Watch this heart-melting video of rescue animals at Chesterfield RSPCA looking for forever homes

Animal carers at Chesterfield and North Derbyshire RSPCA look after around 1,000 cats, dogs and other creatures every year.

Monday, 23rd August 2021, 3:17 pm

Some come into the shelter on Spital Lane as abandoned strays, others because their owners can’t cope with them.

The rescued animals may be in poor health, showing signs of neglect and very frightened when they arrive at the centre and it’s the carers job to get them fit and happy enough to be rehomed.

Last year the Chesterfield and North Derbyshire branch of the RSPCA found forever homes for 370 animals.

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Richard Grainger with seven-year-old Benji, a Jack Russell terrier cross.

The Derbyshire Times’ photographer Brian Eyre met the centre’s current four-legged inhabitants including the longest resident Scooby, an adorable greyhound who has been at the centre since March, and Francis, a five-year-old timid tabby cat.

Looking after animals at the centre comes at a high price. Steph McCawley, supporter engagement officer at the branch, said: “It costs approximately £1,200 per day just to keep our doors open.

"As we are a separately registered charity to the national RSPCA we rely completely on donations and support from our local community which enables us to be here for animals who need us the most.

"Donations help us provide a safe and warm environment, access to experienced and trained staff for rehabilitation as well as urgent veterinary treatment that may be needed. Without donations we would not be able to help the hundreds of animals that pass through our door each year. “Support from our local community enables us to provide a second chance of happiness for many that have either been abandoned, mistreated or abused.”

Brian, a two-year-old domestic short hair cat, is described as super friendly and affectionate.

Funding streams took a massive hit last year due to the Covid pandemic halting events which bring in money for the charity and the temporary closure of the RSPCA shop in Chesterfield’s Market Hall.

For just £3 a month you could sponsor a dog kennel, a cat pen or a rabbit run. Go to to find out how you can help the animal care charity continue its vital work.

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Animal carer Richard Grainger with Scooby, the three-year-old greyhound who has been at Chesterfield RSPCA centre since March.
Francis is a timid male tabby.
Steph McCawley, supporter engagement officer, says it costs £1,200 a day to keep the doors open at Chesterfield's RSPCA centre.