RSPCA Column: Looking Back


The Animal Center

By Paul Gibson

This week I thought I could do a bit of comparison and contrast between the past and the present.

The National RSPCA was founded in 1824, making it almost 200 years old and the world’s first animal welfare charity, but that then begs the question of how old is the Southport branch? Do you know, we are not at all sure? We know we became a registered charity over 50 years ago in 1963, but we do know that the branch, although not always located in New Cut Lane, Southport, existed long before that date .

Looking back through old newspaper clippings you can now do this online, I found quite a few articles and thought it might be interesting to reproduce one from Liverpool ECHO from October 16, 1909, over 112 years ago!

“RSPCA SOUTHPORT, BIRKDALE AND DISTRICT [now Southport, Ormskirk & District Branch] Inspector Eakins reports that in September: “All important centers in the district were visited regularly and close surveillance was exercised on all forms of trafficking in which animals were used.

“Horses pulling carts, wagonettes, etc., were specially watched and frequently examined at different times during their journey. The saddle asses on the shore were daily examined and watched at work, and many precautions were given to drivers and others for unnecessary use of the pole.

“Night duty was performed in connection with the horses of the carriers working” between Southport and Liverpool, and the animals were closely examined for harness contact injuries or other forms of cruelty, such as overloading, etc.

“During the month, eight were brought before the magistrates, seven on summons and one on warrant, for acts of serious cruelty, as follows:

* For unfit workhorses, three; to beat a horse with a big whip, a; for injuring a cat with an air pistol .; causing cruelty to horses (by owners) two; and for having mutilated seven geese without cause.

“Convictions followed in all cases except one, the last one mentioned, and it failed due to the departure from the country of one of the prosecution witnesses. Three cases in which citations are issued are currently pending. returned to the head office on the 13th inst. “

While the circumstances at the time must have been very different, much of the work undertaken at the time continues to this day, although perhaps not in the same scenarios.

Cruelty, in the first place, is now mainly dealt with by national society. The branch now focuses on follow-up / rehabilitation care and rehousing after the cruelty has taken place. However, this cruelty continues at a steady pace and the need for us continues.

Your continued support in this regard is essential and always appreciated. If you would like to help in any way, please see our website for more information.

… and looking to the future.

It has been a busy few weeks here at the New Cut Lane Animal Center, PR8 3DW, many animals said goodbye to us and left to start their new lives with their families forever. But don’t worry, for anyone looking for new canine or feline friends, we still have plenty of new pets in need of homes.

First, we have the beautiful Luna. Luna is a two year old German Shepherd looking for a home with experienced owners who have owned a German Shepherd in the past.

She needs a very patient family who will be ready to work with her so that she can gain self-confidence and become a well-rounded girl.


Luna likes to go out for walks although she is strong in the lead, she is nervous to meet new people and explore new surroundings, so new owners will need to take it easy and avoid putting her in situations that could put her in a position. uncomfortable.

It took a while for Luna to start settling here in kennel life, and we think it will take a while for her to adjust to family life. Luna must be the only pet in an adult-only household.

For anyone looking for a feline friend we have the very beautiful long haired lady called Molly, she is looking for her forever home as a house cat.


We are looking for owners who understand the different needs of a domestic cat and can provide appropriate enrichment. Molly also demands a pet-free home with adults only. Molly is a long haired cat and will need regular grooming to keep her coat in peak condition.

We found out that Molly was an independent older girl who likes to do her own thing.

Ivy is another girl in the cattery. She is a beautiful 18 month old cat; she’s a little uncertain at first but quickly learns to trust you and loves attention once she gets to know you.


Ivy lacks self-confidence and therefore needs a patient owner who will give her plenty of time and space to adjust to her new home life. Ivy must be the only pet in the house, and all children must be 10 years of age and over.

Finally, we also have the very handsome Gok. We have found that Gok has a lovely calm nature and appears to be a laid back cat who takes things in his stride. He has settled into cattery life well and is very friendly with all the staff and volunteers he meets.


Gok is an independent boy and enjoys being outdoors. This affectionate boy loves cuddles but doesn’t like to be picked up, so an older household would be better without other pets.

If you would like to apply for any of our animals, please visit our website to read our full adoption procedures online.

We ask that you send a Perfect Match form to apply for any animal. Once we receive the request, we will contact you. Please note that we work on a first come, first served policy, so please submit a request as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Also, our Christmas fair is just around the corner, so we hope you can all join us on December 11 from noon to 4 p.m. at Lord Street West United Church in Southport (on the mini roundabout at the Morrisons end or Lord Street).

We will have a lot of festive fun for the whole family. Tickets for the Christmas raffle are on sale now; this will be drawn at the fair.

If you would like to purchase tickets, please call the Animal Center on 01704 567 624. In addition, we always need bottles, from soft drink to wine to bubble bath is greatly appreciated. All donations can be dropped off at the animal center before December 8th, thank you very much.

The RSPCA Southport, Ormskirk & District branch is located in New Cut Lane, Southport, Merseyside.

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