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Branch Trustees Maria Pincott and Pippa Goodwin selling RSPCA branded stock

Branch Trustees Maria Pincott and Pippa Goodwin selling RSPCA branded stock

The Westmorland Branch of the RSPCA is an independent charity relying mainly on local donations. Fundraising Events, with your support, are vital if we are to continue helping those animals that are in greatest need

Vacancy for Shop Assistant

Posted on Nov 30, 2017 in News

17 hours per week To be worked flexibly according to the staff rota across 3 or 4 days, Monday-Saturday, plus working extra hours as required for holiday/absence cover We are looking for a pleasant and motivated person to join our branch team working as a shop assistant in the shop.  You must be able to take on the full range of shop duties including opening up, cashing up and locking up the shop, operating the till, sorting donations, pricing and overseeing the work of volunteers.  You must have had previous experience of handling cash and ideally have been a key holder.  Experience of dealing with customers is essential.  Ideally you will have worked previously in a retail environment. You must be able to use the internet to look up items and be able to count money accurately and conmplete hand written labels and forms. Please collect a job pack from the shop or request one via email to and apply on our application form. Closing date for applications: Thursday 7th December 2017 Previous applicants need not apply email: or telephone 01539 736036 / 736307 112a Highgate, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9...

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Appleby Horse Fair 2017

Posted on Jun 8, 2017 in Events

The annual Gypsy and traveller event starts in Cumbria on General Election Day Officers from the RSPCA are getting ready for their annual visit to Appleby Horse Fair*. It’s the charity’s biggest deployment of staff and the biggest multi-agency event of the year, with six other horse organisations also involved. The Gypsy and traveller fair starts in the Cumbrian town on General Election Day (Thursday 8 June) and goes on until Monday (12 June). This year 33 RSPCA officers will be attending during peak times including specialist equine officers from across England and Wales. Staff will start to arrive tomorrow. RSPCA chief inspector Rob Melloy said: “Every year we learn lessons to take into the next. “Last year the number of horses being worked to exhaustion was a big issue. “Working an equine repeatedly over several days, even though it may appear to have recovered, has an accumulative effect. We often see different people with the same animal who may not be aware of how much work it has done that day or on previous days at the fair. “We’ll be using exhaustion tests on horses we’re concerned about, which were developed to be used on horses ridden in endurance events. A man from Essex was jailed after being found to be working an exhausted horse at last year’s fair. “I’m urging people to be vigilant and report anything that concerns them. We often get calls after the fair but very few during. Fair-goers can approach our officers – or those from the other horse charities attending – on the ground or they can call us on 0300 1234 999.” Despite warnings not to leave dogs in vehicles, two dogs had to be removed from a hot van during last year’s event. Fortunately the dogs were okay. The owner was given a warning. “Every year we remind people, and almost every year we have an incident to deal with,” said chief inspector Melloy. “It does not have to be glorious sunshine for dogs to be at risk. We’ll be working with Cumbria Constabulary on a zero tolerance approach to this and where dogs are considered to be in danger they will be removed by any means necessary.” There will...

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Coffee Morning at Gaskell Hall a success

Posted on Nov 1, 2016 in Events

The coffee morning at Gaskell Hall was a great success and raised £400 for the branch Our thanks go to to everyone who contributed to the event and in particular those who helped out on the day...

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Branch shop team wishes Becky all the best

Posted on Oct 7, 2016 in News

The shop team had a lovely evening out at Pizza Express to thank Becky for her work in the shop and to wish her all the best in her new role. Becky, Deputy Shop Manager is moving on to pastures new and we send her our very best wishes for the future      

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Help Feed Our Animals

We accept animals into our care for a wide variety of reasons, so whilst they are with us and before they are rehomed, it’s important that they settle into a regime of eating healthy, nutritious food. You can appreciate that with so many dogs to feed, we’re only too happy to ask for all the help we can get.

From as little as £1 a day, could YOU spare a little cash to ensure that our dogs have enough good food on their journey to recovery?