Keeping up with Hillfield Animal Home


This month we have had HUGE support from our community. These brilliant ladies carried out a sponsored silence in aid of our animals here at Hillfield Animal Home on 29th May 2020. They raised an amazing and impressive amount of £2,355!
We will be placing a plaque at the centre in memory of Paul Davenport. Paul was a 6ft 3 Grenadier Guard but a real softy with animals. He took in stray cats, in fact he took in anything he could help. His daughter and granddaughter took part in the sponsored silence and inherited his love for animals!

Another lovely member of the Facebook group “Look after those looking after us” is carrying out a cake raffle to raise money for us so please head over to their page to find out how you can enter!

This money will help us to continue looking after these poor souls that end up with us. Please feel free to check out just some of the stories we have had from the past month and their happy endings below. 



On the 17th April 2020, we were given the go ahead from head office and DEFRA to continue adoptions with very strict guidelines.

We are over the moon to say that we have managed to re-home 29 cats, 13 dogs, 5 rabbits and 2 guinea pigs so far!

We have at all times ensured that the guidelines have been followed and our staff and the public have not been put at any risk. 

Alfred & Rosie

These beautiful gingers have had quite the journey! They originally came to us in March 2019 and it wasn’t long until they were adopted. Unfortunately they were returned in December 2019 as they were messing in the house.
We were really sad to see them back but we were determined to find their final home this time.
They are father and daughter so we definitely did not want to split them up, they both have some minor health problems and they are also aged 9 and 11 years. Older cats are usually harder to re-home but we knew there would be someone special willing to look past all of this and give them the love they very much deserve.

After having a couple of failed reservations, a wonderful lady and gentleman came along in May 2020. They were happy to look past their imperfections and see what amazing and beautiful souls these two are. They are now being spoilt rotten and getting more love than they could ever imagine.
Their new owner recently sent us this update:

“They are absolutely adorable! We love them, they are proper fusspots so it’s fair to say they are staying. To see my daughter smile as much as she has with Rosie has really made my day and made me realise that I’ve definitely made the right decision. Thank you for putting your trust in us to look after them they will be well looked after and spoilt rotten!”


Sweet little Dudley was born at the centre on 21/04/2019 along with his two sisters. 
Their mum came in to the centre a couple of weeks previous heavily pregnant after being a long term stray. 
We looked after mum and kittens and once the kittens were 8-9 weeks old they were ready to “fly the nest” and start their own chapter. 
Dudley was re-homed in June 2019 and has settled beautifully. We recently received a card from his owner to say how great he’s doing with some lovely pictures, he has grown into such a big boy!


Cher was one of our longest residents here at Hillfield Animal Home from last year. She came to us in August 2019! 
Unfortunately we find that black rabbits do tend to stay with us longer, it’s the same with black cats. She is also 4-5 years old so this may have been why we struggled to re-home her.   

After having no interest from anyone we were very concerned for this little sweetheart. 
Thankfully in May 2020 we finally had a lady from up North contact us to say that Cher was just what she was looking for and we were thrilled! She had a male rabbit who was desperate for a friend so after a lot of discussion about how to bond rabbits, we were able to go ahead with adoption. 

Following the strict guidelines during lockdown, we had Cher transported up North where she met her new owners. We soon had an update to say that she was settling great and her new boyfriend seemed happy to have a friend.

We are over the moon that Cher has finally found her forever home and very grateful to her new owners!



Our happy go lucky boy, Chase, has had his ups and downs over the past 8 months. He came to us in September 2019 and was adopted in October. We were very confident that he would be ok in his new home but sadly they had to bring him back in May 2020 as he nipped the children. 
He was such a cheeky lad and had his quirks, as they all do. We knew then that he needed a home with no children as we definitely did not want him to come to us for a third time. 

Luckily his second stay with us only lasted 6 days as we found the PERFECT home for him. 
We get regular updates, he seems to have found his happy place and is thriving! 

Here is a quote from his new owner:

“Since Chase has come into the Brealey household he has been the perfect puppy. He definitely lives up to his name with running up and down the garden with his favourite tennis balls. He loves his walks twice a day and couldn’t of wished for a more loving, healthy, fuss free dog. Definitely man’s best friend, life wouldn’t be the same. Thank you RSPCA so much for all your help and support from start to finish with the process of adoption, if your considering it, do it! Life changing.”

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