By Beth Sharp Wednesday 27 November 2013 Updated: 03/12 11:10
THE RSPCA’s Birmingham Animal Centre and Hospital, in Frankley, welcomed a royal visitor last Wednesday (November 20).
HRH The Duke of Gloucester officially opened the site on Newbrook Farm as part of the celebrations of the country’s first all-in-one RSPCA hospital and re-homing centre.
The Duke was given a tour by Gavin Grant, the RSPCA’s chief executive, of the hospital, the cattery and the kennels before he unveiled a special plaque to commemorate the day.
A number of staff, volunteers and civic dignitaries also attended the opening to celebrate the RSPCA’s new leading light in welfare and care.
The multi-functional state-of-the-art centre became fully operational at the end of 2012, offering treatment to unwell animals and finding life-long homes for the pets in its care.
So far the staff have seen more than 1,000 sick and injured domestic pets and wild animals come through the doors and seen to hundreds leaving for new loving homes.
Rebecca Willby, hospital director, said: “We are thrilled to be able to have The Duke and other guests visit us today and celebrate the facility we have.
“His Royal Highness was genially interested in what we do and it great to talk about the things we do day in and day out, for the good of the animals.”
Mr Grant said: “It has been an honour to show him the work of the RSPCA and introduce him to our remarkable staff and volunteers and of course the wonderful animals we look after.
“People who visit the Birmingham centre can see first hand the work we are doing in leading the fight against a growing animal cruelty crisis.”
Visit www.rspca.org.uk/Birmingham for more.
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