As the cost-of-living crisis bites, there’s lots of animals being cared for by the RSPCA this Christmas as they wait for forever homes.

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District Branch is running its Christmas Wish Appeal for 2022, inviting the local community to help grant the wish of a better life for the many animals in their care this festive season.

The independently-funded, local RSPCA Animal Centre is hoping to raise vital funds and find homes for the many abandoned, abused and unwanted pets in their care.

Fundraiser Fay Gibbons said: “It breaks our hearts to know each year we will have many cats, dogs and small animals spending Christmas without a home or a family to call their own.

“Some may have lost what they once called a home, and others may have never experienced a warm snuggle on the sofa or even felt the love a family can give.

“That’s why we’re calling on the public to help us make this festive season as special as possible for these animals.”

A £1 donation could buy a cat or kitten a delicious Christmas Day treat, and a £5 donation could heat a kennel for a day to keep the dogs cosy and warm.

Any donation people can offer will help grant an animal’s wish for a brighter future and help the RSPCA team provide the best Christmas for the animals spending the festive season in their care.

Jade (main image, top) is a seven-year-old Spaniel who found herself in the care of the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford Branch after her original owner couldn’t afford the vital treatment she needed.

Jade arrived with severe lesions to her body, a flea infestation and a chronic allergic skin disease – all which had been left untreated.

Fay said: “Poor Jade must have been in such discomfort and had she not received help from the local RSPCA, her condition would have only worsened.”

Jade is now receiving all the medication, love and care she needs to recover but won’t be ready to find her new home until her skin conditions are under control.

The total of Jade’s care to the charity is over £360 and this is expected to rise until she is 100% ready to find a loving forever home.

Supporting the Christmas Wish Appeal will directly provide for animals like Jade, helping the local RSPCA Animal Centre afford life-saving treatment and treats to make Christmas Day extra special too!

Anyone wishing to donate to the appeal can purchase ‘wish tickets’ available in all the RSPCA charity shops and the Animal Centre Shop based on Wade Street, Halifax.

The tickets make great last-minute stocking fillers for anyone wanting to purchase a unique gift idea for family, colleagues and friends.

You can also donate online HERE