Cash-strapped Sheffield charity hosts open day fun

Lyndsey Crossland with Stella White.
Lyndsey Crossland with Stella White.
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Sheffield’s struggling RSPCA Animal Centre will throw open its doors on Sunday to help raise cash needed to care for the city’s abandoned and cruelly treated pets.

The RSPCA Sheffield Branch is celebrating its 140th birthday with a fun-filled family summer open day from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

It comes as the centre revealed it may have to scale back its operation due to a sharp fall in donations.

The fundraising event at the centre on Stadium Way, Attercliffe, will include stalls, games, a dog show, dog parade, agility display, as well as cat-less cat show and rabbit-less rabbit show.

Pet owners who want to enter should download a form from www.rspcasheffield.org and take it along with a photo of their cat or rabbit – but must not take their animals along. Entry is £2.

The dog show costs £2.50 to enter.

First place in each class will receive a certificate, rosette and a gift. Second and third place of each class will receive a rosette.

The day also includes a tombola, refreshments, stalls, games and a chance to have your car washed for £3.50.

All proceeds go to the Sheffield Animal Centre – which costs around £2,000 a day to run, rehabilitate and re-home unwanted or cruelly treated animals.

RSPCA Sheffield Honorary Chairman Kathryn Whitlan said: “We are proud to be celebrate our 140th anniversary this year and part of our celebrations is this wonderful, fun-packed family open day.

“We’ve a wealth of fantastic activities planned and we are already calling on all pet owners to enter their pets in our exciting shows.”

Admission is £1 with under-11s free.

n Sheffield’s RSPCA is appealing for people to support its new shop which is opening on The Moor in the city centre tomorrow at 9am. To donate stock call 07808 539270.