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Welcome to RSPCA York, Harrogate and District Branch, covering Harrogate, Knaresborough, Malton, Market Weighton, Pocklington, Ripon, Selby, Wetherby, Tadcaster and surrounding areas.

RSPCA Winter Campaign

Share the love this winter: @RSPCA_Official’s first ever Christmas film launches 6th December 2016 #LoveAnimals

Click Here for the video


No Appointment Necessary

We have no idea how the rumour started but there seems to be notion out there, that potential adopters have to make an appointment in order to start the adoption process, with us. This may be the case at other rescues but it certainly is not, nor never has been the case at the York Animals Home. If anyone wants to adopt an animal, they simply need to turn up at the York Animals Home to discuss. For more information click here


To start the process of looking for your new pet please click on the appropriate animal category below.
Dogs for Adoption

Cats for Adoption

Rabbits for Adoption

Birds for Adoption

Chincilla for Adoption

Degus for Adoption

Gerbils for Adoption

Guinea Pigs for Adoption

Guinea Pigs

Hamsters for Adoption

Rats for Adoption



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City Centre Collection December 2016

A massive thank you to the 11 collectors who stood in the cold and wet on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th December; between them they collected £643.91. (£376.08 on Wednesday and £367.83 on Thursday). Amazingly, 3 of the collectors did both days!

If you donated money on either of these days - thank you too.

Did you know this about the RSPCA Inspectorate?

As a charity the RSPCA National Society is massively under-resourced. They only have 400 inspectors (just one per 142,500 people) and they receive more than 14,000 calls each week - as you can imagine they are often overwhelmed.

As frustrating as it is, they can only act within the law at all times. They are only able to remove an animal with the say so of the police and a vet. Even if conditions are less than ideal there isn’t always a law being broken. So while you might expect that they will rush in and seize the animal(s), this often isn’t possible as it would be against the law as the RSPCA have no legal right to do so.

It may be that the inspectors are working hard behind the scenes with the owner. They often try to improve circumstances for the animal if at all possible, and this can take time. 

Breed specific legislation campaign

The RSPCA has recently launched a campaign calling on the UK Government to launch an inquiry into Breed Specific Legislation ­ a law that causes the suffering and destruction of hundreds of innocent dogs every year.

The campaign has received national media coverage. The RSPCA would like to reach 100,000 signatures to put pressure on the UK Government. If you would like to learn more or to add your signature to the campaign please click here.

RSPCA York, Harrogate and District Branch Lottery

The latest lottery was drawn at 12.30 pm, on 31st December 2016, at the RSPCA York Animal Home. 

The winning numbers are:-

1st Prize -  Number 064  - £60

2nd Prize - Number 083  - £25

3rd Prize -  Number 104 - £15

Please see our FAQs page for details on how to join this lottery. All proceeds are for the benefit of the animals at the RSPCA York Animal Home.

The Lottery is drawn on the last Sunday of every month.

Animal Evacuation Christmas 2015 

All of the animals were evacuated on Sunday 27th December, as the grounds were flooded. That's 50 dogs, 47 cats, 11 rabbits and 30 assorted small animals and wildlife.

At first it was thought that we could get away with only evacuating the dogs but as the water kept rising it was decided to evacuate all the animals during daylight hours. Also mid-afternoon wellies were needed to gain entry to the site as all access points were under water and there was water ponding around the home grounds. Thankfully, the water did not come in to the buildings but it was close. We were lucky in that respect.

The majority of the animals went to Askham Bryan College where the animal care staff worked for the rest of the week. Some animals were sent out to temporary foster homes. The animals are now back in the Animal Home except for Tallulah and Rupert who have been re-homed. Due to the need to get back to normal and to deal with all the paperwork that evacuating the home has generated we have decided to remain shut and will reopen for business as usual on Tuesday 12th January 2016.

We have to say a big thank you to so many people. To Askham Bryan College and staff for housing so many of our animals and for helping with their welfare and exercise needs. To some key volunteers Andy, Richard and Nathan who helped with the animals and in moving the larger electrical items. To Kerry for helping to move key admin files. To John from York Waterworks for helping in the flood water to sandbag our doors. To Howarth Timber for the generous and much needed donation of hundreds of Hydro Sacks. 

To the many many people and businesses that donated animal food to help us; you are too numerous to mention individually. To those that donated money and sent gifts via our Amazon Wish List - thanks those gifts are now just starting to get through as parcel deliveries have recommenced.

If you have made an offer of help via Twitter, Facebook or by email and we have not responded yet - please accept our apologies as there have been so many. Your offer may now be lost and may not have got through as there was a communication blackout when the Telephone Exchange was flooded. You can ring our front doorbell if you are bringing in donations even if we are closed.

The support we have received has been heart warming and generous and it is very comforting to know that we have such great supporters in our branch area.

Finally we need to thank the staff and volunteers at the York Animal Home who worked long hours and many coming in during their Christmas Break in order that the animals could be relocated successfully.

Our Adoption fees changed with effect from 1st November 2015

Our adoption fees are reviewed every year and we try to keep them as low as possible but at the same time set the fee so that we are getting an appropriate contribution towards the cost of looking after your pet, whilst he or she has been in our care. Our adoption fees have not been changed since 2012. Sadly, we now feel the need to increase the fee with effect from 1st November 2015.

The maximum fee we will be asking for each animal will be:-

Puppies – £150.

Adult Dogs - £120.

Kittens - £90.

Adult Cats - £80.

Rabbits, Small Animals and Birds – Between £5 and £25.


On adoption your cat, dog or rabbit will be neutered (if 5 months or older), micro-chipped, wormed and have up to date vaccinations. Cats and dogs received standard and regular flea treatments and rabbit’s, treatment for mites.  Of course, you also get your new family member! If your dog, cat or rabbit leaves us unneutered because they are too young, then we issue a voucher to you to pay for the neutering when your new pet is old enough.

If you were to acquire your new pet from a source that does not provide the above then you can reasonably expect to pay the following:-

Microchipping – typically around £25.

Dog Castration – from £80 (more for larger dogs).

Bitch Spay – typically £150 to £300+ depending on the size of the dog.

Cat Castration - from around £40.

Cat Spay - £60 upwards.

Plus the cost of vaccinations, worming and flea treatments.

(All prices are an indication only and the actual prices will depend on the charges of your chosen veterinary practice, the species, breed and size of the animal).