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URGENT APPEAL FOR FOSTER CARERS
We rely on fosterers to provide temporary homes for the animals in our care. Fostering an animal can help them recover from neglect, abuse, illness or injury – taking the first steps towards finding a new, loving forever home.
We need more people willing to open up their homes, and their hearts, to help cats looking for a fresh start in life.
Animal fostering is an important role. It helps to play a vital part in the rehabilitation of animals and helps improve their chance of finding a new home.
Many animals that we take in have either suffered or are not used to the care and affection that they deserved. Living with a foster family helps to provide them with one-to-one care, allowing them to build up their confidence and get used to a normal lifestyle. Others have come from homes where their owners have no longer been able to care for them.
This is why we need people to take them in to provide them with a real home, on a temporary basis.
It’s rewarding to know that you played a key part in helping a rescued animal start a new life. You’ll get to meet and care for animals with unique personalities and see them rehomed to a new family.
If you are interested in becoming a foster Carer please contact the clinic on 01279 306058 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You will need to be able to travel to the clinic during opening hours to collect food and bring the cat/kitten for any health checks needed.
We are looking for volunteers to help fundraise in supermarkets and other outlets to raise vital funds to enable us to continue our valuable animal welfare work in the branch.
Collections will be on Saturdays and Sundays on set dates and you can collect for 1-3 hours or more if you are able to. No experience is necessary as guidance will be provided and we will ensure that you have an ID badge.
For further information, please contact Wendy.email@example.com
If you’re looking to build up your work experience, enhance your CV, gain a new reference, meet new people or just do what you can to help out a local charity, why not consider volunteering with us at the RSPCA Charity Shop in Bishop’s Stortford?
We’re looking for volunteers to help out for at least one morning or afternoon a week (of course you’re always welcome to do more!) in our new premises at 2, The Dells, Bishops Stortford.
You’ll be able to explore and develop your skills and help in a way that suits your interests and talents, whether you’re into visual merchandising, organisation, customer service or rifling through donations in search of stylish key pieces to highlight.
All training will be provided.
Commitment is flexible. Happy to accept seasonal or temp volunteers based on college or university holidays/parents who are only able to help in term time, etc.
Volunteers must be 18 or over.
For further details or if you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We need a Fundraising Coordinator to establish a fundraising strategy for the branch, and thereafter to maintain momentum for the branch fundraising programme through the recruitment and retention of volunteers.
In conjunction with the committee and/or the Branch Support Specialist, produce a fundraising plan and budget, to be agreed and adopted by the committee, dedicated to raising funds for the branch.
Control and monitor the branch fundraising plan.
Identify fundraising jobs and help recruit volunteers to fill them.
Times & preferred duration of commitment
To suit the individual but reporting to the committee at monthly meetings.
Experience / skills / knowledge / personal qualities required
Experience of fundraising desirable, good people management, organisational and motivational skills essential.
Do you have professional expertise you could use to help a good cause? Are you passionate about animal welfare? We are looking for Trustees to manage the affairs of the Stort Valley Branch to promote and provide animal welfare within the branch area. As a trustee of a branch, you will have the chance to influence how we care for and prevent cruelty to animals. The position is home based, but meetings generally take place in Harlow. The Branch have a veterinary clinic in Harlow and a charity shop in Bishop’s Stortford.
To work with your fellow trustees and branch officers and jointly act in making decisions for the best interest of the branch and the RSPCA. Ensure the branch meets all the minimum animal welfare standards and look at ways of improving delivery of services which aid animal welfare locally.
Get involved with income generation, planning, marketing and help drive the charity forward.
In time, you will be familiar with the aims of the RSPCA, the branch rules and policies.
To actively participate in branch committee meetings and to attend the branch annual general meeting.
You will have the opportunity to attend other regional and national meetings as well as the chance to work on smaller focus groups looking at particular areas of branch activity.
To welcome new trustees and volunteers to the branch.
It’s a great way to meet like-minded people who share your enthusiasm for animal welfare. You will have the opportunity to gain new skills and develop existing ones, whilst making a real difference to the lives of animals. Trustee training is provided and on-going support will be available.
Times & preferred duration of commitment
Monthly Committee Meetings are generally 2-3 hours in duration. Above that we are looking for someone with the right attitude to lead and drive our animal welfare charity. Ideally you will be able to devote an average of 2-3 hours per week to this.
Experience / skills / knowledge / personal qualities required
Most people aged 18 or over are eligible to become a trustee.
You will need to be able to work with people and have good interpersonal skills.
You do not need to be an expert although commitment, common sense and the ability to be objective is vital.
Specific skills such as IT, finance, fundraising, project management, business experience, awareness of employment and/or charity legislation can be useful, but not essential.
