Our Aim – To promote the work and objectives of the Society, to promote kindness and to prevent and suppress cruelty to animals by all lawful means.
As a branch of the RSPCA we run independently and as a separately registered charity; this means we are largely responsible for raising our own funds locally to help animals in our area. We raise funds through a variety of events we run throughout the year, our nine charity shops, and through the generosity of the general public.
The branch is led by our CEO Paul Bennett with the aid of a committee of dedicated trustees chaired by local businessman Gary Blatt; they are supported by a small team of paid staff and a large number of committed and passionate volunteers. As an active and busy branch we rely heavily on our volunteers to carry out a variety of roles such as fundraising, fostering, home visiting, administration, shop work and much more.
We have been operating in North West London for over 75 years and now cover most of the London Boroughs of Brent, Harrow and Hillingdon (North of the A40), as well as Watford, Rickmansworth, Chorleywood, Bushey, Oxhey, Radlett, Potters Bar, Hatfield, Barnet and St. Albans in South Hertfordshire. We currently have three Animal Welfare Officers and an Animal Welfare Administrator, together they respond to the many calls we receive each day regarding animals in need.
In 2017 we began the process of merging our Branch with Potters Bar, Hatfield and Barnet Branch to form Middlesex North West and South Hertfordshire Branch. The new Branch was formalised on 1st January 2018 retaining the original charity number 208331.
In 2018 the branch worked with almost 1,000 animals and whilst the animal welfare team work on finding new, loving and responsible homes many of these animals are placed with a caring foster home or are accommodated at a wonderful boarding facility where we hire space. In some cases we may arrange for animals in our care to be transferred to a regional rehoming centre if this provides the best opportunity for that animal to be rehomed quickly.
In addition to our rehoming work we also support over 1000 pet owners each year through financial assistance. This means owned and much loved pets can receive treatment which their owner may be struggling to pay for. This could be assistance with the cost of a simple neutering operation or a contribution towards the unexpected cost of an illness or injury.
In 1931 the Willesden and Brondesbury Auxiliary area was expanded to create the Middlesex North West Branch of the RSPCA. Today its boundaries extend as far as Paddington in the east, Chorleywood to the west, Watford, Radlett and St Albans to the north and South Ruislip and Acton to the south. The earliest remaining Branch committee meeting minutes’ date back to the 1st of April 1947 when the Branch was in the process of resurrecting itself after the war.
During the 1950’s and 1960’s the husband and wife team of Norman and Doris Beecroft were Chairman and Secretary of the Branch. In 1970 when Mrs Beecroft retired as Secretary, Hilary Anyon took on this role. Ten years later she was joined by her husband Alan who then became Branch Chairman.
Under the strong stewardship of Adrian Donno, Branch Secretary and Branch Chairman from 1995 to 2015 and the other trustees the Branch has considerably expanded its animal welfare activities over the last few years with an important part of its funding derived from the nine charity shops it now operates. In October 2003 it employed its first Animal Welfare Officer to work out in the communities the Branch serves. This proved so successful that in May 2006 a second Animal Welfare Officer was employed. A third Animal Welfare Officer joined the team following our recent merger. This has allowed the Branch to build on the already strong working relationship with the RSPCA Inspectors and Animal Collection Officers locally.