The RSPCA’s Southport, Ormskirk and District Branch has been praised for its work by Southport MP Damien Moore.
He was delighted to visit the centre, on New Cut Lane in Halsall on August 19 to meet staff and find out how they had coped during the pandemic. He was given a tour around the facility by branch chair Dr David West, branch manager Paul Gibson and other staff members and volunteers. He spent around two hours taking a look at the rescue animals on-site and learning more about the work of the local RSPCA.
The MP began his tour by seeing a dog and her recent litter of puppies, and discussed some of the cases staff see coming through with neglected and poorly looked-after dogs. He then saw some of the other dogs, and moved over to where the newly-built cattery at the centre. He enjoyed seeing some of the new facilities including some of the grounds and the new operating theatre.
As with other animal charities, the branch had to close down services during the coronavirus pandemic whilst at the same time continuing with the cost of looking after the animals housed there. The facility is now moving towards a new phase of re-opening next week with appointments only. Among issues discussed were irresponsible breeders, how the branch has coped throughout the pandemic and the importance of supporting the local branch of the RSPCA.
Mr Moore said: “I would like to thank Dr West, Paul Gibson and other members of staff at the RSPCA Southport, Ormskirk & District Branch, I thoroughly enjoyed my visit. I have visited the branch every year since first becoming MP for Southport, and I am looking forward to making a return visit very soon. I would love to adopt a pet from there but with working as an MP and splitting my time between my constituency in Southport and Parliament in London, it wouldn’t be right.
“Cats, dogs and other animals, like people, have been vulnerable during this pandemic, and it is important that they are well cared for. People have a responsibility towards their pets. It is always sad to see someone taking on an animal and then abandoning them.
“At the centre we talked about irresponsible dog breeders. If anyone is considering looking for a pet for themselves or their family, then I would recommend going to take a look around our local RSPCA branch.
“They do such a fantastic job there and it is such a first-rate facility for animals. They are really good people, they are hard workers. A lot of amazing volunteers work at the centre too. They need our support. But if anyone is thinking of donating to the RSPCA, please donate to our local branch, so that money will be spent on looking after animals at our local centre here, rather than donating to the RSPCA nationally. I am looking forward to making a return visit very soon.”
Southport, Ormskirk & District Branch is a registered charity that is completely reliant upon donations, legacies and monies raised through its charity shop on Eastbank Street in Southport, together with the public’s generous support of its locally-run fundraising events.
The RSPCA Animal Centre on New Cut Lane, on the Birkdale / Halsall border, covers Southport, Ormskirk and the surrounding areas as far south as Maghull. The centre takes in, cares for, supports and helps rehabilitate needy animals whilst new homes are found for them.
For more information, go to www.rspcasouthport.org