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.
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:
Kitten and adult cat food
Puppy and adult dog food
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.
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.
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.”
Sadly, Molly’s adoption wasn’t successful as she needed to have all her adopters’ attention and wouldn’t let their older dog have her usual loving relationship with her family. As a result we will not rehome Molly to a family with another dog or dogs.
Her adopters say that despite everything Molly is wonderful with people and even other dogs when out on her walks and are very upset that this adoption hasn’t worked out as apart from her jealousy Molly was so good in the home.
Her kennel staff said that she is a lovely, girl who can be a bit shy at first, but soon comes round. Having been in care for so long she has been having lots of training sessions which have been brilliant as she is so keen to learn new things, such as sit, stay, wait, find it, spin, go through your legs and lots of other fun commands too. In fact she will be a joy for any family whether it’s an adult only home or one with older children of 10 years plus and where there is someone at home most of the time.
As with many rescued dogs she will need some time to settle into her family’s routine and will tend to pace and need lots of attention during her first few weeks before she begins to realise that this lovely family and home are forever. See the rule of 3
If you would like to meet Molly please ring Pat on 07811404346
Minnie came to the branch to find a caring new family due to her owner being taken into long term care. Minnie is a Domestic Short Haired (DSH) lady who is thought to be about 3 or 4 years of age.
She has spent several months in foster care while a suspicious lump was investigated and removed successfully by our local veterinary surgeons once lock down was eased. Luckily for little Minnie the biopsy results confirmed that this was benign and thought to be the result of a bite not being treated at the time when she was wandering her old neighbourhood.
Now her beautiful tortoiseshell coat has regrown this little friendly girl is ready to meet her new family.
Her fosterer says “Minnie is very affectionate, likes her home comforts, has a good appetite and always uses her litter tray. I believe she’d be suitable for a family with sensible children probably over 6 years old as I’ve never seen her become angry and aggressive like many cats can. She is a quite passive and has a lovely temperament.”
If you would like to arrange to meet Minnie with a view to adoption please send us an email and we will be pleased to send you our perfect match form by return.
Bella is a lovely kitty who gave birth to her kittens when she wasn’t even 12 months old. She was a lovely mum, but the person who took her in as a stray couldn’t keep her and her two remaining kittens who are now 5 months old.
This little family came into foster care and one of the kittens has already found a loving new family to call her own.
If you would like to adopt Bella please don’t hesitate to email the branch and we will send you our perfect match form.
Ruby’s lovely foster family sent us this photo. Ruby, as you can see loves her new bed next to a warm radiator for her old bones when it gets a bit chillier overnight.
More about Ruby whose elderly owner has very sadly died. Ruby is 14 years of age and has been in kennels for 5 weeks while her owner was in hospital, we have now been asked if we can find a caring home for Ruby.
Because of Ruby’s advanced age we are looking for a fosterer who will care for her until the end of her days. The branch will cover all veterinary costs and give her foster carers ongoing support.
If you would like to find out more about fostering Ruby for the branch and live in or very near the branch area so that she can be seen by one of our local veterinary practices please contact us via email or text 07954122481 and we will send you our forms and information leaflets by post or return email.
Meet Lila, an American Bulldog who is approximately 4 years old. Her kennel staff say she has a lovely nature but will need an adult only home or one with older teenagers as she could easily knock younger ones over.
Lila needs a family who are used to bigger dogs and have had similar breeds before and who are willing to take her to a good training school where she will do very well as she does like to please her humans.
Lila is fine with other dogs, but we wouldn’t rehome her to a family who have a cat.
If you are interested finding out more and perhaps arrange to meet Lila please ring Pat on 07811404346
Pippa is a lovely Jack Russell Terrier cross who has come to the branch to find a loving new homes through no fault of her own but due to her owners’ change of circumstances which mean that Pippa can no longer be walked.
She is a typical terrier and likes to do things her way, so a family with terrier experience is a must.
No cats or other small animals for this girl (for their own protection) and we feel she would be best as an only dog as she can be choosy about her friends.
