Thousands raised in RSPCA week

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WHETHER you are feline friendly or prefer the company of canines, there is no doubt that we are a nation of animal lovers.

And the country’s best-known animal charity were out in force last week as they celebrated the annual RSPCA week.

The Chesterfield and North Derbyshire branch ventured into the region’s Tesco stores, raising money for their centre on Spital Lane.

“So far we have raised over £2500 pounds through collections and events over the week” said Julie Foster, head of fundraising at the branch.

“We were out and about collecting in the community and its a really good oppurtunity because we raise all of our funds to run the centre.”

She added: “I would like to thank everyone who came along to take part and to Tesco’s at Whittington Moor, Clay Cross and Clowne who let us use their stores for fundraising.”

And to celebrate the great work they do for animals across the country, the RSPCA have released their animal welfare results for Derbyshire over the past year.

In 2010 the RSPCA in Derbyshire collected 2057 animals and rescued 221 animals. This compared to the 2009 figures in which the RSPCA in Derbyshire collected 1893 animals and rescued 271 animals.

Last year, the RSPCA Chesterfield and North Derbyshire branch rehomed 369 dogs, 265 cats and 310 other pets and animals.

Suzie Graham regional manager for the East said:

“The RSPCA is and has always been proactive in preventing cruelty and suffering to animals. This is why it is such an achievement that more than 90% of animal owners chose to follow the welfare advice offered by our officers.

“In addition to our work with companion animals, we have a strong record in rehabilitating sick and injured wild animals and birds. We are also working hard to improve the lives of farm animals and have helped to boost the numbers of free range laying hens and pigs raised to higher welfare standards.

“All in all, the RSPCA just wants to say thank you to our supporters for continuing to help us to help all animals.”

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