New society aims to help Sheffield animal home

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EVERYONE needs good friends - especially the animals at Sheffield’s RSPCA centre.

The centre is inviting people to join a new scheme – Friends of Sheffield Animal Centre – which promises a number of benefits while raising money for the cause.

Roger Billing, RSPCA Sheffield branch trustee and treasurer, said: “The RSPCA Sheffield branch, which runs the centre in Attercliffe, is an independent charity relying on the kindness of mainly local people for its survival.

“Like the other 165 branches, we operate in conjunction with the national RSPCA, but are financially independent.

“This means we rely on the financial generosity of Sheffield people to fund our centre and provide care and services to vulnerable animals.

“We pride ourselves on being efficient and business minded.

“However, our operation is not like a normal business, as the more animals we rehome, the more money we need.

“We have recently seen our expenses increase and the recession has hit us hard.

“In these difficult times, we need to increase our reserves and implement new ways to achieve regular income streams that allow us to plan ahead more efficiently and effectively for our animals.

“The new Friends of Sheffield Animal Society aims to provide a regular, reliable income for the centre and we hope people can help by joining up and giving a minimum of £5 per month.”

People who are members of the former branch scheme ‘In Safe Hands’ will automatically transfer to the new scheme.

Members of the new scheme will receive news and updates from the centre.

Other benefits include a 10 per cent discount at RSPCA charity shops and the Sheffield pet shop; invites to upcoming events; a percentage off dog training; and insider’s information on special offers.