You can't buy love but you can rescue it - never has a phrase been truer! Here at Abbey Street we see animals come to us from a wide variety of circumstances and backgrounds, and sadly they haven’t all been treated with the love and care that they deserve. It is these cases that really reaffirm to us how important our job is, as to see these animals come in so sad and downbeat, and then see them on the day that they go to their new and forever homes is just the most rewarding thing! Of course this wouldn’t be possible without the kind members of the public who come into our centre, perhaps not even expecting to find a new pet but are completely taken by surprise by a little face peering out from their pen who will soon become a new and well-loved member of the family. The best part of this process is hearing how these animals have settled in to their new lives and how their new owners now can’t imagine their life without their rescue pet!
There are lots of benefits in rehoming an animal from a centre like ours some of these are listed below...
The Feel Good Factor
What better feeling is there than giving an animal in need a new and loving home!
Moonbeam now Roxie is just one example of this. She arrived in our care late 2013 and was very scared and unsure in her new environment due to coming from a neglectful home. For the first few days she barely moved from her spot in her kennel front and didn't want anybody approaching her. Through the hard work of staff she began to trust us and then soon began to settle down for cuddles and play. She caught the eye of her new owners, who live in Cambridgeshire, and they travelled the distance to come and see her. It was love at first sight and they took her home just before Christmas - what a lovely Christmas for her! Her family say she settled in wonderfully well and has made friends with lots of local dogs and is also a celebrity in the local pub! They said,
“We wish you all the best, and thank you massively for letting us give Roxie a new life with us”
By rehoming from an RSPCA shelter you aren’t just helping one specific animal, you are providing essential support to the charity that works so tirelessly to help rehabilitate and rehome animals in need. By taking on a rescue animal you don’t just save one, you save many! The fee from the animal you take goes towards helping the next animal that will take its place and soon find a new home of its own and so the cycle will continue.
Rescue Animals are Full of Love!
Due to their often sad starts in life, rescue animals can be some of the most loving as they are so grateful to be given their second chance.
Steve and Bruce, now Reggie and Rocket came into our centre with their mother and siblings after being cruelly abandoned. Their new owners say they settled in fantastically well and that they are very loving and affectionate! They said,
“Thank you for bringing such bundles of joy into our lives!”
Plus everything is done for you! Included in the adoption fee with your new pet is a full veterinary health check, neutering, vaccinations, microchipping, flea and worm treatment, 4 weeks free pet insurance and a voucher to spend in our shop.
Tig, the Border Collie cross, was adopted from us in 1999 and his owner recently got in touch to sadly let us know that he had passed away at the grand old age of 16 due to an inoperable tumour.
He had 14 wonderful years with his new family, and had a very enjoyable life with lots of love. He had lots of long walks in the Peak District and most recently he enjoyed making friends with his owner's 2 year old nephew, who played ball with him.
These success stories are the reason why we exist - to provide abandoned, mistreated and unwanted animals with a second chance.As it is RSPCA week this week we are hosting two open days at our centre. Saturday the 6th of June is dedicated to our feline friends and Sunday the 7th of June is for our dogs! Both days will have a range of stalls and fun for all the family so why not come down between 12-4pm and see all of our lovely animals looking for a new home! Who knows, you may even find a new member of your family...