It’s been another random week and with the most random weather too!

The week started well with an unexpected surprise through the post!

Donations poured on our second Saturday charity shop donation drop-in we were overwhelmed with generosity from the local community that we filled the shop floor with donations!

A mini-mountain of donations!

Our Northern Quarter (city centre) charity shop is officially reopening on Saturday 4th July at 11am (soft launch taking place the day before).

Opening times: Tuesday to Saturday, 11 to 5pm

Donations can be dropped off between 10 to 12 Tues to Sat only! Please don’t leave donations outside the shop when we are closed 🙂

On the animal front we did a little happy dance when this gorgeous girl (who was subjected to unspeakable cruelty) finally made a full recovery and was able to be neutered this week!

We continued with our adoptions and this beautiful picture arrived just two hours after these two monkeys were collected. The kittens had hidden under the sofa for one hour and then took over the house!

Kittens in their new home!

As the weather decided to turn it up a notch our staff and volunteers worked hard to keep their charges cool and comfy. The result was a lot of ‘pancaked’ animals in the centre and in foster homes!

On the fundraising side of things our dog claw clipping event on Sat 27th June raised £120. This is branch manager Susie and Elvis the dog!

Making friends…

Long term supporter Rachel Platonov surprised us on Saturday with a car boot full of donations. It was just in the nick of time too because we had almost run out of adult cat food. Huge thank you to Rachel for actually coming to the rescue! If you’d like to donate to our moggies you can via our Amazon wishlist.

Much needed donations from one of our wonderful supporters

We had 5 rabbits come on transfer from South Yorkshire after having been abandoned in 28 degree heat on Wednesday in someone’s front garden! The rabbits were all in a dog crate together and the occupiers said they had heard a scraping metal sound, which had alerted them and then they found the rabbits at the front of their house. It was the sound of the crate being dragged along the pavement! Pictured is Champ relaxing. So reassuring to see this because it means he is happy in our care.

In sad news we received news from a previous adopter that their beloved piggy Yolande had passed away. She was adopted nearly 2 years ago by long term supporters and adopters Alan and Brian. Yolande came from elderly owners who were unable to care for their animals anymore. Sadly she battled with cystic ovaries that flared up very quickly and she was two weak for surgery. Her devoted owners said she was “the most interactive and bossy guinea pig we have had!” They donated £30 in her memory.

In memory of Yolande

Finally, it was an extremely sad week for the National RSPCA as branch manager Susie explains:

As many of you know, the RSPCA Manchester and Salford Branch is one of around 160 branches in England and Wales.We are all separately registered charities and our governance is independent to that of the National RSPCA. This means we are responsible for our own fundraising to finance our activities and to remain solvent. Our role as branches is to support the National RSPCA-run inspectorate service and help care for the animals the field staff rescue. This is why we bring you such tales of sadness and often shocking neglect and cruelty. We support our friends and colleagues at the national RSPCA the best we can and consider ourselves all one big family, the ‘RS family’.

The last week has been really difficult following the announcement by the National RSPCA that they are facing a financial crisis. The situation has been accelerated by the global pandemic, and like so many other charities and businesses the RSPCA has also been devastatingly impacted. For a while I have heard people say that we are facing the biggest recession since the Second World war. This is something I have found hard to comprehend, but this week the reality has hit home and it became personal.

The National RSPCA says it needs to make 300 job losses if the charity is to survive. Over the next 3 years they need to make savings of £45m. The RSPCA is a national institution that has been around since 1824 and it could face collapse. But the measures proposed to make these savings will see staff with 10, 12, 18, 20, 30 years service being made redundant from the jobs they have devoted their lives to. Others are facing a waiting game to learn their future, whether they will be ‘lucky’ enough to keep their job or be able to apply for an alternative one. Staff have spoken to me of their devastation, their lives left shattered and how they are unable to come to terms with their loss. The RSPCA is in their blood, their work is not a job, it is who they are and they cannot imagine doing anything else but working for the charity and being there on the front line for the animals that need them.

None of us have been immune to the impact of the pandemic, but this is earth shattering.  Many have been key workers on the frontline throughout the COVID-19 crisis, putting their lives at risk to save animals. I cannot imagine our world without them. The landscape of our future seems so foggy and fragile right now. I do believe in miracles, because I see them happen on a regular basis with the animals that are rescued by our colleagues that then come into our care and go on to find loving new homes, but I don’t know if it is possible to find one this time. Our thoughts are with our wider RS family now: we say a prayer for you all. You can donate to the National RSPCA here.