An animal welfare clinic in Rhyl is set to expand to help even more animals in the region.

RSPCA’s Clwyd and Colwyn Branch is taking its Vaughan Street clinic to a new level, having bought an adjoining building to provide more services to their client base which has reached around 3,500 pet owners.

Rhyl clinic manager Kieran Barlow with a foster catThe clinic provides affordable veterinary treatment to animals whose owners are in receipt of state benefits, or individuals with an annual income of below £16,000.

Cats, dogs and rabbits are the most commonly treated companion animals at the clinic which aims to promote responsible pet ownership, through vaccination, neutering, microchipping and the provision of animal welfare advice.

Branch treasurer Sylvia Moss said: “We are very excited for the future expansion of our animal welfare clinic which will provide great services.

“Our clinic is thriving and we are very proud of the part it plays in the local community.”

The branch is now appealing to the general public for support and assistance in helping to raise the funds needed to bring this project to life. Approximately £42,000 is required before all the new services will be available to the general public.

“We are hoping our new clinic will become an RSPCA flagship in the North of Wales,” said Sylvia.

The RSPCA Colwyn and Clwyd Branch was officially set up in 2006 following the amalgamation of the Colwyn Bay and Vale of Clwyd branches.

The Colwyn Bay Branch began back in the 1960s and along with the Aberconwy branch, brought about the beginnings of animal centre in Upper Colwyn Bay – Bryn-Y-Maen – until this was taken over by the RSPCA in the 1980s,although funding was still provided by the branches.

Following the merger of the Colwyn Bay and Vale of Clwyd branches in 2006 – sights were set on the relocation of the Rhyl Clinic (which had come under the Vale of Clwyd Branch) – which was housed in an old toilet block next to a railway line. As an extension was not deemed possible a search for new premises was made.

“A suitable shop was purchased and with a lot of hard work by volunteers it has become the thriving clinic we have today,” said Sylvia.

“We are led by our branch manager Kieran Barlow, who works tirelessly to provide veterinary care to animals and to help and advise their owners.

“Kieran also trains volunteers – many of whom have found full time employment in the workplace. As client numbers have greatly increase we now feel the time is right to extend the clinic in order to provide greater services for pet owners in the area.”

The RSPCA Colwyn and Clwyd Branch also has a cat rehoming scheme which this year has found loving homes for nearly 300 cats. The branch has a network of around 14 volunteer fosters – with the cat food, litter and vet bills provided for from branch funds.

The branch runs a charity shop in Prestatyn – and previously had a second shop in Old Colwyn up until last year, which was open for 20 years.

The North Wales Mobile Clinic is also supported by the branch, along with four other branches.

Sylvia added: “We are very proud of the work we have achieved over the past decades and are looking forward to the future and being able to help even more animals with our clinic expansion.

“If anyone was able to help us move our project forward either by providing support to our branch as a volunteer or is able to show support through fundraising, we’d be extremely grateful.

“For all the people who care for and respect animals we give our thanks for their help and generosity.”

The Rhyl Clinic is currently open 9am-12noon for appointments and 1pm-4pm for drop in clinic on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. You can contact the clinic on 01745 355798.

To contact the branch to help with their expansion project please email, admin@rspca-clwydandcolwyn.org.uk