The North Devon RSPCA branch is launching an appeal to raise half-a-million-pounds to build a new centre.

Bideford’s RSPCA charity shop is launching a half-a-million-pound appeal to build a new animal rescue centre.

Shop manager Tracy Blake said there is ‘desperate’ need for an animal housing facility with the nearest one being West Hatch in Taunton.

Tracy said she often receives phone calls in the night to say animals have been ‘dumped’ outside the shop in Mill Street.

She said: “We had about six dogs just tied up outside the shop last year alone.

“The last one was just a few weeks ago. I ended up walking the streets in the middle of the night trying to find somewhere for it to stay.

“I’ve had to beg friends to take them in for a night because there is nowhere else to take them.”

An RSPCA clinic opened in Roundswell, Barnstaple, in 2006 but was forced to close four years later due to funding problems.

Tracy said the aim was to purchase land and build the centre in or near Bideford, which would house rescued animals.

She is hoping money raised from the shop will contribute towards the appeal.

“But we desperately need able volunteers who can help to stack shelves, sort donations and use the till,” Tracy added.

To find out more visit the Bideford RSPCA shop.