From being a Social Media Manager/Consultant for the RSPCA Sheffield, we all got talking in the office and how it would be amazing to hold a blogger day for local writers. Finally, that day came and although the numbers were a lot lower than anticipated due to numerous problems, the day was actually incredible and one of the best events I have attended, and I know others will agree. The RSPCA Sheffield have been running for more than 140 years and rehome around 500 animals a year, both of which I had no idea just how long they had been there or how many animals they actually deal with. There new establishment at 2 Stadium Way, next to Woodburn Road Tram Stop, holds over 100 animals with the perfect amount of room to keep everyone happy, and is open 6 days a week.
and I headed off the RSPCA to meet up with the other Sheffield based bloggers, including Dee
, Billie, and Leyla
. The day started off by the RSPCA Sheffield putting on several talks at the explaining the extent of the work that they do, which is truly remarkable. They’re not only an adoption centre but they’re also a Welfare Clinic with advice and help, a place where people can volunteer, take training classes with their pets, and even buy pet supplies. After the talks and learning about how the RSPCA train cats and dogs as well as help ‘fix’ them when they come from broken backgrounds, it was time for tea and cake. Kindly donated and made by Asda Handsworth in Sheffield, we had a huge chocolate cake and cupcakes with the RSPCA Logo on them. They were a huge hit, as food always is at a blogger event and we were very happy over the delicious refreshments.
When it was time to move on, we were given a complete tour of the RSPCA and shown all of the animals who weren’t too scared of people, obviously when animals come from broken homes, it’s often that some won’t be ready to be stared at by a group of people with cameras. The RSPCA know all about this and several dogs were in separate areas or covered up to ensure their stress levels were at a minimal. We were then separated into two separate groups and put into a room of our own with little dogs, Alfie and I both loved the little French Bull Dogs and couldn’t resist having a play. It was such a unique experience to be shown how to train and what to do to the dog in order to help it progress more and then being left alone to train them. My little doggie unfortunately couldn’t be photographed due to being part of a Court Case with the previous owners, so I just have the memories of her adorable and excited little face jumping all around to see and fuss me.
My favourite part of the day was definitely the cattery. Doing their Social Media means that I saw the most beautiful Siamese cat on Facebook last week and haven’t been able to stop thinking about her. Suki, a 14 year old, Siamese beauty was the first on my to see list, but I was devastated to see that she was playing shy. Apparently she doesn’t come out until you go to her, but with us being VIPs for the day, we actually got to sit inside the cat pens, have a little stroke and a cuddle and play with their toys. Best day ever. After a cuddle and selfie with Spring, I finally had come to my wits end and needed to see Suki! After a second of being in her pen she was meowing at me to say hello and popping her head out of her fortress, also known as her cat basket. She is beyond beautiful and I’d like to think we really hit it off, she started head butting my hands and even my stomach for more cuddles, which made my heart completely melt.
In case you can’t tell already, I’m a little taken by her and I’m applying to foster with the hopes of her getting on with my current cat, Gypsy, and eventually adopting her and giving her constant cuddles and attention daily. I’ve already picked out her new name to suit her majestic and elegant presence, which is, Majesty. I wasn’t really expecting to come back from the RSPCA with a dying need to rehome an incredible creature, but when you hear about the amazing work that they do, and get to see it in person, you can’t help but want to do your part and gain an amazing companion at the same time. Several of us left with certain animals in mind. Even though I go to the RSPCA every now and again, this is the first time I’ve actually interacted with the animals and seen all the behind the scenes work. They’re definitely my favourite charity in Sheffield and I can’t wait for the next blogger day, as after today, there will definitely be more!If you want to get behind the RSPCA Sheffield and support them, there are tonnes of way in which to do so. Probably the best and most important would be to donate to their charity shops with your unwanted clothes/electricals/shoes/accessories. The RSPCA Sheffield have 5 shops in Sheffield and want to branch out even more. This is where they earn most of their money as they are completely self funded and the centre costs £2000 to run a day, so you can imagine they need a lot of support. You could also do a little donation by texting or visiting their donate page, the number to text is FUND35 £1 to 70070 to donate £1!
If you’re a Sheffield Based (or nearby) blogger and you’d be interested in the next day, get in touch!
*Group photo courtesy of Daisy!