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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.


It is now illegal in England to own a dog without a  microchip. Owners who do not comply could face fines of up to £500.


Watch out for our next FREE Microchipping event.




 

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: rspcabarnsley@hotmail.co.uk


For general advice about strays and ferals follow this link.

 



Our Volunteer Ambassador Visits Pupils at Barnsley YMCA After School Event.



Our Volunteer Ambassador visited Barnsley YMCA's after school session along with Kim from the RSPCA who brought in lovely reptiles Zelda, Lola, Valerie and Maggie for young people to meet.


Volunteer ambassadors are part of a network of RSPCA trained speakers who are committed to visiting schools and other groups, and delivering high quality presentations and workshops about animal welfare and the RSPCA's work, in order to improve animal welfare.


The presentations cover the work of the RSPCA, the welfare needs of animals, and the actions people can take to help animals at home, at school and in the local community.


Feedback from the presentations has been very good.

If you would be interested in hosting an ambassador session, please do not hesitate to contact us for a discussion. Click here.






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

Sheffield

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


ALL PETS READY FOR REHOMING FROM US ARE ALREADY NEUTERED, VACCINATED, WORMED AND DE-FLEAD.




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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