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

Due to the extreme heat we are suspending all volunteer dog walking until further notice. Sorry for any inconvenience but it is for the benefit of the animals in our care.

We have a close association with RSPCA Bridlington, Driffield and District Branch,

by providing kennels for their dogs: follow this link to their website

Is your new pet currently in our care? 
To find out, 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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Late Night Openings

From Tuesday 4th September to Friday 7th September the York Animal Home will be open from 5pm - 8pm.  We hope this gives more opportunity for prospective adopters to visit us and find a companion pet. Our regular volunteer dog walkers would be very welcome to take a dog for an evening stroll during these hours.

Ben Nevis Climb

Some current and former members of staff together with a dog called Snoop Dog will be climbing Ben Nevis on Tuesday 29th May to raise money for a hydrotherapy treadmill.  The treadmill will be used by animals with arthritis or those recovery from orthopaedic surgery.  Please support them if you can by clicking on the following link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/marie-sandall2

RSPCA York, Harrogate and District Branch Lottery

The latest lottery was drawn on 23rd June 2018, at the RSPCA York Animal Home.

The winning numbers are:-

1st Prize -  Number 064 - £70

2nd Prize - Number 004 - £30

3rd Prize -  Number 156 - £20

4th Prize -  Number 145 - £10 

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.

Harrogate shop is open

On 21st October our latest charity shop opened in Harrogate, you can find it at 16 Commercial Street, Harrogate HG1 1TY.  The opening times are Monday to Saturday 9am to 4.30pm (closed on Sunday). Good quality donations of clothing, bric-a-brac, toys and small items of furniture are always welcome. A collection service is available if necessary and can be arranged by calling the shop manager, Beverley, on 01423 524612

Searching for Emma

We recently received a lovely letter from a young lady called Emma, who was due to celebrate her tenth birthday on 1st August. She wrote asking us to reply to her, which we would love to do.  However, Emma did not provide an address and our pleas on Facebook to find her have failed. If you know who this person is please get in touch. Click here to see her letter. 

Branch Activity 2016

Branch Manager

If you are looking for a shining example of a team of staff, volunteers and trustees that are hardworking, dedicated to the cause and passionate about animal welfare, then you do not have to look any further than the team at RSPCA York and District Branch.

The shop staff in York and Selby work very hard to generate donations and sell them at the best price possible. The shop managers especially, working some of their days off to keep the shops open, wherever possible.

The year saw the standardising of the working week across the branch to 37.5 hours and the introduction of Pension Provision in April, some eight months before the legally required start date.

As a branch we support the RSPCA Inspectorate and their work wholeheartedly and have started and will continue to offer animal spaces at the York Animal Home to the Inspectors as a priority and only taking animals from the public, when no inspector animal needs a rescue place. 

In 2016 we took in 194 dogs, 324 cats, 25 rabbits and 94 other small animals. We rehomed 142 dogs, 265 cats, 21 rabbits and 71 small animals. We successfully reunited 35 dogs, 10 cats and 4 rabbits with their owners and 56 feral cats were caught, neutered and released. Our greatest achievement in 2016 was to dramatically reduce the average length of stay for the animals in our care. For the dogs rehomed in 2015 the average length of stay was 134 days, in 2016 this was reduced to 55 days. For cats the average length of stay dropped from 82 days to 58 days.

We continued with our welfare work giving out 148 vouchers to help owners with the cost of neutering their pets and 179 animals were seen by the vet at our Wednesday Welfare Clinic.

Finally, we would like to thank the staff and students at Askham Bryan College for the help they gave us in January following the Boxing Day flooding in 2015, when we were forced to evacuate every animal from the York Animal Home. They effectively allowed us to relocate to their site for a week and supported the York Animal Home staff during our stay. 

Angela Hunter, Branch Manager

York Animal Home

We started 2016 well with the finalising of the 17 Labrador puppies case, and the ongoing rehoming of all our long stays animals. From January onwards we have had no long stay cats or dogs.  We have consistently been supporting the National Society by increasing the numbers of case and inspector related animals that we have been taking in, and have been  congratulated for our efforts.

We have cared for an exceptionally high number of wildlife animals throughout the year, particularly hedgehogs, and Richard our volunteer has also been able to help with the catching, neutering and release of 56 feral cats.

An ongoing Outreach and Information initiative, organised by Mandy, one of our supervisors, took place regularly. We have been offering help and advice for fleaing, worming, and neutering, and the response has always been encouraging.

Staff fundraising has once again been very active in 2016. Our 2 supervisors have taken part in the ‘Chip’ n’ Check’ event at Askham Bryan College on the 12th April, following the new legislation on microchipping (donations from members of the public going to the York Animal Home).

A lot of varied and adventurous sponsored events have taken place by the staff, such as Race for life; Pretty Muddy 10K run; Bungee Jump; Major Series; Human Sling Shot, as well as some personal initiatives publicised on social media.

The York Animal Home annual inspection took place in August 2016 and the Field Officer, gave us some very positive feedback. She was very satisfied about the overall running of our Animal Home, and has recommended for the inspection of our premises to be scheduled every 3 years, as opposed to yearly. Our Veterinary Practice premises were inspected successfully, on 21st April 2016. 

Angela, the Director of the Dogs Rescuers program, has been filming the comings and goings at the York Animal Home over the Christmas week 2016, including Christmas Day and Boxing Day, with the intention that the York Animal Home will feature in the 2017 Christmas episode.

