Call for dog owners to join Big Walkies
An ambitious campaign to refurbish Chesterfield's RSPCA has reached its £10,000 milestone.
The charity has joined forces with the Derbyshire Times in a bid to revamp the whole site – which was built more than 50 years ago – on Spital Lane.
To date the appeal total stands at £10452.59
Now the RSPCA is calling on dog lovers to sign up for the first ever Big Walkies and help raise some much-needed funds.
Rachel Gray, branch manager, said "We are really excited to launch our first ever Big Walkies Sponsored Dog Walk and look forward to seeing as many dogs and their owners as possible taking part. If you love walking your dog it's a fantastic way to help raise vital funds for the appeal so please sign up and join in the fun".
The sponsored dog walk will take place at Holmebrook Valley Park on Sunday, September 21, from 1.30pm. There is a 3k or a 5k route.
To register go to www.rspca.org.uk/bigwalkies/chesterfield or pick up a registration form up from the Animal Centre on Spital Lane or Chesterfield Market Hall Charity Shop. Entry is £10.00 per dog.
Once registered you will receive a fundraising pack and a RSPCA T-Shirt.
A planning application has been submitted to Chesterfield Borough Council to rebuild rabbit accommodation on the site. The plans are set to be considered by the authority later this month.
Can't make the walk? Why not sponsor one of our rescue dogs?
|Three of the dogs from the centre in need of homes will be taking part in the walk and need your support and sponsorship. They are Rolo (a 2 year old Patterdale cross), Ebony (a 2 year old female Staffy) and the baby of the bunch Toby (an 8 month old staffy cross). If you're not able to take part in the sponsored walk yourself, this is a great way to still be involved and support our rescue dogs.
If any of the dogs we have chosen to take part are lucky enough to be rehomed before the walk or if they cannot take part for any reason, then we will choose other dogs at the centre to take their place. Also, if for some reason the event is cancelled, then don't worry, your sponsorship will still go to the Rebuild Appeal.
You can sponsor these dogs by going to www.justgiving.com/bigwalkieschesterfieldDonating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they'll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they'll send your money directly to the charity. So it's the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.
Can you help with centre’s cat crisis?
Chesterfield RSPCA is facing a cat crisis after being inundated with abandoned and unwanted moggies. The charity, on Spital Lane, is appealing for pet lovers to come forward as the centre is full to capacity and unable to take any more cats.
Animal care manager Gary Taylor said: " We currently have over 50 cats and kittens looking for homes. We are full to capacity and we are unable to take in any more cats until some have been adopted – we already have some cats waiting to come in. We would urge anyone who is considering adding a cat or kitten to their family to come visit our Chesterfield Animal Centre to view the cats we have available."
The towns RSPCA is entirely self funded and is currently fundraising for a major project to refurbish the centre.
Meanwhile, demand for the charity's service is rising and more animals are coming in to the centre for care than ever before.