Sunderland, Hartlepool and South Tyneside Branch

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Gung Ho Girls

The worlds biggest 5k inflatable course came to the North East this weekend.  Gung-Ho seriously fun 5k was at Wynyard Hall and we had two volunteers take it on. The fun run included inflatable walls, mazes and slides. The whole course was thick with mud and the rain didn’t stay away but the girls powered through and finished the run only falling over a couple of times. Through a number of generous donations the girls managed to raise over £150 for us here at RSPCA Sunderland, Hartlepool and South Tyneside….

Charity Shop Chic

It’s finally time to banish the idea that charity shops only have clothes that are out of style. Fashion always comes around, and that a few staple pieces in your wardrobe like a leather jacket or shirt will always come in handy. You can team them with any outfit, no matter the season. Fashion is for everyone. No matter your age, shape or size and is definitely not determined by your bank balance. Our charity shops regularly have quality clothes passing through the door, from high street clothing to designer goods at…

Max and Lola find their forever home

Earlier this month it came to the attention of the RSPCA Staff and Volunteers in Chester-Le-Street Shop that there were some cats living behind the charity shop. Once they were rescued by our volunteers they headed to the Newcastle branch to go through their health checks. The RSPCA make sure that they are vaccinated, neutered, wormed, given flea treatment, and they are also micro-chipped. After going through these checks they were ready to be re-homed and the search for their forever home began. It was clear to everyone that Max and Lola wanted to…

Vacancy: Social Media and Website Volunteer

Do you have a flair for social media, website content and all things digital marketing? Would you like to put your skills to use while also helping animal welfare in your local area? We are looking for a Social Media and Website Coordinator to help us reach out to the community, spread news about our activity and raise awareness of animal welfare in the Sunderland, Hartlepool and South Tyneside area. Take a look at the job description here: Social Media and Website Co-ordinator JD Please send your CV for this post…

Your donations help Hercules regain his strength

Your donations helped us fund an operation for Hercules, a gelding from Peterlee, removing a football-sized lump from his jaw. The four-year-old had surgery to remove the lump and was stitched back up. During the surgery, a hairy mass was found inside the lump which also had to be removed. To see the extent of the operation, follow this link to see a photograph of the mass being removed. WARNING – GRAPHIC CONTENT: See image. Hercules is on pain relief and antibiotics but doing really well and on his way to making…

Volunteer Coordinator Vacancy

RSPCA Sunderland, Hartlepool and South Tyneside Branch have a vacancy for a  volunteer coordinator role. The successful candidate, who will take up this unpaid, voluntary role, will act as a central contact point for current and potential volunteers. They will also welcome new volunteers to the branch/centre and co-ordinate the volunteer effort. This will be an excellent role for you to make a difference to animal welfare in your area while also building valuable skills and experience. Please email enquiries@rspca-sunderland.org.uk with a CV and Cover Letter to apply. Closing Date: Monday 22 May 2017 Role…

Snakes Alive!

It’s not just cats and dogs that our inspectors are called to take in. These lovely snakes came into RSPCA care recently when their owner was jailed and and asked us to come and take them in. They had been very well cared for and were offered up for rehoming after a health check. There you have it – not all of our rescue and rehoming stories involve cute, cuddly and fluffy animals!  

Court Report – Neglected Pony

A couple from Sunderland have been fined and been forced to hand their pony over to the RSPCA, following an investigation into animal neglect. The magistrates’ pointed out that it was clear from the photographs they had seen, that the pony was suffering due to marks on its neck, however, its general condition was good and they had taken that into consideration when sentencing. The couple were fined £120, costs £150, vet’s fees £34 and victim surcharge £30. They were also banned from owning horses for a minimum of five…

Seal rescue in Sunderland

A seal was rescued from a perilous position on Hendon Beach after being trapped in rocks for four hours. ACO Bryan Moffitt attended the incident and came across a juvenile grey seal weighing about 15kgs, jammed between the rocks and a slipway. It was above the tide line, and appears it was probably washed over by a large wave which pushed it over into a crevasse. Bryan said: “Members of the public had tried to rescue it, however it was very feisty, and quite rightly they thought better of it. I used…

Branch helps local cats

Sunderland, Hartlepool and South Tyneside branch regularly help our feline friends, supporting our inspectors’ work by funding treatment and helping rescued cats find their forever homes. We paid to have this cat shaven and neutered and he was then promptly re-homed through Newcastle branch. The Sunderland branch has also supported some of the inspectors with neutering in multi-cat households in the area, alongside flea treating and worming as well as the neutering and treatment of several stray cats – including many males with abscesses and fight wounds. Find out how to support our…