RSPCA Animal Centre shop to re-open after two years of closing due to the pandemic.

The RSPCA Animal Centre based at the Strinesdale Reservoir will be re-opening its shop doors for the first time to the public in nearly two years. 


Following some of the harshest conditions imposed due to Government Restrictions, DEFRA and the National Society, the shop in its Animal Centre, Holgate Street, OL4 2JW has had to remain closed throughout 2020 and 2021, which has hit it hard.


On the 3rd of February, the charity is ecstatic to be able to open its shop doors at the centre and allow the public access to the shop to help it generate much needed funds to continue to provide the funds needed to rehabilitate and rehome animals that come from the National Society often because of abuse, neglect or abandonment.


Chief Executive Officer, Vincent Sherard-Bornshin said:

“The next few months are absolutely critical for the charity as we fight to survive because of the steep downturn in monetary donations to us directly and a drop in income from our shops.  We have now removed the requirement for our customers to wear face coverings in our shops in line with the regulations and although we can only conduct adoptions and animal viewings online, we can at least now open our shop”.


He added “As we all feel the pinch in the cost of living rises, we have got so much to offer the local community, not only from the extensive range of goods in our shops at low and affordable prices, but also the highly discounted prices on animal items such as food, treats, beds, crates and more in the centre shop, we frankly need every penny to survive.  It may come as a surprise that we have to raise every single pound to fund the charity and we do not receive any daily funding from, or donations made directly to the National RSPCA”.


The shop will be open 8am to 4pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from the 3rd of February 2022. It will remain closed on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays as these are the busiest animal care days and must balance staff availability against its core priorities.


The charity is making an appeal to the local community it serves to not only support its charity shops, animal centre shop, but to make donations directly to the charity, details of which can be found by visiting its website