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Welcome to RSPCA Cornwall Branch

We hope our website will give you an insight into our Branch and the animal welfare work we help to deliver in Cornwall.  The Branch is an independent, separately-registered charity to the National RSPCA, and receive very minimal financial support from them.  All our funds to run the Venton Animal Centre and our other animal welfare services, have to be raised locally by the Branch itself.  All money raised in Cornwall, stays in Cornwall to directly support the Branch, local animals in need and their owners.  

Building Works at the Venton Centre

Our long-awaited project to re-build the Kennel block at our rehoming Centre is finally underway, and anyone visiting the Centre will notice that our car park is now accommodating temporary cabins for the contractors working on site.  We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your patience.

We are doing our best to minimise any disruption to visitors to the site, but Cooper’s Field is currently closed and we hope to be able to re-open this as possible.  We will keep the Cooper’s booking page updated and advise of any changes to availability as far in advance as possible.

In the meantime, please could we ask anyone visiting the Centre to take extra care, as there may be large vehicles and deliveries within the car park area and more traffic entering and leaving the site.


The Venton Rehoming Centre  

Our Cattery, Kennels and Small pets unit at Venton Centre are not routinely open to the public, so visits for adoption purposes are by appointment only.  If you would like to register your interest in adopting an animal from us, please see the How to Adopt page for more information.  You will also find our online adoption forms there, which need to be completed as the first step in applying for any animal.  If you have any difficulty with the online form, we can post a paper copy out to you if preferred – please email to request this, or you are welcome to collect a form from the Centre Reception.

If you have any items that you would like to donate to us, either for animals at the Centre, or suitable to sell in our charity shops, they would be most appreciated.  Please bring to the Centre and drop them into our front porch area.  Our pet shop at the Centre is also now open again, selling everything from pet foods and treats, to toys, harnesses and other equipment.  We also have a selection of new and good-quality preloved items, including pet beds and carriers, available to purchase from the Centre shop or our Charity shops in Bude, Truro or Newquay.

We are a self-funded branch of the RSPCA based in St Columb, Cornwall. We first opened our doors and hearts to animals in 1996 and since then we’ve rescued, rehabilitated and rehomed thousands of animals.

At the Venton Centre, we take in animals from all walks of life, from strays to cruelty investigations, and aim to help them all. Our Rehoming Centre has accommodation for dogs, cats and small animals, together with a small wildlife unit, to temporarily house wildlife until they can be moved to an approved Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.

As well as the work of our Rehoming Centre, our Animal Branch Welfare Officers work throughout Cornwall to reach animals most in need and provide crucial education, care and support to animals and their owners.

Through our Education team, we provide young people in Cornwall with vital skills to ensure the next generation acts with kindness and compassion towards animals.

The Branch has big plans over the coming years to strengthen our Rehoming Centre and ultimately be in a position able to help even more animals in need.

We help animals regardless of their age, medical or behavioural needs, to give them all a second chance. Being an separate independent charity means we rely on local donations to keep our doors open to animals in need. By supporting our Branch, you’ll be helping hundreds of animals in Cornwall every year.

Total Animals rehomed by our Centre in 2023

Animals cared for by our Centre so far in 2024

Animals rehomed by our Centre so far in 2024

Trustees needed

Can you help?
Experience in any of the following would be an advantage:

  • Animal Welfare
  • Business or Charity Management
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Veterinary care
  • Legal, Marketing or Human Resources

If you could give your time voluntarily to help run our successful Branch, please contact, who can provide more information on the Trustee role and the commitment required.

Foster carers needed ...

Can you help animals in need of foster care?

Roxy is an older Staffy who desperately needed the comfort, love and attention that a foster family could give her.  We often have older dogs, young puppies or kittens, and animals needing long term care whilst receiving medical treatment or recovering from surgery.

If you are interested in finding out more about fostering, or would like to register as a foster carer for any other dogs or cats in our care, you can find more information here.

Rescue Animal Lottery

Would you like to support animals in our care and be in with a chance of winning in our monthly draw …?

Our Rescue Animal Lottery is a great way to support the Cornwall Branch.  All money raised goes directly into our funds to support our animal welfare work throughout the County.

The lottery costs £1.25/week, so just £5.00 per month!

If you would like more information to sign up for our monthly draw, please click here


How You Can Help

Corporate Heroes

Have a positive impact on the local community by becoming a corporate hero. Increase your company’s exposure to the wider community from as little as £250 per year.


Sponsor a cat pen or a kennel and help the Branch raise the £800,000 needed annually to run our Rehoming Centre and various animal welfare campaigns in Cornwall.


Make a secure donation through our Just Giving page and your money will start helping our shelter animals straight away.

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