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February 2017

Our branch is now caring for 3 baby rabbits who were found abandoned in a box near the river Mersey.

Follow this link for the story as reported by Granada News.

http://www.itv.com/news/granada/2017-02-13/rabbits-abandoned-on-the-bank-of-the-river-mersey/

January 2017

2016 was yet an amazing year for our branch with another record number of animals rehomed. We took in over 500 animals through our network of fosterers and we rehomed 471 animals over the year.

34 dogs, 264 cats, 101 rabbits, 72 others.


Our fosterers do a wonderful job looking after the animals in our care until they can find new homes and we would not be able to rehome as many animals as we do without the hard work of the fostering team.

We are always looking to recruit new fosterers so if you are interested in becoming a fosterer for any of our animals please get in touch. If you have space to take in animals and time to look after them, please get in touch.


We are looking for people to foster cats, dogs, rabbits guinea pigs, mice, hamsters etc.

The majority of our animals come in through our RSPCA Inspectors so we are always willing to take in any animals that they need space for and we can accommodate.

If you can help out, please call our Branch Manager Julia Tucker on 0161-286-2503 or email rspca.altrincham.cheshire@googlemail.com

June 2016

**Found budgie**

We have a budgie in our care found in Hale near Booths. If you think he is yours please contact 0161 286 2503. Photographic proof of ownership needed.

 

January 2016

2015 was another record breaking year for Altrincham RSPCA with a total of 465 animals rehomed by our branch.

312 Cats, 35 Dogs,  63 Rabbits and 55 others including Degus,  Hamsters, Guinea Pigs and Chinchillas. Our home visiting team carried out 183 home visits in 2015.

All of this would simply not be possible without our army of dedicated volunteers who bring the animals in, who make sure that they get the help and treatment  that they need,  who foster  and care for them in loving homes,  who visit and exercise them in kennels,  who tell the world about them via Facebook and social media and who then make sure that they go on to a suitable new home. 

As well as all this, our volunteers organise and help out at fund-raising events, they go out to local schools to educate about the role of the RSPCA, they take part in direct animal welfare events like micro-chipping days.

Julia, our branch manager coordinates all of this activity and makes it happen, often with impossible numbers of animals in our care at any one time.

Apologies if I have missed anyone out; It really is a remarkable team effort and it does make a difference to those animals who are abandoned, mistreated or who cannot be looked after any more in our area.

So I would like to say a huge Well Done to everyone involved for a remarkable 2015 and we go into 2016 knowing that we truly have made a difference to animal welfare in our branch area.

Thank You All

Mike

October 2015

Here are some pictures from our recent dog show at Jacksons Boat in Sale, which were kindly sent to us by Sarah and Emily Gregory, who said:

“We attended your dog show at Jacksons boat and just wanted to say how much we enjoyed ourselves along with our 2 rescues Bichions, Tess and Noodles.

Everyone was very friendly and helpful and we had a great time whilst raising money for a great cause.

Tess and Noodles are loving their new basket.”

Spring 2015

As well as providing direct local animal welfare, Altrincham RSPCA look to ways we can support wider ranging animal welfare activities and this Spring we have voted to assist the RSPCA Stapeley Grange Wildlife centre, based in Nantwich, that supports the rehabilitation of sick, injured, orphaned and confiscated wildlife that come in from an area covering south of the Scottish Border to south of Birmingham, into North Wales and across to Lincolnshire.

In particular, we are supporting the purchase of equipment for a scheme to use mobile aviaries and tracking tags which will allow treated birds to be released back into the wild sooner and then monitored, which will help with the backlogs that Stapely Grange sometimes  encounter due to the sheer volume of incoming birds.

The tracking and monitoring program will be run with help from students from Reaseheath College in Nantwich and from Manchester Metropolitan University.

The mobile avaries, bird feeders and tracking tags will be used for Corvids (magpies, crows etc) and small Passarines such as Blackbirds and Finches.

You can find out more about the work of Stapely Grange at their website:

http://www.rspca.org.uk/local/stapeley-grange-wildlife-centre/

April 2014

We had our first dog show of the year at the Jackson's Boat Pub in Sale on Easter Monday.

