Putney Animal Hospital at risk of closure because of RSPCA funding shortage

Putney Animal Hospital

Putney Animal Hospital has been operating since the 1970s. Credit: PA

The RSPCA has proposed shutting its animal hospital in Putney because of a shortage of funds. Three of its clinics, Ealing & Hanwell, Kilburn and Camberwell, are also under threat. The charity has said it is struggling to raise the money to keep them open because of increasing demand for its services and a reduction in donations from people who leave money in their wills. It hopes to relocate the staff from Putney, which featured in the BBC series Animal Hospital, to other clinics in the capital:

The RSPCA has to target those animals most in need of our help and streamline our frontline services. As part of this process Trustees have considered all options very carefully and are now proposing to close Putney Animal Hospital and three London clinics and relocate most of the services offered to other areas in London. The very difficult proposal to close Putney Animal Hospital and three London clinics is part of an overall restructure, which would also see veterinary services offered at nearby clinics and centres strengthened. It would be with great sadness that the RSPCA would lose the roles at Putney and the London clinics but we would hope to keep most of our dedicated and much-valued staff through the redeployment opportunities opening up at our other London sites.




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