If you would like to know more about sweet Pippa please ring Pat on 07811404346
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CATTERY IS NOW OPEN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY AND VISITORS MUST WEAR MASKS AND GLOVES. THIS IS DUE TO THE CURRENT COVID-19 EMERGENCY MEASURES
If you think you can offer an RSPCA kitty a caring new home, please visit Bowler’s Cattery, Shady Oak Farm, 200 Marple Rd, Stockport SK2 5HE. Open hours are 11am to 3pm Monday to Saturday. Visitors MUST wear masks and gloves.
Hi, I’m Maude and I’ve been asked to speak for all my brothers and sisters, so I’ll do my very best,
“We are 7 puppies who were brought to the branch by a person in a uniform, we didn’t know at the time that she was one of the RSPCA’s inspectors, but she thought we needed some fresh air and sunshine to grow up big and strong. We were brought to a lovely place where our kennel staff say we are beautiful, lively little girls and boys who won’t be little for very long as we are growing ‘like weeds’.
“Our mamma was sad to see us leave her, but she told us that the RSPCA would find us the best homes we could ask for, where we won’t be frightened and have lots and lots of exciting walks and adventures.
“We would love a family who have had Rottweilers or American Bulldogs or similar BIG, strong dogs before so that they will know what to expect from such large, bouncy puppies as we are. As we are going to be on the large size we’ll need plenty of walks and we’ve been promised that we will soon be old enough to go to school with our new humans to learn how to become ‘model’ citizens.”
If you would like to learn more about us and perhaps arrange to meet us please ring our carer in chief, Pat on 07811404346
We have received an update from the National Society concerning the Corona Virus 25th March 2020 directive. We have been advised that we are now able to rehome our animals in a very restricted way, in that potential adopters will have to send not only their completed perfect match from but videos or photos of their home and grant the branch permission to view their home on google’s street view.
This will protect our volunteers and adopters alike as our adoption process ideally involved face to face handovers and home visiting.
But, please note that the private boarding cattery is open by appointment only once your perfect match form and photos have been received.
Tootsie is a lovely, black and white little girl who is a little shy at first but very friendly once she gets to know you.
She has been having trouble with her ears and will need to visit the vet before she is rehomed due to a suspected Haematoma in her ear which prevents drops for ear mites reaching the right place. Once this has been drained and healed she will be looking for her family again.
Murphy is estimated to be between 7 and 12 months of age. His staff at the cattery say he’s a lovely friendly boy who is lovely with children and came into care with another little cat so he will probably settle in well with another cat in his new home.
Billy (black) and Becky (grey) were signed over to the RSPCA together. They are lovely, friendly cats. Billy is 18 and Becky is 10 years old. We would love to find them a home together. They would have to be indoor cats.
Theo, who is still very much a big puppy is approximately 2 years old. He is a Mastiff cross and he is still growing into his paws. Theo 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.
Theo is currently under the vet because he has small kidneys so he does need someone who is willing to carry on with his treatment if and when prescribed
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 an 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.
Marlin, is now in the care of one of our Trustees, who is classed as a front line worker (animal care) and a regular fosterer of branch dogs. When we needed to amend her microchip details we found that we had been given the wrong number, only one digit out but it made all the difference. She will be celebrating her 13th birthday on 1st May this year.
Her blood tests have come back as normal even when we thought she was 10 so they are really good for a 13 year old. She is now being weaned off the steroid tablets which were prescribed to help with her ear problems and we hope that she will soon be much better.
Because of her ongoing ear problems and now a suspicious lump whose biopsy is inconclusive, we have to wait until the vets at the hospital decide whether to remove the lump once the Covid 19 lock down is over or to leave it now we know her real age, but we are putting this lovely Border Collie on hold until she is pronounced fit to go. We will contact everyone again once we have the all clear from her veterinary surgeon.
She is a small border collie who is a little overweight and is unsure about some dogs she meets. Marlin came to the branch to find a new family via one of our RSPCA inspectors as her previous owner is ill (not with Covid 19).
We are looking for a quieter home for Marlin, with a garden where she can play fetch and one where her new family will take her to new places and help her to enjoy life.
First published on 27.2.20 having been in kennels since before Christmas
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