RSPCA Halifax and Huddersfield

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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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!

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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.

Local RSPCA are on the lookout for Picture Perfect Pets!

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The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & DistrictBranch are once again hosting their annual ‘Picture Perfect Pet’ photo competition, with all entries being judged on ‘cuteness and all-around best image’.

Competition runs from January 6th to January 18th with results announced on January the 20th.

The digital competition can be entered online via Facebook or by emailing the local RSPCA rehoming centre. Entries cost just £2 and will feature 3 animal categories for Cats, Dogs and Other pets.

Ralfie the dog poses in an entry from 2021 

Fay Gibbons, Digital Fundraiser says “We’re starting the year with one of our favourite virtual events – our Picture Perfect Pet Photo Competition! It’s a really fun way of showing off how much our animal companions mean to us and who knows, you might even bag a Pets At Home gift voucher and a rosette in the post! The rules are simple, send us your cutest pet picture and all-around good photo – this means we’re looking for clear shots, nice backgrounds and adorable faces! Every entry will help to raise vital funds for the many cats, dogs and small animals who’re looking for forever homes here at the Centre, so get snapping and head to our website or Facebook to find out how to enter!”

The competition is open to every kind of pet, whether that’s a dog, cat, rabbit, reptile, horse or bird. Simply submit your photo by Tuesday January 18th at midday and you could be in with the chance of winning 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in either of the 3 Pet Categories. Winners will be announced on January 20th.

 


A previous first place winner – Niffle the ferret – with his 1st place rosette! 

For more information about the competition and the branch please visit: www.rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk/ppp2022/or www.facebook.com/events/215430877357159 .  

 

“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.”  

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