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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.  


The Venton 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.

Avian ‘Flu Update

Even though the strict Avian Flu restrictions in Cornwall have been relaxed, due to the risk of infection in the wild bird population, we cannot currently accept any birds into our care at the Venton Centre.

If you find a sick or injured bird, please contact the RSPCA National Control Centre on 0300 1234 999 or 0300 1238 967.  Please note that they receive a very high volume of calls and only have limited collection staff in Cornwall to respond to reports of birds in distress.  Injured birds can also be taken to any veterinary surgery for treatment.

If you find deceased birds or you need further advice on avian ‘flu, please contact the Defra helpline on 03459 335577.

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 in 2022

Total Animals rescued so far in 2023

Animals rehomed so far in 2023

Amber & Willow

Jack Russell Terriers 
These lovely ladies were adopted from the Centre a few months ago and are loving their new home.  If you able to offer a new start to one of the dogs currently in our care, please click on the “Read More” link below for more information.

New van appeal - Thank you Perrymans!

Our Cornwall Branch Animal Welfare Officers get multiple calls a day from the public for support and concerns for animals. The RSPCA does not fund our Branch, so the costs to provide our Animal Welfare Officers’ are borne by the Branch.

Due to the high volume of people needing our support, we needed an extra van to support as many animals (and their owners) as possible. Perryman & Sons  helped us with an amazing deal on a used van which is now up and down the county helping animals in need!

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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