A massive thank you to the 91 people who answered our call and donated a massive £1,613 in just one week. You will be pleased to know that the work in clearing the compounds has now been completed. It took less time than originally anticipated and the final bill was just short of £3,000. We were obliged to use the services of a professional tree surgeon and his crew as some of the trees were in a potentially dangerous state. Where possible we used the services of some of our lovely volunteers, who also deserve our thanks.
We are just waiting now on Mother Nature to dry out the compounds for a little longer and then the dogs will be able have free exercise again.
RSPCA York and District Branch Lottery
The latest lottery was drawn at 2.30 pm, on 31 January 2016, at the RSPCA York Animal Home.
The winning numbers are:-
Please see our FAQs page for details on how to join this lottery. All proceeds are for the benefit of the animals at the RSPCA York Animal Home.
The Lottery is drawn on the last Sunday of every month.
Animal Evacuation Christmas 2015
All of the animals were evacuated on Sunday 27th December, as the grounds were flooded. That's 50 dogs, 47 cats, 11 rabbits and 30 assorted small animals and wildlife.
At first it was thought that we could get away with only evacuating the dogs but as the water kept rising it was decided to evacuate all the animals during daylight hours. Also mid-afternoon wellies were needed to gain entry to the site as all access points were under water and there was water ponding around the home grounds. Thankfully, the water did not come in to the buildings but it was close. We were lucky in that respect.
The majority of the animals went to Askham Bryan College where the animal care staff worked for the rest of the week. Some animals were sent out to temporary foster homes. The animals are now back in the Animal Home except for Tallulah and Rupert who have been re-homed. Due to the need to get back to normal and to deal with all the paperwork that evacuating the home has generated we have decided to remain shut and will reopen for business as usual on Tuesday 12th January 2016.
We have to say a big thank you to so many people. To Askham Bryan College and staff for housing so many of our animals and for helping with their welfare and exercise needs. To some key volunteers Andy, Richard and Nathan who helped with the animals and in moving the larger electrical items. To Kerry for helping to move key admin files. To John from York Waterworks for helping in the flood water to sandbag our doors. To Howarth Timber for the generous and much needed donation of hundreds of Hydro Sacks.
To the many many people and businesses that donated animal food to help us; you are too numerous to mention individually. To those that donated money and sent gifts via our Amazon Wish List - thanks those gifts are now just starting to get through as parcel deliveries have recommenced.
If you have made an offer of help via Twitter, Facebook or by email and we have not responded yet - please accept our apologies as there have been so many. Your offer may now be lost and may not have got through as there was a communication blackout when the Telephone Exchange was flooded. You can ring our front doorbell if you are bringing in donations even if we are closed.
The support we have received has been heart warming and generous and it is very comforting to know that we have such great supporters in our branch area.
Finally we need to thank the staff and volunteers at the York Animal Home who worked long hours and many coming in during their Christmas Break in order that the animals could be relocated successfully.
Christmas Fair December 2015
Luckily the gale force winds abated slightly for our Christmas Fair and even the sun put in a brief appearance. Our supporters turned out and thanks to their generosity we raised £1,300. Very many thanks are due to our stalwart volunteers who really braved the elements and worked so hard.
We have enjoyed many successful events over the past year and we look forward to seeing you all in 2016. May we wish you all a happy, healthy and successful year ahead.
Pictured Left - Suzanne - one of our volunteers and supporter of many years, helping at this years Christmas Fair.
Good attendance at York High School benefits local charities
During the 2014-15 school year, to encourage good attendance York High School decided to donate one penny for every full day each pupil attended school. The pupils were invited to nominate charities they wished to support and this was followed by a vote of the whole school.
In the last school year the pupil chose to support the RSPCA York and York Against Cancer. Angela Hunter from the RSPCA and Julie Russell from York Against Cancer came in to school to collect the end of year donations from Headteacher, David Ellis, and pupils from York High. Each charity received £701.
Angela Hunter said "It was a lovely surprise to find that that York High had decided to support us this year and to receive their contribution at this time of year makes us especially grateful. We look after over 200 animals at the animal home in York and a donation of £1 helps us to feed a dog for four days so this contribution will make a big difference. We are really grateful for the support of the young people.”
