RSPCA in York marks 150th anniversary

RSPCA manager Angela Hunter, right, with Barbara Boyce, left, and Susan Smith, look through old documents as they celebrate the 150th anniversary of the organisation in York

An RSPCA horse brass dating back to the First World War

A photograph of the RSPCA site at Castle Mills Bridge, York, in 1979

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STAFF and volunteers of the RSPCA in York are marking the 150th anniversary of the organisation in the city with a look back at its history.

The charity is also launching an appeal to try to raise £150,000 to improve the Landing Lane site and conditions for the animals it takes in – currently 64 dogs and more than 200 animals in total.

The first RSPCA home in York was a small brick building in St George’s Field, and was created after a meeting held at Guildhall on February 16, 1864, decided a branch could be needed in the city.

Susan Smith is a volunteer gardener at the site, and as a former librarian has taken charge of looking into the branch’s history.

She said: “When they started the York RSPCA Lost Dogs’ Home, all they had was a kitchen wash stand to heat water. Someone had to go out so someone could go in.

“Because of flooding at the site in the 1940s, they had to put some dogs into one of the empty shops in Shambles. But some kind person broke the locks and let all the dogs out. They didn’t mention whether they got them all back.”

This week, the aviary for wild birds at the branch was badly damaged by 70mph winds and will cost hundreds of pounds to rebuild. But branch manager Angela Hunter said she hoped the history, when finished, could be sold as a pamphlet or booklet, and would help as part of an ongoing campaign to raise funds to update sections of the 35-year-old site.

She said: “They need more light and heat. There aren’t any plans to knock down and start again, because that’s £5 million, but we need major refurbishment.

“£150,000 would be needed to bring it up to scratch. There are nine blocks that need upgrading, not to make it look nice but to improve accommodation for the animals.”

To make a donation go to rspca-yorkhome.org.uk and click donations, or send a cheque to RSPCA York Animal Home, Landing Lane, York, YO26 4RH.

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8:47am Sat 15 Feb 14

nearlyman says...

Far too political these days.......too much money spent on legal actions.....
Far too political these days.......too much money spent on legal actions..... nearlyman
  • Score: 1

9:16am Sat 15 Feb 14

Ican'tdecideonaname says...

They could have at least smiled for the camera, after all its a huge milestone and one to be proud of.
They could have at least smiled for the camera, after all its a huge milestone and one to be proud of. Ican'tdecideonaname
  • Score: 0

9:44am Sat 15 Feb 14

rose_of_york says...

nearlyman wrote:
Far too political these days.......too much money spent on legal actions.....
What does the RSPCA in York spend on legal actions? Check your facts. Every penny raised in York and District is spent in the area to support the animals. They do pick up the pieces by caring for the badly neglected animals brought in by inspectors while they wait for their former owners to be taken to court though. Without these legal actions by the national society people who treat their animals badly would go unpunished.
[quote][p][bold]nearlyman[/bold] wrote: Far too political these days.......too much money spent on legal actions.....[/p][/quote]What does the RSPCA in York spend on legal actions? Check your facts. Every penny raised in York and District is spent in the area to support the animals. They do pick up the pieces by caring for the badly neglected animals brought in by inspectors while they wait for their former owners to be taken to court though. Without these legal actions by the national society people who treat their animals badly would go unpunished. rose_of_york
  • Score: 7

4:34pm Sat 15 Feb 14

malonemalone says...

5 miilion to knock it down and start again..............h
ardly
5 miilion to knock it down and start again..............h ardly malonemalone
  • Score: 1

4:36pm Sat 15 Feb 14

malonemalone says...

they dont look very happy considering they are asking for money , they look like they want to be anywhere but where they are
they dont look very happy considering they are asking for money , they look like they want to be anywhere but where they are malonemalone
  • Score: 5

8:01pm Sat 15 Feb 14

xxwitchyxx says...

nearlyman wrote:
Far too political these days.......too much money spent on legal actions.....
Totally agree with this comment. Google rspca not what they seem. While I agree that the staff at York rspca do a wonderful job the majority of people that donate to the charity would be shocked and totally disgusted by how their donations are spent.
[quote][p][bold]nearlyman[/bold] wrote: Far too political these days.......too much money spent on legal actions.....[/p][/quote]Totally agree with this comment. Google rspca not what they seem. While I agree that the staff at York rspca do a wonderful job the majority of people that donate to the charity would be shocked and totally disgusted by how their donations are spent. xxwitchyxx
  • Score: 1

9:18am Sun 16 Feb 14

Yorkie252 says...

York & District branch of RSPCA are self-funded and all the money spent in the York Animal Home is raised locally - it is not national money and is not spent on legal action. The team there do a fantastic job looking after animals that we as humans have chose to neglect, abandon or treat inappropriately - there is nothing political about that. To put it bluntly, all species have a right to live comfortably and safely for the time they are on earth, and if we as humans have prevented this from happening through inappropriate behaviour - it's only right that we try and repair the damage.

