Little Valley - Big Heart
Little Valley Animal Shelter is a local Devon Charity located in a beautiful 20 acre countryside site on the edge of Exeter. We are a separately registered of the RSPCA meaning we are governed by certain overarching guidance to ensure excellent standards of care but receive minimal funding from the charity. Because of this, working for Little Valley is challenging but hugely rewarding; with every acheivement making a difference to the lives of the many animals on nsite and in our surrounding communities.
It costs over £1m a year to run Little Valley, and we despite the impact of the pandemic we remain in a strong and stable financial position, ready to invest in the development of our beloved charity and increase the levels of support we can offer animals in our region.
Our team of 35 staff and over 100 volunteers are based at the shelter and in our 5 retail shops which are dotted around the Devon area. The Shelter has over 30 dog kennels, including a specialist behavioural area. We also have over 50 cat pens, including a special cat compound. Finally, Little Valley has a unique stand-alone facility where we can house over 50 small animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets and a wide range of rodents, not to mention birds of all shapes and sizes in our private aviaries. Over the years our extensive grounds and wildlife areas have also cared for farm animals, many of whom are now happy and much loved in their new homes. Working at Little Valley means you're following the journeys of the animals we care for, watching them from when they arrive with us, often from sad backgrounds, to when they are happily rehomed.
April 2020 marked a milestone in Little Valley's 30 year history as our final new kennel block were completed and commissioned - over the last few years we have totally rebuilt our cattery and dog kennels to allow us to deliver our highest standards of care in the very best facilities possible. The total cost of Little Valley's rebuild project has been well over £2m.
It is a great time to join our wonderful team as the rebuild is now behind us and we are in the final stages of agreeing our strategy for the way forward. In the coming years we will be supporting even more animals who need our care in the Devon area and also raising our profile and diversifying our income streams to provide a more stable platform for the future.