It is good news all-round that big-hearted Star readers have been giving a home to dozens of in-need dogs.
Our ‘Give a Dog a Home’ campaign has been hailed a great success by the general manager of the RSPCA’s Sheffield branch.
Readers have been touched by the plight of some of the dogs so much that they immediately visited the branch.
However, more needs to be done and The Star will continue its campaign.
Unwanted pets, particularly dogs, arrive at the RSPCA branch, based on Stadium Way, Attercliffe, almost every day.
New homes and owners are constantly needed to provide a second chance for dogs who have arrived at the branch for any number of reasons.
Fundraising, too, is a never-ending mission.
The branch doesn’t get funding from the national RSPCA so relies entirely on donations and money it can raise from events.
It costs the branch about £1,500 to look after a dog for six months and £2,000 per day to run.
Unfortunately there will always be people who mistreat their animals so ensuring that branches of the RSPCA – including the one in Sheffield – are kept open does at least provide a caring environment before they’re re-homed.