RSPCA Halifax and Huddersfield

RSPCA and Halifax Minster on #WorldAnimalDay Sunday October 2nd

Posted on

Local RSPCA and Halifax Minster Celebrate #WorldAnimalDay with Fun and Quirky, unique Animal Blessing Service this Sunday!

 

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 2nd 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, with reader Trish giving each animal their own blessing.

The light-hearted service will include light refreshments for people and their pets and takes place at 2.00pm on Sunday 3rd October at Halifax Minster, Causeway, Halifax, HX1 1QL.

 

Fay Gibbons, Digital Fundraiser said “World Animal Day is such a special day and what better way to celebrate than with this fun and unique service, in the beautiful settings of Halifax Minster. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience to have our furry friends join us in the pews, so why not join us and be part of this special occasion!”

 

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. Photos can also be blessed for anyone who has lost their pet or would find it too difficult to physically attend.

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: www.facebook.com/events/667315338027987.

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.

RSPCA calling all local detectives! Who dunnit?

Posted on

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford Branch have a new and exciting ‘Whodunnit’ Mystery Tour taking place in Halifax.

The tour is a murder mystery trail taking in clues from around Halifax Town Centre that will finally reveal the answer to ‘whodunnit’.

The walk is accessible to all and can be done at your own pace. It may even introduce you to sights of Halifax you’ve not seen before!

Whodunnit packs are just £5 and available from the RSPCA Animal Centre on Wade Street, Halifax, the RSPCA Charity Shop in Brighouse or you can request a pack online via the website www.rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk/who-dunnit-2022

 

Fay Gibbons, Digital Fundraiser, says “This is a unique event for us and what’s great is that you can take part whenever you like! It makes a great activity for the kids and who knows what interesting surprises you might discover along the way!

We hope that our local community will get involved by picking up a pack – it’s a wonderful way to have some fun whilst helping us raise vital funds for our Centre and the animals in our care.

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 37 dogs, 81 cats and 27 small animals so far this year.

 

Beaumont Bark! Local RSPCA hosts annual Bank Holiday Dog Show!

Posted on

Local RSPCA back in Beaumont Park for Bank Holiday Dog Show! 

Entry is free but you can book on Skiddle

The Bank Holiday Monday brings Beaumont Barks back to Beaumont Park Huddersfield. The annual event is hosted by RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and District branch and Friends of Beaumont Park, with a 10 class fun dog show, stalls, live music and food. 

 

 The event, taking place on Monday 29th August, has fun for all the family with dog show classes including Posh Paws and Waggiest Tail, local trade stalls and live music in the bandstand. A perfect way to spend your Bank Holiday Monday! The activities start from 12pm – 4pm in the beautiful surroundings of Beaumont Park.

Lauren MooreFundraising Manager said “ We love working with the Friends of Beaumont Park to bring this fun family day out to Huddersfield! It’s a great way to spend your bank holiday, helping us raise vital funds for our Animal Centre whilst having fun with our local community and supporters!”

The event is free to attend and £2 to enter in the dog show classes. To find out more about Beaumont Barks please visit the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District branch website here: www.rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk/events

You can also find out more on Facebook and confirm your attendance by searching for ‘Beaumont Barks 2022’ in the events section.

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 37 dogs, 81 cats and 27 small animals so far this year.  

Free microchipping and flea/worming treatments from your local RSPCA

Posted on

If you are in receipt of means tested benefits, your local Halifax based RSPCA is offering free microchipping and flea & worming for cats and dogs.

TUESDAY 28TH JUNE

RSPCA Animal Centre, Halifax HX1 1NS

We are offering FREE microchipping and flea & wormer treatment for cats and dogs only. You can also collect a neutering voucher for your pet too.

Please note this offer is appointment only. Available from 11am – 12pm and 1.30pm – 3pm.

We will need to see proof of means-tested benefits.

To book an appointment email: enquiries@rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk or call 01422 365628

RSPCA Animal Centre, Wade Street, Halifax HX1 1NS

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. 

Meet some ‘Furry Friends’ this Monday 2nd at local RSPCA animal centre!

Posted on

THE RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District Branch are celebrating all creatures small and fluffy with their Furry Friends Open Day this May bank holiday!

The event will take place on Monday 2nd May, 12 – 3pm at the RSPCA Animal Centre on Wade Street, Halifax, HX1 1NS.

Meet some of the animals in the branches care such as Florence the ferret and Fen Fen the rabbit!

