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Sheffield’s biggest animal rescue centre faces a mounting financial crisis which could result in more mistreated and abandoned pets being destroyed.

Sheffield’s biggest animal rescue centre faces a mounting financial crisis which could result in more mistreated and abandoned pets being destroyed.

No healthy, non aggressive animal taken in at the RSPCA Centre in Stadium Way Attercliffe is ever destroyed.

But staff at the centre, which costs £2,000 per day to run, are warning they may have to scale back their operation due to a fall in financial donations.

If that happens fewer animals will be taken in and with insufficient alternative places to house them dogs and cats may have to be put to sleep.

The RSPCA Sheffield branch, which celebrates its 140th anniversary this month, rescues and rehabilitates thousands of animals each year.

But now the future of the centre, which is entirely funded by local donation, is uncertain due to dwindling finances.

The news comes in the week Centre manager Stella White explained that, due to lack of funds, the centre, which opened four years ago, has never yet operated to its full capacity.

And lately the situation has deteriorated as people cut back on spending.

She said: “We desperately need the public to donate to us, no matter how small the amount, as we are seriously facing a situation where dogs, cats and other animals could suffer because we have to dramatically scale back our ability to take in animals that are unwanted or cruelly treated.

“We are a standalone charity and receive no funding from the national RSPCA. By giving direct to our centre, you are directly helping unwanted and cruelly treated animals in and around Sheffield.

“We beseech people to make any donation they can – small or large – to our animal centre.”

Sheffield is one of 169 RSPCA branches around the country that are separate charities responsible for their own finances and operation.

The majority of animals are taken in as a result of cruelty cases. Others are taken in from the Sheffield public who have desperately sought the centre’s help.

Honorary Treasurer and voluntary Trustee for the RSPCA Sheffield Branch Roger Billing said: “We have seen a dramatic decrease in legacies and this will affect our ability to provide animal welfare.

“We really want to fully utilise the excellent facility we have built and we desperately need the help of Sheffield people.

“We are therefore appealing for your financial help towards the running costs of our centre.

“If only 10,000, about three per cent, of people in the Sheffield area were to donate just £2 per month to our centre, we could transform our situation and vastly improve the lives of more animals.”

To speak to the centre about making a donation please call Sheffield 2898057.

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