A day full of animal magic at RSPCA

Christine Abbor with Hope the cat in the cattery at the East Ardsley RSPCA.
Christine Abbor with Hope the cat in the cattery at the East Ardsley RSPCA.
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The RSPCA Leeds, Wakefield and District Branch held their first open day last weekend.

The new £1.5m animal centre , which is located in East Ardsley, opened in June.

Chantele Morris with Moomin her rabbit.

Chantele Morris with Moomin her rabbit.

And for its first open day staff at the centre celebrated with a variety of activities for all the guests to enjoy.

Branch manager, Caroline Lewis-Jones said: “It was great day and it was just in time for Valentine’s Day.”

“We had lots of games, cake stalls, external store owners, which all helped to raise funds for the charity.”

“We also had a marvellous raffle.

Cameron Topham (6) making pet art.

Cameron Topham (6) making pet art.

“One lady very kindly baked us a cake, and we held a guess weight of the cake competition.”

One of the highlights of the event was a human slot machine which involves three people standing in large boxes.

Each person then picks a fruit at random, and holds it out of a hole in the front of the box. If all the pieces of fruit are the same, the player wins a prize.

Caroline said: “The human slot machine really was a lot of fun.”

Linda Reed with Maisey & Bella.

Linda Reed with Maisey & Bella.

Despite being one of the largest and well-know charities in the UK, the RSPCA Leeds, Wakefield and District Branch is a separately registered branch.

They rely heavily on donations and support from the public.

Caroline said: “We are very much an independent charity, so we rely on donations.

“But we do have a lot of support from the public in this area.

“Events like this encourages people to take a look at the animals.

“We had a few people actually reserve some during the event.”

“We hope to provide a service where there is a prevention of cruelty to animals, to educate people how to take care of them and advice for any questions they may have.”

The centre now runs a six week puppy training course, which aims to teach owners how to give basic training to their puppies and to bond with them.

Caroline said: “We will also run a course for older dogs to teach owners how to get their dogs out of bad habits, but in a calm and humane way.”

The centre is open Monday-Sunday , except Wednesday, from 10am until 4pm. Animal viewing times are from 11am until 3pm.

For more information on donations, events or reserving an animal, contact the branch on 0113 253 6952, or visit their website www.rspcaleedsandwakefield.org.uk