For sixty years now Volunteers and local RSPCA Inspectors have fought to prevent cruelty to innocent animals in the Ashford, Tenterden and District (Romney Marsh) area. Every month the Committee of Trustees meets to discuss how we can raise funds and raise awareness in our efforts to fulfil our mission.
Ever since it was set up, this Branch of the RSPCA has been an important part of Ashford life, having its magnificent Branch building in the centre of Ashford, built in 1964 from funds donated by The RSPCA Supporters Association, its Founder, C P F Aldrich Esq, a Legacy from the late Mrs H J Greenaway and assisted by a generous bequest from the late R S Oakley Esquire.
The Cattery took in its first residents on 9 April 2006
The RSPCA Kent: Ashford, Tenterden & District Branch is dedicated to helping every kind of animal, domestic or wild, that may be in danger. Domestic animals, particularly dogs and cats, were until recently looked after by local private kennels and catteries willing to help with the care of rescued animals.
In April 2006 a wonderful new Cat Rehoming Centre was completed and was officially opened on 26 May 2006 by the Branch President, Mr Paul O'Grady. To date literally thousands of cats have been through our doors and rehomed, thanks to the dedicated hard work of our staff and volunteers.
As the Branch building is located in Ashford, most activities have been centred in the town. However, the Branch is anxious to spread its activities to Tenterden and New Romney in particular, incorporating the villages and areas near both those towns.
Presently we have an excellent in Willesborough, but our aspirations include the opening of shops in both towns, and the Committee would welcome any information or support from those communities in achieving our dreams.
Since opening our Cattery, a small band of paid Staff have joined us and of course our Volunteers in the Willesborough Shop and in the Cattery play a crucial role in making the Branch what it is today, known within the National Society of the RSPCA as a successful, strong Branch.
Every month the Inspectors tell us of the latest atrocities that have occurred in our area – often the stories are heartbreaking and often they make us angry, and ashamed that humans can stoop so low as to hurt vulnerable animals. Sometimes we are given good news – an animal rescued, an animal happily rehomed, a person stopped from owning an animal they have mistreated. Sometimes the negligence or harm caused is due to lack of understanding – and much of the work carried out by us and the Inspectors is in advising and educating people to understand their animals better.
The work is rewarding and we are proud of what we do. Volunteering can bring a new dimension into your life, and not only benefits the animals, but gives you a chance to make new friends. Please look at our Volunteering page to see how you might be able to help. You’ll be most welcome!!