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West Suffolk Branch

The West Suffolk Branch of the RSPCA was one of 150 charities that supported the local work of the RSPCA and its inspectors.

On 11th February 2019, the governing Council of the national RSPCA appointed a group of temporary trustees to manage the RSPCA West Suffolk Branch in line with its umbrella body powers. They did this because there were insufficient local members willing and able to continue as a committee.

The committee has been working with other local branches to decide what is best for the branch going forward. As a result of these conversations, on the 1st October 2021, the RSPCA West Suffolk branch merged with two local brances, the RSPCA Mid Norfolk and North Suffolk and RSPCA Suffolk East and Ipswich branches.

If you live in postcode areas  IP24 2, IP24 3, IP27 9, or IP27 0 all services have been transferred to RSPCA Mid Norfolk with immediate effect. All of their services and contact details can be found on their website rspcanorwich.org.uk

There will be a transition period whilst the RSPCA Suffolk East and Ipswich and RSPCA West Suffolk branches are merged, so for the moment, please use the West Suffolk contact details as before. At the end of the transition period, the new Branch will be called RSPCA Suffolk Central.

As separately registered branches of the RSPCA, trustees are primarily responsible for raising funds locally to help animals in their area. Animal welfare activities are run by staff and local volunteers and money is rasied through fundraising events, donations and legacies. The RSPCA Suffolk Central branch will be looking for a replacement for the Bury St. Edmunds shop which closed in June 2021.

The new trustee groups are responsible for Branch operations, staff and volunteers in both areas and the aim continues to be to work with RSPCA Inspectors to support the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of needy animals. This will ensure that the generous support of local members and donors continues to be applied for the purposes for which it was given - to support any welfare locally.

In managing the Branches, trustees will apply standard RSPCA processes and procedures designed to protect and support the people working for the Branch, and of course the animals themselves.   The aims are to continue to seek to reinforce the financial stability of the new Branch areas so as to secure their futures as thriving local animal welfare charities.

Both branches will continue to offer fostering services. If you are interested in offering your support, please give us a call to find out more.

In 2021, the  RSPCA West Suffolk branch received further grants from the government to support us through COVID 19. This, and the grants received last year, are the only government grants that the branch has received - all other funds are traditionally raised locally.