About our Animal Centre and staff
In 1936 the Halifax branch ran an animal clinic at Barum House on Harrison Road, later moving to a site at 68 Woolshops. This, however, was to be the subject of compulsory purchase and, in 1980, the animals were moved to the current animal centre at Wade Street. Our remit is to accept animals from the Inspectorate that are in desperate need of care. We aid the recovery and rehabilitation of those animals (mainly domestic pets but some wild creatures) that have been victims of neglect or cruelty.
Through the care of our highly trained and dedicated staff and volunteers, and our fabulous network of fosterers, we are able to care for around 1,000 animals each year. We have teams of volunteers who sit with our cats and kittens to keep them socialised, and others sit with the dogs in our special ‘home’ room, enabling those dogs who have never known a home environment to get used to every day sounds. Our dogs are walked twice a day, undergo training and spend time with staff in the offices.
What we Do!
Our highly trained staff and volunteers work tirelessly with all of our animals to prepare them for re-homing; each animal undergoes a health check and behavioural assessment and then follows a training and rehabilitation plan to get them ready for their new loving permanent homes.
We provide on-going guidance and practical advice for both new and existing pet owners who adopt animals from us. We also provide dog training classes for our local community and visit schools, colleges and youth groups teaching responsible pet ownership.
We never put a healthy animal to sleep and only euthanize on vet advice for health or aggression reasons. We operate a unique scheme called EARS (Elderly Animals Re-homing Scheme). This is for animals over the age of 10 that suddenly find themselves without their beloved owner for one reason or another. They are often immensely traumatised and so these animals go to one of our fosterers until a new home can be found.
The costs of all of this is astronomical, over half a million pounds every year for the animal centre and more in general welfare assistance. Generating the funds needed for our activities is an enormous challenge every year. As a branch charity we are largely self-funding and can only raise funds in the Halifax, Huddersfield and Bradford area to support the work we do.
We organise a variety of our own fundraising events every year and we love to hear from supporters who are active in organising and running fundraising events on our behalf.
We have eight charity shops throughout our area as well as a specialist eBay shop where we sell donated goods. All profits from the shops go directly to help run the Animal Centre.
Donations from the generous people of Halifax, Huddersfield and Bradford are vitally important for the continued existence of the Animal Centre.
There are many ways you can donate and every penny counts.
We have a fantastic team of volunteer’s and fundraisers, without whose support we would not be able to care for the thousand or so dogs, cats and other small animals who depend on us every year; but we are always happy to hear of new supporters who would like to offer their help and become part of our team.
The RSPCA Vision: It is our vision to work for a world in which all humans respect and live in harmony with all other members of the animal kingdom.
About the RSPCA
The first animal welfare charity was established in 1824 following a meeting in a Lyons coffee shop in London. Richard Martin and William Wilberforce had been concerned for some time about the plight of farm and working animals and called a meeting of like-minded people; and so the charity (then the SPCA) was born. In 1837 the charity received its Royal patronage and Queen Victoria gave permission for the Royal to be added in 1840. In the beginning the focus was on working to improve the lives of working animals, such as pit ponies and how animals were handled in slaughter houses. Martins Act had been passed and was the first animal welfare law which forbade the ‘cruel and improper treatment of farm animals’. The Peases Act was passed in 1835 which consolidated this law and the prohibition of cruelty was extended to dogs and other domestic animals, for which the RSPCA is best known today. This first charity developed to become the National RSPCA that we know today, working tirelessly to ensure the welfare of all creatures, campaigning for laboratory testing controls, the protection of wildlife, continually improving farming systems through its Freedom Food label and through it’s Inspectorate rescuing animals from the cruelty, neglect and abuse that domestic animals are too frequently subjected to.
About our Branch.
All around the country the success of the new charity was talked about and, wishing to achieve the same standards of welfare for animals, branches were being formed across the length and breadth of the UK, with Huddersfield branch establishing in October 1881 and Halifax around the same time.
The Halifax and Huddersfield branch charities operated independently of each other until 2010 when the trustees of each decided there was much benefit to be gained for animals if they were to combine their strengths and in 2011 the merger took place. On the 1st of January 2018 the Halifax, Huddersfield & District Branch merged with the neighbouring Bradford Branch after it closed its animal centre because of a lack of funds required to refurbish the facilities to the required standard. The new branch will be called the Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District Branch. The branch today is governed by a group of dedicated, voluntary trustees, employing currently 44 members of staff in pursuit of the charity’s objects.
There are currently 160 branches around the country, each operating as a separately registered charity, but each affiliated to the National Society and operating within the policies and guidelines laid down by them. Although as a branch we fully support the Policies of the RSPCA, we do not run campaigns nor do we have any involvement in the prosecutions.