Local RSPCA Pet Portrait Competition is open during Lockdown until May 24th

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District Branch are searching for the next ‘Paw-Casso!’ as they officially open their virtual Pet Portrait Competition.

The competition welcomes all ages and capabilities and is open for entries until May 23rd. There are two classes available to enter – above 18’s and under 18’s – and the winner of each class will have their artwork displayed permanently at the Animal Centre on Wade Street, Halifax.

Entry by Che Adams 8 years old of Peggy The Pug

Fay Gibbons, Digital Fundraiser says “Our virtual Pet Portrait Competition is a brand new event we’ve introduced during lockdown – we’re all spending more time with our pets, so why not try your hand at a pet portrait for some fun! We’ve already had some fabulous entries and we can’t wait to see more.”

Entry by Michael Waine – of Sally the RSPCA rescue dog

The ten finalists of the two classes will be announced on May 24th and the 1st place winners will be selected by the team at Yorkshire Payments and officially announced on May 25th.

The competition will help raise vital funds for the local RSPCA Branch and the animals in their care. With the support of the local community, the branch successfully rehomed over 500 animals during 2019.

For more information about the competition and the branch please visit: www.rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk or to enter your pet now visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/247463609644911/

 

“The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford 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.”

Local Bradford boy Zach 8 raises hundreds for RSPCA with lockdown drawings from home!

(Zach pictured above with his RSPCA rescue cat Bailey)

 

THE RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and District branch were touched to hear about an amazing fundraising idea from one of their young supporters who wants to help raise vital funds the animals in their care during the COVID19 Crisis.

 

Animal lover Zach – who is 8 years old and from Thackley, Bradford – decided he wanted to do something special during lockdown to help local animals in need. Zach is drawing his own creations and requests from anyone who donates to his fundraiser. They are posted on his Facebook Fundraising group along with sending some copies out digitally or posted to anyone who donates.

 

 

All of Zach’s drawings are being uploaded to his Facebook group and donors just comment on the artwork they would like. The young artist takes requests, but says he much prefers to do his own style of ‘doodle’ rather than a pet portrait. There are plenty of examples of Zach’s artwork to view on his page, including a penguin, an owl a monkey and even an alien spaceship!

 

 

 

Mum, Jemma Walker says “Zach has always been a great animal lover and our family adopted 2 kittens from the local RSPCA in Bradford almost 16 years ago. Sadly, we lost one of our cats last year but we still have Bailey (pictured above with Zach) and who Zach loves so much that it inspired him to help out the charity during lockdown. The fundraising total currently stands at £283 with more donations coming in and we’re even laminating and sanitising any artwork requests for delivery too!”

 

All funds raised from Zach’s artwork fundraiser will go directly to help the self-funded local RSPCA animal centre. Fay Gibbons, the Digital & Community fundraiser for the branch says “Zach really is a hero in our eyes – it’s been an incredibly difficult time for us here at the centre with all of our Charity Shops closed and fundraising events on hold for the foreseeable future, so all of the money raised will go a really long way in helping us to care for local animals in need. Well done Zach, you’re a superstar!”

 

To find out more about the fundraiser or to donate and get your hands on your own doodle by Zach, visit his Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/274053893770543.

 

(Zach at work)

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford 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. The local rehoming centre relies on public donations and the generosity of its local community to keep the doors of their animal centre open. The branch care for cats, dogs and small animals and have successfully rehomed 40 dogs, 60 cats and 10 small animals so far this year.

K9 Party in the Park at Manor Heath 2019

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The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford branch are inviting all two legged and four legged friends to their annual ‘K9 Party In The Park’ on Sunday 7 July 2019, 12:00pm-5:00pm at Manor Heath Park, Halifax HX3 0EB.

The self funded branch is hoping to raise crucial funds for the animals in their care, whilst having some fun in the sun and partying with local supporters and their canines!

The event is free but donations are greatly received and all party-goers will receive a free goodie bag! The dog show can be entered from 11:30am on the day and is just £1.50 per class.

A double ‘Eyes That Melt Your Heart’ class for little and large dogs along with ‘Puppy Love’ and ‘Heinz 57’ are just a few examples of some of the classes that will be running on the day.

Expect:

  • 25 Class Dog Show
  • Fun games
  • Great Food Vans
  • Delicious Ice Cream
  • A variety of fun and interesting local stalls
  • Have-a-go Agility
  • Staff on hand to help with behavioural advice
  • Great music all day

and lots more to keep the whole family, four-legged or two-legged highly entertained!

To find out more about K9 Party visit the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and District branches website here: https://www.rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk. You can also find out more on Facebook by searching for ‘K9 Party In The Park’.

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.

Local RSPCA to Host First Ever Bank Holiday Fun Dog Show at Roberts Park, Saltaire!

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District branch are inviting all two-legged and four-legged supporters to join them for their first ever Roberts Park Fun Dog Show! The brand new family event will take place in the beautiful grounds of world-heritage site; Roberts Park, Saltaire, Bradford on May bank holiday – Sunday 26th May, 12:00pm-3:00pm.

The event boasts a 10 class fun dog show, with classes for dogs of all ages, sizes, breeds and capabilities, including ‘waggiest tail’, ‘puppy love’ and ‘eyes that will melt your heart’! There will also be fun stalls and games for all the family to join in with and the local rehoming centre hope that it will provide the Bradford and surrounding community with a fun day out, whilst helping them to raise the vital funds they need in order to maintain their animal welfare work and keep the doors of the centre open.

Community Fundraiser Fay Gibbons said “We’re so excited to be able to bring our popular fun dog show over to Bradford. It was a very sad time when the original RSPCA Centre on Mount Street had to close it’s doors due to lack of funding – but we’re delighted to have now taken on care of the Bradford area, meaning the city still has a local RSPCA! We’re looking forward to getting out in to the community and engaging with our wonderful supporters. We hope to see lots of humans and pooches join us, for what is certain to be a woofing great day of bank holiday fun!”.

Classes are just £1.50 to enter on the day and all entrants are in the with the chance of winning a prestigious RSPCA rosette and dog-related prize. All proceeds raised on the day will go directly towards the branches centre and the animals in their care. With special thanks to Avenue Vets of Bingley & Shipley who are kindly sponsoring the event. You can find out more on Facebook or by following this link: www.facebook.com/events/577569522734866/.

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford 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. The branch care for cats, dogs and small animals and successfully rehomed 39 dogs, 77 cats and 26 small animals in 2018. To find out more about Charlies Challenge and work the branch do visit their website: www.rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk.

The Third RSPCA Poochfest Comes to Stainland

 

Join RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield and Bradford and  Calderdale Council on Saturday 27 April, 11:00am-3:00pm as they celebrate our pooches and promote responsible dog ownership with the third annual Poochfest event! There will be stalls, games, food and drink, a have-a-go-agility and of course, a fun dog show!

It’s Free Entry but donations are welcome. The event will be held at Stainland Recreational Park, Stainland Road (Next to the 1885 Pub).

Go down with the family for lots of fun and wagging tails!?

For more info or any enquiries please contact: faygibbons@rspca-halifaxandhuddersfield.org.uk

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