'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.
Helping animals in need in the Ukraine
We are aware that many concerned members would like to make donations to help animals in Ukraine. Distribution of food donations is very difficult so we would encourage those wishing to donate and assist in some way to make a monetary donation via Four Paws who have operations around Kyiv.
The RSPCA National Society is also exploring working with other organisations such as Naturewatch who are sending pet food and supplies across Europe to the border countries and into Ukraine. Both organisations have well established and long running programmes in Ukraine. If you would like to find out more about Naturewatch, or make a monetary donation to their cause, please click here.
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'.
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 through donations from the public..
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.
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, click here and give your postcode to find your area.
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.
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 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
Sue Hunter and Emma Hamer
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