Keeping up with Hillfield Animal Home

The last few months have been extremely tough for our Animal Home. We have been unable to hold any fundraising events, meaning our funds are increasingly dropping.
However, we are incredibly lucky because we have such amazing supporters.

For example, a very generous boy named Oliver who is 11 years old has come forward to raise money for our animals. He has walked 5 laps of his local park EVERY DAY of July and has already raised £339!
He is clearly a huge animal lover and we love to see younger generations be so caring towards other living creatures as it is SO important! 
If you would like to sponsor and encourage Oliver’s fundraiser, please click the button below:

Some of you may have seen, Hillfield Animal Home were lucky enough to be featured on the Midlands News on 23rd July 2020! 
Our Cattery Supervisor, Hayley, did a brilliant job of explaining how sad we feel when animals are carelessly abandoned. Our Centre Manager, Christine, also made an appearance and did a fantastic job at getting across that you shouldn’t be adopting during lockdown if you can’t commit when you go back to work. 
See the clip for yourself below!

We have been able to carry out adoptions from the 17th April 2020, following very strict guidelines from RSPCA headquarters and DEFRA, ensuring the safety of staff and public at all times.
We are pleased to say that we have managed to successfully re-home 55 cats, 27 dogs, 14 rabbits and 2 guinea pigs!
Check out some of our success stories below from July 2020!


Our beautiful girl, Jessica, came to us in May 2020 after being abandoned in a box with her four kittens. You may recognise this as they were mentioned in our news appearance!
Even though she appeared to have had no love and consideration from her previous owner, she has always displayed trust and affection to our staff, and anyone she meets in fact.
She was always a fantastic mother to her four babies and once her motherly duties were coming to an end, it was finally time for Jessica to find the home she deserves and receive the love she craves so badly!
Her gorgeous little face caught the eye of a few people but a really lovely lady and her mum came down almost immediately and fell completely in love with her. We were over the moon at how dedicated and invested they were in making sure they were doing everything right for Jessica so it was a no brainer when they said they wanted to adopt her. 
She went to her new home on 25th July 2020 and it’s like she has always been a part of their lives. Her new family have sent us an update below:

“She’s settled in really well, she loves sitting in the window and has now found her new favourite chair to sleep on. She sits on the end of my bed and greets me in the morning.
We absolutely love her to bits and feel so lucky to have her!”


Cupcake came to us in February 2020 after her companion died and the owner’s decided they weren’t in a position to look after her and get her a new friend. 
We always say that it is best to keep rabbit in pairs as they are very social animals and can often get depressed being on their own so we are thankful that the owners decided to give her a second chance with us rather than let her live alone. 
Unfortunately we don’t think Cupcake had received as much handling and attention as she needed as she was quite a nervous little girl. We also found that with other rabbits, Cupcake was quite dominant but we didn’t give up as she did show signs of wanting to bond. 
Thankfully a very kind lady came to see her as she was looking for a female friend for her boy bunny. Taking a very careful approach, we tried them together and felt as though given time they would get on great and be very happy together. It looks as though we were right because look at the wonderful photo’s the owner has sent recently!
She also wrote a short quote about how she is doing:

“I approached the RSPCA following the loss of my rabbit, to adopt a companion for my other rabbit, Storm. Cupcake is settling in well and she is definitely the boss! It was great working with the team at Burton, who are extremely dedicated in looking after the pets in their care and finding their perfect homes.”


Crazy boy Monty found himself with us at the end of June 2020 after his owner’s struggled with his high energy around their young child. He is a lovely dog and really loves everyone he meets but just needed someone who could give him the time and energy release that he needs. 
Luckily he wasn’t with us long as he had a very high number of people wanting to take him on and give him a loving home. He was adopted on 18th July 2020 and is now settling into a home where he gets all of the attention and lots of walkies! 
Monty’s only down side is that he hasn’t been socialised with other dogs but his new family are getting a behaviourist to sort this out and we are thrilled because it shows that they are super dedicated and want the best for him. The update below just shows that if you give an animal time and patience, they will soon flourish. As you can see from the pictures, he is very content and happy already and loves to sun himself in the garden! 
We received an update from his new owners:

“Monty settled in just fine. He was quite barky the first couple of nights, but he is now settled on an evening. He just needs time to get used to different noises. He is such a good Bull Terrier, he listens and is very loving. We are introducing him slowly to other dogs when out and about, he sometimes feels a bit threatened and can growl, again with time he will settle. Adopting from you was absolutely brilliant, we were lucky to be picked as he was quite popular apparently. You guys certainly made it easy for us and we are grateful to have him.” 



We would love to share a really special story about lovely Lottie.

