Submitted by GSPCA on 14:20, 31st Dec, 2012 | 0

The GSPCA would like to wish one and all a very Happy New Year for 2013 and we hope everyone has had a nice Christmas.

Please remember your pets and animals tonight on this eventful evening when many celebrate until the early hours of the morning bringing in the New Year.

For advice on caring for pets during periods with fireworks please click here.

The GSPCA has had an extremely busy 2012 helping thousands of animals, educating and talking to many groups and schools, and doing so much more (figures to be released in the New Year).

2013 is planned to be even busier with many big events including our 140th year.  The GSPCA was founded February 1873 and much of our history can be seen by clicking here.

As well as our 140th year the GSPCA needs to raise funds to build a new Cattery and Quarantine Building to replace our current buildings which parts are over 40 years old.  If you would like to find out more then please go to

We have been privileged this Christmas to have a Pop Up Shop in Smith Street thanks to OSA Recruitment and the GSPCA would love to find a premises to house a permanent Charity Shop and are on the look out for a premises.

2012 saw the first ever Animal Welfare Seafront Sunday which was a huge success and a lot of fun and we are looking forward to organising another in 2013, making it bigger and better.

Education about Animal Welfare is extremely important to the GSPCA and Emma Trousdale (Education and Welfare Officer) and the team have been working hard talking to many schools, groups and giving guided tours at the Shelter to spread the word of animal care. Here is a link to find out more

The GSPCA Membership has been growing steadily during 2012 and the members have for the first time received a quarterly newsletter which has grown from a 4 page edition to 12 pages and if you want to become a member and see the newsletters please go to

2012 also saw the launch of our animal sponsorship scheme called ANGEL standing for Animals Needing Guernseys Everlasting Love which is also a way to join the membership and support the animals in our care

We have had a lot of support thanks to many businesses and one which we are very grateful for is F. Haskins & Co. who now offer a 20% discount on the fee note of drafting a Will if a bequest to the GSPCA is over the kind sum of £250.  To find out more please go to

Many other businesses have helped the GSPCA through kind donations, mufti days and even spending time volunteering at the GSPCA.  We are very grateful to Situations Recruitment, KPMG, Specsavers and others who have taken part in Corporate and Group Days at the Shelter and to find out more please go to

We have had to renew the Shelter cremator which is a service we provide for those that have sadly lost their pets and we now provide a much wider range of pet tributes in memory which can be seen by going to .  2013 will see a Pet Memorial Garden being developed on site thanks to a grant from the Sure Community Foundation (more details to follow)

Lorna Prince (Animal Welfare Manager) and her wonderful team of Dog Training Volunteers have had another very busy year helping train hundreds of dogs and puppies following the APDT standards and guidelines To find out more please go to

The Welfare Department again has seen 2012 as a busy year looking into calls of cruelty and neglect.  Thankfully most are easily dealt with but staff often see some distressing and upsetting sights.  If you need to report cruelty or neglect you can find out more by going to

As well as investigating cruelty and neglect the GSPCA rescue sick and injured animals around the clock thanks to our ambulance staff and volunteer wardens.  One of the biggest rescues in 2012 was that of a grey seal pup Jethopu Bumblebee who is currently being cared for at the Shelter.  To find out about the warden service please go to

To help raise the funds to enable the work at the GSPCA we operate boarding for cats, dogs and other animals and we are very grateful to all that have supported us in 2012, to find out more go to

The GSPCA rehomes hundreds of animals every year and reunite hundreds more with their owners.  If in 2013 you are looking for a new pet please go to

Our social media presence has grown and grown in 2012 from our youtube clips to twitter, facebook to linkedin and you can see all of these and more by going to our links page

Bernard our Mascot has had an extremely busy year and entertained thousands of islanders at many events and Gert the GSPCA Duck has had an eventful 2012 down on the pond.

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said 'We are so grateful to all those that have supported and helped us in 2012 from staff and volunteers to businesses and kind individuals.'

'The GSPCA has had one of the busiest years it has ever seen and 2013 looks likely to busier yet.'

'From the Welfare Officers and Volunteer Night Wardens who provide the 24 hour service to staff, work experience, volunteers and fund raisers we have a wonderful team at the GSPCA and the committee and I would like to thank them all for their amazing support and of course everyone that has helped the Animal Shelter in 2012.'

'We must also thank the media for their continued support as without them we couldn't spread our messages and let everyone know about our events.'

'At the GSPCA we would like to wish everyone and all of their animals a Happy New Year.'

The GSPCA will be releasing a number of new ways you can help animals in Guernsey in 2013 and we will let you know more very soon.


You can still pledge a donation to our Polar Bear Swimmers, please call the Shelter on 01481 257261 or please click here and reference 'Polar Bear'

To see the GSPCA opening times over Christmas please click here.


Christmas Gift Certificates are still on sale at the GSPCA Animal Shelter as well as many other stocking fillers - for more details please click here

There are many items on the GSPCA's Wish List and you can see many of them by clicking here including a list of Amazon items which would make a difference to animals in Guernsey this Christmas.


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