Project information

Emergency treatment fund

To help sick and injured animals get emergency treatment when our own animal clinic is not open.

Will be ongoing

Charity information: RSPCA Cambridge

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  • Need


    Our clinic can only open for a limited time each week, so we cannot help sick or injured animals who need emergency treatment outside normal opening hours. Sometimes animals may be found a long distance from the clinic and need first aid before they can be transported.

    We need to raise enough funds to cover first aid at private vets until animals can be transferred to the clinic.


    If we had enough funds we could pay private vets to give first aid before animals were transferred to our clinic.

    This would be cost-effective because we would only be paying for what was needed, rather than extending our own clinic's opening hours for single animals.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To save animals who may be killed, or not get any help and suffer if treatment is not available


    » Run a telephone helpline with funding so that animals can be admitted to private vets for first aid.

    What success will look like

    Success will be getting animals seen by vets rather than having to turn them away because we cannot pay for treatment, knowing that no-one else will help either.

  • Impact


    We expect that illness and accidents will always happen: the long term change will be that animals do not have to suffer or die without veterinary treatment.


    There is a risk that we will not be able to raise enough funds to pay for all first aid treatment needed. If we can only afford to cover the cost of seeing a vet followed by pain relief or euthanasia we may be criticised for not having enough money to pay for treatment and this may impact on future fundraising.

    We are dealing with this by being transparent about the reality of animal welfare work.


    We publish monthly reports on our website in our blog section and produce annual statistics of animal welfare activities which are published on our website, included in our annual report and reported back to the national society at Horsham.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £73,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £73,000 veterinary fees Payments to vets. This is based on an assumption of one animal per day needing £200 to treat.
  • Background


    South Cambridgeshire and parts of Suffolk and Hertfordshire.


    Animals whose suffering will be relieved more quickly, also pet owners who may be very distressed that they cannot get treatment for their animals and members of the public who find injured animals and want them to be helped.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We already run a 24/7 helpline to take calls from people wishing to bring animals to our clinic. This is staffed by volunteers on a rota system and the same people could deal with requests for emergency financial help with treatment at private vets with no additional administrative overheads.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Claire James

    Chairperson and the one who answers phone calls during the day.

    Rosemary Mitchell

    Volunteer clinic manager and on the phone rota.

    Rosemary Rodd

    Volunteer treasurer and on the phone rota.