In October 2018 Lottie arrived as a skinny, urine stained, bedraggled stray with fur loss so bad her tail was as skinny as a rats… BUT JUST LOOK AT HER NOW!

Sadly Lottie’s adoption in 2018 didn’t work out and she was returned to us in September 2019… but at least this meant we got to appreciate her stunning transformation. Gone was the skinny tail and in it’s place was a beautiful thick coat of fur. She had gained weight brilliantly and quite literally looked like a different cat.

Lottie was still the sweet, gentle, friendly and outgoing girl she always was. Her owners that returned her had mentioned that she had a tendency to scratch at carpets so we knew that new owners would need to take this on board and understand Lottie might be a little hands on with the upholstery! 
Thankfully her second stay wasn’t long at all and she was adopted again on 30th September 2019 and she hasn’t looked back since. Her coat has continued to improve and she is still showing her truly amazing personality. Please do take the time to read the update below because we are so heart warmed by it and so grateful that she is now settled and happy. 

“She is so gentle and has loved lockdown with all of the company and fuss. She follows me around and meows at me for attention. She will run and drop to the floor in front of you for a belly rub and loves being groomed by her mummy. She was adopted as a house cat but has enjoyed joining us in the garden and basking in the sun. She has mastered her balancing and hunting skills whilst being outside though! On an evening she will curl up on the sofa between mummy and daddy and when we’re ready for bed she runs upstairs into her spot under the bed where she sleeps. 
Overall she has settled in really well with the other two cats and is loving life and even better I’m enjoying life with her in it.”

If you would like to help us continue finding these gorgeous animals new homes then we would really appreciate if you could donate using the button below! Thank you for your support.

Ban on third party puppy trade

The UK Government’s new law, banning the sale of puppies and kittens in England from third parties, came into effect on 6 April 2020. This means that anyone wanting to buy or adopt a puppy or kitten must go directly to a breeder or re-homing centre.

We’re delighted that all puppies should now be sold direct from their place of birth or adopted from a re-homing centre to their new forever home. But, we cannot achieve this on our own.

"Don't get Petfished"

The law will only be effective if it’s enforced and people are aware of the risks of buying from an illegal puppy dealer, and don’t get “Petfished” by third party dealers.
The puppy contract will ensure your puppy has been well cared for, is healthy and will make the perfect pet for you.

Help us stop illegal puppy trading

Third party dealers have been growing rich trading poorly puppies. We want to stop the import of puppies for sale from outside England and give greater protection to the public when purchasing a puppy. You can help us eliminate breeders not giving priority to the welfare of the mother and puppies.

If you suspect someone is selling puppies or kittens illegally, please call 0300 1234 999.

Sponsor a Kennel/Cat Pod

A very popular way of commemorating the life of a loved one (whether two-legged or four!) is to sponsor one of our kennels, cat pods or rabbit pods. When you do so, we have a plaque made which is placed above the chosen kennel/pod and can have a message of your choice.

It’s a great way of making a donation in memory of an avid animal lover or just remembering a much loved family pet. It is simply an annual payment of £100 for a cat pod/ kennel or £50 for a rabbit pod.

To make the process even easier, you can now donate via paypal below and in the process it asks you to ‘leave a note’. Here, you simple state what you’d like to sponsor and the message for your plaque.

Example : Sponsored Kennel – In loving memory of Bruno, a special dog that touched the lives of the whole Smith family.

30 Year’s at Hillfield Animal Home

This year, we are celebrating 30 years at Hillfield Animal Home. But this was not the beginning of the RSPCA Burton upon Trent & District Branch, in actual fact, it began right back in 1876!

The Burton upon Trent & District Branch started its life on July28th 1876, in a room at 190 Horninglow Street, the home and surgery of Dr Henry Edward Bridgman. Within a week of this first meeting, the Parent Association gave recognition to the newly formed committee, so the Branch was born. 

On May 13th, 1938, the clinic for Animals was opened at 12 Rosemount Road, the home of inspector L. Moon. The clinic was open for one hour every Friday evening until the start of the second world war sixteen months later. 

In 1971, Major Langham opened the RSPCA kennels in Green Lane, Tutbury after a short spell operating from kennels in Hoar Cross. Green Lane was operational until our current purpose built kennels and cattery were opened on November 7th, 1989 at Hillfield Lane.

We still run the Animal Home at Stretton, which takes in, cares for and rehomes unwanted, neglected and ill-treated dogs, cats and small animals. We added three compounds and a duck pond, all labour being provided by volunteers, in 1994. We nearly always have a waiting list of animals to be taken in from the general public who no longer wish to keep them for many different reasons. 

