Website Privacy and Cookie Policy

Who We Are?

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) Kent-Isle of Thanet Branch is an unincorporated charity registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales under charity number 209365, represented by its trustees, whose registered address is at Isle of Thanet Animal Centre, Queensdown Road, Woodchurch, Birchington CT7 0HG.

By using the terms “we”, “us”, “our” or “RSPCA Thanet” throughout this Cookie Policy we are referring to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Kent-Isle of Thanet Branch, with the above-mentioned details.

This website is hosted by TSOhost. That said, certain technical data will be processed by us and TSOhost, whose Privacy Policy is available here.

As an RSPCA Branch, we are a separately registered, volunteer-run charity using a Governing Document approved by the national RSPCA.

We are registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) under reference number ZA153408.

What is this Cookie Policy about?

This Cookie Policy identifies the cookies and similar technologies which we use on our website and explains how we use them as well as your right to control our use of them.

This Cookie Policy should be read in conjunction with our Privacy Policy, which sets out the way we handle your personal data along with your rights under applicable laws.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer, smartphone or other mobile or smart device when you visit a website. Generally, the purpose of their use is to identify you so that next time you visit the website, they can assess that information and recognise you as a returning visitor of the website. More information about cookies or other similar technologies and their use is available here.

Our website uses cookies that are set directly by us as well as cookies that are set by third parties (parties other than RSPCA Thanet). Third party cookies enable third party features or functionality to be provided on or through our website. The parties that set these cookies can recognise your computer, smartphone or other mobile device when it visits our website and also when it visits certain other websites.

The identity of cookie providers together with a direct link to their respective privacy policies is set out in the forthcoming part.

What type of Cookies do we use?

Strictly Necessary Cookies

Strictly Necessary Cookies are essential cookies that enable you to browse our website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the site; without which the website’s performance maybe compromised. We use the following Strictly Necessary Cookies:

Cookie Name Provider TypePurpose or UseExpiry 
DYNSRVRSPCA Thanet HTTP Used in context with load balancing. This optimizes the response rate between the visitor and the site, by distributing the traffic load on multiple network links or servers Session
local_storage_support_testTwitterHTMLUsed in context with the local-storage function in the browser. This function allows the website to load faster by pre-loading certain procedures. Persistent

Preference Cookies

Preference Cookies enable the website to remember information that changes the way the site behaves or looks, such as your preferred language or the region that you are in. With your consent, we use the following Preference Cookie:

Cookie NameProviderTypePurpose or useExpiry
Lang cdn.syndication.twimg.com HTTPuser's selected language version of the website 1 Day

Statistics Cookies

Statistics cookies (also known as performance cookies) collect information about how you use our website, such as identifying which of our webpages you have visited and what links you have clicked on.

With your consent, we use the following Statistics Cookies:
None of this information can be used to identify you. It is all aggregated and, therefore, anonymized.

Cookie NameProviderTypePurpose or UseExpiry
_utm.gif Google PixelGoogle Analytics Tracking Code that logs details about the visitor's browser and computer Session
_utma RSPCA Thanet (through Google) HTTPUsed through Google Analytics to collect data on the number of times a user has visited the website as well as the dates for the first and most recent visit 2 years
_utmb RSPCA Thanet (through Google) HTTPUsed through Google Analytics to register a timestamp with the exact time of when the user accesses the website and to calculate the duration of a website visit 1 day
_utmc RSPCA Thanet (through Google) HTTPUsed through Google Analytics to register a timestamp with the exact time of when the user leaves the website and to calculate the duration of a website visit Session
_utmt RSPCA Thanet (through Google) HTTPUsed to throttle the speed of requests to the server 1 Day
_utmz RSPCA Thanet (through Google) HTTPUsed through Google Analytics to collect data on where the user came from, what search engine was used, what link was clicked and what search term was used 6 Months

Marketing Cookies

Marketing cookies collect information based on your use of the website that maybe used to target advertising to you (also known as behavioural targeting). With your consent, we use the following Marketing Cookies:

Cookie NameProviderTypePurpose or useExpiry
widgetsettings TwitterHTMLUsed by Twitter to allow visitors to share content from the website onto their Twitter profilePersistent

When are our Cookies used?

We use Strictly Necessary Cookies as soon as you visit our website; as those cookies are essential for the proper functioning of the site.

As for our use of any other non-essential cookies (such as Preference, Statistics and Marketing Cookies), we do not use them unless or until you give us your consent to do so.

You can give your consent for us to use non-esssential cookies through the pop-up message which appears on our website.

Updates to this Cookie Policy

We may from time-to-time update this Cookie Policy to reflect any changes in the cookies which our website uses or the way in which we handle them or to reflect any amendments to applicable law.

If we do make any changes to this Cookie Policy, we will make reasonable efforts to bring those changes to your attention but we do encourage you to revisit this webpage from time-to-time to ensure that you have read the most up-to-date version of our Cookie Policy.

This Cookie Policy was last updated on 27 May 2021.

How to disable the use of cookies?

You may disable our use of cookies (including Strictly Necessary Cookies) by changing your browser settings, but please note that this may affect the functionality of our website. Information about how to disable cookies is available from here.

Contact Us

If you have any questions in relation to this Cookie Policy, please do not hesitate to contact us at

dataprotection@rspcathanet.org.uk