Charity of the month: RSCPA Hertfordshire East Branch

PUBLISHED: 11:42 31 July 2017

A helping hand can be a lifesaver (photo: sanjagrujic, Getty Images/iStockphoto)

A helping hand can be a lifesaver (photo: sanjagrujic, Getty Images/iStockphoto)


Thousands of sick and injured animals have been helped thanks to the 90 years of the RSCPA Hertfordshire East Branch

The origins of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals go back to 1824. Initially the group was concerned with working animals and gained its royal patronage from Queen Victoria in 1837. It was 90 years ago, in June 1927, that the Hertfordshire east branch of the charity opened. Its office today is in Baldock and there is a supporting shop in Hitchin. The branch has four paid members and around 40 dedicated volunteers including trustees and a network of people who help in the Hitchin shop, foster animals, provide support at events or help with home visits. The vision, purpose and values of the branch are the same as the national RSPCA, these being to ‘create a caring world where all animals are respected and treated with compassion, to end cruelty, promote kindness and alleviate suffering to animals, and to be compassionate, inspirational, committed, expert and act with integrity.’

Branch operations manager Vicky Burrell said she loves working for the charity, ‘Knowing that each day what we do makes a difference not just to the lives of animals but also helps people who are sometimes faced with very difficult decisions regarding much loved pets. Every situation is different and I strive to find an answer or solution to most problems, however small or large.

‘No one day is ever the same. I can spend a day doing anything from paperwork to organising help for someone struggling with emergency care for a pet or answering calls from members of the public who are concerned about a pet or wildlife. Going home at the end of each day knowing I have made a difference is very satisfying.’

To support the work of RSPCA Hertfordshire East Branch, Vicky and her team are always looking for volunteers to help in the shop or join the support group. During July and August the branch will be holding collections in Harpenden, Letchworth and Welwyn GC.

If you can help, contact 01462 672278 (Monday-Friday 10am-4pm) or visit the RSPCA shop at 19 Churchyard, Hitchin SG5 1HP, where purchases and donations are also very welcome. To make a monetary donation, go to and specify charity number 208244. For further information, email and keep up-to-date on events by following their Facebook page.

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