New RSPCA centre will care for neglected animals and help pets

The RSPCA Leeds, Wakefield and District Branch in East Ardsley

The RSPCA Leeds, Wakefield and District Branch in East Ardsley

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A new centre that will care for neglected and abused animals will open this month.

The RSPCA Leeds, Wakefield and District Branch has built an animal rehabilitation and rehoming centre for abandoned pets.

The site includes kennels, cat pens and an isolation block to care for the animals.

It comes as West Yorkshire was recognised to have one of the highest rates of animal cruelty in the UK.

Branch manager Caroline Lewis-Jones said: “Our catchment area has made the need for this new centre even more important.

“We hope our branch will be a symbol of the community’s commitment to combat animal cruelty and be a safe haven for animals in need.”

The new site in Moor Knoll Lane, East Ardsley, will include a visitors centre and training areas for dogs.

The branch currently rehomes around 300 animals a year but hopes to help more pets with the new centre.

The charity has also launched their Build our Future appeal, which will help with the running costs of the new site.

It will send out posters where people can pledge to pay for gifts, including feeding a dog for a week to kitting out a cat pen.

The centre’s official opening takes place on Saturday, June 27 from 1pm to 4pm.

For more information call branch fundraiser Lauren Moore on 07538114079 or email Lauren.rspca-leedswakefield@hotmail.co.uk