The branch urgently needs a local person/people who are able to foster kittens or puppies in their homes, often at short notice. We also need fosterers able to take in adult dogs who aren’t coping well in kennels.
More often than not, the temporary home is needed for a single puppy or kitten who is far too young to stay in kennels while he/she awaits a new home. Sometimes a young animal might be recovering from an illness so will need special round the clock care. From time to time we may even have a litter of puppies or kittens to find foster care for.
If we don’t have foster spaces we are unable to take in really young animals in need because they cannot go into boarding, so we are appealing for local people who have the space and availability to volunteer for this important role.
As an emergency fosterer you may be called upon to offer space in your home at short notice, you will be given as much information about your temporary guest as possible and full support is provided. Your own transport is not necessary as other volunteers will be able to transport the fostered animal to vet appointments and meetings with potential adopters. All you need is the space, patience, time and of course the ability to provide love and care to a young animal or adult who really needs it.
Even if you can only foster a single puppy, kitten, adult dog or cat and you would like to help and want to know more please get in touch as a matter of urgency.
See more animal welfare volunteering opportunities.
We always need help to raise funds. As is the case with many small charities many of our fund raising events are organised and staffed by only a few of our members and we are desperately in need of more people who can spare 2 hours holding a can or selling logoed goods at our instore collections.
Your help at these events will mean that we can continue to ensure our dogs and cats are well-cared for whilst they are waiting for their forever new families. Even if you cannot make the dates, or are unable to stand for long periods of time, but would like to personally help the animals in our care with a donation, just click on the MyDonate link on the right to make a secure online donation by card or, if you have a mobile phone, you can now donate by text. Alternatively, you can donate by cheque, made out to RSPCA Tameside and Glossop branch, and sent to the branch c/o Volunteer Centre Tameside, 95/97 Penny Meadow, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 6EP, where the kind people there, will ensure that your letter and donation reach the branch safely.
Please visit our Diary dates page for a schedule of these and further fundraising events.
As the branch often fosters puppies, kittens and cats and dog with extra TLC needs we gratefully accept donated food and other much needed items directly to the branch. This is a great alternative to cash donations for those who prefer to give to the branch in this way. We are in need of the following:
- Cat litter
- Kitten and adult cat food
- Puppy and adult dog food
- Dog coats
- Dog leads
- Toys and various other comforts
Your gifts will benefit RSPCA animals who have suffered at the hands of their previous owners and are being rehabilitated by our volunteer dog walkers and cat socialisers.
Food, beds and cat litter etc will help to feed and provide warmth and comfort to those who are too young or sick to be rehomed from the cattery or kennels and are being cared for by fosterers in their own homes.
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Arnie has been with the branch since March this year and we’re all getting a little worried (including Arnie) that no-one will offer him a new home. He came to us when he was 11 months old and is a Shar Pei cross, who was originally purchased as a pure bred Shar Pei from a local, well known puppy farm outlet. He is quite a shy boy who, typical of his breed, can be a little aloof when he first meets new people and as a result whoever adopts him will need to be patient and allow him time to settle in with his new family and home.
Whilst he was growing up he missed out on meeting people and visiting new places and now needs to start to learn that there is a whole wide world out there with exciting new places to investigate and enjoy. His confidence has greatly improved whilst he’s been in our care.
For more photos and a short video continue
Tiny is approximately 7 years old and a Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
Tiny was rehomed some time ago but came back to the branch as his previous adopters hadn’t really got the time anymore to give him the attention and exercise which this active little staffy needs.
His dog walkers say: “Tiny should really be called ‘Sunny’ due to his lovely nature. He was brought up with a young child and loves children and adults alike. He OK with other dogs with careful introductions. Tiny is quite happy to walk alongside his walkers and ignore dogs he passes, because he is so pleased to be out and about and enjoying life. All in all Tiny is a great ambassador for his breed and would make an ideal family pet, as he is a very loving dog.”
Big daft puppy alert!!
Betty is a big gangly 5 month old cross breed. She’s got lots of big breeds mixed in there! Mastiff types??
Anyway, she is big and daft and gorgeous.Betty does not have a bad bone in her body. She is a complete blank canvas waiting for her forever family. We want Betty to find a home as soon as possible as she is at a crucial time in her development. She needs to socialise and learn how to behave ( not that she’s naughty)
Unfortunately Betty has only known sadness up until now and she has not been treated kindly.
