With more people come more pets and consequently, more problems. Every year hundreds of animals are abandoned, rejected and cruelly mistreated. The RSPCA is usually involved and the local branch and shelter bear an enormous burden serving a catchment area of about 400 square miles.
By the early 1980s the facilities at the Branches' Park Gate shelter were at breaking point and overcrowding, growing waiting lists, obsolete equipment and other pressures handicapped efforts to respond to a growing need. The Branch took on the task of searching for new accommodation and in 1984 took a great gamble and bought this 9 acre site here at Ranvilles Farm in Stubbington.