which tunnel the ferrets will come out of to be in with the chance of winning some fantastic prizes.

 

The Super Smalls Show hopes to shine a light on some of the smaller animals the RSPCA Branch have looking for homes.

Junior came into their care when he was found dumped in a park

 

Michelle King, Community & Events Fundraiser says “Our Animal Centre have an array of small animals looking for their forever homes and this event allows us to showcase some of these animals and raise awareness that it’s not just cats and dogs looking for their second chance of happiness. The event is also a chance to celebrate how much our small animal friends mean to us with the added bonus of interacting with our amazing supporters and raising precious funds for the animals in our care’’

 

The Super Smalls Show photo competition can be entered by uploading photos of your small animal to their ‘RSPCA Super Smalls Show’ on Facebook or by emailing your entry to: fundraising@rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk

All 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive an official RSPCA rosette delivered directly to their door; all funds raised from this event go towards supporting the care of the animals at the Wade Street Animal Centre based in Halifax.

 

To place a donated bet in the Ferret Fun Run, email Faygibbons@rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk or text 07538 114079 to request your betting form.

There are six races to choose from and each race winner will receive a fabulous gift voucher; prizes range from cinema vouchers to restaurant vouchers.

Entry for the photo competition is just £2 and bets on the Ferret Fun Run are £1. Both can be paid for via PayPal at Fundraising@rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk or for alternative payments, please email Fundraising@rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk

 

To find out more about the event, you can visit the Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/343834800094394/ or find out more on the branch’s website www.rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk, where you can also find out information about the wonderful small animals who are currently available for adoption.

 

To support the branch through the current COVID19 crisis without entering the competition, you can donate to their #HelpUsHelpThem fundraiser by visiting: www.justgiving.com/campaign/helpushelpthem or text RSPCAHHB to 70085 to donate £1 from your mobile.

 

RSPCA Virtual K9 Party In The Park 2020 July 5th

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LOCAL RSPCA SET TO HOST ANNUAL DOG SHOW LIVE FROM THEIR ANIMAL CENTRE THIS JULY 5TH

The Covid 19 Crisis has created many obstacles to the Charity Sector this year and one of the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford Branch’s most popular events – the K9 Party in the Park – has had to convert from an outdoor event to a virtual fun dog show which will be live streamed to viewers homes!

 

The local RSPCA Branch were devastated to cancel their summer fundraising events due to the Covid-19 Crisis which hit the country back in March. One event in particular was their K9 Party In The Park, which this year would have seen the 20th anniversary of their hugely popular Fun Dog Show held in Manor Heath Park, Halifax.

 

Event goers enjoying K9 Party In The Park last year at Manor Heath, Halifax.

 

The self-funded, local branch of the RSPCA relies heavily on this annual event to help raise vital funds for the animals in their care and had already put plans in place to celebrate their 20th year with their two-legged and four-legged supporters.

 

However, due to the government’s current safety ruling on banning large events, the charity came up with an exciting virtual twist, which will allow their supporters to enter a virtual fun dog show prior to hosting a live streamed show at their Animal Centre to join in with at home!

 

2019 – Revellers enjoy the charities dog show parade

 

The K9 Party Fun Dog Show boasts a staggering 20 classes to coincide with their 20th year, all of which can be entered by uploading your dogs photograph or video from June 26th – July 3rd via the Facebook event page or by email to the event organisers.

 

Then on Sunday 5th July, the Animal Centre will hold a live-streamed event from 12pm, which will not only announce the fun dog show winners, but will also host a dog adoption parade, doggy party games, raffle and more interactive games to join in with from home.

 

One of last years party arena dance performances

 

Fay Gibbons, Digital Fundraiser says “Our K9 Party In The Park is an event we look forward to holding every year and we had so much planned for this year’s 20th anniversary. The event isn’t just a dog show to us, it’s a chance to celebrate how much our canine companions mean to us and to meet up with our incredible supporters to have a day of fun and celebrations’’

 

Each year the K9 Party hosts up to 800 dogs, with more than 1400 people attending the event in Manor Heath Park in Halifax. The Branch hopes this year’s virtual event will help raise vital funds to support their animal welfare work through the current COVID19 crisis and also provide a bit of fun for their supporters who may be missing their local community events this year

 

The dog show classes will include old favourites such as ‘puppy love’, ‘waggest tail’ and ‘eyes that melt your heart’ with all winning entries announced during the charity’s live Facebook stream from 12pm on July 5th.

Entries cost just £2 and all the details of how to enter will be on the Branch’s website www.rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk and Facebook page.

