West Hatch Animal Centre
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The RSPCA West Hatch Animal Centre occupies part of a 23-acre site that also has a Wildlife Centre.

Our Centre nestles in beautiful and quiet countryside at West Hatch, east of the county town of Taunton in Somerset. The Centre is within easy reach of the M5 at junction 25.

The Centre was originally opened in 1963, beginning with the rescue of unwanted companion animals. With the dedication of the late John Hughes, the Centre expanded to also become one of the region's leading wildlife rehabilitation facilities, culminating with the opening of the Wildlife Hospital in 1993. In 1997 the Domestic Animal Centre was rebuilt, giving us the fantastic facilities we have today.

The Centre has 42 kennels, 40 cat pens and a small animal block that can house a variety of animals, including rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, ferrets and much more.

Covid-19 restrictions - Please note we are closed to the public until further notice.

If you wish to contact us about companion animals please email whdomcen@rspca.org.uk and we will make contact. Our phone lines are not currently manned.

If you need to report cruelty or an animal in distress call us on 0300 1234 999

 **UPDATE ON REHOMING 08/07/20***

We have been working hard to achieve our Covid secure status and now have our certificate. This means we can now make small changes to our new adoption procedure by allowing  some people on site to collect their animals by appointment only. The centre remains closed at all other times. 
Cat and small animals -  adoptions will continue to be carried out remotely via video footage, phone calls and photographs. Payment will still be taken over the phone. We can now make appointments for your animals to be collected from a designated area in our car park rather than being delivered. This means the 1 hour distance restriction no longer applies. 
Dogs - Adoption procedure will continue via phone calls, video footage and photographs. Payment will still be taken over the phone. We will then arrange for you to meet the dog in a secure area that you can access directly from the road. In most cases you will then be able to take your dog home once you have spent some time together. The 1 hour distance restriction no longer applies. 
* We have a number of dogs who have specific problems and in these cases they may need to be visited on a few occasions. Some of these dogs will still be delivered by the behaviour and welfare Adviser to make the process less stressful. For these dogs the 1 hour distance restriction will still apply* 
Thank you so much for your patience and understanding during this time. 

  

 

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