It was a glorious day and we had a record number of 158 dogs entering the show. We raised £744 towards local animal welfare.
 
Here is a photo of Molly who won Best in Show, along with some photos of the day and other dogs that were in the show.

June 2013

Some pictures of the RSPCA information stand at Partington Fair last month. Our volunteers are pictured here with Councillor Dylan Butt.

June 2013

We would like to say a big thanks to Katy Moore & Stephen Appleby who ran the Manchester 10K to raise money for us and managed an amazing £230 !!

Stephen completed the race in 45mins and Katy in 50mins.

June 2013

I thought i would share this RSPCA Press release here. It is quite shocking in places, but is illustrative of what we have to deal with on a daily basis. Unfortunately, our work is not all about cute fluffy kittens.

The RSPCA have reported an alarming increase in animals being abandoned across England and Wales.

In the last year, the RSPCA were called out to rescue more than 37,000 abandoned animals and received a call asking for help every 30 seconds.

Every year the charity sees a sharp rise in abandonments at the height of summer. Evidence from the RSPCA and other animal charities suggests some people chose to get rid of their pets rather than pay for them to be looked after while they are on holiday.

In other cases, money may be spent on holidays and other summer ‘treats’ rather than seeking vet attention for ill or newborn animals, so they are simply discarded.

“The shocking fact is that even in a nation of animal lovers, there are thousands of people out there who don’t care about their pets at all. In fact, some literally treat them like rubbish,” said RSPCA deputy chief inspector Ben Strangwood.

The animal welfare charity has released a list of the most unusual places that animals have been abandoned since May [2013]. Including:
  A dog dumped in a duffel bag
  Chinchillas found in a cage in a cemetery
  Very young rabbits discovered in a plant pot inside a shopping bag
  A mother cat and kittens dumped in a wheelie bin
  A terrapin left in a bucket in a children’s playground
  A man who walked into a Tesco and asked a woman to hold his cat while he called  the RSPCA - and then never returned.

The list is a startling reminder that some really do view animals as commodities that can be discarded without a moments’ thought.

“It’s bad enough when we find a box of kittens wrapped in blankets on our doorstep with a note,” added DCI Strangwood, “but now people are deliberately dumping their animals in out of the way places - like bins, skips or on waste ground - and leaving them to die.”

The public is urged to be vigilant, and to alert the RSPCA if they notice boxes, bins or bags that could contain abandoned animals. Things to look out for include movement and noises. 

As a local RSPCA Branch, covering a large area of Cheshire, we take in these neglected and abandoned animals from local RSPCA Inspectors and are then responsible for their Veterinary care, shelter and finding a new permanent home for them.

We are always in need of help, either from Volunteers helping out or by way of financial assistance or donations of animal supplies to help us continue this work.

To offer your help, with some of your time as a volunteer or by way of a financial or supplies gift, please ring our Branch Manager Julia Tucker on 0161-286-2503.

We also have a secure, online donation webpage where you can make a one-off or regular donation contribution to our work at : www.justgiving.com/rspca-altrincham-cheshire

We have now created Amazon “Wish Lists” for the animals that we take in and shelter. The Wish Lists allow people  to purchase much needed food and rehoming equipment for our animals from amazon.co.uk and have it delivered to us.

In the last two years we have successfully taken in and rehomed well over 400 animals and they get through  a staggering amount of food, bedding and toys which takes a big chunk of the money that we are able raise locally.

If you are able to help provide food or equipment  in any small way, it will free up money to help pay with Veterinary bills and other costs.
We have pages for :

Cats - www.amazon.co.uk/registry/wishlist/HGPEQFXG6WXH

Kittens - www.amazon.co.uk/registry/wishlist/3P2R3U0KL2P3B

Dogs - www.amazon.co.uk/registry/wishlist/1O5DQJ9RGDTNJ

Rabbits and others -  www.amazon.co.uk/registry/wishlist/1R13Y95F0HFAI

Thank  You. Without you we could not continue this work.

Mike

May 2013

** Update June 2013 **

I would like to post an update on the 2 Labradors that we took in after they were rescued from Bentley Hall puppy farm in Bury.

One of them, Maisy, was rehomed yesterday.

The other one is reserved and will be leaving our care in the middle of July. Her name is Lola. She is being adopted by one of our dog walkers.

This story featured in the Manchester Evening News on the 21st May and shows Branch Trustee Lesley Hung, with two of the rescued dogs from Bentley Hall Farm who have been passed into the care of Altrincham RSPCA for rehoming. This picture is reproduced by kind permission of MEN Media.

Lesley is our Dog co-ordinator, making sure that all the Dogs in our care are well looked after and liaising with Vets, Kennels and dog fosterers .

Lesley also organises the team of volunteers Dog... walkers and also checks that potential new owners can provide a safe home and are aware of the commitment involved in adopting.

We always need more volunteers to help directly with the animals or to help with organisation and fundraising , so if you can give up a few hours of your time to help in any way, please call our Branch Manager Julia Tucker on 0161-286-2503

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/new-homes-hunt-100-dogs-3903817

May 2013

Are you interested in training as a volunteer home visitor in the Knutsford and Northwich area ?

We are currently looking for volunteer home visitors who are able to cover the Knutsford and Northwich area, visiting the homes of people who have expressed an interest in rehoming one of our animals.

A home visiting training course is given to all volunteers before undertaking any home visits, so that the home visitors are then able to assess that the new home is suitable for the animal and that prospective new owners have a good understanding about the commitment involved in adopting their chosen animal.

The home visits also give prospective new owners the opportunity to ask any further questions they may have about rehoming an animal.  We are always happy to give help and advice about re-homing an animal.

Home visitors also revisit homes to ensure that the adoption has been a success.

If you would be interested in training as a home visitor in the Knutsford and Northwich area, please call our Branch Manager Julia Tucker on 0161-286-2503 or email rspca.altrincham.cheshire@googlemail.com

April 2013

We have now created Amazon “Wish Lists” for the animals that we take in and shelter. These include the unwanted, the abandoned  and those that the local RSPCA Inspectors have rescued from harm and bought to us.

The Wish Lists allow people  to purchase much needed food and rehoming equipment for our animals from amazon.co.uk and have it delivered to us.

In the last two years we have successfully taken in and rehomed well over 400 animals and they get through  a staggering amount of food, bedding and toys which takes a big chunk of the money that we are able raise locally.

If you are able to help provide food or equipment  in any small way, it will free up money to help pay with Veterinary bills and other costs.

We have pages for :

Cats - www.amazon.co.uk/registry/wishlist/HGPEQFXG6WXH

Kittens - www.amazon.co.uk/registry/wishlist/3P2R3U0KL2P3B

Dogs - www.amazon.co.uk/registry/wishlist/1O5DQJ9RGDTNJ

Rabbits and others -  www.amazon.co.uk/registry/wishlist/1R13Y95F0HFAI

Thank  You

January 2013

I would like to address some of the recent criticism of the National RSPCA in the press, in terms of how a local RSPCA branch operates.

Cheshire (Altrincham) RSPCA was founded in 1963 and is run entirely by volunteers. We provide veterinary care and safe homes for unwanted animals and those that the local RSPCA Inspectors have rescued from harm.  

We do not have a dedicated animal centre in our branch area, but have built up a strong network of volunteer carers who provide safe shelters for animals in their own homes. In busy periods, they are often literally overrun with animals that need accommodation, but find shelter for them somewhere, however difficult it becomes.

During 2011 and 2012 our branch took in, cared for and successfully rehomed over 430 animals and in that period we spent over £50,000  on veterinary bills, food, care and shelter for those animals.

In that same period, we euthanized 17 animals following veterinary advice that they could not be successfully treated to give them a life of any quality. 1 animal was euthanized as it had deep set behavioural problems which made it a danger to humans and other animals. These figures represent less than 5% of the animals we took in.

