RSPCA King Cross Celebrates 10th Anniversary

RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield and Bradford District Branch is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Charity Shop once dubbed the Harrods of Charity Shops!

The mini department store in the former Queen’s Hall dance hall, Queens Road, Halifax opened it doors for the first time on 12 March 2009 and has gone from strength to strength, selling everything that you would find on the high street. The only difference is that it’s all second hand and all profits go directly to support the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and District Branch Animal Centre, located at Wade Street, Halifax.

On Saturday 9 March, 1:00pm-3:00pm, to mark the occasion the shop is hosting a Million Thank Yous Afternoon Tea and invitations have been sent to supporters and volunteers, including Patron of the Branch Kate Hardcastle MBE.

The shop boosts an array of furniture from antique to modern, dining tables to three-piece suites, children’s wear to ladies and men’s fashion and accessories, household items including electrical to toys, you can find them all at this charity shop.

Since it opened, the shop has boosted the finances of the RSPCA, taking over £1,000,000 during the 10 years of trading with all profits going directly to support the running costs of the RSPCA Animal Centre.

The shop is currently managed by Charlotte (Charlie) Hodges aided by deputy managers Julie Hicks and Sally Shaw plus a team of volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure that the store looks like any other high street shop. Charlie said “The public can be reassured that by supporting their local RSPCA Charity Shops, either by donating items or purchasing items from them, they are helping animals in need. Knowing that the funds raised at all our shops go directly to help the animals that have been taken into the RSPCA Animal Centre is great for motivating the staff and volunteers”

Retail Co-ordinator, Diane Whitehead, who has also been with the branch since 2009, said “Over the last 10 years we have built up a great rapport with the local community and we have lots of regular customers, we have a great team of volunteers from the local area who are a pleasure to work with.”

Kath Airey, Branch Treasurer said, “Without the income from our charity shops we would struggle to ensure we have sufficient funds to care for the animals and to continue with our welfare work in the community.”

Many of the animals that come into RSPCA care have suffered in the hands of their previous owners and are in need of veterinary treatment and need nursing back to health before they can begin their rehabilitation. Each animal is provided with a specific programme whilst in RSPCA care, ensuring that they receive the correct diet, correct exercise and training. Some of the animals, especially the dogs need extensive training and behaviour programmes before they are ready for adoption and many remain in RSPCA care for several weeks and some even months.

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield and Bradford District Branch currently operate shops throughout the branch area, located in Brighouse, Hebden Bridge, Huddersfield Trinity St., Huddersfield Byram Street, Cleckheaton, Pudsey, Bradford Godwin Street, Bradford James Street and Queen’s Hall, King Cross, Halifax, plus a new shop is soon to open in Holmfirth.

Donation of clothing and small household items can be accepted at any of the shops, or for collection of furniture or multiple bags please ring 01422 362461.

Welfare Day at RSPCA Halifax

Tuesday 26 February 2019 it is World Spay Day!

To celebrate this RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield and Bradford District Branch is going to hold a Welfare Event where they are offering to cat and dog owners:

FREE Microchipping and flea & worm treatments, food, and dog coats!

Plus: Neutering Vouchers which leave only a remaining balance to pay!

Appointment only 10:30am-15:20pm

RSPCA Animal centre, Wade Street, Halifax HX1 1SN

If you are in receipt of income support, Job seekers allowance, housing benefit, employment & support allowance, council tax benefit or pension credits and live within the Halifax, Huddersfield or Bradford region then you are eligible for assistance.

Please Note:  Proof of benefit will be required and all dogs must be on a collar and lead and cats must be contained in a secure basket or you will be turned away.

For all information and or to make an appointment please contact the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District Branch by email on enquiries@rspcahalifaxandhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk or call 01422 365628

Local RSPCA Pet Photography Competition Now Open for Entries!

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford branch is searching for ‘model-esque’ pets to take part in their ‘Picture Perfect Pet’ photo competition! The competition can be entered online via Facebook and is just £1.50 per entry. All entries will be judged on ‘cuteness and all round best photo’, with 10 finalists being selected on Sunday 20 January ready for the public to decide their favourite.

Fay Gibbons, Events Coordinator, says

“Our annual pet photo competition is a really fun way to celebrate how adorable we all think our pets are. We just love seeing all the entries and received such a variety of snaps last year; from cockatiels to reptiles! – It’s wonderful to see how much our pets mean to us. The 3 finalists decided by the public, will win a pet hamper full of goodies, so make sure you enter your pet to be in with the chance to win!”

The final date for all entries is Saturday 19 January at midnight and winners will be announced on Wednesday 23 January.

The competition will help to raise vital funds for the centre and the animals in the branches care. Last year the branch successfully found homes for 111 dogs, 281 cats and 73 small animals. For more information about the competition and the branch please visit: http://www.rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk or search for the event on Facebook – ‘Picture Perfect Pet Photo Competition’.

