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Sky-O
30-12-2010, 06:01 PM
I was looking for my own interest at the RSPCA Branches and Centres. I have no idea if its of interest to anyone, but I found the info (on the RSPCA website, but not quite in this form) and didn't know what to do with it.:lol:

An RSPCA Centre is a Centre run from the national Charity and gets its funding from the National Charity, therefore, it has to stick to what the charity stipulates (such as not taking in strays, etc).

An RSPCA Branch is funded solely by itself, often run by a committee, but is a bit like a franchise and uses the RSPCA name. It is allowed to have its own policies, so they may take in strays, etc and ours asks for 50sqft permanent access for any bunny they rehome, depending on what the individual branch decides. I'm not saying they are necessarily better or anything, just different, with different policies, self funded and separate.

I was interested to see how many of which there were. I think its important to remember that each Branch gets tarnished with the opinion of the whole RSPCA, even though they are separate. As you can see, there are very few Nationally run Centres.


The Centres
Ashley Heath Animal Centre
Birmingham Animal Centre
Blackberry Farm Animal Centre
Block Fen Animal Centre
Bryn-y-Maen Animal Centre
East Winch Wildlife Centre
Felledge Animal Centre
Gonsal Farm Animal Centre
Great Ayton Animal Centre
Leybourne Animal Centre
Lockwood Donkey Centre
Millbrook Animal Centre
Newport Animal Centre
South Godstone Animal Centre
Southridge Animal Centre
West Hatch Animal Centre




