The South Yorkshire Animal Centre has been operational since 1965, when it was run and controlled by the Doncaster with Thorne and District Branch. The branch amalgamated with the Rotherham Branch in 1998 and is now the RSPCA Doncaster, Rotherham and District Branch.
The branch is controlled by the elected Trustees who are volunteers and three appointed officers from the Trustees, the Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary.
Direction and support is provided by the national society, the Regional Manager and the Branch Support Specialist. The branch is also supported by over 250 local members.
The animal centre, is granted an annual license by the national society.
The centre is principally for re-homing, providing care to inspectorate case animals and short-term accommodation for a wide range of animals available for re-homing or waiting to be released.
Although the branch manage and operate the centre adhering strictly to the National RSPCA’s standard of animal care and the operating licence by the national society, the branch receives no financial support from the society or from central or local government, as the Doncaster, Rotherham and District Branch operates as an independent and autonomous charity.
A non euthanasia policy is operated by the animal centre and animals are only euthanased on vets' advice.
Doncaster, Rotherham and District Branch mission is to provide care for the inspectorate animals and provide short-term accommodation for other needy animals until a new and loving home can be found.
The emphasis will be on providing a complete specialist service based on having a detailed knowledge of the type of care required for the animals on offer.
Also, by using our experience in animal welfare, we will be able to both advise and direct our clients to find the type of animal that best suits their situation and the requirements of the individual animals, in order to get the very best out of their time together.
The present staff are passionate about the welfare and care of animals, both whilst at the centre and after they have been re-homed. We intend to maintain their enthusiasm through constant skill training, also we will only recruit new people (volunteers) who share our vision.
We also intend that the charitable work with regard to animal care should be fun.