RSPCA Preston & District Branch Animal Centre is to re-open to the public this weekend.
The centre will open its doors from 11am until 3pm on Sunday (10 March), and staff are inviting supporters to drop in for a look around and a slice of cake.
RSPCA Regional Operations Manager for the North West, Anne Corbishley, said: “We’re very excited to re-open the centre to the public.”
“We’ve had a lot of support whilst the centre has been closed, which has enabled us to continue doing some great animal welfare work during that time, and we hope to see some friendly faces on Sunday.
“The first couple of animals will be available to meet potential new owners too so if you are thinking of adopting a dog or a cat please get in touch or come along.”
Panda (pictured above right), Joey (pictured below left) and Mittens (pictured below right) will all be looking for new homes.
New Animal Centre Manager Mark Allen said: “We’re hoping they won’t have to wait too long to find their forever homes, and may even meet their new family for the first time this weekend.
“Panda is a nine-month-old boy who loves to interact with you once you’ve got his trust. He can be a little nervous of new surroundings and people but settles quickly. He has very good basic obedience and is really keen to learn. We’ll be looking for a home where his training can continue. He would be best as an only dog but could live with another friendly dog depending on compatibility. He can live with children of secondary school age and above and would be best suited to a more mature, active family.
“Joey is also around nine months old. He’s very friendly when he knows you but can be nervous of new people and situations initially. He can be reactive when he’s feeling unsure, including around dogs he doesn’t know, so would be best in a home with an experienced dog owner who will continue to work with him on this. He has a good level of basic obedience too and loves to please you. We’re looking for a home where Joey would be the only pet and with older children of 16 and above because of his excitability.
“Mittens is currently in one of the branch’s great foster homes. She is a five-year-old cat with a big personality who will fill her new owner’s days with laughter. She loves to play and cuddle on your lap at the end of the day, though it can take her a few days to become comfortable around new people. Mitten’s new home needs to be away from a busy road as she likes to go outside. She isn’t a fan of other cats but could go to a home with a cat-friendly dog.”
From Sunday onwards the centre will be open between 11am and 3.30pm every day except Tuesday.
The centre closed in December 2017 so that improvements could be made. The dogs, cats and rabbits being cared for there at the time were transferred to other RSPCA animal centres.
Amongst the work done is the installation of new ventilation in the cattery and new fencing around the dog exercise paddocks.
Over the next few weeks 14 kennels and 12 cat pens will re-open.