The Branches
Chiltern (Aylesbury, Vale & Decorum District) Branch
RSPCA Aberconwy Branch
RSPCA Alton, Haslemere & Petersfield Branch
RSPCA Anglesey (Ynys Mon) Branch
RSPCA Balham & Tooting Branch
RSPCA Barnsley & District Branch
RSPCA Basingstoke & Andover Branch
RSPCA Bath & District Branch
RSPCA Bedfordshire North Branch
RSPCA Bedfordshire South Branch
RSPCA Blackpool & North Lancs Branch
RSPCA Bolton Branch
RSPCA Bournemouth, New Forest & District Branch
RSPCA Bradford & District Branch
RSPCA Brecknock & District Branch
RSPCA Bridlington & District Branch
RSPCA Bristol & District Branch
RSPCA Bromley & District Branch
RSPCA Buckinghamshire South Branch
RSPCA Burton-on-Trent Branch
RSPCA Bury Oldham & District Branch
RSPCA Cambridge & District Branch
RSPCA Cambridgeshire Mid East Branch
RSPCA Cardiff & District Branch
RSPCA Carmarthenshire Branch
RSPCA Central & North East London Branch
RSPCA Ceredigion Branch
RSPCA Cheltenham & East Gloucestershire Branch
RSPCA Cheshire (Altrincham) Branch
RSPCA Chesterfield & North Derbyshire Branch
RSPCA Clwyd & Colwyn Branch
RSPCA Cornwall Branch
RSPCA Coventry & District Branch
RSPCA Craven & Upper Wharfedale Branch
RSPCA Crewe, Nantwich & District Branch
RSPCA Croydon, Crystal Palace & District Branch
RSPCA Cumbria North & East Branch
RSPCA Cumbria West Branch
RSPCA Darlington & District Branch
RSPCA Derby & District Branch
RSPCA Devon North Branch
RSPCA Doncaster, Rotherham & District Branch
RSPCA Durham & District Branch
RSPCA Ealing, Hounslow & District Branch
RSPCA East Norfolk Branch
RSPCA Enfield & District Branch
RSPCA Essex Havering & Harold Hill Branch
RSPCA Essex Mid, Brentwood, Chelmsford & District Branch
RSPCA Essex North East Branch
RSPCA Essex South West Branch
RSPCA Essex South, Southend & District Branch
RSPCA Exeter, East & West Devon Branch
RSPCA Finchley, Golders Green, Hendon & District Branch
RSPCA Furness & Barrow Branch
RSPCA Fylde Branch
RSPCA Glamorgan North & East Branch
RSPCA Gloucester City & District Branch
RSPCA Goole & District Branch
RSPCA Guildford & District Branch
RSPCA Gwent Branch
RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & District Branch
RSPCA Hants & Surrey Border Branch
RSPCA Harrogate & District Branch
RSPCA Herefordshire Branch
RSPCA Hertfordshire East Branch
RSPCA Hillingdon, Slough, Windsor, Kingston & District Branch
RSPCA Hull & East Riding Branch
RSPCA Isle of Wight Branch
RSPCA Kent, Ashford, Tenterden & District Branch
RSPCA Kent-Canterbury & District Branch
RSPCA Kent-Dover, Deal & District Branch
RSPCA Kent-Folkestone & District Branch
RSPCA Kent-Isle of Sheppey Branch
RSPCA Kent-Isle of Thanet Branch
RSPCA Kent-North West Branch
RSPCA Kent-Sittingbourne Branch
RSPCA Kent-West Branch
RSPCA Kidderminster & District Branch
RSPCA Lancashire East Branch
RSPCA Leeds, Wakefield & District Branch
RSPCA Leicestershire Branch
RSPCA Lincolnshire East Branch
RSPCA Lincolnshire Mid & Lincoln Branch
RSPCA Lincolnshire North & Humber Branch
RSPCA Lincolnshire North East Branch
RSPCA Liverpool Branch
RSPCA Llys Nini Branch (Covering Mid & West Glamorgan)
RSPCA London East Branch
RSPCA London South East Branch
RSPCA Macclesfield, South East Cheshire & Buxton Branch
RSPCA Maidenhead & East Berkshire Branch
RSPCA Mallydams Wood
RSPCA Manchester & Salford Branch
RSPCA Medway West Branch
RSPCA Meirionnydd Branch
RSPCA Mid Sussex & Eastbourne Branch
RSPCA Middlesbrough South Tees & District Branch
RSPCA Middlesex North West Branch
RSPCA Milton Keynes & North Bucks Branch
RSPCA Montgomeryshire & Radnor Branch
RSPCA Newbury & District Branch
RSPCA Newcastle & North Northumberland Branch
RSPCA Norfolk West Branch
RSPCA North Somerset Branch
RSPCA North Teesside & District Branch
RSPCA North Wiltshire Branch
RSPCA Northallerton, Thirsk & Dales Branch
RSPCA Northamptonshire Branch
RSPCA Northumberland West Branch
RSPCA Norwich & Mid Norfolk Branch
RSPCA Nottingham & Notts Branch
RSPCA Nottinghamshire East Branch
RSPCA Nottinghamshire West Branch
RSPCA Nuneaton & District Branch
RSPCA Oxfordshire Branch
RSPCA Pembrokeshire Branch
RSPCA Peterborough & District Branch
RSPCA Plymouth & South West Devon Branch
RSPCA Poole & East Dorset Branch
RSPCA Potters Bar, Hatfield & Barnet Branch
RSPCA Preston & District Branch
RSPCA Purley, Caterham & District Branch
RSPCA Reading with Oxon Border Branch
RSPCA Richmond, Twickenham & Barnes Branch
RSPCA Rochdale & District Branch
RSPCA Rugby Branch
RSPCA Scarborough Branch
RSPCA Sheffield Branch
RSPCA Shropshire Branch
RSPCA Solent Branch
RSPCA South Cotswolds Branch
RSPCA South East Somerset Branch
RSPCA South West Somerset Branch
RSPCA South Wiltshire & District Branch
RSPCA Southport, Ormskirk & District Branch
RSPCA Stafford, Wolverhampton & District Branch
RSPCA Staffordshire North Branch
RSPCA Stockport, East Cheshire & West Derbyshire Branch
RSPCA Stort Valley Branch
RSPCA Stourbridge & District Branch
RSPCA Suffolk East & Ipswich Branch
RSPCA Suffolk East Coast Branch
RSPCA Sunderland, Hartlepool & South Tyneside District Branch
RSPCA Surrey East Branch
RSPCA Surrey Epsom & District Branch
RSPCA Surrey Sutton & District Branch
RSPCA Surrey Woking & District Branch
RSPCA Sussex Brighton & East Grinstead Branch
RSPCA Sussex Chichester & District Branch
RSPCA Sussex East & Hastings Branch
RSPCA Sussex North Branch
RSPCA Tameside & Glossop Branch
RSPCA Torquay & South-East Devon Branch
RSPCA Tunbridge Wells & Maidstone Branch
RSPCA Walsall Branch
RSPCA Warrington, Halton & St Helens Branch
RSPCA Warwickshire South & East Branch
RSPCA Wes Dorsett Branch
RSPCA West Gwynedd Branch
RSPCA West Suffolk Branch
RSPCA Westmorland Branch
RSPCA Wigan, Leigh & District Branch
RSPCA Wiltshire-Mid Branch
RSPCA Wimbledon & District Branch
RSPCA Wirral & Chester Branch
RSPCA Worcester & Mid-Worcestershire Branch
RSPCA Wrexham District & Deeside Branch
RSPCA York & District Branch

