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Project information

The Big Build

We are building the new Cotswolds Dogs & Cats Home. It will be a centre of excellence for local animal welfare. Not only will it allow us to triple the number of animals we can currently assist but it will also give us the facilities and space we need help animals for generations to come.

March 2015 - August 2016

Charity information: RSPCA South Cotswolds Branch

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  • Need


    Nationally, convictions for animal abuse and cruelty have risen by over 34% during the last two years. It is estimated across the UK that one pet an hour is euthanized due to a lack of facilities to house them until they can be rehomed.

    At present we have no physical re-homing speace of our own, meaning we are able to help, on average, 250 animals per year across the Cotswolds area. It is estimated, however, that there are approximately 2,000 animals who are need within this region.


    To address this situation the Trustees undertook a review of its current structure, facilities and services to decide how best meet this rising need. The completed review has shown that the only way to accommodate the increasing numbers of animals who need our help is the establishment of a new centre for their care in the Cotswolds.

    In the first year alone the new centre will allow us to care for three times the number of animals we are currently able to assist.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    This project will allow us to triple the number of animals we can currently care assist.


    » The new Cotswolds Dogs & Cats Home will provide the facilities and space required to assist at least three times the number of animals.

    What success will look like

    The number of animals of animals we can assist and re-home will increase, with a projected 750 animals cared for in the first yesr of the new center being open.

    Aim 2

    To provide care in a way that gives animals the best chance of finding happiness with a new family.


    » The new centre has been specifically designed to meet the needs of the animals.
    » Use of sound proofing, natural light and ventilation.
    » The Cat and Dog pods will give the animals the freedom to be inside or outside.
    » The layout maximises time spent with carers. This will help ensure the animals are in the best physical and mental state possible.

    What success will look like

    The time taken to succesfully re-home an animal should be shorter than present as the process of caring for an animal and finding them an appriote new home increases in effciencey.

    Aim 3

    Build a re-homing centre which will be environmentally and economically sustainable.


    » Environmentally sustainable practices implemented, such as harnessing of recycled rain water and the provision of waste treatment on site.
    » Robust financial planning has shown that once the new centre is open we will be able to generate sufficient income to manage the running costs.

    What success will look like

    The new centre will be able to operate and develop at a rate which is environmentally and economically sustainable.

    Aim 4

    Recruit new donors to help build and sustain the new centre.


    » Recruit donors from the widest possible spectrum, high net worth, medium net worth and general giving.

    What success will look like

    The number of donors and amount of income generated by fundraising activity at the three specified levels will increase.

  • Impact


    The new facility will provide a centre of animal welfare excellence to serve the South Cotswolds for generations to come. The result being animals that need our services can receive care which is specifically designed to their needs. Once the centre has been established we plan to use existing buildings on the site to further facilitate this process. In particular, we aim to create an educational outreach resource in an effort to increase awareness of the causes of animal neglect and abuse.


    A potential risk is that the funding reserves are not adequate to complete the build. To overcome this risk we carried out a detailed financial report to ensure our income generation mechanisms are sufficient. Several significant legacy bequests have allowed us the financial resources to purchase the land and start the build. In addition, we have five well-supported charity shops which provide regular and sustained income.


    Donors will receive regular progress reports explaining how funds have been used, analysis of success indicators and how we have managed risk factors. Donors will be Invited to visit the project during and after building phase.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,157,140

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      Amount Heading Description
      £897,000 Preliminary works Purchasing the land, professional fees & external works
      £240,000 Contingency & irrecoverable Contingency & irrecoverable VAT
      £2,220,140 Construction Building the centre
      £300,000 Equipment & fit out Facilities needed
      £500,000 First year running cost Projected running costs based upon similar sized centres

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Various £3,100,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The site of the new Cotswolds Dogs & Cats Home is called BeechTree Meadows Farm, outside Dursley, Gloucestershire.


    The primary beneficiaries are domestic animals in the South Cotswolds who have been abused, abandoned or neglected. The new centre will be able to provide an increased number of these animals with the care and services needed to re-home them into a loving environment.
    The secondary beneficiaries are the local community in the South Cotswolds who will have access to a centre of animal welfare and re-homing excellence.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    As an organisation, we have over 75 years experience in assisting and re-homing domestic animals. This wealth of knowledge and expertise, coupled with strategic research highlighting the need for a purpose built re-homing facility in the region, places the Cotswolds Dogs & Cats Home as the logical organisation to carry out this project.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Carolyn Blackburn

    Carolyn Blackburn has been Chair of the RSPCA South Cotswolds for the last 10 years.

    Simon Moxham

    Simon is the Treasurer of the RSPCA South Cotswolds

    Kris Eley, Technical Director Mitchell Taylor

    Kris Eley is the Architect for the new Cotswolds Dogs and Cats Home.

    SEED Landscape Design Limited: Jack Marshall, Landscape Director

    Jack Marshall is a qualified Landscape Architect and Director of SEED landscape Design limited.