RSPCA Cambridge and District Branch

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RSPCA Cambridge and District Branch covers an area of South Cambridgeshire stretching from Littleport in the North to Royston in the South and from Gamlingay in the West to Newmarket in the East. The branch is responsible for raising funds to run our animal welfare services within this area. We have two charity shops: a second-hand bookshop in Cambridge, at 188 Mill Road and our vintage/retro shop Emporium61 in Burleigh Street, Cambridge. We hope to reopen a third shop in Newmarket in Market Street.

Services we provide

  • A subsidised small animal clinic at 1 Pool Way, Whitehill Road, Cambridge for owners on means tested state benefits.
  • A veterinary voucher scheme to provide emergency help with veterinary treatment at private vets for owners on means tested benefits who cannot attend the clinic.
  • A neutering voucher scheme to help prevent the birth of unwanted animals.
  • Veterinary treatment and care for injured stray animals reported to the RSPCA national control centre and their eventual rehoming.
  • Boarding and rehoming of neglected and cruelly-treated animals brought in by RSPCA Inspectors.

Users of the RSPCA clinic must bring proof of benefits or paperwork such as a bank-statement which shows that they have a very low income each time they visit the clinic. If you are unable to bring your pet yourself it's fine for a helper to bring them for you, but the helper must show proof that you are in receipt of benefit and needs to have a signed note from you confirming that they are bringing the animal on your behalf.

Cambridge Secondhand Bookshop

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The RSPCA Cambridge secondhand and antiquarian bookshop is now open at 188 Mill Road, Cambridge; packed with lots of excellent books at reasonable prices. Our shelves are being updated daily with fresh stock as we bring out more of the thousands of books we've collected during the past year.

We need more volunteers!

We need people with an interest in books and/or music (or just willing to carry books up and down the stairs!) to help in our second-hand bookshop.

If you could help please email Ffiona or phone 01223 212 644.

Online sales: secondhand books

This is just a small selection of our stock. If you live in Cambridge, do drop in and browse. If you see a book you want in the online catalogue it may not yet be out on the shopfloor - please ask.

Vintage/retro charity shop

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Our new shop in Burleigh Street has lots of bargains for the fashion-conscious. All our stock is carefully selected for quality, interest and value. Discards which are not quite up to our high standards will be sold at our jumble sales.

We need your clothes donations!

We are still collecting donations of clothing, linens, china, etc. etc. at the bookshop to sell at 61 Burleigh St. Only the best items will go out on sale at the shop, but even worn or damaged textiles can be sold for recycling and raise valuable funds to support our work.

Online sales: retro/vintage clothes

This is just a small selection of our stock. If you live in Cambridge, do drop in and browse. If you see a book you want in the online catalogue it may not yet be out on the shopfloor - please ask.

Newmarket Shop

Our bigger and better shop in Newmarket, at 10a Market St. opens on 14th February! We will need volunteers to work in the shop and to help with collecting donated goods to sell.

House-Clearance Service

Our volunteers will do house-clearances at no charge, subject to there being a reasonable proportion of saleable items in the contents removed. Unsaleable items will be disposed of via licensed contractors (usually the local authority trade waste for which we pay a fee). As we are responsible for the health and well-being of our volunteers we cannot take hazardous materials (e.g. asbestos sheeting), but we can remove and dispose of normal, non-hazardous rubbish (card, old newspapers etc.)

To discuss getting a house or flat cleared, please email giving a contact phone number where we can call you back in the evening or weekend. We need a minimum of 7 days notice to do a house clearance because it takes a while to notify the volunteers and fix a time when enough of them are available.

Our new house-clearance service continues to expand and we urgently need more volunteers who would be willing to help with this. Manual handling training will be given, but you don't need to be particularly strong as much of the work simply involves sorting and boxing items such as clothes, books and ornaments so that they can be transported to the shops. Anyone with use of a car to transport boxes would be particularly valuable. If you think you might be able to help, please email giving a contact number where we can phone you back in the evening or at the weekend.

Join the RSPCA Today!

You can become a member of the RSPCA by joining via the internet. Membership will give you voting rights on important issues and the chance of joining your local branch committee as well as simply supporting the society, so it is very worthwhile if you want to help animals.

Volunteering with RSPCA Cambridge

Volunteering at one of our charity shops can involve much more than sitting behind a till - for example some volunteers help by doing online searches to find what prices we can charge for unusual items; adding descriptions of second-hand books to our online catalogue; and running stalls at local fêtes to get the maximum value from any books that didn't sell in the shop. You don't necessarily need to commit yourself to regular volunteering - there are also one-off tasks like house-clearance and donation collection where temporary extra hands are enormously helpful.

Volunteers sort, steam and price donated items - think of the bags of donated goods as a kind of gigantic lucky-dip from which we occasionally pull a vintage dress worth hundreds of pounds.

Our charity shops are at 188 Mill Road, Cambridge CB1 3LP (specialist second-hand bookshop), 61 Burleigh St., Cambridge CB1 1PS (general) and 10A Market Street, Newmarket. Just drop in between 10 am and 4 pm Monday to Saturday, or phone 01223 212 644 (Bookshop) or 01223 312 802 (Burleigh St).

Download an rspca shop volunteer form

Why we go on so much about fundraising

Running our animal welfare activities costs an average of £96,000 each year. This money is spent on keeping animals alive and relieving suffering by paying for veterinary treatments and on boarding unwanted animals until we can rehome them. In an average year we help around 3,000 individual animals. A very large proportion of our welfare work consists of providing low-cost veterinary care for animals whose owners cannot afford the full cost of treatment. There is no National Health Service for animals and without us most of them would either go without treatment or be put to sleep. It is often true that their owners ought to have been more responsible, but we have to deal with society as it is - and unfortunately we are all too often presented with a desperately ill animal and an owner with no money at all. The majority of the animals we take in for rehoming are not simply healthy unwanted animals but are either ill, injured or neglected so they usually require a considerable amount of expensive treatment before they can be rehoused.