The RSPCA Animal Centre at Bawtry is opening a memorial garden where people can put a plaque on a memory wall or select a tree in the garden. Saplings have been kindly donated by the Woodland Trust. The staff and prisoners at HMP Hatfield have also generously donated a bench where people can sit in quiet reflection remembering their beloved pet.
The garden will open next month. The other half of the copse will continue to be a wildlife release area for the animal centre. The memorial garden is an extension of the RSPCA’s existing pet cremation service. Customers will be able to choose either or both services. Although it is a sad time when you lose a loving pet, it is comforting to know that the money you pay for cremation or the memorial garden is going directly to help animals rescued from cruelty.
The RSPCA South Yorkshire Animal Centre is located on the Great North Road, near Bawtry, DN10 6DE, and is open six days a week from 11.00am to 4.00pm (closed Wednesdays).
You can raise funds for the animal centre in many ways — take in unwanted clothes, toys, bedding, curtains, books and bric-a-brac; make a mobile donation (text SYAC14 £5 to 70070) or shop at the centre’s enlarged pet store. Why not make a New Year Resolution and decide to volunteer with the RSPCA in 2018? There is a fundraising team and you can have fun while directly helping animals in need.