Sunderland, Hartlepool & South Tyneside Branch

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Sunderland, Hartlepool & South Tyneside Branch

The RSPCA Sunderland, Hartlepool and South Tyneside branch is a separately registered charity. It does however, comply with the Rules and Guidelines issued by the National Society of the RSPCA and works tirelessly to achieve the Society’s objects throughout branch area.

Branch Merger

The Sunderland, Hartlepool and South Tyneside Branch was formed on 1st July 2009 following the merger of Hartlepool and District Branch and Sunderland and South Tyneside Branch, giving a much larger Branch area and the benefit that comes from economies of scale. The branch has continued to build on this through their activities with a clear focus on animal welfare activities and the priorities set by the RSPCA National Society.

The Branch

We provide subsidised veterinary treatment for animals, which are sick or injured and belong to local people on low incomes. We do this through our voucher scheme. This work benefits those on means tested benefits by giving them financial help to obtain care for companion animals in need of veterinary treatment.

We provide subsidised neutering and microchipping of companion animals for those in the Branch area on low incomes. This work helps to control dog/cat/rabbit and ferret populations through neutering and benefits those on means tested benefits by giving them financial help to neuter and microchip companion animals, thereby promoting responsible pet ownership.

We respond to enquiries (both direct and via the Society’s national call centre) from the public about animals locally. The public benefits from knowing that we can intervene to assist animals in need.

Within the terms of our governing document, we support the National Society and the local Inspectorate by providing vouchers for neutering to be issued by the Inspectors to members of the public in greatest need.

We provide volunteering opportunities for those who wish to support our work. This benefits local people and companies by providing the possibility of doing work, which is compassionate and rewarding.


Branch Chair - Rebecca Furness.  Joined 2017.  We have a brand new Chair of the Board of Trustees for our Branch. The lovely Rebecca Furness, only joined our Branch in 2017 but her enthusiasm and passion for animals has already made such an impact on our team. Plus her love of strategy and all things data have helped us work out where we see our branch going over the coming years.  Find out more about Rebecca on our Blog Page.

Branch Treasurer - David Entwisle.   Joined 2011.  David is one of our longest standing trustees who has been a trustee for our branch for 10 years, and 5 of those years he even steered the branch as our Chair.  David has a background in finance administration and in his own words ‘70 plus years of common sense’ so he is a great help to us not only on the business side of things but also has a passion for all things animal.  Find out more about David on our  Blog page.

Branch Secretary -  Beth Cronin.  Joined 2018.  Beth's passion for all things animals has already made strides within our Branch.   Working in marketing Beth is bringing in processes and strategies to help raise our Branch profile, which could be anything from large events to coffee mornings, annual reports and brochures to social media posts.   Find out more about Beth on our  Blog page.

 Office Line Manager - Jackie Lewis.  Joined 2012.   Jackie has been an active volunteer and Trustee for our branch for over 5 years and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise with animal behaviour gained from over 35 years’ experience working with animals. Jackie’s passion for animal behaviour and care is testament to her commitment to our branch and position as a true ambassador for our branch's values.

Caron Cook. Joined 2018

Jean Young.  Joined 2018  

Lauren Coxen. Joined 2019