New RSPCA trustees are provided with a document “Guidance for Branch Trustees” and asked to attend a training course which provides information and guidance about a trustee’s role and responsibilities.
Ongoing support is also provided by regional and national RSPCA staff in addition to any additional training provided by the relevant branch.
Reasonable out of pocket expenses may be claimed.
Please email email@example.com if you are interested in this position.
We are delighted to announce that our new charity shop has opened at 2 The Dells, South Street, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 3AB.
We sell all kinds of interesting items, including designer and high-end ladies and men’s clothing and footwear, children’s clothing and great bric-a-brac. Please pop along and say Hello and grab yourself a bargain.
Our shop raises funds in order for us to help animals in the local area and also to support our subsidised clinic. We are always in need of donations, so if you have any items you no longer need please pop them into the shop or to our clinic in The Stow, Harlow.
The shop is also currently looking for volunteers to help with sorting and processing donations and helping our lovely customers. If you are interested in applying, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are aware that clients were often waiting a couple of hours to see our vet and we therefore introduced an appointments system.
Appointments can be made by telephoning or calling into the clinic during opening hours, including during advice clinic sessions; they can also be made when return visits are necessary.
A dog from Braintree, Essex was reunited with his family last Friday (26 June) – nine years after going missing – after being handed into an RSPCA branch 30 miles away
Thanks to the RSPCA Stort Valley branch staff, 13 year-old Jack Russell terrier Foster, is now back in his own bed after he was stolen near to his home in White Notley, Foster’s delighted owner Kelly Twin said: “It’s just amazing to have him home. We had given up hope and can’t quite believe he’s back. “But for him, it’s like he never went away, he’s settled back in perfectly.”
Staff at RSPCA Stort Valley branch in Harlow took little Foster in their care on Friday 17 June after he was brought in by neighbours of a lady who had sadly recently died. It is thought that the lady had owned Foster for several years, not knowing that he had been stolen during a break in to a family home several years previously.
The neighbours who took Foster to the RSPCA Stort Valley branch told staff that he was microchipped, and then to limit stress, Foster was taken into a temporary foster home straight away.
RSPCA Stort Valley branch staff member Marion Wellsman said: “All we knew was that Foster had come in after his owner had passed away, we didn’t have any reason to think there was any more to it. He was due to come back into the branch for a health check so it wasn’t until a week later that we scanned his microchip to have the details changed, and discovered that he was actually chipped to another address, and had been reported as stolen!” Marion added: “Kelly and her family were overwhelmed when I called them to tell them we had Foster in our care, it was a lovely call to make. Foster is a dear old chap and we are delighted he has made his way back to his owners.”
Foster has settled back into family life with no trouble whatsoever, and has even made a new best friend. Kelly said: “We have another dog Marmite who we got a a year after Foster was stolen. The two are the best of friends already, it’s lovely to see. “Foster was also really pleased to see my 10 year old daughter, Daisy (pictured above with Foster and Marmite.) She was almost two when he went missing and as soon as he saw her her was sniffing around her and was so excited. I really can’t believe it all, it’s a dream come true.”
Since April 6th this year, it is now a legal requirement for dogs to be microchipped.
Kelly added: “Foster’s story really proves just why it is so important for dogs to be microchipped – in our case, that little tiny chip reunited us with our little dog, something we thought would never happen.”
Please help stop the destruction of healthy animals; our shelters are full to bursting point with unwanted Staffordshire Bull Terrier dogs. We are running a campaign to assist financially with the neutering of these dogs.
We are now offering these vouchers for £70 each male or £90 each female, for use at specified vets only.
These vets are: Kew Vets, Vets4Pets (Harlow), Vets & Pets, Bishop’s Stortford Veterinary Hospital and Mercer & Hughes.
To qualify for assisted neutering you must be in receipt of a means tested benefit (excluding tax credits) or a Senior Citizen in receipt of a State Pension.
Please email the clinic at email@example.com if you would like to apply for a neutering voucher.
Proof of Benefit must be shown when applying for a voucher.
Vets4Pets, Harlow – 01279 770104
*** You may be offered a Pre-op blood test prior to neutering ***
This will be cheaper if taken at our clinic
Bishops Stortford Veterinary Hospital – 01279 654108
Rye Street, Bishops Stortford
Vets and Pets – 01992 478657
Unit 11B, Nazeing Glass Ind. Estate, Nazeing New Road, Broxbourne
To use Vets & Pets your dog must be weighed first at this clinic
J A C Kews – 01279 422066
11 Wych Elm, The High, Harlow
Mercer & Hughes
Stansted 01279 813780
Great Dunmow 01371 872836
Saffron Walden 01799 522082
We need your help to continue our vital animal welfare work locally.
To make a donation please text SBVT15 followed by £2/£5/£10 to 70070.
Texts cost your standard network rate plus the amount you are donating.