Betty is desperate to please and tries her absolute best to do anything you ask her too. The pictures do not do her justice because she’s still a wriggling puppy
Missy is a 3 year old German Shepherd who is now desperate for a home to call her own. Missy does need someone who at the beginning is home with her quite a lot of the time, as she is desperate to love someone 100 percent. Missy needs to be an only dog because at the moment she does not want to share that special person with other dogs, and that special person needs to understand that she may not be completely house trained. But Missy has such a lot to give and just needs someone to give her a go
This is one happy little chap. He’s good on a lead, house trained and very friendly. Barney does like to bark at cats but, if the cat stands it’s ground, Barney runs away! He’s a comical little fella who enjoys being busy when out on a walk. He has to investigate everything but once he’s back home, his favourite spot is on the sofa cuddled up.
Barney needs a home where people understand how spoilt little dogs like to be. We ideally wouldn’t rehome him to a family with small children simply due to his size ( you could easily trip over him.) Barney is only 6 years old so has many many years ahead of him. He is here through no fault of his own and now desperately deserves a second chance of happiness.
Tia is a 3 year old German Shepherd, who has arrived via one of our inspectors. She is quite thin at the moment although she is starting to put on weight gradually.
We are looking for an experienced German Shepherd family for Tia, an adult only home or one with older children over 12 years of age.
Max is still very much a big puppy and not yet one year old. As a Mastiff cross he is still growing into his paws. Max has a shiny black and white coat and we are sure he will turn heads wherever he goes. He came to the branch to find his forever home via the Greater Manchester Animal Hospital.
He is a lovely, friendly, slobbery boy who will be lots of fun for any family who love large dogs. But because of his size we are looking for and adult only home or one with teenage children as he is still uncoordinated could easily knock smaller children over in his excitement at meeting them.
Zeus came to the branch to find a new home having been rescued by one of our RSPCA inspectors from an abusive owner who had videoed himself beating poor Zeus.
Zeus is a lovely, friendly boy of about 2 years of age. He enjoys games with his kennel staff and really loves playing catch. However, he does mouth in play having never been taught that it isn’t acceptable and as a result so he needs an adult only home with people who understand his part husky-self.
Sadly we have had to cancel this event due to lack of interest and bookings.
We are sorry to disappoint people who have expressed an interest and invite everyone to come to our James Bond Christmas Ball on 14th December same time and venue as the cancelled Halloween Party.
Cissy and Ada are just 13 weeks old and have been left on the shelf. They came to the branch to find their forever family as older kittens without their mum. Because there have been so many little kittens to choose from these lovely, but shy, girls have been overlooked. If you are patient and give them the time they need to become more confident they will make lovely house guests.
As they are happy to keep themselves amused they would suit someone who works during the week. Being older kittens they are less likely to get themselves into difficult situations around the home and will be happy to be left with some dry food as long as you are around to feed them mornings and evenings with something delicious out of a pouch or a tin.
If you would like to meet them please contact the branch as they are currently in foster care.
Boris and Norris are two brothers who came into us as tiny dots, so have done extremely well and are now looking for there special family. Boris and Norris are now 16 weeks of age and have grown quite a bit now. Although they are enjoying life in there foster home they really need to find their own place. They would love a home together.
These cheeky little chappies would brighten up any home.
To meet Boris and Norris please send an email and we will send you our perfect match form.
first post 14.8.19
One of the RSPCA’s Inspectors brought Bert, who is about 12 years of age, to the branch to find the urgent care he desperately needed. One of our brilliant, volunteer foster families agreed to take him into their home to try their very best to help him recover from his appalling neglect.
This lovely boy was quite literally a walking skeleton when he arrived, with pressure sores from lying on concrete, and was in a collapsed state finding it very difficult to even stand up to eat and drink………..but just look at him now!
He is still under the care of one of our local veterinary practices and, now he has put on enough weight, he will have a much needed dental operation. Until the huge build up of plaque is removed we won’t know just how many teeth will have to be extracted.
Handsome Bert will be staying with his foster carers forever as they have asked to adopt him officially once he has recovered from operation.
