How you can help to keep Scarborough and Whitby RSPCA local

Few people and supporters are aware that your local RSPCA branch is a separately registered charity to the National RSPCA.

Tuesday, 3rd December 2019, 12:12 pm
Kevin Kelly

Having a local branch ensures vital animal welfare services are available and delivered to those most in need and that money raised and donated stays in your branch area. RSPCA Scarborough & District Branch have been helping animals and their owners since 1867 and with your support this can continue for many more years to come.

The branch offers advice, subsidised animal treatments, microchipping and neutering, as well as rehabilitating and rehoming animals that have been rescued from cruelty or neglect, or whose owners are no longer able to care for them.

Money must be raised in the local area which stretches between Whitby, Scarborough & Filey over to Pickering and Helmsley, including all the villages in between, which is why they are looking for fundraising volunteers who can help organise events in the wider community.

As a self-funding charity, they do not receive any funding from the government or local authorities so income is also generated by the charity shop on Aberdeen Walk in Scarborough, by staff and volunteers through fundraising, donations and legacies thanks to generous donations and support from people like you.

Animal welfare support costs, veterinary bills, caring for, rehabilitating and rehoming animals, supporting volunteers and running fees costs the branch around £160,000 per year. With welfare costs rising every year, constant fundraising for the branch is paramount to ensure its continuation.

This year the branch received the exciting news that it has been selected to receive a Charity Ballot place in the Virgin Media London Marathon in April 2020 and Inspector Kevin Kelly from the Rural Wildlife Task Force with North Yorkshire Police is running on their behalf.

Insp Kelly said:“I have been enforcing animal crime for 17 years and we (the police) depend heavily on charities to help us.

“They carry the long term and on-going responsibility for many cases. I didn’t hesitate to agree to run the Marathon on behalf of the Scarborough RSPCA, because any funds I can raise will not only help the branch but also help us fight animal crime together.”

You don’t need to run a marathon to show your support, please just continue to think of the RSPCA Scarborough &District Branch when you are shopping in town, donating items, fundraising or if you want to volunteer your spare time to help others. For more information on how you can help, email [email protected] or you can show Kevin your support by sponsoring him here and all funds raised will go to your local RSPCA branch.