Little Valley - Big Heart
Although operating under the guidance of the RSPCA, Little Valley animal shelter is a completely separate local Devon Charity based in a beautiful 20-acre countryside site on the edge of Exeter.
It costs over £1m a year to run Little Valley, and we receive no direct funding from either the state or the national RSPCA towards the day to day running costs. We are a totally self-funded charity but positively we are in a strong and stable financial position - free reserves approaching 2 years of operational costs and increasing fixed assets.
Little Valley's team of 35 staff and over 100 volunteers are based both at the shelter and in our 7 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.
April 2020 marks a milestone in Little Valley's 28-year history as our final new kennel block will be 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.