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The Importance of Neutering Your Cat.

Every year, particularly around early summer, the RSPCA and all other animal charities become inundated with female cats living on the streets, either pregnant or desperately trying to feed and keep safe their tiny starving kittens when they are hungry and homeless themselves.

This is often down to owners of both male and female cats failing to have their pets neutered, either at all, or at a young enough age.

Females then become pregnant, and are thrown out because their owners can't deal with the situation. The luckier ones end up with us, while others remain on the streets, unwanted, and adding to the never ending, hungry, stray and feral population.

If you own a cat, male or female, it is your responsibility to have him or her neutered as soon as your Vet advises it is appropriate, and we cannot stress enough the importance of doing this.

Please don't add to the homeless crisis. 

If you are on a very low wage, please contact us for help.

Microchipping to Get Your Lost Pet Home Safely.

You love your pet, don't you?

If your pet suddenly goes missing it can be devastating and upsetting.

If it goes missing and it's microchipped though, a quick scan (which can be done at any Vets) will tell the finder details of where it belongs, and the chances of it being returned are significantly increased. 

It's not unknown for lost pets to be reunited after months or even years of living stray, so it's really worth it.

It costs only a few pounds to have your pet chipped and it's done in seconds.

As of next year, it will be illegal to own an unchipped dog.

Watch out for our next FREE Microchipping event.

 RSPCA Barnsley & District Town Centre Shop - WE ARE OPEN!

We have exciting news! 

As a small branch we have our sights firmly on creating big ideas.

In the long term, in order to move forwards and create new opportunities to help more local animals at risk, our committed volunteer Trustees would very much like Barnsley to have a dedicated animal centre.

For a self funded branch our size though, this is a huge goal, and a long way down the line, but in order to achieve that eventually we have needed our first town centre shop, to begin to raise funds towards it.

Finally, with a lot of hard work and late nights and your wonderful generosity, we've been able realise that goal, and our, YOUR RSPCA Barnsley & District's shop is now open.

Come and see us!

14 Market Street, Barnsley (next door but one to M&S).



We need stock (clean clothes, bric a brac, toys, DVDs, CDs, household linen, small furniture, jewellery etc.)

Our van driver has begun distributing bags and leaflets which we then collect, but it may take a while to reach your area.

If you have something you'd like to donate in the meanwhile, please email or call our 'stock'  line on 07905 052307 to let us know, and we'll organise a pick up. (Please note this number is for stock related queries only).

We are also trying to organise places where you can drop off your bags and will update that information shortly.


Donation Stations

If your work or school would like to organise a 'Donation Station' where people can pick up a bag to fill and return it, please let us know, using the same address.



We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your kind and generous donations which have helped made this exciting venture possible.


Feral & Stray Cats

Unfortunately we know there will always be feral and stray cats and we appreciate they are not always wanted.

We would like to try and gather some information as to the number of ferals and strays currently in Barnsley.

To do this we need your help, if you are currently feeding either a stray or feral or know someone that is please let us know.

You can either inbox us with a message on Facebook or email us at:

For general advice about strays and ferals follow this link.


About Barnsley & District RSPCA Branch

We are a separately registered branch of the RSPCA and primarily responsible for raising funds locally.

We have a network of fosterers who care for rescued and abandoned animals in their own homes and give support to owners.

We have no salaried staff so we rely entirely on the help of volunteers for:

  • Visiting the homes of potential adopters
  • Fundraising
  • Fostering animals
  • Trustees

We are reliant on neighbouring RSPCA branches to help when our foster homes are full because we do not yet have a centre.


Please note: We never put an animal to sleep unless it has proved to be unresponsively aggressive, or on the considered advice of a vet.

  • All animals available for adoption at our branch are neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped.

  • Unlike some rescue centres, we also protect against leukemia (a nasty disease preventable by vaccination) as well as the basic, cheaper flu and enteritis jabs.

  •  All stray cats are tested for Feline Leukaemia Virus and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (Feline AIDS).

RSPCA Barnsley & District Against Animal Snares

National magazine, 'Your Cat' are currently urging people to help cat welfare (and wildlife) by urging the public to sign the ban snares petition which is being run by the League Against Cruel Sports.

It is hoped that if enough signatures are collected, the issue will be debated in Parliament to bring about change in the law.

Snares are thin wire nooses that are commonly used by gamekeepers to catch foxes, rabbits and stoats. These inhumane devices cause immense suffering, pain and eventual slow death, and many other animals, including cats are also being caught and maimed in them.

Snaring has been banned in most of Europe but is still legal in the UK. We think this is wholly unacceptable and would like to help make these practices illegal by encouraging you to sign the petition.

Please take a moment of your time to support the campaign here.

Thank you.

Beware Of Fraudsters

Please be aware that there are people operating in the Barnsley area that claim to be part of the RSPCA (either this branch or others in the Yorkshire area) but are not connected with the society on any level, and are therefore collecting funds illegally.

Unfortunately these funds do not come to the society and are not accounted for. If you are asked to donate money to the society and are not sure whether they are official collectors then please contact the volunteer co-ordinator directly on 07870 989 164 to discuss your concerns.

We appreciate your vigilance during these times and if you would like to donate money then please either donate via our link on

this website or send a cheque to the following address rather than passing money to individuals:

PO Box 4852


S35 5BZ



What Do We Do? -  Meet Alice

Alice, like so many, (but each one, always an individual case), was brought to us in this dreadful state, but with care, patience, veterinary treatment, neutering and the love she deserves, she's now how she should be- happy, contented and stunningly gorgeous.

Since we don't recieve any national funding, your donations are crucial to the work we do, and they can be of food, warm bedding, towels, feeding bowls, safe toys or money. We also need people with suitable homes and situations to look after cats like Alice until we find them a  permanent home. If you have any of these to offer, please email us. Thank you.



Neuter Your Pet!

Neutering your cat, dog, rabbit (& other small animals inc. ferrets) has endless benefits:


  • Neutering reduces the rapidly increasing, huge number of unwanted pets and strays.
  • It can reduce the risk of animals being stolen for breeding.
  • If a female becomes pregnant, vet fees can become very expensive and caring for both adult and young when pregnant and nursing is very time consuming and demanding. When the young are ready to be rehomed you will need to pay for vaccinating, worming and flea treatment first.
  • After neutering, females do not come into season (they can bleed for up to 3 weeks and attract unwanted male attention otherwise).
  • Neutering in males can reduce agressive behaviour, and the smell sometimes associated with them (esp. ferrets).
  • Reduces roaming in male cats: (FACT: a male cat searching for a mate can travel up to 5 miles at a time, and that is when most of them have road traffic accidents.)
  • It prevents the risk of testicular cancer in males and uterus infections in females.
  • It is not true that any female needs to have a first litter.

Talk to your vet to see how soon your pet can be neutered.

Owners have a  legal responsibilty to meet all of their animal's needs under the Animal Welfare Act 2006


Prioritising Animals In Need

Our highest priority is to help those animals most in need; animals who are sick, injured, neglected or victims of cruelty.

Of the animals taken in by our animal centres throughout England and Wales, 96%* have been rescued from cruelty and neglect by our frontline officers.

To ensure that we are able to help these animals we need space at our fosterers homes so that we can provide a safe place for them to be taken to.

This is why we have introduced a new scheme which prioritises animals rescued by our inspectors from cruelty and neglect.

The introduction of this scheme means that we are no longer able to take on all of the stray or unwanted animals that are brought to our attention.

* Figure based on the number of animals taken in by regional RSPCA animal centres between May and October 2010.


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