York animal home in "pet selfies" photo fundraiser

York animal home in "pet selfies" photo fundraiser

Travis has his mobile phone 'selfie' taken by volunteer Fran Plant, left, helped by animal care assistant Niki Boyes, at the RSPCA animal home in Landing Lane, York.

The mobile phone ‘selfie’ of Travis at the RSPCA animal home in Landing Lane, York.

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IT'S the camera craze which has gripped celebrities, sports stars and politicians - now staff and volunteers at a York animal charity are putting pets in the frame as well.

The RSPCA York and District Branch, which marks its 150th anniversary this year, has launched a photographic fundraiser asking pet-owners to take snaps of their dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters or any other animal in a "selfie" pose, post it on facebook and make a donation to the charity.

The total has reached almost £550, virtually treble the original £200 target, with all funds going towards the RSPCA's work at its Landing Lane animal home. However, if donations hit the £1,000 mark, an anonymous donor will put in another £1,000.

York's animal centre costs about £1,500 a day to run and receives no external funding, so the money must be raised through other ways. The "pet selfies" idea came from York RSPCA volunteer Frances Plant and was put in place by staff member Niki Boyes.

Frances, who kicked off the fundraiser with a pic of her German Shepherd, Django, pulling a face, said: "I noticed selfies were creating a lot of publicity and people were taking pictures of themselves with their pets, and that gave me the idea of using this to the RSPCA's advantage.

"Niki and everybody at the RSPCA have been really proactive and we reached our original target within a week, but now we want to keep it going and reach the extended total as the donor who will add £1,000 if we get there was really excited about the idea.

"The pictures don't have to be of dogs, or rescue animals - they can be birds, mice, anything at all, and some people have been posting pictures which make it look as if their dog was holding the camera!"

To donate, post your pet selfie on your facebook page and donate your chosen amount - £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 - at justgiving.com/dogselfie or by texting DSYR50 and the amount you are donating to 70070.

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2:28pm Mon 14 Apr 14

malonemalone says...

if they receive no external funding then woudn't it be better PR to distance themselves from the RSPCA? there must be something in it for them to have the name..............so many people dislike RSPCA
if they receive no external funding then woudn't it be better PR to distance themselves from the RSPCA? there must be something in it for them to have the name..............so many people dislike RSPCA malonemalone
  • Score: 1

3:53pm Mon 14 Apr 14

TheTruthHurts says...

It not really a selfie if someone else takes the photo....
It not really a selfie if someone else takes the photo.... TheTruthHurts
  • Score: -1

6:10pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Kathy 2010 says...

I volunteer at the RSPCA Animal Home in York three days every week at least and I can't speak highly enough of the fantastic work that is done there and by the RSPCA as a whole. Yes some people don't like the RSPCA (as malonemalone has said) but I don't understand why and I am speaking from personal experience unlike a lot of others who repeat hearsay. No organisation gets everything right all of the time no matter how hard they try but I support them and am proud to volunteer for them. Anyway the money raised from these "selfies" is to help the animals of York so I hope people will get behind them and donate. After all it is lovely seeing photos of well looked after and loved pets. Also I would urge anyone who can offer a loving and forever home to pop into the RSPCA's Animal Home and they might just fall in love.
I volunteer at the RSPCA Animal Home in York three days every week at least and I can't speak highly enough of the fantastic work that is done there and by the RSPCA as a whole. Yes some people don't like the RSPCA (as malonemalone has said) but I don't understand why and I am speaking from personal experience unlike a lot of others who repeat hearsay. No organisation gets everything right all of the time no matter how hard they try but I support them and am proud to volunteer for them. Anyway the money raised from these "selfies" is to help the animals of York so I hope people will get behind them and donate. After all it is lovely seeing photos of well looked after and loved pets. Also I would urge anyone who can offer a loving and forever home to pop into the RSPCA's Animal Home and they might just fall in love. Kathy 2010
  • Score: 9

6:28pm Mon 14 Apr 14

malonemalone says...

Kathy 2010 wrote:
I volunteer at the RSPCA Animal Home in York three days every week at least and I can't speak highly enough of the fantastic work that is done there and by the RSPCA as a whole. Yes some people don't like the RSPCA (as malonemalone has said) but I don't understand why and I am speaking from personal experience unlike a lot of others who repeat hearsay. No organisation gets everything right all of the time no matter how hard they try but I support them and am proud to volunteer for them. Anyway the money raised from these "selfies" is to help the animals of York so I hope people will get behind them and donate. After all it is lovely seeing photos of well looked after and loved pets. Also I would urge anyone who can offer a loving and forever home to pop into the RSPCA's Animal Home and they might just fall in love.
I was simply stating a fact and not attacking anyone or anything and asked a question.....but typically you reply with an attack
[quote][p][bold]Kathy 2010[/bold] wrote: I volunteer at the RSPCA Animal Home in York three days every week at least and I can't speak highly enough of the fantastic work that is done there and by the RSPCA as a whole. Yes some people don't like the RSPCA (as malonemalone has said) but I don't understand why and I am speaking from personal experience unlike a lot of others who repeat hearsay. No organisation gets everything right all of the time no matter how hard they try but I support them and am proud to volunteer for them. Anyway the money raised from these "selfies" is to help the animals of York so I hope people will get behind them and donate. After all it is lovely seeing photos of well looked after and loved pets. Also I would urge anyone who can offer a loving and forever home to pop into the RSPCA's Animal Home and they might just fall in love.[/p][/quote]I was simply stating a fact and not attacking anyone or anything and asked a question.....but typically you reply with an attack malonemalone
  • Score: -7

6:42pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Kathy 2010 says...

