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Vacancy: Animal Centre Manager

Animal Centre Manager

Term: Permanent Contract
Probationary period: 6 months.
Hours: 37.5 hours per week, including regular weekend working, exact working pattern to be agreed
Salary range: £ 18,000.00 to £23,000 p.a. dependent on experience.

We’re seeking a committed new team member to be responsible for the operational management of Warrington Animal Centre, Slutchers Lane, Warrington, WA1 1NA. You’ll be passionate about animal welfare, with significant experience of managing a team, animal handling and facilities management.


Our centre currently operates as a closed centre, boarding animals removed from situations of cruelty, neglect and abuse by inspectors and rehabilitating them whilst their cases progress through the legal process before transferring them to other branches for rehoming.

Overview of the role:
• Required to manage a team of 12 staff members (9 FTE), plus volunteers and   placement students.
• Responsible for the welfare of the animals in our care.
• Maintain the premises and equipment, so they comply with all current Health and Safety legislation and to be responsible for the health and safety of staff (and any general public) at the animal centre.
•  To maintain those office systems, including filing and basic financial management, required for the operation of the animal centre
• To be responsible for the delivery of RSPCA standard procedures and all other appropriate training and to maintain staff training records.
To apply, please download the job description and person specification, and application form.

Application form  ACM Job description

CVs will not be accepted. Applications should be emailed to helena.brailsford@rspca-whs.org.uk or posted to

Helena Brailsford

RSPCA Warrington Halton and St Helens

Warrington Animal Centre

Slutchers Lane



Closing Date: 4.30pm Sunday 2nd July.

Interviews will be held on Friday 7th July.

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Special Appeal: Freddy Seeks His Forever Home

Freddy had a very rough start to life, being badly beaten as a young puppy before being rescued by RSPCA Inspectors.

Following surgery and a course of hydrotherapy, Freddy made an amazing recovery and his previous injury currently has no impact on his mobility or activity levels.  He may benefit from further hydrotherapy as he ages.

Given Freddy’s appalling start in life, he has made an amazing recovery, both physically and emotionally.  Freddy was fortunate to be placed in a foster home with a highly experienced volunteer foster carer, so has lived in a home environment from a young age where he has learnt basic training, house training and how to interact with other dogs within the family.

Not surprisingly, Freddy’s experience has left him a little wary around some strangers, and introductions to new people need to be taken slowly.

We are looking for an experienced owner who is able to see potential in this young, excitable boy. You will need to put time into training him using reward based methods and will need to follow the instructions and guidance given in his training plan to manage his environment and new experiences. We are looking for a quiet home environment with an active owner to give Freddy the chance he deserves to be in a permanent, loving home.

It could be possible for Freddy to live with other dogs, as he has four friends at his current foster home. We’re looking for a child-free home, not because he has an issue with children but because he needs a calm stable environment and gradual introductions to new people, which is less easy to achieve in a busy family home.

Freddy is a very playful dog that loves toys, especially his ball. He will chase and retrieve any toy you throw and happily give it back to you. With the right training Freddy has the potential to learn so much more, he already responds to his name on recall as well as being able to sit and give his paw.

If you think you are the right person for Freddy, can give him the time, attention and training required please contact us via email – admin@rspca-whs.org.uk with a completed perfect match form from our website. Perfect match form DOGS AND PUPPIES

Watch this video to see Freddy playing with his ball – IMG_0908

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Would you like to be a trustee?

Would you like to use your management or business skills to help our animals? We are always looking for trustees. Please contact cathy.mitchell@rspca-whs.org.uk to find out more. http://rspca-whs.org.uk/trustees/

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