So cute - the animals in need of a loving home

STAFF at the Halifax, Huddersfield and District branch of the RSPCA are looking for new homes for a dozens of animals after the festive season.

Over 55 cats, 30 dogs, eight rabbits and 22 smaller animals are currently being cared for at the RSPCA Animal Centre on Wade Street in Halifax and in foster homes throught the district.

These foster homes are not permanent, however, and staff at the charity are hoping that now the new year has begun, people will have the time to come forward and offer a loving home to a previously abandoned or mistreated animal.

Kath Airey, branch trustee at the charity, said: " I would urge anyone thinking of getting a pet to visit the RSPCA Animal Centre where they will be advised on which pet could be best for them.

"Our staff will take into account everything that is needed to make a perfect match.

"We have real variety of animals who need a second chance and a forever home," said Mrs Airey.

Pets needing new homes include rabbit friends Olga and Rodney, who need to stay together, as well as a pair of very active rats whom staff at the Centre have named Ben and Jerry.

Also in need of a loving home are cats Jess and Pixie, both of whom were handed over to the RSPCA when heavily pregnant.

Young dogs Max and Betsy are looking for a family who will be able to keep up with their needs, and older terrier cross Vincent is looking for somewhere to live peacefully in his old age after entering the centre in what was described as a neglected state.

Those who think they may be able to help out the RSPCA and gain a new family pet in the process should call the Centre on 01422 365628 or visit rspca-halifaxandhuddersfield.org.uk.