null We're refocusing our activities in order to become sustainable for the future

We're refocusing our activities in order to become sustainable for the future

We've announced that we're restructuring some of our services as part of our ten-year strategy aimed at making our charity sustainable for the future. 

As part of a strategic overview of all its activities, we're proposing to close one of our two London hospitals, a linked cattery and clinic, as well as an equine centre and animal centre in the South. At the same time, we're actively exploring whether any other welfare organisation will be able to take over the running of some of these services.

We're also restructuring our team of frontline rescuers, cutting down on management costs, reducing the number of groups across the country, and creating a new role of Animal Rescue Officer to work alongside inspectors.

Senior and middle management across the organisation will also be reduced by 20%.

These changes are part of a wider restructure of our services in line with our new ten-year strategy which aims to refocus on core activities where we can be most effective in helping animals, with our rescue teams concentrating on animals suffering abuse and neglect. 

We're predicting a £47m black hole in our finances over the next three years unless urgent action is taken to protect our vital welfare services.

Chief Executive Chris Sherwood, said:

We announced a proposal for up to 300 redundancies last week as a result of the critical financial pressures we are facing and that will, unfortunately, include some roles on the frontline.

The last thing I want is to be making these announcements at what is already a difficult time for our hard-working employees, but we simply cannot continue to operate our services in this way as we have been spending more than our income.

Sadly, we are now facing a £47m black hole over three years and the current pandemic has made these changes very urgent if we are to protect our vital animal welfare activities for the future.

We have an imbalance in our services - with more of our operations located in the South and two of our four animal hospitals just a few miles apart in London - and we plan to rebalance these services going forward. We are confident we can still rescue, rehabilitate and treat animals in these areas through our network of other sites and through closer partnership working with other organisations.

Our unique rescue teams will continue to be central to our animal welfare work going forward - we are the only charity which does this vital work. The remodelling work we are undertaking will enable us to better distribute resources to where they are most needed whilst bringing our spending under control. We have already made changes to the way we run our inspectorate which will help us become more responsive, more effective and quicker at reaching the animals who need us most.

The restructure involves closing Putney Hospital, Southall cattery and clinic, which is linked to Putney, Lockwood Equine Centre and South Godstone Animal Centre. It may also mean RSPCA Wimbledon Wandsworth and Sutton branch, which is a separate charity and uses premises at Putney, may have to find a new base. We're actively exploring whether other welfare organisations may be able to take over some of these sites. 

Chris continued:

We know that this is upsetting news for staff and volunteers who have been dedicated to animal welfare, and those who have supported our centres and hospital.

Like many other national charities, the RSPCA is facing enormous challenges and these changes will enable us to survive and refocus for the difficult months and years which are facing this country.

We may look different, but our charity will continue to rescue and care for the animals who need us most, to educate and inspire compassion towards all animals.