The self-funded RSPCA Animal Centre invites the local community to join them for some family fun and to meet the animals currently looking for homes in their care.

The open day will help raise vital funds and awareness of charity and the ongoing Animal Welfare work it does across Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford.

The Animal Centre will be open from 12pm – 3pm with stalls, food and drink, games, interactive learning and of course, lots of animals to meet.

If you would like to bring some donations for the animals, the Centre are currently short on Felix kitten food and dog toys.

You can also bring any unwanted clothing, teddies or home items for their RSPCA Charity Shops. The Charity Shops are a vital source of funding for the Animal Centre and any stock donated would be much appreciated.

To find out more about the open day, you can visit the charity’s website here: www.rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk or head over to their Facebook event page:  www.facebook.com/events/532817574792902.

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. 

This year the branch has rehomed 56 dogs, 135 cats and 36 small 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.

RSPCA Pawsitive Artwork in Hebden Bridge

Posted on Updated on

Local RSPCA turns a negative Act into a ‘Paw’sitive Piece!

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford’s Charity Shop in Hebden Bridge hoped to start 2022 on a positive note after a difficult 2 years of lockdowns and uncertainty. Things were going well until the shop was cruelly and selfishly vandalised at the end of January.

Shop manager Charlotte Atkinson was heartbroken to see the graffiti as she arrived to open the shop that January morning. Being a local, independent branch of the RSPCA, all profits raised from the shop normally go towards the ongoing care and rehabilitation of the animals in their Halifax based Centre. However, due to the graffiti the charity would have to use their funds to cover up the mindless mess instead.

But deciding to turn a negative in to a positive, the RSPCA and their very supportive shop landlords Clare and Paul Buxton, came up with the idea to put their own stamp on the blank space.

 

Shop Manager Charlotte Atkinson said: ‘’Sara Abbott is a professional, talented artist and a renowned and respected supporter of charities and organisations working on the front line of animal welfare and environmental protection. Abbott’s studio is now situated in Hebden Bridge and we were delighted when she accepted our invitation to create a piece of urban art on the outside of our RSPCA shop in central Hebden, at no cost to the charity.’’

 

Abbott is well known for her incredible canine and equine portraits which she creates to commission for clients around the world.  From each of these, part of her fee is donated to rescues and sanctuaries where the distant cousins of her subjects find themselves.  Last year she created a body of works raising funds for a wild bird rescue in the Highlands and in the past has worked with a host of different charities including the RSPCA, raising thousands over her twenty-year career.

 

 

‘I’m very chuffed and excited to have been asked to create a new public work for my adopted town, the work will incorporate all the elements I love, our beloved pets, native mammals and birds and whatever else I can squeeze into the space, incorporating them all into a vista inspired by the town and surrounding countryside, a landscape that I’m so inspired by and can’t stop painting!’ Sara Abbott, Artist.

This piece of public art is created in advance of her up-coming solo show of large, contemporary Calder Valley landscapes at ‘Creative with nature’ in Todmorden, an exhibition in support of ‘Slow the Flow’ and she will be opening her studio as part of the ‘Hebden Bridge Open Studio’ weekend at the beginning of July.

To find out more please visit www.sara-abbott.com  @saraabbottstudio

 

The RSPCA are delighted with the final piece and for Sara Abbott generously sharing her talents with the local animal charity and the Hebden community. A lovely added bonus to the artwork is that it also includes Shop Manager Charlotte’s cat Ice and landlords Clare and Paul’s dog Bert as the main stars of the piece.

 

The local community and tourists are encouraged to take photos of the stunning creation and tag in the charity on social media to help continue the positivity and also raise awareness for the animals in their care.

 

You can find the local RSPCA Branch on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter by searching RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield and Bradford.

 

If you would like to find out more about the work the local RSPCA Branch do or make a donation towards the animals in their care, please visit www.rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk or text RSPCAHHB to 70085 to donate £1

 

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and District Branch is a local, self-funding branch of the National RSPCA, we are responsible for raising our own funds locally to support our animal welfare work. 

This year the branch has so far rehomed 24 dogs, 54 cats and 21 small 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. (End) 

Human scratching post climbing event to raise funds for local RSPCA branch

Posted on

West Yorkshire RSPCA branch is preparing for a record kitten season following the effects of the pandemic and lockdowns.