 

“The day will be exactly what it says it is – a party! We hope all of our supporters will tune in to join the fun and hold their own K9 Party in their homes!’’

Canine dog show entrants pose for the camera in 2019

 

For more information about the K9 Party in the Park and the Branch please visit: www.rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk or to support the event on Facebook click https://www.facebook.com/events/195997204805283/

 

“The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and District Branch are a self-funding branch of the National RSPCA, responsible for raising money locally to support our animal welfare work.  Our charity has rehomed 61 dogs, 102 cats and 33 small animals already this year. Our main aim is to rehabilitate unwanted, abandoned and abused animals and find them loving, permanent homes. We rely on public donations and the generosity of our local community to keep the doors of our animal centre open.”

Local Bradford boy Zach 8 raises hundreds for RSPCA with lockdown drawings from home!

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(Zach pictured above with his RSPCA rescue cat Bailey)

 

THE RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and District branch were touched to hear about an amazing fundraising idea from one of their young supporters who wants to help raise vital funds the animals in their care during the COVID19 Crisis.

 

Animal lover Zach – who is 8 years old and from Thackley, Bradford – decided he wanted to do something special during lockdown to help local animals in need. Zach is drawing his own creations and requests from anyone who donates to his fundraiser. They are posted on his Facebook Fundraising group along with sending some copies out digitally or posted to anyone who donates.

 

 

All of Zach’s drawings are being uploaded to his Facebook group and donors just comment on the artwork they would like. The young artist takes requests, but says he much prefers to do his own style of ‘doodle’ rather than a pet portrait. There are plenty of examples of Zach’s artwork to view on his page, including a penguin, an owl a monkey and even an alien spaceship!

 

 

 

Mum, Jemma Walker says “Zach has always been a great animal lover and our family adopted 2 kittens from the local RSPCA in Bradford almost 16 years ago. Sadly, we lost one of our cats last year but we still have Bailey (pictured above with Zach) and who Zach loves so much that it inspired him to help out the charity during lockdown. The fundraising total currently stands at £283 with more donations coming in and we’re even laminating and sanitising any artwork requests for delivery too!”

 

All funds raised from Zach’s artwork fundraiser will go directly to help the self-funded local RSPCA animal centre. Fay Gibbons, the Digital & Community fundraiser for the branch says “Zach really is a hero in our eyes – it’s been an incredibly difficult time for us here at the centre with all of our Charity Shops closed and fundraising events on hold for the foreseeable future, so all of the money raised will go a really long way in helping us to care for local animals in need. Well done Zach, you’re a superstar!”

 

To find out more about the fundraiser or to donate and get your hands on your own doodle by Zach, visit his Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/274053893770543.

 

(Zach at work)

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and District Branch are a self-funding branch of the National RSPCA, responsible for raising money locally to support our animal welfare work.  Our main aim is to rehabilitate unwanted, abandoned and abused animals and find them loving, permanent homes. The local rehoming centre relies on public donations and the generosity of its local community to keep the doors of their animal centre open. The branch care for cats, dogs and small animals and have successfully rehomed 40 dogs, 60 cats and 10 small animals so far this year.

K9 Party in the Park at Manor Heath 2019

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The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford branch are inviting all two legged and four legged friends to their annual ‘K9 Party In The Park’ on Sunday 7 July 2019, 12:00pm-5:00pm at Manor Heath Park, Halifax HX3 0EB.

The self funded branch is hoping to raise crucial funds for the animals in their care, whilst having some fun in the sun and partying with local supporters and their canines!

The event is free but donations are greatly received and all party-goers will receive a free goodie bag! The dog show can be entered from 11:30am on the day and is just £1.50 per class.

A double ‘Eyes That Melt Your Heart’ class for little and large dogs along with ‘Puppy Love’ and ‘Heinz 57’ are just a few examples of some of the classes that will be running on the day.

Expect:

  • 25 Class Dog Show
  • Fun games
  • Great Food Vans
  • Delicious Ice Cream
  • A variety of fun and interesting local stalls
  • Have-a-go Agility
  • Staff on hand to help with behavioural advice
  • Great music all day

and lots more to keep the whole family, four-legged or two-legged highly entertained!

To find out more about K9 Party visit the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and District branches website here: https://www.rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk. You can also find out more on Facebook by searching for ‘K9 Party In The Park’.

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield and District Branch are a self-funding branch of the National RSPCA, responsible for raising money locally to support our animal welfare work.  Our main aim is to rehabilitate unwanted, abandoned and abused animals and find them loving, permanent homes. We rely on public donations and the generosity of our local community to keep the doors of our animal centre open.