RSPCA Northamptonshire branch ‘struggling to cope’ with number of animals in its care

Trixie, a three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier who was signed over to the RSPCA as she was simply not wanted anymore

Trixie, a three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier who was signed over to the RSPCA as she was simply not wanted anymore

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The Northamptonshire branch of the RSPCA says it is at “crisis point” as it struggles to cope with the numbers of dogs, cats, rabbits and other small animals coming into its care.

The branch has experienced higher than expected influx of animals in recent months, resulting in increasing vet bills, boarding costs and food bills.

Trixie, pictured above, a three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier who was signed over to the RSPCA as she was simply not wanted anymore

Trixie, pictured above, a three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier who was signed over to the RSPCA as she was simply not wanted anymore

Branch manager Jacqui Kelly said: “We are struggling at the moment – we have so many more animals in our care than normal and we are aware of more due to come into our care with urgent welfare concerns and we just don’t have the funding or the space for them.

“We desperately need to find new homes for those animals currently in our care, some of which have been with us for over two years. We can then free up space to take in new animals who have been subjected to horrible neglect and abuse. It is a constant spiral and we hope the public can help us. We are a small branch with limited facilities and we really are struggling, our costs are increasing every day and we need help.”

Ms Kelly said all the dogs, cats and rabbits in RSPCA care were fully vaccinated, microchipped, neutered, treated for fleas and worms.

The branch has two re-homing events coming up, where the public can meet animals which need homes.

Rabbits Ash and Jessica, pictured above, are also available for rehoming. They were both abandoned in separate incidents but have now been successfully bonded and are inseparable.

Rabbits Ash and Jessica, pictured above, are also available for rehoming. They were both abandoned in separate incidents but have now been successfully bonded and are inseparable.

A dog re-homing day is on Saturday, November 7, at House of Canine, Creaton Road, Brixworth, NN6 9BW from 11am until 2pm.

A cat re-homing day is on Sunday, November 29, at the Animal Medical Centre, 1 The Drive, Kingsley, NN1 4RY from 12pm to 3pm.

Among the dogs looking for new homes at the branch is Trixie, pictured above, a three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier who was signed over to the RSPCA as she was simply not wanted anymore.

Ms Kelly said: “She is a fantastic example of the breed and would make a very loyal companion in the right home and environment.”

One of the cats looking for a home is Smudge, pictured above, who came into the RSPCA's care at the age of three. Two years later, he is still in the branch's care waiting to find his forever home.

One of the cats looking for a home is Smudge, pictured above, who came into the RSPCA's care at the age of three. Two years later, he is still in the branch's care waiting to find his forever home.

Outside of these re-homing days, all of the animals at the branch can be viewed by appointment only. For all adoption enquiries, contact the branch’s adoption manager on 07840 926122 or email adoptions@rspca-northamptonshire.org.uk. Alternatively, search for the branch on Facebook.