Your local RSPCA
Montgomeryshire & Radnor Branch
We are a branch of the RSPCA raising money locally to support our animal welfare work.
Our branch is run by a committee of locally elected volunteers who are responsible for the management and administration of the branch's affairs. We've put together some information you may find useful below.
- Trefaldwyn Veterinary Clinic - Montgomery Tel: 01686 668234
- Hafren Veterinary Group (Newtown/Llanidloes/Crossgates/Knighton) Tel: 01686 625344
- Ddole Road Veterinary Practice - Llandrindod Wells Tel: 01597 822044
- Four Crosses Veterinary Centre - Llanymynech Tel: 01691 830235
- Camlas Petcare Vets - Welshpool Tel: 01938 559088
- Williams Vets - Machynlleth Tel: 01650 511597
Our Branch is able to offer some financial assistance to help local animals in need. This is intended for owners who have experienced unexpected veterinary costs for their pet and are having difficulty with payment. Due to the high level of demand for this service, the financial contribution is restricted to certain treatments and fixed amounts. It does not include routine treatments such as vaccinations and other preventative treatment. 'Proof of means-tested benefits or low income is required before any financial assistance is granted, which will be in the form of a voucher, redeemable at the veterinary practice where treatment is to be provided.
To inquire about this service please call 01686 621 977 - Weekdays 9am-5pm
HELP AND ADVICE:
I want to report cruelty or an animal in distress: If the situation is urgent contact the RSPCA 24hr Helpline on 0300 1234 999. The call will cost the same as any call to a UK landline number. Please note, during busier periods your call may be placed in queue - please be patient. You will be asked a few questions to ensure that your call is prioritised. Please read the reporting cruelty checklist for further information.
If the situation is not as urgent please complete an online form:
- Report animal cruelty (animal abuse or neglect)
- Report an animal in distress (a sick, injured or trapped animal)
- Please answer as many questions as you can. The RSPCA may call you back if they need more information
- I have found an injured or distressed animal: You should try to take the animal to a nearby vet. Before you do, please phone the RSPCA 24hr Helpline on 0300 1234 999, explain what is happening and ask for a log number (keep the log number safe because the vet will need it in order to speak with the RSPCA at a later date).
If you need advice, or you are unable to move or transport the animal, phone the RSPCA 24hr Helpline (try to safely contain the animal before calling).
- I have found a stray dog: Please do not contact the Police. Telephone your local County Council Dog Warden service
- Websites you may find useful: www.powys.gov.uk
- Pets Located - an independent online resource specifically to automatically and proactively reunite missing pets with their owners.
- Dog Lost - lost and found dog service.
- National Pet Register - national database for lost and found pets.
- RSPCA advice on lost, found and stray dogs
- Microchipping: Microchipping safely identifies your pet permanently; it helps to reunite thousands of pets with their owners each year. Many types of pets can be microchipped including cats, dogs, rabbits and ferrets. As of April 2016 it became a legal requirement to have any dog over the age of 8wks old microchipped.
If you are eligible for assistance, microchipping can be provided at either of the RSPCA Animal Welfare Clinics listed above. If you are not eligible, your local veterinary surgery will be able to provide the same service at a slightly higher cost.
In order to ensure the microchip remains effective, it is essential that you keep your details up to date with the database that you and your pet are registered with. To find out if your pet is already microchipped, or to find out the microchip number, ask your local vet to perform a quick scan. If your pet does have a chip you can search the number online to make sure all the information is up to date.
- Neutering: Neutering your pet is important. Sadly there are far too many unwanted animals throughout the country, and the number is increasing. All animal welfare charities are struggling to cope. It is essential that owners have their animals neutered in order to prevent unwanted pregnancies, prevent behavioural issues, and in some cases help to prevent cancer. In addition, the long-standing belief that cats or dogs should “have one litter before they are spayed” for health reasons is gravely mistaken.
- Cats: Cat neutering is recommended between 5 - 6 months of age. The RSPCA and Cats Protection are running a neutering campaign across Wales where you can get your pet cat and stray cats neutered for £5. To be eligible you must be in receipt of at least one of the following means tested benefits:
- Income support or Working Tax Credit
- Jobseekers Allowance
- Housing Benefit
- Council Tax Benefit
- Pension Credit
- State Only Credit
- Full-Time Student Living Away From Home
Simply contact your local veterinary surgery to book an appointment. You will be asked to complete a form when you arrive so remember to take proof of your eligibility.
If you are not eligible for the above neutering campaign, some financial assistance may still be available.
- Dogs: Unfortunately the RSPCA are not running a neutering campaign for dogs. However, you may be eligible for help towards the cost of neutering your dog from the Dogs Trust. Eligibility depends on whether you are receiving certain financial assistance, what breed your dog is and where you live. All details can be found here. Dog neutering is recommended between 9 - 12 months of age.