AN RSPCA animal centre, based in Frankley, is appealing to the public for donations of blankets, newspapers and scratch posts.

After a cold and busy winter, Newbrook Farm Animal Centre is running low on bedding and supplies for their dogs, cats and rabbits.

Deborah Caffull, centre manager, said: "Last year we rehomed 1,115 animals, so as you can imagine our blankets get a lot of use and often have to be replaced.

"We also send some home with our animals to comfort them in a new environment.

“We are particularly low on blankets at the moment for our cattery and kennels.

"We need large blankets for the kennels and some smaller ones for our cats, preferably of a fleece or similar material as these wash really well.

“In 2016, it cost £537,935 to run the animal centre which means that we often appeal for kind members of the public to donate food, blankets and toys to help us look after the many animals in our care."

She added: "As the kitten season is now upon us - the time of year when most kittens are born and many sadly end up coming into our centres - the RSPCA needs lots more blankets to provide for our fosterers who hand-rear these young kittens round the clock, and also help settle older animals into a home environment.

“If you can help with donations of old blankets, scratching posts and newspapers we would be very grateful.”

To donate, or to ask about fostering opportunities, contact Newbrook Farm Animal Centre on 0300 123 8585, or drop in to the centre in Frankley Green.