RSPCA launches £250,000 appeal

The RSPCA has launched a new £250,000 appeal to upgrade its Chesterfield animal centre.

The charity’s Chesterfield and North Derbyshire branch is hoping to raise the money by the end of 2016.

Its plans for the centre include new animal accommodation and a revamp of current facilities, which cost £1,000 per day to run.

The first phase will be to create new state-of-the-art pens for rabbits, to replace their outdated current accommodation. Once complete, the next phase will be the redevelopment of the dog kennels.

Gary Taylor, animal care manager at the branch said: “This is an exciting and ambitious project – but one that is vital if we are to continue helping animals in the future.

“Our animal centre dates back to the 1960s and over time our buildings have become very tired and run down. We have done our best to make do and mend whilst keeping the care of the animals a priority – but it is now clear that we are facing major costs just to keep a roof over the animals’ heads.”