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Kittens saved after being found by hero dog Dave

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Four dumped kittens lucky to be found after being tied up in carrier bags and thrown over 6 ft-high wall


The RSPCA is appealing for information after four terrified kittens were found dumped in a carrier bag, which is believed had been thrown over a six feet-high wall.


The frightened kittens were found on Wednesday, October 6 by Tracey Baker (56) who was walking her rescue dog, Dave in the cemetery in Cemetery Road, Barnsley.

She saw a tightly tied up Tesco carrier bag, and assumed it was rubbish, but  when Rottweiler-cross Dave wouldn't leave it alone she went to investigate. 

She then heard squeaking, and when she peered inside, found three terrified tabby kittens inside the main bag. 

Inside this was a smaller green and white ‘Food Plus’ carrier bag and when she opened it she found a black kitten inside.

Tracey took the kittens home and alerted the RSPCA and all four kittens, aged about two weeks-old, were rushed to a nearby vets. The black kitten was very poorly and weak and there were real fears he would not survive - but he is now doing well in the care of RSPCA Barnsley and District branch. 

One of the other kittens had a damaged leg but she is also expected to make a full recovery.

All four, two males and two females, are now in the care of a fosterer who is hand-rearing them.

As three are mackerel tabbies, the fosterer has decided to name them with a fish theme so the females are Wanda and Angel (who has a damaged leg) - and the boys are Nemo (the black kitten) and Klaus (pictured above  feeding).


Jackie Siddall, from the branch, said: “The poor kittens were obviously trembling and terrified when we collected them and two were in poor health. It must have been a dreadful ordeal for them. I am delighted to say they are now doing well, and our dedicated fosterer is hand rearing them to build up their strength, as they only weighed 300 grammes - and she is busy with night feeds too. They are all gorgeous, and when they are old enough we will find them loving forever homes.”


Tracey said: “I am so pleased the kittens are now doing well, and I am thrilled with Dave for finding them. He is a very curious boy and smells at everything, but it is usually discarded food - you don’t expect to find four kittens left like this - it is so sad.” 


RSPCA chief inspector for South Yorkshire, Lyndsey Harris, is now appealing for information to find the ‘callous’ person responsible for dumping the pets.

She said: “These poor defenceless kittens were discarded like rubbish we believe due to their injuries, they had been thrown over a six feet-high wall. They were found near where the dog in the photograph is pictured. It was a stroke of luck that they were sniffed out by a dog out walking. Cats and dogs are meant to be mortal enemies but in this case hero Dave saved these kittens' lives as they would have suffered a lingering death and would have slowly suffocated.


“It’s always heartbreaking when I deal with abandonments. We are seeing increasing numbers of cats and kittens coming into our care. Perhaps in this case the  owner decided the kittens would be too much work for them so instead of being responsible and contacting a rehoming charity for help they callously discarded them and left them to die.”


Anyone who can help or who recognises the kittens and be able to identify the owner should call the RSPCA appeal line on 0300 123 8018. 


We Need Your Fostering Help!

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We’re looking for an experienced cat person to foster cats for us, someone who maybe has their own pets indoors, so isn’t able to look after our cats in their home, but has space to house our pen outside.

This pen is a semi - permanent structure of 12ft long x 4 ft wide, and is well constructed with an ‘outside area’ where cats can get some fresh air, an area to house a cat tree for lots of play, and a raised, wipe clean, cosy area to keep them warm while they sleep or recuperate, and wait for their new forever home.

Volunteer fosterers need to be around a lot of the time, and need to be able to take cats to vet appointments, so a newly retired person, or maybe someone working part time from home would be ideal.

We provide all food, litter, bedding, medication and so on- you just provide lots of love and attention. Sometimes cats who come to us can be very frightened and disorientated to begin with, so patience and understanding is a good thing too!

If you think you would like to be considered to foster long term, please fill our Adult Cat Fosterer Form in.

Thank you


Helping animals in Afghanistan

The RSPCA is supporting NOWZAD in their efforts to help animals in the current situation in Afghanistan.

National Society: 'We are extremely concerned & heartbroken about the current situation in Afghanistan. Our thoughts remain with those who are affected and we are currently talking with their local animal groups to offer our support & are donating to help the animals.

If you would like to help please donate directly to Nowzad'.

Thank you.

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'Kitten Season' is upon us, and  there will be some unfortunate mum-cats looking for somewhere 'safe' to have their babies.

Sadly not everywhere they choose is as safe as they think, and often mums are struggling to feed themselves, let alone their kittens.

If you find a  mum-cat and her kittens, or kittens with no mum in sight in your garden or home, please don't disturb them, but you can call us for help on 07823 550 886.

Thank you for caring.



We are a team of volunteer trustees with a network of fantastic volunteer fosterers, who care for rescued and abandoned animals in their own homes, and then pair and re-home them into suitable new homes with new pet-parents.

Our RSPCA branch is a separately registered charity, primarily responsible for raising our own funds locally.

In short, we are affiliated to the national RSPCA Society, but not funded by them.

We never put a healthy animal to sleep except on the much considered advice of vets.


Our Area

This map shows all the areas covered by Barnsley & District Branch (in pink).


Our area works on a postcode system. It applies to things like whether you may be eligible for free microchipping at events, or reduced cost neutering.


As all branches are independent charities, we don't want to step on the toes of others, so if you're not in the pink area, here are some other useful local branch numbers to try.


Remember: If you are concerned about the welfare of an animal (i.e. abuse or neglect) always ring 0300 1234 999. 

Branches are not able to deal with abuse or neglect cases:



01142 898050


Doncaster, Rotherham & District:

01302 719790


Leeds, Wakefield & District:

01132 536952


Thanks to...

It goes without saying (or does it?) that we'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who volunteers tirelessly for hours, around the clock to keep our Branch operating, through sad and exhausting times and fun times alike- and often alongside their normal work in order to pay bills.

It's hard work, but the rewards are so worth it.

We'd also like to say a big thank you to everyone who donates food, litter, blankets, toys, puts cash in our tins, offers cheques and leaves us legacies, we cannot survive without you.

Many thanks too, to our colleagues at Chesterfield Branch who help us enormously, caring for our Barnsley dogs and rabbits and preparing them for adoption - and to our charity shop volunteers.

..and to Tesco (Stairfoot & Penistone), Morrisons (Barnsley) Cookes Pet Store and Abbey Vets for housing our Donation Boxes.

Finally, to the special people below who regularly help or donate without whom we would be lost:

The Toone Family

Mr & Mrs Horsley


Julie Kitchen Childminders

Mrs Catherine Liddemore

Mr Richardson

Sue Hunter and Emma Hamer

Dawn Hewitt

Margaret Broadhead

Bill & Janice Lunn


Michaela & Rory Wild

Julian and Michelle Kemp

Deborah O Callahan for her kind donation, in memory of her beloved dad, Robin Davies from Athersley, who adored animals.

Mrs Sylvia Taylor - Brind, for her generous and kind donation.

from the Branch Trustees