Fostering is scary, hard work, messy, definitely heartbreaking...but it's so rewarding!
Knowing you've helped a little soul who was down on their luck. Gaining their trust, giving them everything they need (and more) while they wait for someone to come along who can give them more than you can. Waving them off as they leave on a new adventure, then keeping Andrex in business while you question if you were right to let them go. Then another lost, hurt little soul arrives and the fun starts all over again ❤
OK, I'm not really selling it. But honestly, it's such an amazing thing to do! To welcome an animal in to your home, provide B&B and squillions of cuddles, to help them for a little while when no one else would or could...what's that saying? "Saving one animal won’t change the world, but it will change the world for that one animal"
YOU can make a difference. We need foster homes for cats, dogs and small furries. All costs are covered, all you need is love, kindness and time. Please get in touch for more info.
We've put together an Amazon Wishlist for those of you who can't get to town regularly to drop donations at our office or just enjoy online shopping. Here you'll find essential items as well as those little luxuries, there's something for everyone's budget! Anything delivered to us goes straight to our fostered animals.
If you shop via smile.amazon.co.uk and select us "Royal Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals - Cumbria West Branch" as your chosen charity, we'll receive 0.5% of the purchase price on eligible items! It all adds up!
Our animals are parasite treated, vaccinated, microchipped and neutered (where appropriate) as a minimum standard of care. Our adoption fees make sure we're able to help the next animal needing our care.
The adoption fee is generally much lower than the expenditure on each animal whilst in our care and we always massively appreciate any additional donation you're able to make to help us continue with our vital work
Start your search for an animal companion today. You never know who you might meet and fall in love with!
These are a few of the animals we have in our care at present:
Our charity shop in the heart of Whitehaven is looking for friendly volunteers to join our team and help make our shop a huge success. Make new friends, have fun, and help us help more animals!
We have positions available on the shop floor and in our stock room or you could volunteer to do a mixture of both!
Our voluntary roles are subject to an informal interview and trial period. We will ask you to provide contact details for two referees and dependant on the position you may be required to sign an agreement and undergo specific training before starting the role.
You can help us by donating £2 (or more) per month via standing order or online via PayPal. Standing order forms can be retrieved from our office in Whitehaven.
By donating just £2 per month, you can do your part to help prevent cruelty to animals everywhere.
Leaving a gift to RSPCA Cumbria West in your will
How a Gift in your Will can help our Branch
RSPCA Cumbria West is a separately registered charity to the national RSPCA; as a self-funded branch, we do not receive government funding and rely heavily on the kindness and generosity of the public to continue our vital work caring for and rehoming abused, neglected and unwanted animals.
By making a Will, you are ensuring that your money goes where you want it to when you die. Leaving a gift in your Will is a way to help a charity close to your heart. If pets have brought a significant joy to your life, remembering RSPCA Cumbria West is a wonderful way to help less fortunate animals in the community for many years to come.
How to leave a gift in your Will to the RSPCA Cumbria West
If you want to leave a gift in your Will to our branch; to help animals in our local area; it is very important you use the wording below, otherwise your gift will go to the National RSPCA.
To leave a gift in your Will to our branch, please use this exact wording:
I give the sum of ________ (or specify a share of residue) to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Cumbria West Branch (registered charity number 232261) of 13-15 Market Place, Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 7JB for its general charitable purposes absolutely and I express the wish (without imposing any trust or binding obligation) that the sum be applied for the use and benefit of animals in this Branch area. I declare that the receipt of the honorary treasurer or other proper officer of the said Branch shall be a full and sufficient discharge of the said legacy.
It is vital that you specify that the gift should be bequeathed to the RSPCA Cumbria West Branch so that our local animals will benefit from your generosity.
If you would like more information, please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you know you can donate your old car? Nominate us (RSPCA Cumbria West) as your chosen charity and we’ll benefit from the proceeds, minus the service fees.
All cars that are scrapped are 95% recycled. Giveacar is a not-for-profit social enterprise that can turn your old car into cash for any UK charity.
Find out more at giveacar.co.uk
Did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be raising free donations for RSPCA Cumbria West with easyfundraising?
There are over 4,000 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation – including eBay, Argos, John Lewis, ASOS, Booking.com and M&S – and it won’t cost you a penny extra to help us raise funds.
All you need to do is:
1. Go to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/rspcacumbriawest/?utm_campaign=raise-more and join for free.
2. Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first to find the site you want and start shopping.
3. After you’ve checked out, the retailer will make a donation to RSPCA Cumbria West at no extra cost to you whatsoever!
There are no catches or hidden charges and RSPCA Cumbria West will be really grateful for your donations.
Thank you for your support.