The Burton upon Trent & District Branch covers a wide area, including Ashby, Measham, Netherseal, Packington, Swadlincote, Melbourne, Ticknall, Winshill, Uttoxeter, Stapenhill, Tamworth, Lichfield, Rugeley and all the villages in between! 

The Branch and Animal Home is administered by an annually appointed committee, who also act as trustees for the Branch. The local group of fund-raisers work hard all year round raising funds to keep the Branch and the Animal Home running smoothly. The Branch is a self-funded charity, relying on the generosity of the general public and local businesses and the hard work and dedication of our staff and volunteers. 

In the last few years we have added 2 shops, one in Burton town centre and one in Swadlincote town centre with plans to open a third store next year specialising in second hand furniture. Each year, the Animal Home runs several key events to help raise extra funds including our Summer Fair/Fun Day, Christmas Market and Bingo evenings.

Most Recently we held a 30th Birthday event with a dog show to celebrate and raised lots of much needed funds. Our 30th birthday also signifies the fact that our kennels and cattery are now 30 years old and seriously in need of renovation. Unfortunately we can only make these much needed improvements with the help of our community, if you can’t make it to our fundraising events, please remember that you can click to donate here.

Hillfield’s 30th Birthday cake

Skin Conditions in Dogs

Here at Hillfield Animal Home, one of the issues we see time and time again is the dreaded ‘skin condition’. At any one time, we can have at least 3 or 4 dogs with some varying degree of skin issues…and this is almost always the reason they arrive in our care.

An example of this is Shep. A delightful German Shepherd Dog who arrived with us after his owners just couldn’t keep up with the issues he was having with his skin. It is suspected that his issues began as a pup and were left to progress a lot further than they should due to a lack of veterinary attention. In this situation, if immediate attention was sought it could have been solved relatively quickly. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case for poor Shep and his condition deteriorated rapidly.

Shep as he arrived at RSPCA Burton upon Trent

After concerns were raised and an inspector visited, Shep’s owners were advised that he needed immediate treatment (ordinarily a form of steroid and some special shampoo etc) The inspector informed the owner that they would be back to check on Shep’s welfare in a certain time frame and that they would expect to see improvement in his condition. Sadly, upon their return he had deteriorated further and the owners agreed to sign him over into RSPCA care.

Luckily for Shep, when he arrived here he was immediately seen by a vet and prescribed the treatment he needed (including his much loved baths in his medicated shampoo). As you can see, 2 year old Shep is now fully on the path to recovery and ready to find his new home.

When you ‘acquire’ an animal from a private seller, breeder or a dreaded online selling site, you cannot be sure of his/her medical issues. Every animal that comes into an RSPCA branch is health checked, treated and rehomed with 100% openness about any issues it may or may not have. We can tell you how to help him/her and what the likelihood is that he/she will need medical treatment either ongoing, or in the future. All cats, dogs and rabbits are also neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and flead/wormed prior to their adoption, giving them the best start possible to their new lives!

Shep is currently up for adoption, find out more about him here.

Cat Neutering Scheme

Working with Cats Protection, we’re offering a cat neutering scheme helping you to meet the costs of neutering your cat to ensure that they remain healthy and happy. 

If you’re eligible under the scheme, you can get your pet cat neutered and microchipped for just £5.

Take a look at the map below and call your local participating vet to get booked in! (Your vet will request proof of eligibility upon appointment)

For more information, please go to our main site here

One Fun Day Summer Fair & Dog Show

Hillfield Animal Home have been having a Summer Fair (of sorts) for 30 years now and this year was no different! Another hugely successful event that saw our local community out in force to support us here at their local RSPCA branch.

As always, the event was well attended and a great day was had by all. Our Fun Dog Show was more popular than ever before with around 70 dogs entering categories such as ‘Most Adorable OAP’, ‘Best Rescue’ and ‘Cutest Crossbreed’. The Dog Show was hosted and judged by the delightful Inspector Herchy Boal who you may recognise from Channel 5’s The Dog Rescuers. However, it was Taz that stole everyone’s hearts and was crowned Best in Show accompanied by his owner.

Taz – Best in Show 2019

All in all, the day was a huge success with a grand total of £4285 being raised on the day to help fund the animal home. A huge thanks goes out to

  • Oscars Pet Foods South Derbyshire
  • Burton Albion Football Club
  • Paul Spencer Photography
  • Red Carpet Cinema
  • Sainsbury’s in Burton
  • Little Dog Laughs
  • Yoshi
  • Tesco
  • Pets at Home
  • Stanton Nurseries
  • All of the staff, volunteers and supporters at Hillfield Animal Home