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The RSPCA Chesterfield & North Derbyshire Branch is a self-funding branch of the RSPCA responsible for raising funds locally to support our animal welfare work. Our main aim is to promote responsible pet ownership and to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home those animals in need – finding them loving, permanent homes. Volunteers and the generosity of our local community play a vital role in keeping the doors of our animal centre open. We endeavour to make sure that all the animals in our care have a comfortable and pleasant stay with us, giving them lots of TLC before they are re-homed. We are a very busy animal centre servicing an area of over 400 square miles throughout Chesterfield, North Derbyshire and areas of the Peak District National Park. The animal centre is licensed to care for 50 dogs, 24 cats and various other small animals including rabbits, rodents and birds.

The RSPCA Chesterfield and North Derbyshire branch is entirely self-funded and relies on public donations to keep its doors open. The branch came into existence many years ago on 7th April 1938. A centre was eventually opened in 1960 with the first of its annual reports being publish in 1961. The animal centre was originally a boarding establishment called ‘Mayfield Kennels’. Back then there were 200 members with a target of £100 to achieve by the end of the first year of opening. The animal centre had a very basic kennel set-up with limited spaces and equipment.

A big turning point in the branch’s history was a very important legacy left by Charlotte Mary Ward who passed away in the 1970’s. She dearly loved all animals and her legacy gave the animal centre £300,000 which continues to help a lot of animals to this present day. Through the years there have been many changes, but it has always been our main aim to re-home unwanted animals of Chesterfield & North Derbyshire into loving and permanent homes.

Every year the RSPCA Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Branch cares for around 1000 animals that may have been abused, neglected or abandoned. We aim to provide care for animals most at need, which means welfare concerns and/or injured animals. We support the national RSPCA Inspectors and offer a place of safety for the animals they rescue, providing food, shelter and veterinary treatment. We carefully rehabilitate these animals before we find them loving new homes.

Supporting our work will give animals who need our help a second chance in life, offering them a life they truly deserve and a bright future, full of happiness and love.

Although affiliated to the national RSPCA, we are not directly funded by them. We do, however, receive a limited amount of grant income from the national RSPCA towards our running costs (approximately £24,000 in 2017).

The entire centres running costs, including staff wages, must be met by raising funds locally.  The support of the community is vital to the survival of the animal centre and the continuance of its work. We rely heavily on public donations and the generosity of individuals, companies and groups to enable us to provide the care and support needed for the animals. Our volunteers play a vital role and support us in many ways, from helping with the animals to volunteering at fundraising events. Without the help of our volunteers and generous public donations, the animal centre would not be able to keep it’s doors open.

Our running costs are around of £350,000 and the vast majority of our income comes from legacies, donations, fundraising, animal adoptions and shop sales.

  • That we are totally self-funding?

  • That it costs approximately £1200 a day to run the animal cente?

  • That we always need volunteers?

  • That all donations are used for the wellbeing of our animals?

  • That you can join our animal accommodation sponsorship scheme online?

  • That we have a charity shop in Chesterfield town centre?

  • That we have a pet accessories shop at the animal centre?