Who are we

We’re the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) and we’ve been here for animals since 1824. We’re the world’s oldest and largest animal welfare charity, with the primary focus of rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming or releasing animals across England and Wales.

Our vision is a world where all animals are respected and treated with kindness and compassion. Our mission is to ensure animals have a good life by rescuing and caring for those in need, by advocating on behalf of all animals and by inspiring everyone to treat them with compassion and respect. Our strategy to 2030 will build on this strong platform as we look towards our 200th anniversary in 2024 and the years that follow.

Our 8 bold ambitions to 2030 are to:

01 – Reduce animal neglect and cruelty by half.
02 – Stop illegal puppy and kitten trading.
03 – See more than half of all UK farm animals reared to RSPCA welfare standards.
04 – End severe suffering for animals used in science.
05 – Secure legal protection for animals. Establish an Animal Protection Commission.
06 – Achieve statutory powers in England and Wales for RSPCA inspectors.
07 – Secure a UN declaration for animals.
08 – Inspire a one million-strong movement for animal welfare by 2030.

How we are structured

Our structure may at first seem a little confusing, but it’s best to picture our frontline workers as a family of animal rescuers, rehabilitators and animal carers, all pulling together to help animals in greatest need.

We have rehoming centres, wildlife rehabilitators and animal hospitals which are funded by donations to the national RSPCA, as well as our local branches. These separately-registered charities work under guidelines set by the national RSPCA and are primarily funded by local donors.

National animal rescue and investigations

Donations made to our national RSPCA fund our animal rescuers out in the field, who:

They’re tasked to specific jobs by our national cruelty line team.

Our local branches and national centres aren’t able to investigate animal cruelty or welfare concerns – only our national inspectorate do this across England and Wales. Regardless of the geographical area, all reports should be made to our cruelty line.

National rehabilitation, rehoming and wildlife centres

Our animal and equine rehoming centres (including those inside Pets at Home stores) and four wildlife centres primarily take in animals brought to them via our animal rescuers. When resources allow, they’ll also take in animals from the public. It’s always best to check who to contact and what to do when you find an injured wild animal, as some may require specialists.

With many of our animals having complex behavioural needs we also have a team of clinical animal behaviourists who provide expert support to help our animals find forever homes.

Animal Hospitals

We also have four animal hospitals and clinics, which both support the national RSPCA animal rescuers with sick and injured animals, and also offer subsidised vet treatment to those on low incomes who meet our eligibility criteria. Some local branches also offer these services.

Local branches

Our local branches play an incredible role in helping animals. We have over 150 branches that work to our policies but are run as separately-registered charities to the national RSPCA. We provide them with a small proportion of funds each year to support their vital work at a local level.

How they fundraise and support

The majority of their funds are raised by the individual branches themselves via a variety of means including charity shops, fundraising events and individual donations.

The primary aim of our branches is to support the animal rescue work of our inspectorate, but many offer other support to their local communities, by way of:

This is achieved through their welfare support schemes or clinics.

Our other vital work at HQ

Beyond the field, national donations also enable us to do many more vital pieces of work. Please note that if you click any links, you will leave the branch website and be directed to the national website. You can click the back arrow to return to the branch site: