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On the twelfth day of Christmas our Branch came to see…..

Twelve months of working

Like many organisations, we have been continuously working throughout the pandemic. Although we were closed to the public for some time, our staff continued to care for the animals in our care and even took on more as the National Inspectorate asked for our help. Unfortunately, animal cruelty and abandonments did not stop and of course the animals already in our care still needed us! Our phone lines remained busy and pet owners still needed help so staff were on hand to advise our supporters, keeping them up to date via the phone, email, our website and our social media platforms.

As soon as restrictions eased, we were back to running adoptions and we had developed a new strategy for this to keep our staff and supports safe. We moved our office to Ashwellthorpe which was a real team effort, and now we have sufficient storage for our animal supplies and enough space for all of the team! Our shop staff worked extremely hard to get everything ready to re-open and with less volunteers and extra restrictions in place, this was very difficult. However they gave it their all and proved that a little hard work really does go a long way.

We have continued to work hard, running our shops and bringing in the much needed funds so we can keep helping animals in need, recruiting volunteers for a variety of roles, providing financial aid to pet owners in need, issuing subsidised neutering vouchers, offering animal welfare advice to the general public, educating in schools and social clubs, running our first event at our new premises and working hard to get Barkers, our new dog friendly café up and running. In fact, Barkers recently attended it’s first event and managed to raise some extra money to help our animals this Christmas!

We are always doing our best to help animals in need, to help pet owners as best as we can, to promote good animal welfare and to keep the Branch running so we can help more and more animals every year. Our CEO was in the office every day throughout the lockdowns, just in case our supporters or animals needed him! He kept the Branch afloat when it could have easily gone under and he has picked up the pieces in 2021. We are lucky to be part of a team who is passionate about animals, and will do anything possible in the name of animal welfare. Being a small local Branch, separate from the National RSPCA, it was a tough time, but we have all worked hard to keep it going and will continue to do so.

EmmaOn the twelfth day of Christmas our Branch came to see…..