20.11.13

Today (Wednesday 20 November) saw his Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester officially opened our flagship state of the art animal centre and hospital in Birmingham.

Gavin Grant with HRH the Duke of Gloucester © Joe Murphy RSPCAOur new Animal Centre and Hospital at Newbrook Farm, Frankley is our national centre of excellence for animal welfare.

A host of civic dignitaries from across the West Midlands attended the prestigious event – and were joined by staff and volunteers and our chief executive Gavin Grant.

We are immensely proud of our Birmingham presence – which is a leading light in welfare and care and offers the highest standards in nursing and treatment to many of the most damaged, abused, injured and neglected animals in the country.

Our Chief Executive, Gavin Grant, gave His Royal Highness a tour of the innovative facilities at the centre and hospital and introduced him to our excellent staff and volunteers, who provide the highest standard of care to all the animals that pass through the doors.

A plaque commemorating the day was then officially unveiled by His Royal Highness much to the delight of everyone who attended the special event.

The centre has already helped thousands of animals

HRH the Duke of Gloucester being shown round the hospital © Joe Murphy RSPCA

“Nothing gives me greater pleasure than being able to show people the admirable work which the RSPCA does day in day out for the benefit of all animals who have been rescued from imminent danger.

 

“People who visit the Birmingham centre can see first hand the work we are doing in leading the fight against a growing animal cruelty crisis – it truly is a remarkable place which is filled with dedicated staff and volunteers of whom I am so very proud.

 

“This flagship centre has been designed to deliver three frontline services on one site where we can completely ensure that the animals here are given the very best care and a second chance.

 

“I am delighted that His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester has taken time out of his busy schedule to visit us today, it has been an honour to show him the work of the RSPCA and introduce him to our remarkable staff and volunteers and of course the wonderful animals we look after.”

Since the centre became fully operational almost exactly a year ago, it has already helped thousands of injured and sick domestic animals and wildlife.

And it is not just cats and dogs which have been helped, among the more unusual to be cared for was a beaver that was found in the city centre and a degu.

We can provide for all animals needs

HRH the Duke of Gloucester meeting RSPCA Inspectors © Joe Murphy RSPCAThe centre is fondly called a one-stop-shop for animal welfare and we can provide for the entire animal’s needs on one unique site in a stress-free environment. Newbrook Farm is our only facility in the country which offers both an animal centre and hospital in one location.

Rebecca Willby hospital director added:

“It’s been great to see so many old and new faces here today who have all played a part in making this wonderful venue become a reality.

 

“Working at Newbrook is an honour especially to be around colleagues who all have the same vision for animal welfare. This is just a fantastic opportunity to be able to transform the lives of animals in our care. The location of the site is a fabulous farm in the countryside which is just perfect in helping to rehabilitate these amazing animals.

 

“The people of Birmingham have been very generous in their support for the new centre and we hope to build on this friendship. Those people who have yet to visit us – we urge them to come down and take a look, especially if they are considering getting a new pet.”

Anyone wishing to find out more about helping at the centre through fund-raising, volunteering or adopting a pet, is urged to call 0300 123 8585 or visit www.rspca.org.uk/Birmingham.

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