Small Animal Unit Build at RSPCA Derby

by RSPCA Derby and District Branch in Derby, United Kingdom

We did it
On 31st March 2024 we successfully raised £9,093 ( + est. £664.00 Gift Aid ) with 122 supporters in 37 days

We need to build a haven for small animals who have no where else to go after being rescued from cruelty, neglect and abandonment.

Project by RSPCA Derby and District Branch

A message from our Patron, Sir Tony Robinson:

Save Our Smalls - help us build a haven for tiny paws! 

Our centre has been a sanctuary for countless animals for over 150 years. We are a self-funded, independent charity, but we are licenced by the national RSPCA to take in animals that their Inspectors have saved from cruelty, neglect and abandonment, including a whole range of small furries who need our help. 

This is now in jeopardy... We have to build a dedicated Small Animal Unit for small furries to continue to fulfil our licence conditions. 

Why Small Animals Matter: While cats and dogs often take the spotlight, our small furry friends are among the most neglected pets in the UK. Small furries like guinea pigs, rats, mice, hamsters and gerbils are intelligent animals that experience pain, fear, and stress just like cats and dogs do. They may be small in stature, but their capacity to suffer is immense. Across England, rescues that take in small furries are few and far between - we are the only RSPCA licenced animal centre within 45 miles that takes in small furries. We need to be here so they can continue to be rescued from heart-breaking situations and have a safe place to recover.


Our Vision: To build a dedicated space where small furries can live, explore, play, and feel secure, surrounded by the love and care they truly deserve until they find their forever homes. We are currently only able to care for 8 small furries at a time, mostly thanks to our fosterers, but our new Small Animal Unit will enable us to take in up to 40! 

The Build: This is a big project, and we can’t do it alone. We need to construct the Small Animal Unit and build a new boundary wall, which will cost £60-80,000, and we also need to purchase new housing for the small furries. Being a separate organisation to the national RSPCA, we have to fund this ourselves. We’ve been saving hard to afford this project, and this Crowdfunder will make a huge difference in turning our plans into reality. 

We invite you to be a part of this project. Your contribution, no matter the size, will play a vital role in securing a better future for small furries in need. 

Get Involved! 

Donate: Your financial support will help fund the unit which will be designed specifically for small animals and will enable us to continue offering shelter to small furries in need. 

Spread the word: Share our campaign across social media and tell your friends, family, colleagues, and the neighbour's dog! Every share increases the reach of our message and brings us one step closer to our goal. 

Follow our progress: To see the impact of your generous donations, do keep an eye on our social media as we share updates on the progress of this Crowdfunder and the build project. Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Let's come together as a community of animal lovers and create a haven for the often-overlooked tiny paws that bring immense joy to our lives. Please donate today. 

With heartfelt gratitude, The RSPCA Derby Team x


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£25 or more

29 of 150 claimed

SOS Wall of Fame

Your name will be listed on our 'Save Our Smalls Wall of Fame' page on our website.

£50 or more

8 of 50 claimed

Name an RSPCA Derby animal

You get to name the next animal (without an existing name) that comes to us and we will introduce them in a post on our social media. [Names must be family friendly!] Plus previous reward tier.

£100 or more

3 of 5 claimed

Tour of our Abbey Street animal centre

Have a look behind the scenes as you take tour of our Abbey Street animal centre (max. 4 per group). Plus all previous reward tiers.

£250 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Personalised video from Sir Tony Robinson

You'll receive a personalised video from our Patron, Sir Tony Robinson. This could be for yourself or as a gift for a friend or family member. We will contact you to get the details of who and what the video is for. Plus all previous reward tiers.

£500 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Abbey Street animal cuddling experience

Spend an hour cuddling and socialising an Abbey Street animal for up to two adults. [The species will be dependent on the animals we have in at the time of your visit.] Plus all previous reward tiers.

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