Welfare cat and dog food
If you suddenly find yourself in a position where you are struggling to provide enough food for your cat or dog because of a change in your financial situation, we may be able to help you in the short term.
If you would like to find out more about our emergency pet food assistance, you can contact us (in confidence of course) either by phoning 07870 989 164 or email:
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Other Assistance
As a Branch, our priority is to support the local inspectorate, fostering and rehoming abused or neglected pets which they bring to us as a result of emergency calls taken at the 24 hour Cruelty Line.
We can, however, offer Welfare Assistance on occasion where needed urgently, but not always.
Before asking for assistance, please consider the following:
  • Pet Insurance can be a  lifesaver, and gives peace of mind that help with sudden urgent medical attention, which can be very expensive, is on hand during difficult times
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  • PDSA. If you are receiving certain benefits, you may be eligible for assistance through the PDSA. Contact them directly to see if you are eligible.
  • Friends and Family. Sometimes, help from a friend or member of the family is the answer you're looking for, either financially, or by temporarily or even permanently looking after your pet if you are unable. As the Barnsley branch doesn't have a Centre and is reliant on volunteer fosterers for interim care, we are often not able to take in an 'unwanted' animal due to lack of space.
  • Veterinary Payment Plans. If you find that you are unable to afford veterinary fees upfront, speak to your veterinary practice about the possibility of setting up a payment plan with them. They may be able to help you break down payments into more affordable instalments making it easier to manage. (This is not a guaranteed service but may be considered by your veterinary practice).
  • Home For Life. RSPCA's Home for Life service gives you the peace of mind that there can still be a bright future ahead for your beloved pet in the event of your death. We’ll be on hand to look after your pet and do all we can to find a new, loving home with someone who can give them everything they need. 
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Any requests for financial assistance will be considered if we are happy that all previously mentioned options have been looked in to.
However we will only cover the costs of an initial consultation with a vet, or initial emergency treatment, to prevent any pain or suffering of the animal.
Any further costs accrued cannot be covered by us. 
Please note that if we do have space to take in an animal, and are happy that other options have been considered, the animal must be neutered and fully up to date with vaccinations- otherwise you must cover these costs beforehand.