And to help raise funds to pay for food, vet bills and medicine to help handle the influx, the staff at RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District are joining forces with ROKT Foundation to invite people to take on the scratching post challenge on Yorkshire’s highest indoor climbing wall.

When: April 1st at ROKT Brighouse

April is dubbed as the start of kitten season – when cats are most likely to give birth – but after three lockdowns RSPCA staff fear many cats may not have been neutered and as a result the local charity could face their busiest wave of cats and kittens ever.

The costs associated with looking after so many rescued animals are higher than ever, so the RSPCA branch is appealing for people to sign up for the fundraiser at ROKT in Brighouse on April 1 to generate much needed income through a day of sponsored climbs – dubbed the scratching post challenge as a link to cats’ love of climbing.

Lauren Moore of the RSPCA, said: ‘’Many people still don’t realise that even a young cat at four or five months old can become pregnant. And given the lockdowns and difficulty in being able to access veterinary services as a result of the pandemic, we fear a huge number of cats won’t have been neutered as they usually would have.

“Even when services have been back open, the change to people’s lives mean the usual things may have been forgotten or they haven’t been able to afford to do so and it all adds up.

“So we’re preparing for our busiest ever influx of cats and kittens this spring and with that comes a lot of associated costs to make sure these animals get the care and treatment they need.

‘’Even without a major influx during kitten season, we still face rising costs for the basics to provide care for all our animals until we can find their forever homes

“That’s why we’ve teamed up with the ROKT Foundation charity to run this unique fundraiser because although we will need to raise funds to cover the significant costs for their care, we also want to raise awareness of the importance of neutering or spaying your cat too.

Katie Kinsella, ROKT Foundation’s Director for Community & Business Engagement, said: “It doesn’t matter whether you’re seasoned climber or a complete novice, we have climbing routes for everyone and the team at ROKT Foundation will help get you up the wall and raise some much needed money for this wonderful charity.

 

Pocket, Chalk and Boulder. AKA, all you will need for this challenge!

“Cats love to climb and so do we, so it’s a perfect partnership to raise funds and attention for a very real problem our local RSPCA faces. But with everyone’s help, we can all make a difference.”

To sign up for the challenge or to find out more please visit: www.rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk/the-scratching-post-challenge

For more on the ROKT Foundation charity see www.roktfoundation.co.uk
ROKT | Old Flour Mill, Millroyd Street, Brighouse, HD6 1EY

RSPCA Animal Blessing Service at St Mark’s Church Sunday March 20

Posted on

Local RSPCA & St Mark’s Church Invite two legged and four legged supporters to their Animal Blessing Service.

THE RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford Branch alongside St Marks Church, Longwood are delighted to be holding their third Animal Blessing Service at 3.00pm on Sunday 20th March at St Marks Church, St Marks Road, Longwood, Huddersfield, HD3 4SZ.

(Photo taken at the annual Animal Blessing Service held in 2021)

Vicar Simon Crook will be holding the service which will feature a quirky animal quiz, hymns and animal-themed readings. All to celebrate the happiness and joy our animal friends bring us.

A full church enjoys the 2021 service

Fay Gibbons, Community Fundraiser at the local RSPCA branch said “Our Huddersfield Animal Blessing Service with St Marks is very special to us, it’s a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our pets and animal companions by bringing them along to the church to enjoy the service with us! If your pet has passed away or may find it too difficult to physically attend, then Vicar Simon is happy to bless a photo too. We can’t wait to meet new and familiar faces of people and their pets this year!”

(Vicar Simon shakes paws with Bentley the Border Collie at the 2021 service (left( & a chicken is blessed at the 2021 service (right)

All types of animals are welcomed, but the Church asks that dogs are kept on leads and small animals (such as cats, rabbits, and other small furries/reptiles/birds) are kept safe by remaining in pet carriers.

 

The local RSPCA animal centre is entirely self-funded and hopes to raise awareness of the animal welfare work it does within the Halifax, Huddersfield and Bradford areas – all proceeds raised on the day will be split between the branch and the church.

To find out more about the Animal Blessing Service, visit www.rspcahalifaxaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk or  https://www.facebook.com/events/642628813728115.

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and District Branch are a self-funded, local charity and part of a network of RSPCA branches. We are responsible for raising money locally to support our animal welfare work. In the last 12 months, the branch has successfully rehomed over 400 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.