Valerie Hurst, Animal Centre Manager

Selby Shop

Selby shop continued to build up its weekly sales throughout 2016 which is very pleasing and we received many remarks in how friendly it is and how quirky and interesting the shop always looks.

We always need high amounts of donations and we have worked really hard in promoting donations through local house collections and always make regular requests for items of small furniture. These initiatives have helped us to achieve above average turnover throughout the year.

We always have a happy team of volunteers who are really committed to our shop and they are very enthusiastic in building up sales and promoting the shop and the Branch.

Sunday openings are still working well with regular promotions and special offers always keeping local shoppers interested. We are very lucky to have volunteers prepared to work on Sundays especially one lady who will turn up without having to be asked.

Diane Baggott, Charity Shop Manager.

York Shops

Since the Retail Driver has been on board our furniture sales has contributed to our weekly takings. Looking back at the year a £250 Dresser and £250 Suite.During the summer a £150 Royal Albert tea set was sold and packed up to go all the way to America! Having more similar items would be beneficial to our sales. Also having more stock in general is needed to push sales.

Thank you to all our volunteers for all their hard work, especially our 2 key volunteers and volunteer drivers. The staff and volunteers are very proud of the shops achievements.

We get lots of lovely feedback about how lovely the shop looks and our value for money pricing.

Alison Bootland, Charity Shop Manager.

Memorial Appeal

It is with great sadness to say that over recent months we have lost three very loyal and committed supporters of the York Animals Home.

They being: Maureen Peacock, John Pickup and Jackie Bennett, who I am sure a lot of you will have known very well. It is very well documented that without some of their efforts over the years the York Animals Home would not be in the position it is today.

The Staff and Trustees therefore feel it appropriate and fitting to have a memorial to them, in the way of perhaps a bench with plaques attached, plus a small solar powered water feature.

Charity commission rules do not allow for us to pay for this out of Branch Funds so we are appealing to all ours and their friends and supporters to donate as much as they can. The more we can raise the better quality product we can purchase, so please, if you can, give generously.

You can donate by sending or taking cash to the Animal Home, stating it is for the memorial appeal, where a special collection bucket is available.

If all goes well and to plan we hope to have an unveiling ceremony at the Midsummer Fair on August 20th.

Thank you in anticipation of your generosity.

York and Harrogate Branches Merge

We have some exciting news: the York and Harrogate branches of the RSPCA have merged to create a new Branch – RSPCA York, Harrogate & District. 

We are now covering a wide geographical area incorporating, Harrogate, Knaresborough, Malton, Market Weighton, Pocklington, Ripon, Selby, Tadcaster, Wetherby York and surrounding areas.  The Trustees and staff are committed to providing excellent animal welfare services to those areas by rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing/rehoming animals and providing continued support to the RSPCA Inspectors in their role at the front line of the fight against animal cruelty and neglect.   

The York branch brings decades of experience of rehoming a variety of species from The York Animals Home and Harrogate branch brings their experience of pet adoption from a foster home situation. We believe that the wider geographical area, pooled expertise and enthusiasm will provide opportunity for expansion of our retail, income generation and rehoming activities. We have also created a new role of Outreach Manager with a view supporting people with the neutering, microchipping of their pets and also providing education on responsible pet ownership and animal welfare to the schools in our area.

You can still keep in touch with our activities by visiting our:-

Website www.rspca-yorkhome.org.uk 

Or our Facebook pages:- 

Friends of York Animal Home  

Animals For Adoption – York Animals Home

RSPCA York, Harrogate Branch – Harrogate  Area

RSPCA York, Harrogate Branch

Remember no matter where you live in our area that  


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. 

Update January 2017: We have looked into this now and have examined how we explain the adoption process, so that any future adopters are clear that no appointment is needed. We are sorry for those of you who came away thinking that was the case. Please accept our apologies. It is true that potential adopters cannot have a look around the dog blocks but as many dogs as you need to meet, will be brought to you. As for the cats and small animals once you have an idea of who you want to meet, you are guided to the appropriate animal unit by a member of staff, who will talk to you about the cat / small animal, given their experience of the animal. We would like to thank those of you that came forward to comment, as it has helped us clarify the situation and put in place a clearer process.

                                               RSPCA Officers under pressure

Our officers are under increasing pressure

Dermot Murphy, Assistant Director of the RSPCA Inspectorate, said:

"It continues to outrage and sadden me that people can be capable of such deliberate brutality towards animals, but equally it drives me on to ensure that perpetrators of animal cruelty are put before the courts.

I believe that the figures from last year show that we’re not becoming crueler, but that people are simply less willing to stand by and do nothing if they think an animal is suffering.

People are increasingly likely to share images or footage on their social media accounts of animals they believe are not being cared for properly, while many will see material their friends have shared and then contact us about them.

Either way, our officers are under increased pressure having to respond to more calls and investigate more complaints, but it is thanks to their dedication, as well as RSPCA staff and volunteers across England and Wales that we are able to transform the lives of tens of thousands of animals each year."

In 2016 we:

Received 1,153,744 calls to our 24-hour cruelty line (up by 3.15 percent)

Investigated 149,604 complaints of alleged animal cruelty (up by 4.62 percent)

Issued 84,725 advice and improvement notices (up by 3.99 percent)

Successfully prosecuted 744 people (down by 6.53 percent)

Secured 628 disqualification orders following prosecution (down 4.46 percent)

Had a prosecution success rate of 92.5 percent (up by 0.1 percent)

The majority of complaints received by the us in 2016 continued to be about the welfare of dogs (84,994), followed by cats (36,156) and equines (19,530).

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.

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).