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Who we are

We're the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (the RSPCA) and we exist to inspire everyone to create a better world for every animal.

Every day, we change lives, laws, industries and minds so all animals can live a better life. Here’s how we do it.

Welcome to the new RSPCA

Doing the most good, for the most animals - that's what we’re all about. With your help, we can achieve it. There's no time to waste, so let's get started.

Animal rescues and investigations

Our animal rescue teams are always out in the field, making a real difference to the animals who need us most. Their main job includes...

  • Working to rescue animals experiencing cruelty
  • Investigating cruelty and organised animal crime
  • Giving advice and support to help people help animals

Animal hospitals and centres across England and Wales

Our animal, equine and wildlife centres are supported by our four animal hospitals and a team of clinical animal behaviourists. Their vital day-to-day work includes…

  • Taking care of animals brought in by our animal rescue teams
  • Treating sick and injured animals, some with complex, specialist needs
  • Matching pets with their forever families, or returning wild animals safely to their habitats

Local branches

Our branches - over 150 of them - provide much of our direct animal welfare work. Each one is a separate charity that operates and raises funds locally so that they can provide services including...

  • Offering microchipping, neutering and welfare advice
  • Rehabilitating, fostering and rehoming animals
  • Managing over 300 RSPCA shops


We have teams who aren’t involved in the hands-on care of animals, but their work is just as important to our mission. HQ teams’ work includes...

  • Campaigning to change animal welfare laws
  • Educating young people about what animals need to be healthy and happy
  • Providing the latest, scientifically-backed advice about the needs of animals to our teams in the field – and to you

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