Copies of the book will be available to buy at £12.50 and Joan is donating £4.50 per copy to the RSPCA Cambridge Spring Appeal.
During 2012 the RSPCA branch animal clinic provided 3,799 low cost treatments for pets whose owners could not afford a private vet and the group rehomed a total of 150 animals.
The branch aims to double RSPCA membership and regular giving as part of its plan to sustain its work of preventing cruelty and neglect.
Joan thoroughly supports their efforts as her many years working with low-income families have made her very aware of the devastating impact it can have on children if their pets fall ill and there is no money available to get them treated:
“People who are already living on a knife-edge can’t be expected to budget — they love their animals but they can’t put money aside for pet insurance or savings. Animals may be their only comfort, so it’s impossible to lecture and say they shouldn’t have pets if they can’t afford them. Cambridge RSPCA do wonders with not enough support and I urge everyone who cares about animals to pick up a form at the charity shop and become a member.”
Did you know?
Volunteers at the RSPCA bookshop, on Mill Road, sort and shelve nearly 5 tons of donated books each year. That’s a lot of potential reading bargains!