RSPCA Press Release
RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District Branch
29th December 2017
Merger of the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & District Branch (charity no: 225575)
with the RSPCA Bradford & District Branch (charity no: 232211)
On 1st January 2018 the RSPCA Bradford & District Branch will merge with the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & District Branch. To facilitate such a merger under RSPCA rules requires one branch to dissolve and the other to extend its boundaries.
The new branch will be called RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District Branch (Registered Charity No. 225575)
In 2016 the RSPCA Bradford branch animal centre closed because of lack of funds needed to refurbish the facilities to the standard required. It was a sad day, but the branch has continued to operate under temporary trusteeship with the help of RSPCA Regional staff.
Neighbouring branches, including RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & District Branch have continued to take animals rescued in the Bradford area by the inspectorate into care and those animals have received veterinary treatment and rehabilitation before being found new homes.
Since this time, RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & District Branch trustees have been in discussions with regional staff with a view to a merger of the two branch areas: Halifax, Huddersfield and Bradford.
On 12th September 2017, an AGM was held in Bradford and those members present voted in favour of a merger of the two branch areas. In October it received approval at RSPCA National Society Council Meeting.
Liz Lindsay, RSPCA Branch Chairperson said “We are committed to giving the same level of service to animals and their owners in Bradford as we give in Halifax and Huddersfield. In addition, the Bradford Retail and Finance employees will become employees of the new branch and the current Bradford shops (5 at present) will be retained. During the first few months of 2018 changes will be made to our website and social media pages and we are planning to hold roadshows and events around the new branch area, so watch out for us and come and say hello. We are also upping our search for a new site for a larger and more rural animal centre which hopefully will be located more centrally within the Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and District branch area.”
Kath Airey, Branch Treasurer said, “It is important to remember that although we are proud to be part of the National RSPCA, the newly merged branch is a separately registered charity in its own right and as such we have to ensure that we raise sufficient funding to maintain the overheads and operational cost of running the branch, which is no mean feat. Anyone who chooses to fundraise or donate to us direct can be assured that the money will be used directly to care for the animals in our animal centre.”
The RSPCA Halifax Animal Centre is currently caring for over 100 animals, and to date has rehomed 147 dogs, 351 cats, 25 rabbits and 96 small animals in 2017, all of which have welfare needs, many having been neglected, ill-treated or abused in the hands of their cruel owners. They all receive the veterinary treatment and rehabilitation they need until they are ready for rehoming, some are in care for just a few weeks but others many months, especially if their owners are subject to prosecution.
Bella, a young adult dog, is amongst those in care having been found tied up to the door of the RSPCA Animal Centre on December 1st, along with her bed and bowl, CCTV showed a man leaving her there. Bella was not micro-chipped so no owner could be traced, therefore she has been held for 28 days as required under the stray dog legislation and is now up for adoption and hoping a new home can be found in 2018
This female rabbit was found in the playing fields just off Clare Hill, Huddersfield. She is tan, brown and white and microchipped but the details are not up to date, she will be kept in RSPCA care until she is claimed or if no owner comes forward she will be put up for adoption.
The Branch always welcomes enquiries about becoming a trustee or volunteer and anyone interested should contact the Branch Office on 01422 341160 or enquire via the Branch website www.rspca-halifaxandhuddersfield.org.uk
Individuals or businesses who may like to raise funds for the Branch should contact Community Fundraiser Lauren Moore on 07538114079 or email email@example.com
Donations of clothing, Bric-A-Brac, Household items and Furniture are very welcome and can be dropped off at any of the Branch shops, larger items can be collected by calling 01422 362461
If you need to contact the RSPCA to report an act of cruelty, neglect or concern about the welfare of an animal, call the RSPCA's 24-hour national cruelty and advice line on 0300 1234 999
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