I am sorry malonemalone but I have not attacked anyone. I have merely said that the RSPCA is, in my opinion, much maligned and does wonderful work. No more, no less. And I am not sure why you would put that I typically reply with an attack as I rarely comment on here. I have no reason to attack you in any way whatsoever. I just want to tell people that, from my personal experience, the RSPCA is fantastic. (Incidentally for anyone who can offer a loving and forever home, the handsome dog, Travis, shown above is one of the lovely ones waiting for his lucky break.)
I am sorry malonemalone but I have not attacked anyone. I have merely said that the RSPCA is, in my opinion, much maligned and does wonderful work. No more, no less. And I am not sure why you would put that I typically reply with an attack as I rarely comment on here. I have no reason to attack you in any way whatsoever. I just want to tell people that, from my personal experience, the RSPCA is fantastic. (Incidentally for anyone who can offer a loving and forever home, the handsome dog, Travis, shown above is one of the lovely ones waiting for his lucky break.) Kathy 2010
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4:22pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Trepolpen says...

Kathy 2010 wrote:
I volunteer at the RSPCA Animal Home in York three days every week at least and I can't speak highly enough of the fantastic work that is done there and by the RSPCA as a whole. Yes some people don't like the RSPCA (as malonemalone has said) but I don't understand why and I am speaking from personal experience unlike a lot of others who repeat hearsay. No organisation gets everything right all of the time no matter how hard they try but I support them and am proud to volunteer for them. Anyway the money raised from these "selfies" is to help the animals of York so I hope people will get behind them and donate. After all it is lovely seeing photos of well looked after and loved pets. Also I would urge anyone who can offer a loving and forever home to pop into the RSPCA's Animal Home and they might just fall in love.
Well said Kathy I am sick of people knocking the staff at the RSPCA just trying doing their job for a while they work very hard & care deeply about the animals they work with
[quote][p][bold]Kathy 2010[/bold] wrote: I volunteer at the RSPCA Animal Home in York three days every week at least and I can't speak highly enough of the fantastic work that is done there and by the RSPCA as a whole. Yes some people don't like the RSPCA (as malonemalone has said) but I don't understand why and I am speaking from personal experience unlike a lot of others who repeat hearsay. No organisation gets everything right all of the time no matter how hard they try but I support them and am proud to volunteer for them. Anyway the money raised from these "selfies" is to help the animals of York so I hope people will get behind them and donate. After all it is lovely seeing photos of well looked after and loved pets. Also I would urge anyone who can offer a loving and forever home to pop into the RSPCA's Animal Home and they might just fall in love.[/p][/quote]Well said Kathy I am sick of people knocking the staff at the RSPCA just trying doing their job for a while they work very hard & care deeply about the animals they work with Trepolpen
  • Score: 5

4:23pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Trepolpen says...

TheTruthHurts wrote:
It not really a selfie if someone else takes the photo....
What a stupid comment!!!
[quote][p][bold]TheTruthHurts[/bold] wrote: It not really a selfie if someone else takes the photo....[/p][/quote]What a stupid comment!!! Trepolpen
  • Score: 6

4:24pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Trepolpen says...

malonemalone wrote:
Kathy 2010 wrote:
I volunteer at the RSPCA Animal Home in York three days every week at least and I can't speak highly enough of the fantastic work that is done there and by the RSPCA as a whole. Yes some people don't like the RSPCA (as malonemalone has said) but I don't understand why and I am speaking from personal experience unlike a lot of others who repeat hearsay. No organisation gets everything right all of the time no matter how hard they try but I support them and am proud to volunteer for them. Anyway the money raised from these "selfies" is to help the animals of York so I hope people will get behind them and donate. After all it is lovely seeing photos of well looked after and loved pets. Also I would urge anyone who can offer a loving and forever home to pop into the RSPCA's Animal Home and they might just fall in love.
I was simply stating a fact and not attacking anyone or anything and asked a question.....but typically you reply with an attack
How is Kathy's remark an attack? She merely stated the facts as she knows them having worked there
[quote][p][bold]malonemalone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kathy 2010[/bold] wrote: I volunteer at the RSPCA Animal Home in York three days every week at least and I can't speak highly enough of the fantastic work that is done there and by the RSPCA as a whole. Yes some people don't like the RSPCA (as malonemalone has said) but I don't understand why and I am speaking from personal experience unlike a lot of others who repeat hearsay. No organisation gets everything right all of the time no matter how hard they try but I support them and am proud to volunteer for them. Anyway the money raised from these "selfies" is to help the animals of York so I hope people will get behind them and donate. After all it is lovely seeing photos of well looked after and loved pets. Also I would urge anyone who can offer a loving and forever home to pop into the RSPCA's Animal Home and they might just fall in love.[/p][/quote]I was simply stating a fact and not attacking anyone or anything and asked a question.....but typically you reply with an attack[/p][/quote]How is Kathy's remark an attack? She merely stated the facts as she knows them having worked there Trepolpen
  • Score: 4

7:15pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Hereiamagainhaha says...

The volunteers do a fantastic job, keep up the good work, some of us do appreciate what you do......
The volunteers do a fantastic job, keep up the good work, some of us do appreciate what you do...... Hereiamagainhaha
  • Score: 3

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