About the RSPCA
The RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is the most well-known animal welfare charity in the UK. The RSPCA’s mission is to prevent cruelty, promote kindness to and alleviate animal suffering. Their dedicated teams of inspectors, animal welfare officers and collection officers work tirelessly to investigate complaints of cruelty and neglect, rescue and rehome ill, injured and unloved animals.
The RSPCA also treats animals in need of medication in dedicated hospitals and clinics up and down the country. There are 17 RSPCA centres across England and Wales, in which there are thousands of animals are ready to be adopted or rehomed to their “forever homes.” Besides the numerous rescue centres and shops across the UK, the RSPCA also has four specialist wildlife centres and works to improve farm and laboratory animal welfare and protect and rehabilitate wild animals.
Adopt, don’t shop!
Are you on the look-out for a new pet? With thousands of animals waiting in various RSPCA animal rescue centres ready to be rehomed, you’re bound to find the one that is perfect for you. These animals are only rehomed once they have been rehabilitated and are ready to join a loving family and the RSPCA workers will help to streamline their transition to joining your family.
Animals might need to be rehomed for any number of reasons; perhaps their owner has passed away, maybe the pet hasn’t taken to other animals in the family or a new baby, maybe the family has moved somewhere that doesn’t allow pets, somebody could have developed an allergy or they may not have the time, the space or money to do their best by the pet. Of course, the sadder side of the story is that some animals are deliberately abandoned, neglected or mistreated. And in these cases the RSPCA will step in to rescue, rehabilitate, care for, train and work with the animal ready to place them in the home environment they so deserve – in those instances where the pet is able to be saved – and when the time is right.
RSPCA Rehoming Centre in Bournemouth
Ashley Heath Animal Centre in Ringwood cares for over 180 animals at any one time. Most of the animals here that are ready for adoption have been rescued from neglect. They are taken into care whilst the staff prepare them for their next chapter in life – finding their forever home. If you’re thinking of adopting a pet, take a look at the animals up for adoption in Ashley Heath here. You could also look at all the animals ready to adopt from all RSPCA rescue centres nationally on the charity’s main website here.
RSPCA clinics in Bournemouth
The clinic on Bournemouth’s Richmond Park Road is run by the RSPCA and offers reduced veterinary fees to help pet owners with low incomes get the help they need for their animals. All pets adopted from the centre are neutered, microchipped and vaccinated prior to leaving and this cost is included in the adoption fee.
144 Richmond Park Road, Bournemouth, BH8 8TW
Tel: 01202 526520
RSPCA Shops in Bournemouth
There are around 215 RSPCA shops across England and Wales. They help raise money to support the RSPCA’s work around the country. The closest RSPCA shop to Bournemouth is in Ringwood on the main high street. Next time you’re passing, do pop in to see if there is anything that you might want or need, as they have a wide variety of goods for sale. Donation of goods are always welcome and appreciated. If you’re unsure whether your items are suitable for the shop, please contact the team on the number below.
RSPCA Ringwood Shop, 1, High Street, Ringwood, BH24 1AB
Tel: 01425 477786
Other useful telephone numbers:
If you are aware of an animal in distress or to report a case of animal cruelty, please call 0300 1234 999.
For donations, memberships and fundraising enquiries, please call 0300 123 0346 (lines are open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday)