Bristol Animal Rescue Centre
Bristol A.R.C. has been caring for the city’s pets and wildlife since 1887, helping, healing and homing over 14,000 vulnerable animals each year. We are the longest-standing and largest local animal charity, and although we are proud to be affiliated with the RSPCA, we receive no automatic funding from it. We rely entirely on local support within the community to fund our vital work.
We’ve been helping, healing and homing animals from our rehoming centre in Bristol for over 130 years. On average we find new and loving homes for around 500 animals each year. Up to 96 dogs, 50 cats, 60 small animals, 5 birds and 5 reptiles can be on site at our rehoming centre at any one time!
Our team works tirelessly, 365 days a year, providing dedicated and professional care to ensure that we find every animal a loving and perfectly matched home.
We are proud to hold the stray dog contract for Bristol which means that we accept any stray dog found in the Bristol area that arrives at our doors – any time of the day or night. If we are unable to reunite them with their owners then we start their search for a new home.
If you’re interested in rehoming an animal, check out our adoption procedure on our website or give our team a call on 0117 9776043. Come and visit us during our opening hours, we would be delighted to welcome you.
Treatment for stray animals
Every day there are lots of lost and straying animals on the streets of Bristol. Many of them arrive at our doors, sometimes ill and injured, after being brought in by a member of the public, the Dog Warden, RSPCA Inspectors or the police. We are always here to help. Every animal receives the treatment that it needs so that they are well enough to either be reunited with their owner or begin the search for a new home at our Rehoming Centre.
We provide veterinary care and treatments to animals belonging to individuals who are on a low income or who are facing financial hardship.
If you are struggling to afford veterinary costs we may be able to help. Many households qualify on the basis of a low income or as a result of receiving means-tested benefits.
If you’d like to find out if you are eligible to receive low-cost veterinary care from our Clinic please call our reception team on 0117 9724567. Client’s pets are treated on an appointment only basis.
If your pet suddenly becomes ill you need to call your own vets for advice and an urgent appointment. Outside of working hours all vets will provide access to an emergency veterinary service on their answerphone.
We are only able to provide emergency veterinary services to animals belonging to our clients.
We provide a 24 hour service for injured or sick wildlife if the animal is brought to our Clinic. Our main priority is to ensure that the animals are able to return to their natural habitat after their recovery and rehabilitation at a specialist wildlife centre.
If you discover an injured or sick animal and you are able to safety transport it to us, please call us on 0117 9724567 before beginning your journey. If you are not able to transport the animal, please call the National RSPCA helpline on 0300 1234 999. Unfortunately we are unable to collect animals.
Our first aid wildlife service helps prevent the suffering of hundreds of wild animals every year.
RSPCA cruelty and neglect
One of the most difficult parts of our work is providing veterinary care to animals who arrive with RSPCA Inspectors. The cases can be severe and sadly we see unimaginable cruelty and neglect. Fortunately we are able to be here to provide the love and care that these animals have been desperately missing. Our vets work alongside our rehoming team to help and heal these animals before they are ready to find a new home. Finding a loving home is always our priority for these animals.
We accept every animal that arrives with our local Inspectorate team from the Bristol and District area.