As for the RSPCA nationally spending money on legal actions - would it be better to let people get away with neglect and cruelty? Struggling to work out how that could be in anyway right and just....

With regard to the photo - interesting that all 3 are not smiling - which would beg the question, is that the pose the photographer has asked for? Usually photographers are in control of posed shots like this so my guess would be that this was the 'look' he/she was going for, and nothing to do with the ladies in the photo. Feedback from the Press on this point may actually help put that issue to bed - and they may wish to take on board the comments made here regarding the photo when taking them in the future.

All this takes away from the fact that the RSPCA has been helping ensure that animals in our area have better lives for 150 years. That is a the point of this story, not political and not a personal attack on those who are involved in fundraising.

Congratulations RSPCA York & District - here's to another 150 years!
York & District branch of RSPCA are self-funded and all the money spent in the York Animal Home is raised locally - it is not national money and is not spent on legal action. The team there do a fantastic job looking after animals that we as humans have chose to neglect, abandon or treat inappropriately - there is nothing political about that. To put it bluntly, all species have a right to live comfortably and safely for the time they are on earth, and if we as humans have prevented this from happening through inappropriate behaviour - it's only right that we try and repair the damage. As for the RSPCA nationally spending money on legal actions - would it be better to let people get away with neglect and cruelty? Struggling to work out how that could be in anyway right and just.... With regard to the photo - interesting that all 3 are not smiling - which would beg the question, is that the pose the photographer has asked for? Usually photographers are in control of posed shots like this so my guess would be that this was the 'look' he/she was going for, and nothing to do with the ladies in the photo. Feedback from the Press on this point may actually help put that issue to bed - and they may wish to take on board the comments made here regarding the photo when taking them in the future. All this takes away from the fact that the RSPCA has been helping ensure that animals in our area have better lives for 150 years. That is a the point of this story, not political and not a personal attack on those who are involved in fundraising. Congratulations RSPCA York & District - here's to another 150 years! Yorkie252
  • Score: 8

1:21pm Sun 16 Feb 14

malonemalone says...

Yorkie252 wrote:
York & District branch of RSPCA are self-funded and all the money spent in the York Animal Home is raised locally - it is not national money and is not spent on legal action. The team there do a fantastic job looking after animals that we as humans have chose to neglect, abandon or treat inappropriately - there is nothing political about that. To put it bluntly, all species have a right to live comfortably and safely for the time they are on earth, and if we as humans have prevented this from happening through inappropriate behaviour - it's only right that we try and repair the damage.

As for the RSPCA nationally spending money on legal actions - would it be better to let people get away with neglect and cruelty? Struggling to work out how that could be in anyway right and just....

With regard to the photo - interesting that all 3 are not smiling - which would beg the question, is that the pose the photographer has asked for? Usually photographers are in control of posed shots like this so my guess would be that this was the 'look' he/she was going for, and nothing to do with the ladies in the photo. Feedback from the Press on this point may actually help put that issue to bed - and they may wish to take on board the comments made here regarding the photo when taking them in the future.

All this takes away from the fact that the RSPCA has been helping ensure that animals in our area have better lives for 150 years. That is a the point of this story, not political and not a personal attack on those who are involved in fundraising.

Congratulations RSPCA York & District - here's to another 150 years!
defensive...........
much!
[quote][p][bold]Yorkie252[/bold] wrote: York & District branch of RSPCA are self-funded and all the money spent in the York Animal Home is raised locally - it is not national money and is not spent on legal action. The team there do a fantastic job looking after animals that we as humans have chose to neglect, abandon or treat inappropriately - there is nothing political about that. To put it bluntly, all species have a right to live comfortably and safely for the time they are on earth, and if we as humans have prevented this from happening through inappropriate behaviour - it's only right that we try and repair the damage. As for the RSPCA nationally spending money on legal actions - would it be better to let people get away with neglect and cruelty? Struggling to work out how that could be in anyway right and just.... With regard to the photo - interesting that all 3 are not smiling - which would beg the question, is that the pose the photographer has asked for? Usually photographers are in control of posed shots like this so my guess would be that this was the 'look' he/she was going for, and nothing to do with the ladies in the photo. Feedback from the Press on this point may actually help put that issue to bed - and they may wish to take on board the comments made here regarding the photo when taking them in the future. All this takes away from the fact that the RSPCA has been helping ensure that animals in our area have better lives for 150 years. That is a the point of this story, not political and not a personal attack on those who are involved in fundraising. Congratulations RSPCA York & District - here's to another 150 years![/p][/quote]defensive........... much! malonemalone
  • Score: 0

1:39pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Yorkie-Clifton says...