David Ellis, Headteacher at York said "We are very proud to be a school which is part of the York community and activities.
Our Adoption fees changed with effect from 1st November 2015
Our adoption fees are reviewed every year and we try to keep them as low as possible but at the same time set the fee so that we are getting an appropriate contribution towards the cost of looking after your pet, whilst he or she has been in our care. Our adoption fees have not been changed since 2012. Sadly, we now feel the need to increase the fee with effect from 1st November 2015.
The maximum fee we will be asking for each animal will be:-
Puppies – £150.
Adult Dogs - £120.
Kittens - £90.
Adult Cats - £80.
Rabbits, Small Animals and Birds – Between £5 and £25.
WHAT DO YOU GET FOR YOUR FEE?
On adoption your cat, dog or rabbit will be neutered (if 5 months or older), micro-chipped, wormed and have up to date vaccinations. Cats and dogs received standard and regular flea treatments and rabbit’s, treatment for mites. Of course, you also get your new family member! If your dog, cat or rabbit leaves us unneutered because they are too young, then we issue a voucher to you to pay for the neutering when your new pet is old enough.
If you were to acquire your new pet from a source that does not provide the above then you can reasonably expect to pay the following:-
Microchipping – typically around £25.
Dog Castration – from £80 (more for larger dogs).
Bitch Spay – typically £150 to £300+ depending on the size of the dog.
Cat Castration - from around £40.
Cat Spay - £60 upwards.
Plus the cost of vaccinations, worming and flea treatments.
(All prices are an indication only and the actual prices will depend on the charges of your chosen veterinary practice, the species, breed and size of the animal).
Snowden Sponsored Trek
Harvey will be climbing Mount Snowdon on 27th August 2015, in aid of the dogs at the York Animal Home and this is what he had to say.
"I am 11 years old. I wanted to give something back to the York RSPCA for rescuing my dog Clyde's mum. She came into the home pregnant and had four lovely pups, one of which was Clyde. He turns one the week we do the trek and we love having him in our family; I walk him, play with him, he makes me happy and knows when I am sad, his cuddles and kisses are just the best! I have never done a challenge like this before, but I will give it everything I have got. I would like any money I raise to go towards enrichment toys for the dogs that are still waiting to find homes so please sponsor me."
If you would like to sponsor him, Harvey has a Just Giving Page or you can text HARV11 followed by £1,£2,£3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070. Thank you.
Having seen our appeal on our Friends of RSPCA York and District Facebook Page, Asda, Monks Cross have very generously donated a brand new washing machine. Such an unexpected gift and it was plumbed in and put to use in our cattery, straight away.
We have put a request via the Just Giving website and our Facebook page to ask everyone who donated to get in touch to let us know whether you would like your money returned or if you would be happy for us to use your money for something else which will benefit the cattery and the animals. Our current thinking is a dishwasher and a fridge freezer. 12 of the 18 donators have contacted us so far. Please email email@example.com to let us know.As at 6th July we are still waiting for the final 6 people to contact us. If we have heard nothing by the end of July we will assume that you are happy for us to spend the money on cats. This does not affect your right to have your donation returned. Thank you.
After all the work these brownies did for us last year they became the youngest group of people to become sponsors of animal accommodation at the York Animal Home.
They have been working hard for us again and collected enough donations of clothes and bedding from their village to pack a large car. Thank you so the donations will go to the shop to sell and any bedding and towels will be used at the York Animal Home.
We re-homed 191 dogs, 266 cats, 21 rabbits and 96 other small animals during the year and reunited 70 pets with their owners, thanks to the animals' microchip with up to date owner information.
403 of our animals needed microchipping and we provided 37 free microchips to owners. 162 animals will not be producing unwanted litters thanks to the vouchers we issued to pet owners, to assist with the cost of neutering last year. 92 feral cats were captured, neutered and then released back to their own lives.
As usual all our dogs, cats and rabbits that were re-homed were either neutered when they went to their new homes or if for any reason they could not be neutered at the time of re-homing, for example, if they were too young; then they went home with a voucher to cover the cost of neutering.
At the end of the year we had 195 animals in our care and here's hoping they all find their new families soon.