We do not euthanize animals because of lack of space or on monetary grounds

Hattys story” gives a unique insight into the dedication of our foster carers and how we try to ensure that animals that come into our care are given every chance of a new or better life:
http://www.rspca-altrincham-cheshire.org.uk/Hattys%20Story.html

We are a separately registered charity, as are all local RSPCA branches, and raise our own funds by way of collections, fundraising events and donations. We rely on volunteers and could not exist without them.

If you wish to get involved with helping animals locally, then we can always use more help and you can find advice about volunteering for your local RSPCA branch at our website:
http://www.rspca-altrincham-cheshire.org.uk/volunteering.html

As these newspaper articles  strongly criticise the way that the National RSPCA has made use of the funds that its supporters have donated, I would like to make it clear that donations and legacies to "The RSPCA" will always go the National RSPCA and if you wish to help animals locally, then donations and legacies have to be made to your named local branch .

In our case, donations made to “ Cheshire (Altrincham) RSPCA” will come directly to us and will be used carefully for local animal welfare.  Further details can be found here:
http://www.rspca-altrincham-cheshire.org.uk/donations.html

Thank you

Michael Hart
Cheshire (Altrincham) RSPCA

I should add  that the National RSPCA strongly refute these allegations in the national press and their official response can be found here: http://www.rspca.org.uk/utilities/statement/0113_5

October 2012

Many thanks to Tesco in Altrincham for letting us collect in-store today.  They have generously offered us a second day in-store this week , so we will be there again on Friday 3rd October from 10am – 8pm.

We  welcome donations of either money or pet food, to help us continue our work.

Our branch does not have a dedicated RSPCA animal centre in this area, and so rely on a network of foster homes to care for and shelter unwanted animals until we can find them a permanent new home.

We have little control over the numbers of animals bought to us – RSPCA Inspectors take animals that they have removed from harm to the nearest RSPCA Branch and we also get plenty of phone calls about animals that require rehoming because their owners are no longer able to look after them.

 It often gets very crowded, hence our current appeal for volunteer Cat fosterers.  In recent weeks, for example, we have had nearly 40 Cats and Kittens in foster care as well as Dogs and other animals.

The animals munch their way through a staggering amount of food each week, particularly if it is the first decent meal they have had for a while, so we would be delighted to accept Dog and Cat food when collecting in-store as it will all be put to very good use.

September 2012

WE URGENTLY NEED YOUR HELP WITH CAT FOSTERING

We do not have an RSPCA animal centre in this area, and rely on foster homes to care for and shelter unwanted animals until we can find them a permanent new home. We are urgently seeking  volunteers who have the time and room to care for such animals.

We provide  all equipment, training, support and expenses.

Currently we are at near bursting point with Cats and Kittens as the Kitten season gets into its stride and the RSPCA Inspectors bring in more unplanned and unwanted Cats and Kittens.

Could you provide a temporary home for a Cat, Kitten(s) or single family of Cat and her Kittens until we can find them a permanent loving home ?

We provide  all equipment, training, support and expenses.

If you can help please ring Julia on 0161-286-2503 or email rspca.altrincham.cheshire@googlemail.com

We also urge everyone to get their Cats neutered to try to stem this explosion in the stray and unwanted Cat population. The other way you can help is to adopt Cats from animal rescues, like ours, instead of buying from breeders.

Thank You

Branch News

May 2012 - Thank you to St. Anne's CE Primary School in Sale who kindly collected pet food for our branch during RSPCA week following a visit and talk about our branch given by Clare Hart, one of our committee members.

The children were allowed to come in to school wearing their own clothes in exchange for bringing in a tin of pet food. 248 tins and 151 pouches of pet food were donated by the pupils.

April 2012 - One of our Committee members, Julie Leslie, entered her first Triathlon in order to raise much needed funds for this branch and raised £305.

March 2012 - Yasemin Kafali ran the London Marathon in 4 hours 55 minutes and and generously decided that the sponsorship she raised would all go toward funding dog fostering equipment, veterinary care and  fostering care costs for our branch.


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