New RSPCA centre opens in Birmingham after fundraising campaign
A new RSPCA centre has opened in Birmingham after an appeal raised £3 million.
The centre, based at the city’s Newbrook Farm in Frankley, will be able to provide cat and dog beds to 160 cats and 80 dogs, as well as 30 rabbits at full capacity. The money for the facility was raised after the charity asked for the cash from the public through its ‘Leaps and Bounds’ appeal last year, according to bbc.co.uk.
Acting general manager, Alan Janes said the new facility was definitely needed.
He told birminghammail.net: “We especially needed more cat pods as there are literally hundreds of cats we need to find homes for. The kennels and cat pods are temperature-controlled, have longer runs and extraction fans, which means we can reduce the risk of infection.”
The doors to the centre are open as of today. The facility consists of a modern hospital environment and a re-homing centre, as well as a regional headquarters.
The new surroundings, which cost £10 million in total, have replaced a former centre at the previous location of Barnes Hill.
The charity said the new centre has come at the right time, as the number of abandoned animals is increasing. In 2007, a total of 24,638 animals were dumped, which shot up to 40,595 last year – an increase of nearly 65 per cent.
The RSPCA also said the amount of time animals are staying is increase, with an average stay of a dog this year currently standing at a lengthy 59 days.