Chesterfield’s RSPCA store suffered extensive damage to the shop floor and stock after a suspected arson attack.
Firefighters fought the blaze between 2am and 2,45am, on Saturday, February 7, at the shop within the historic Market Hall.
The shop helps to fund the RSPCA Chesterfield Animal Centre charity which cares for and re-homes around 800 abused and neglected animals a year.
And the Chesterfield RSPCA branch operates as an independent charity separately from the National RSPCA and is responsible for raising money to keep the centre open.
In addition, the branch is currently running a major appeal to help carry out a much needed refurbishment and rebuild of animal accommodation at the centre.
Chesterfield’s RSPCA staff are now also calling for people to help the store get back on its feet through donations of stock to replenish the shop’s shelves or for money to help the branch continue its animal welfare work.
RSPCA branch chairman Peter Cashford said: “We have always been grateful for the amazing support given to us by the people and businesses in our local area and we have every faith that they will continue to help us.
“This has been absolutely devastating to everyone involved.
“Our staff and volunteers are working tirelessly in the aftermath to try and get the shop back in action as soon as possible.”
Donations of items to help restock the shelves and rails such as clothing, books and bric-a-brac can be brought to the Chesterfield Animal Centre on Spital Lane, Chesterfield.
Money donations can be made in person, by phone or by post to the Animal Centre or online via the Branch’s website at www.chesterfield-rspca.org.uk.
Cheques should be made payable to the RSPCA Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Branch.
Mr Cashford added: “We hope the generosity of the local public will continue during this difficult time and we would welcome any help and support people are willing to give us.”
Police confirmed a 46-year-old Chesterfield woman has been arrested and charged with committing arson after the fire.
She is due to appear at Chesterfield magistrates’ court on Friday, March 6.