St Marks is a small church with a big heart, priding themselves on their warm welcome and love of music in worship. The church provides traditional services as well as less formal family services, including seasonal services and a wide range of social and fundraising events, involving the local community. Children are welcome to all services and can make use of a children’s corner in the church with books and toys. St Marks is a congregation seeking to grow, everyone is welcome wherever you may be on your spiritual journey.

Local RSPCA Best Paw Forward fitness fundraising challenge this March!

Posted on

Join the Best Paw Forward Fitness Challenge this March and Raise Funds for animals in need!

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District Branch are inviting the local community to join their annual fitness challenge ‘Best Paw Forward’ this March. The challenge is suitable for people of all ages and capabilities with participants selecting their own distance, method and pace.

The challenge can be completed by walking, running, cycling or any form of exercise preferred. Sponsorship is encouraged along the way to help raise funds and awareness for the animals in the care of the Wade Street RSPCA Animal Centre. The challenge allows participants to pick their own distance to cover during the month of March (10, 20 or 30 miles) and anyone who raises over £20 in sponsorship will receive a medal of completion with extra goodies for dog owners who take part too!

   

Community Fundraiser, Michelle King says “The Best Paw Forward Challenge allows everyone taking part to choose their own level of activity which makes it perfect for people of all abilities! Whether you’re a marathon pro or just enjoy a casual stroll with the dog, you can personalise your challenge to suit your own goals. We hope that our local community will embrace The Best Paw Forward, smash their fitness goals and help us raise vital funds for the animals in our care’’

All sponsorship raised will go to supporting the rehabilitation and rehoming work of the local RSPCA Branch, covering urgent vet care, food, shelter, toys and training.

Registering for the event is only £3 and anyone wanting to take on the challenge can sign up instantly via the charity’s website: https://www.rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk/best-paw-forward-2/.

For more info email Fundraising@rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk or call Michelle on 07908 478956.

“The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and District Branch are a self-funded 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.”

Local RSPCA sending out mystery ‘Valentail’s’ messages to supporters this Feb from animals in their care!

Posted on

RECEIVE A SURPRISE MESSAGE ON FEB 14TH WITH LOCAL RSPCA VALENTAIL’S APPEAL! 

THE RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District are adding an exciting new twist to their annual Valentail’s appeal. Not only can you send a card to one of the animals in their centre, but any supporter who donates to the appeal will also receive a surprise message from an animal in their care on Valentine’s Day!

 

The Valentail’s appeal will run from February 1st – February 14th, with donors receiving a heartfelt message from an RSPCA animal on Valentine’s Day and being automatically entered into a prize draw to win a Valentine’s Hamper too. The local RSPCA branch hopes the appeal will raise vital funds, find homes for the animals in their care and engage the local community by having a little fun this February!

Animal Care Assistant Rebekah enjoys a cuddle during training with Lizzie the German Shepherd.

 

Fay GibbonsDigital & Events Fundraiser said, “Valentine’s Day is traditionally a time for love and our February appeal gives you the chance to show you care for local animals in need. Some of our animals have never experienced love in their lives before, which is why this appeal means a lot to us!

 

“We’ve made Valentail’s even more quirky this year by asking the public to make a small online donation and in return, you’ll receive a surprise message from one of our ‘Lonely Paws Club!’. This is a really unique appeal, so we hope that our supporters and local community will get involved and join in the fun!’’

 

You can donate from February 1st – February 14th by visiting their website at www.rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk or follow the local RSPCA branch on their social media channels.

 


Sisterly love! Kittens Esme & Alice are currently looking for their loving forever home – could they be your Valentail? 

 

The self-funding Animal Centre also asks their supporters to share who they received their Valentines message from on their own social media platforms, with the hashtag #MyValentail.

The aim of this is to get the animals trending online on Valentine’s Day – Monday 14th February, in the hope that it may find them new, loving homes.

 

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford Branch estimates that it costs £132 a month to look after each animal in their centre, so donations to the Valentail’s Appeal will go a long way to help the branch find homes for the many cats, dogs and small animals in their care.

 

Could Florence the ferret or Tulip the Great Dane appear in your inbox on Valentines Day morning?!

 

If you would like to make a donation towards the Valentail’s Appeal to receive your animal message and be entered into the branch’s Valentine’s prize draw, simply visit:  www.rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk/valentails-2022/,

 

If you would like to send a Valentines card to an animal in their care, please post them to: RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford Branch, Wade Street, Halifax, HX1 1SN.

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.  During 2021 year the branch rehomed over 500 animals and 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.