Congratulations York Animals Home -- RSPCA -- What a fantastic achievement . So many Volunteers who give so much of their time to help all the animals .We must remember the past Committee Members and current for the dedication . I remember a time when Bill Sterricker was Home Manager at St Georges Field . Yes it is self funding . Bill was firm and an outstanding guy . He was the only paid member . He sometimes had to go around the collecting boxes for his wage ( which wasn't much .) There were many names . Bless them all . The current Home was built as a direct Legacy from one person . What a gift indeed . Now lets see many donations to build on that earlier Legacy.
Congratulations York Animals Home -- RSPCA -- What a fantastic achievement . So many Volunteers who give so much of their time to help all the animals .We must remember the past Committee Members and current for the dedication . I remember a time when Bill Sterricker was Home Manager at St Georges Field . Yes it is self funding . Bill was firm and an outstanding guy . He was the only paid member . He sometimes had to go around the collecting boxes for his wage ( which wasn't much .) There were many names . Bless them all . The current Home was built as a direct Legacy from one person . What a gift indeed . Now lets see many donations to build on that earlier Legacy. Yorkie-Clifton
  • Score: 0

7:12pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Teabag1 says...

Well done RSPCA and all the good you have done for animals over the years.
Well done RSPCA and all the good you have done for animals over the years. Teabag1
  • Score: 1

8:06pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Yorkie252 says...

malonemalone wrote:
Yorkie252 wrote:
York & District branch of RSPCA are self-funded and all the money spent in the York Animal Home is raised locally - it is not national money and is not spent on legal action. The team there do a fantastic job looking after animals that we as humans have chose to neglect, abandon or treat inappropriately - there is nothing political about that. To put it bluntly, all species have a right to live comfortably and safely for the time they are on earth, and if we as humans have prevented this from happening through inappropriate behaviour - it's only right that we try and repair the damage.

As for the RSPCA nationally spending money on legal actions - would it be better to let people get away with neglect and cruelty? Struggling to work out how that could be in anyway right and just....

With regard to the photo - interesting that all 3 are not smiling - which would beg the question, is that the pose the photographer has asked for? Usually photographers are in control of posed shots like this so my guess would be that this was the 'look' he/she was going for, and nothing to do with the ladies in the photo. Feedback from the Press on this point may actually help put that issue to bed - and they may wish to take on board the comments made here regarding the photo when taking them in the future.

All this takes away from the fact that the RSPCA has been helping ensure that animals in our area have better lives for 150 years. That is a the point of this story, not political and not a personal attack on those who are involved in fundraising.

Congratulations RSPCA York & District - here's to another 150 years!
defensive...........

much!
No just telling it like it is - facts are facts, whether you like them or not.
And nothing to be defensive about I don't work for the RSPCA and I'm not on the photo.
I do however believe in being fair and ethical, and also not belittling the efforts of others to do some good in this world.
[quote][p][bold]malonemalone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Yorkie252[/bold] wrote: York & District branch of RSPCA are self-funded and all the money spent in the York Animal Home is raised locally - it is not national money and is not spent on legal action. The team there do a fantastic job looking after animals that we as humans have chose to neglect, abandon or treat inappropriately - there is nothing political about that. To put it bluntly, all species have a right to live comfortably and safely for the time they are on earth, and if we as humans have prevented this from happening through inappropriate behaviour - it's only right that we try and repair the damage. As for the RSPCA nationally spending money on legal actions - would it be better to let people get away with neglect and cruelty? Struggling to work out how that could be in anyway right and just.... With regard to the photo - interesting that all 3 are not smiling - which would beg the question, is that the pose the photographer has asked for? Usually photographers are in control of posed shots like this so my guess would be that this was the 'look' he/she was going for, and nothing to do with the ladies in the photo. Feedback from the Press on this point may actually help put that issue to bed - and they may wish to take on board the comments made here regarding the photo when taking them in the future. All this takes away from the fact that the RSPCA has been helping ensure that animals in our area have better lives for 150 years. That is a the point of this story, not political and not a personal attack on those who are involved in fundraising. Congratulations RSPCA York & District - here's to another 150 years![/p][/quote]defensive........... much![/p][/quote]No just telling it like it is - facts are facts, whether you like them or not. And nothing to be defensive about I don't work for the RSPCA and I'm not on the photo. I do however believe in being fair and ethical, and also not belittling the efforts of others to do some good in this world. Yorkie252
  • Score: 3

9:34pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Yorkie-Clifton says...

You have made your statement yorkie252 -- Please let it drop . If anyone belittles the Animals Home or affectionately used to be called Dogs Home . Does so in ignorance . Or pure Evil . Please stand proud . . The general people in York know different . Who do they ring first when their animal disappears ? I say no more .
You have made your statement yorkie252 -- Please let it drop . If anyone belittles the Animals Home or affectionately used to be called Dogs Home . Does so in ignorance . Or pure Evil . Please stand proud . . The general people in York know different . Who do they ring first when their animal disappears ? I say no more . Yorkie-Clifton
  • Score: -1

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