If you could foster for the branch and help animals like Bert to recover from their previous neglect please contact us. You should live in the branch area so that you will have full support.
Sassy has become Bowler’s official cattery cat and now has her perfect home. She is able to wander about freely and has a lovely cat pen to return to when she feels she needs a rest from patrolling the premises and keeping any pesky rodents away.
First posted April 2019
We have lots of kittens in foster care at the moment and here are just a few of them. Most are ready to go to live with their new families.
If you would like to meet these kittens in foster care please send an email for our perfect match form or text or ring the branch on 07954122481 to make an appointment.
Here are just a few of their photos.
With more recent additions in August
Original post 17.7.19
Amber is a tortoiseshell girl who would love a home of her very own. She is estimated to be about 2 years of age and would love to have a new home with a garden to laze about in when it’s sunny and a warm fireside to laze in front of when its cold outside.
If you would like to meet Amber please visit her at Bowler’s Cattery
First posted 17.7.19
Here is little Misty who has been a great mum to our Flintstone family. She is not much more than a kitten herself and is now looking for her perfect family.
Little Misty would look at home in the palace of an ancient Egyptian Queen, but all she really wants is a loving family who will treat her well. At least one of her kittens will grow up to look as regal as Mum.
To meet Misty please send an email and we will send you our perfect match form.
Meet Fred, Wilma, Betty, Barney and little Pebbles who are just 8 weeks old and have now started their vaccinations and have been microchipped. Being typical kittens they are full of fun and mischief and will need a home where there is someone around most of the time while they are so young as they need 4 or 5 meals each day and can very easily get themselves into difficulties exploring their new surroundings.
They are looking forward to finding their very own families and would love to be rehomed in pairs if possible. Their mum would also like a home soon too.
To meet one of the Flintstones please send an email and we will send you our perfect match form.
First posted 9.8.19
Lila is a lovely Domestic Short Haired cat who is 6 or 7 years of age. She was sadly given up by her owner due to a change of circumstances. Little Lila has always lived indoors so will make an excellent addition to a family or individual who lives on a busy road or has an apartment.
She is bi-lingual and understands English and Italian.
Her foster carer has said that she settled in well right away and is litter trained. She loves company and is very happy to be safe and well cared for.
To meet Lila please send an email and we will send you our perfect match form.
These lovely black kittens can be seen at Bowler’s Cattery where we board some of our kitties. No appointment is needed to visit them there Monday to Saturday 11am to 3pm but make sure you give yourself plenty of time to decide before the staff have to close up.
We are urgently seeking a foster carer for Bobbie, a little stray cat with a severe ear infection which will need nursing care once his ear has been operated on. Bobbie will need ear drops twice a day and must wear a cone collar to prevent him scratching the stitches and the open wound. If you could help and live within easy travelling distance of Mossley where the vet who will be overseeing his treatment is based we’d love to hear from you.
He will need his cone for at least 10 days and probably anaesthetising to have his stitches removed. Following a successful outcome of this procedure he will then have to have his teeth cleaned and probably several removed. So this will be at least a couple of months foster placement.
All his food, cat litter, bedding and a cage if needed will be provided by the branch.
Meet our sports’ team kittens and mum. This is what their foster parents say about them. “Mum and kittens were found abandoned behind Decathalon so we decided to give them sporting names. We think there are 5 girls and a boy.
NB: Victoria, Mo and Nicola have had lots of interest and have been reserved.
We named mum Jessica Ennis Hill (Jess). She is a lovely cat and settled in immediately letting us pet her within a few hours of fostering her. She has been a lovely pet as she is happy with all of the visitors to the house, letting them stroke and brush her, she is confident and friendly, has let us pick her up , there has been no hissing or scratching and she will make a lovely pet with a calm and friendly nature.”
All the kittens will be ready to go to their new homes in a couple of weeks’ time and mum, who is only young herself, will need a family too.
To meet one of the team please send an email and we will send you our perfect match form.
Katie is still only a kitten of about 4 -5 months old. Unfortunately she was left on her own in a property so is feeling a little bit worried at the moment. She will allow you to stroke her but is not too keen at being picked up at the moment
If you would like to meet Katie please send an email and we will send you our perfect match form.