A ‘life-changing’ grant of £74,000 is set to transform the Chesterfield and North Derbyshire RSPCA hub, improving the lives of homeless dogs and cats in its care.
The charity was awarded ‘one of the largest sums of its kind’ by Pets at Home’s Support Adoption For Pets after applying for funding to help build a vital isolation block at the rescue centre.
Due to open in summer next year, the new facility will feature three dog kennels and four cat pens, as well as an outdoor exercise area.The new pens will provide a dedicated space to help nurse those that require additional medical attention when injured or poorly.Rachel Gray, branch manager, said: “When we found out that we had been awarded such a large sum we were so over the moon – we couldn’t quite believe our ears.At the moment our facilities do not have a dedicated car or dog isolations unit, something we have needed for sometime now due to ever-increasing demands.We are so unbelievably grateful.It really is a life-changing sum of money, and this money will do exactly that – transforming the lives of the pets in our care for the better.”
The isolation block forms part of a wider £2m redevelopment plan which will see a new cattery, kennel block and refurbished reception building added to the centre.To present the charity with the cheque, staff from the Pets at Home stores in Dronfield and Clay Cross visited the RSPCA team to get a feel for how the money would be used.
Amy Angus, Support Adoption For Pets charity manager said: “We could see from the applications that the isolation block would significantly improve the lives of the pets in the charity’s care, so we were exceptionally pleased to be able to help make their plans possible.”