Kitten season is never ending!
We have now taken in 160 kittens so far up to the end of October. Most of the kittens are coming in through RSPCA Inspectors and Animal Collection Officers and most of them are from outside our area. We are always the Inspectors first port of call for kittens as they know we have a group of fosterers who are always willing to look after them however young they are.
We are asking our supporters who buy food and donate it in the supermarket boxes if they would donate cat or kitten food just now as we are getting through loads of it. One of our volunteers feeds three colonies of feral cats in Flamborough every day so she uses loads as well. We are very grateful for the food that is donated for the animals. We musn't forget our rabbits and small furries as well. They love treats too!
Since we opened our Hedgehog Hotel a few years ago, Jane, our volunteer has looked after wlll over 100 of them. Not all of them survived sadly as they are such delicate little creatures who can get the most awful health problems. At least 3 of them have had a leg amputated through being in an accident but they have survived and been released in really safe areas where they have people to care for them. Julie, one of our shop staff has also cared for a few and these have been released as well. The hedgehog population is declining rapidly and we are doing what we can to preserve their numbers.
Please remember NOT to leave milk out for hedgehogs it will kill them Water only! They should not be given fish variety food either.
Forthcoming Events for 2020
We will publish events as and when they are organised.
Hedgehogs in gardens can be fed on dog food and given water to drink until they hibernate. Under no circumstances should they be given milk as this can make them really ill or worse. Piles of fallen leaves and small twigs are ideal for them to hibernate over winter in gardens.
Hedgehogs should not be out and about in daylight. It is a sign that they are in trouble. Hedgehogs can be taken to our local vets for checking over and given any necessary treatment. They will then go to Jane, our hedgehog volunteer, or another hedgehog rescue.
Please see our designated hedgehog page for more information.
Every cat that comes into our care has a full health check including being tested for FELV if appropriate. This is really important and especially so if going into a household that has existing cats. All cats are treated for worms and fleas. Our cats are given treatment for fleas and ticks that last for 3 months. With the exception of young kittens all cats are neutered and micro-chipped prior to adoption. Adopters of young kittens are given a voucher to cover the cost of neutering when the kitten is old enough. All this treatment costs our local branch over £100 for a male cat & £140 for a female. We keep cats in our care for a minimum of 3 weeks until they have been given both vaccinations. It costs £37 a week to board a cat so add that to the veterinary care makes the total cost in excess of £200 even if a cat is lucky enough to find a new home straightaway. Sometimes cats can spend many months in our care before they find their forever home. Many cats also need extra veterinary care, (not many come in in tip top condition!)such as dental treatment.
The adoption fee for a cat in our care is £65 so we think this is a very reasonable fee. We do NOT charge more for kittens!
If you are looking to adopt a cat please look at the lovely pictures on our cats looking for new homes page. Ring 07712459857 for more information on cats and kittens.
Volunteers needed at our charity shop.
We have lost a few volunteers recently because they have either moved away from the area or due to ill health so we really need a few new ones now. We only ask people to work one shift a week which is either from 10am to 1pm or 1pm to 4 pm. Our Shop Manager will go through the preocedures with new volunteers and there is a straightforward application form to complete. We have a very simple till system which is easy to use.
If you are interested in helping us please call in our shop, ask for Julie and she will show you round and give you the form to complete and return to us.
It costs just £1 a week (£4.34 a month) and there are three cash prizes every month. The top prize is £50. Second & third prizes are £20 each.
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RAFFLE & TOMBOLA PRIZES NEEDED
We have got a lot of raffles and tombola's organised this year so we would be really grateful for any unwanted gifts or other items for these. They can be taken to our charity shop on Quay Road or we can arrange to collect them.
Registered Charity Number
RSPCA 24 Hour Cruelty & Advice Helpline
To adopt a dog or bird
To adopt a cat
To adopt a rabbit or other small animal
(This number is not to report animal cruelty - please ring the RSPCA helpline 03001234999 for this)
Bridlington Charity Shop
Bridlington Fund Raising
Driffield Fund Raising
Dog Warden (East Riding)
(Please do not leave urgent concerns about cruelty on this e-mail address as it is not manned all day. Ring concerns through to the 24 Hour helpline 0300 1234999)