Monday, February 1, 2010

Volunteers' Meeting

We will be holding volunteers' meetings every 2nd Thursday of the month at Ross Street Community Centre in Cambridge (just off Mill Road), between 7.30 and 9.30 pm. Anyone interested in the branch is very welcome to drop by, and we hope that one of the two local inspectors will be able to attend some of the meetings and answer questions about their work and the relationship between the branch and the inspectors.

The meetings are intended as a social event for all our volunteers where they can exchange experiences of helping with branch activities, and also as a focus for recruiting more helpers, and a chance for volunteers to meet members of the branch committee and ask any questions they may have.

RSPCA week April 26-May 2nd is our next big fundraising event and we need as many collectors as possible—even a few hours can raise as much as £20. We are also planning a sponsored dog walk in Histon, and more helpers, donors and shoppers are always needed at the three charity shops.

If we are to start giving emergency help via private vets again we need to raise an extra £30,000 each year.

How to find Ross St Community Centre

There is limited parking at the centre (disabled bay, plus a few other spaces), but there is a car park within easy walking distance on Gwydir Street.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

And another cat

Owner thinks the cat has a chicken bone stuck in his throat. He's never been to any vet before, although, as he's on benefits this is another cat who could have been registered with our clinic and so eligible for out of hours emergency treatment from our veterinary service provider.

Cat's Protection are going to try to get the cat seen by a vet — which is likely to cost them over £100 at this time of night and their funds won't hold out indefinitely either if something similar happens every evening. The added problem is that the owner has no transport and no friends with transport, so getting to a vet is going to be difficult.