Animal Charity Relaunches

The RSPCA in Ribbleton has relaunched and now offers a vital service to the community

Following a temporary closure in December 2017, the RSPCA in Ribbleton reopened its doors in March 2019 with a new centre manager, new equipment and new systems.

Throughout 2018 a deep clean of the centre took place and a refurbishment project kicked in to improve the welfare of the animals in its care. Centre manager Mark Allen was appointed, moving from the RSPCA Southport where he was previously a supervisor and he is supported by shops coordinator Claire Bradly Russell, who ensures the retail side of the branch continues to provide the charity with much needed valuable funds.

Lots of hard work and training went on behind the scenes as well as improvements made to the centre throughout its closure. Repairs were made to a number of the kennel runs, fencing around the dog exercise fields was replaced, a new ventilation system installed, flooring in the cattery and the introduction of a computerised animal welfare management system, to name just a few.

RSPCA Preston & District is a self-funding branch which relies on the generosity of the local community to continue its vital animal welfare work. It also provides welfare assistance to owners who cannot afford treatment for their own animals via a veterinary clinic on Lancaster Road in Preston, run in partnership with Myerscough Vet Group.

Its mission is to provide safe and happy homes to abandoned, neglected or abused animals, to nurse them back to health, rehabilitate them and find them their forever home. Its promise is to deliver rehabilitation and rehoming services to protect animals that are most in need of our help. A promise which is increasingly difficult to sustain, when the number of abandoned animals is on the increase.

The centre has welcomed back its volunteers, supporters and animal lovers from the local community and has gone from strength to strength since its reopening.

If you want to make a difference, you can donate stock to its shops, money, animal food/supplies ie toys, bedding and even your time by volunteering for your local branch.

Prospective volunteers are welcome to get in-touch and speak with its teams about volunteering, the role, the expectations, the branch itself and to take away some information. Volunteers are needed in both its charity shops and the animal centre

The RSPCA is proud of the courageous, compassionate and committed work it does. Supporters, volunteers and staff all make a real, and positive, difference to the lives of animals. It is committed to continually improving everything it does as a local branch because it knows that is the best way to achieve its charitable objectives of helping animals and people in the Preston area.

RSPCA Preston & District re-homing centre is open to the public every day except Tuesdays, between the hours of 11am and 3.30pm

RSPCA 24-hour emergency/cruelty helpline 0300 1234 999



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