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield 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 Open Day in Halifax

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District Branch are inviting the local community to join them at their Christmas Open Day & Fair on Sunday 2 December, 12:00pm-3:00pm, taking place at their Wade Street Animal Centre in Halifax (HX1 1SN). The annual festive fundraiser promises lots of fun for all the family, whilst helping to raise vital funds for the animals in their care and the running of the centre.

Fay Gibbons, Events Coordinator, says

“Our annual Christmas Open Day is always a huge hit with our supporters and the local public. You can meet some of our animals, pop in to see Father Christmas in his grotto, enjoy our stalls and games and even grab a nice glass of mulled wine for the adults! It’s a great way to get in to the festive spirit, whilst also helping local animals in need and making their Christmas special too.”

The branch will have refreshments available, a raffle, a Christmas Quiz and the chance to drop gifts in to ‘Animal Stockings’, to treat the animals currently in the centres care.

So far this year, the branch has successfully found homes for 111 dogs, 281 cats and 73 small animals and they hope that with the support of the local community they can give all the animals currently waiting to be adopted the best Christmas possible. For more information about the event and the branch please visit: www.rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk

RSPCA Christmas Meal Appeal

This December the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District Branch are calling on their supporters to help them give the animals in their centre the best Christmas possible.

When most of us think of Christmas we imagine family, food and love, but the reality is quite different for animals spending the festive period alone in a rescue centre. Although the RSPCA staff work really hard to make the animals feel comfortable, happy and loved all year round, Christmas is always hard as nothing can compare to the surroundings of a loving home and lots of treats.

This year your local RSPCA hope to give the animals in their care the best Christmas possible, which is why they need your help by donating a festive feast in the form of a Christmas Meal Ticket!

The tickets can be a personal donation or make ideal gifts and stocking fillers for family and friends.

Meal tickets can be purchased for £1, £2 or £5 at all of the RSPCA Charity Shops in Halifax, Huddersfield and Bradford or at the RSPCA Animal Centre on Wade Street, Halifax, HX1 1SN.

You can also donate online if you just wish to give the animals a special Christmas gift. To donate to the Christmas Meal Appeal online, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/Christmasmealappeal.

So far this year the branch has successfully found homes for 111 dogs, 281 cats and 73 small animals and they hope that with the support of the local community they can give all the animals currently waiting to be adopted the best Christmas possible.

To find out more about the branch and their appeal, please visit their website: www.rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk

Dare you attend the Annual Monster Ball?

THE RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District is inviting all who dare to join them at their second annual Halloween Monster Ball on Sunday 27 October at The Cedar Court Hotel, Ainley Top Huddersfield.

The local branch, which is part of a self funded network of RSPCA Branches, is hoping to raise funds and awareness for the animal welfare work it does within the Halifax, Huddersfield and Bradford area, whilst having some Halloween fun with their supporters!

The night includes live entertainment, a delicious sit down buffet, ghoulish games with some fantastic prizes, live DJ and a few spooky surprises too.

Tickets are just £25 with the opportunity to dress Black Tie or go all out in your Fancy Dress outfit.

Fay Gibbons, Events Coordinator said,

“Our ghoulishly good Monster Ball was a roaring success last year and we’re delighted to be holding it again this October 27th. We have an amazing night planned to celebrate Halloween, whilst helping to raise vital funds for local animals in need. The tickets sold out last year, so don’t be a scaredy-cat….book your place now!’’

So why not trick or treat yourself to one hell of an evening this Halloween with your local RSPCA. To book your tickets please contact Fay Gibbons now on 07399 587 618 or email – faygibbons@rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk

To find out more about the RSPCA Monster Ball please visit the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford website here: www.rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk. You can also find out more on Facebook by searching for ‘RSPCA Monster Ball’ in events.MB FB

Celebrate World Animal Day at the RSPCA Animal Blessing Service

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THE RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District are inviting all creatures great and small to celebrate World Animal Day with them at their annual Animal Blessing Service in conjunction with the Halifax Minster. The service is on Sunday October 7, 2:30pm at the Halifax Minster, Causeway, HX1 1QL.

Fay Gibbons, Events Coordinator said “We think our animal blessing is a really special and unique way to celebrate World Animal Day and it’s one of our favourite events of the year. We love seeing the amazing variety of pets and animals people bring to the Minster, from kittens to horses and we hope the local community will join us for a wonderful service”.

Owners should ensure that all pets are well behaved and properly restrained, dogs on leads, cats in baskets and other small animals in travelling cages, equines must be unshod to be allowed in the church. RSPCA staff will be at the church to welcome and give assistance to owners and their pets.

To find out more about the Animal Blessing please visit the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford website here: www.rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk. You can also find out more on Facebook by searching for ‘Animal Blessing’ in events within Halifax.