Ten years of caring for older animals

EARS anniversary event in the Piece Hall, Halifax. Clare Griffiths, Keith Senior, Cathryn Harris and Lauren Moore with dogs Blue and Gwen.
EARS anniversary event in the Piece Hall, Halifax. Clare Griffiths, Keith Senior, Cathryn Harris and Lauren Moore with dogs Blue and Gwen.

A fun-filled day at the Piece Hall will celebrate ten years of a successful scheme - which began in Halifax - to re-home elderly animals.

The Elderly Animal Re-Homing Scheme - known affectionately as EARS - was the brainchild of Halifax RSPCA’s animal centre manager Julie Cockroft.

It has since been recognised by the RSPCA nationally, winning awards and being take up in other branch areas.

To celebrate its tenth anniversary, the branch has organised a party at the Piece Hall on July 21.

Julie said she started the scheme after becoming concerned a number of older cats and dogs were being overlooked. She said: “Although the scheme was set up originally to help animals it has given many older people themselves who thought they would never be able to own a pet, a new lease of life.

“Many of our existing members have expressed how much this has improved and changed their lives.”

Among the adopters is former international rugby league player Keith Senior who said: “I saw Blue on the RSPCA website and was smitten. The story of her appalling background really touched me and I felt able to give her a loving home for her twilight years. It is understandable that some people are put off adopting an older animal due to concerns about large vet bills etc but the EARS scheme is fantastic and really put my mind at ease.”

Local entertainer Neil Hurst will compere the Piece Hall party and dogs aged more than ten years and their owners are invited tot ake partr in the Dog Plod Parade.

Children can take part in an animal-themed competition and there will be stalls, games, raffle and refreshments.