We appointed our first two female patrol officers in 1952 - today 68 percent of our frontline inspectors are women.
We've been shaped by pioneering women throughout our history, from the Victorian age right up to the present day.
Queen Victoria bestowed a Royal Patronage on us in 1837 when we were the ‘SPCA’ (when she was still Princess Victoria). In 1840 she gave us our Royal Warrant, meaning we could add the 'R' to our name.
Queen Victoria played an active role within the Society including designing a Queens Medal and attending events we held. Documents show that she wrote letters to us asking for the ‘protection and safety’ of cats who were generally misunderstood and mistreated. A further letter written in June 1874 from TM Biddulph (Queen Victoria’s private secretary) on behalf of the Queen details a one hundred guinea donation to the Society. It reads ‘The Queen hears and reads with horror of the sufferings which the brute creation often undergo from the thoughtlessness of the ignorant’. We still have the handwritten Royal Warrant from Queen Victoria proudly on display. ...
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