The RSPCA has confirmed it is restructuring some of its services in line with its ten-year strategy to make the group “sustainable for the future”.
In addition, 300 RSPCA jobs are now facing redundancy in light of the “critical” financial pressures the group is currently facing.
It comes as the group has confirmed plans to restructure its team of frontline rescuers, in a bid to cut down on management costs, reduce the number of groups across the country and create a new role of Animal Rescue Officer to work alongside inspectors.
In addition, the group will cut senior and middle management positions across the organisation by 20%.
It said that such changes are part of a wider restructure of its services in line with a new strategy that aims to refocus on core activities where it can be “most effective in helping animals”.
It is currently predicting a £47m “black hole” in its finances over the next three years unless it takes “urgent action” to protect its welfare services.
As part of a strategic overview of all its activities, it is also proposing the closure of one of its two London hospitals, a linked cattery and clinic, as well as an equine centre and animal centre.
However, it is “actively exploring” whether any other welfare organisation can take over the operations of some of these services.
CEO Chris Sherwood, said: “We announced a proposal for up to 300 redundancies last week as a result of the critical financial pressures we are facing and that will, unfortunately, include some roles on the frontline.
“The last thing I want is to be making these announcements at what is already a difficult time for our hard-working employees, but we simply cannot continue to operate our services in this way as we have been spending more than our income.”
He added: “Sadly, we are now facing a £47m black hole over three years and the current pandemic has made these changes very urgent if we are to protect our vital animal welfare activities for the future.
“We have an imbalance in our services, and we plan to rebalance these services going forward. We are confident we can still rescue, rehabilitate and treat animals in these areas through our network of other sites and through closer partnership working with other organisations.”