Also- I edited out the clinics and suchlike from the list.

Lops
30-12-2010, 06:04 PM
So mine's a Branch then?
I think I'm pleased about that :)

molly35
30-12-2010, 06:08 PM
50 sq ft. Is that not a 7x7 ish shed?

Sky-O
30-12-2010, 06:09 PM
50 sq ft. Is that not a 7x7 ish shed?

There's many ways to do it. People rarely choose to use sheds though.

molly35
30-12-2010, 06:12 PM
Well I think that would be me failing the home check and I thought mine were fairly well accommodated compared to the vast majority of 3ft from the pet shop hutches.

The Duchess
30-12-2010, 06:13 PM
That is amazing Tracy just how many are branches.

And I think it's an important distinction to make because as you say, not all the rescues work in the same way. Some do so much with so little.

Sky-O
30-12-2010, 06:14 PM
Well I think that would be me failing the home check and I thought mine were fairly well accommodated compared to the vast majority of 3ft from the pet shop hutches.

Its not a personal attack on anyone or their accommodation. Its just what the Committee decided to ask for from adopters at our RSPCA. Truth be told, I would fail it too with some of mine.

Sky-O
30-12-2010, 06:17 PM
That is amazing Tracy just how many are branches.

And I think it's an important distinction to make because as you say, not all the rescues work in the same way. Some do so much with so little.

Yes, this was what astounded me. Very few are actually run by the RSPCA themselves.

molly35
30-12-2010, 06:29 PM
Its not a personal attack on anyone or their accommodation. Its just what the Committee decided to ask for from adopters at our RSPCA. Truth be told, I would fail it too with some of mine.

We all want the buns to go to good homes but that would personally put me off applying even though mine have 8x4 kennel/run for the evening and the 7ft trixie run for the day and have time to freerange in the house some evenings through the summer. they did used to freerange in the yard but I stopped it as some cats moved into the street! Then again it may be a good thing to have that as a benchmark and start to make the public rethink rabbits housing and not just go straight for a 'bog standard' hutch

Sky-O
30-12-2010, 06:33 PM
We all want the buns to go to good homes but that would personally put me off applying even though mine have 8x4 kennel/run for the evening and the 7ft trixie run for the day and have time to freerange in the house some evenings through the summer. they did used to freerange in the yard but I stopped it as some cats moved into the street! Then again it may be a good thing to have that as a benchmark and start to make the public rethink rabbits housing and not just go straight for a 'bog standard' hutch

Up until recently I did all the home visits and the beauty of that is that they can state their rules, and then I can use common sense based on a lot of things like potential adopters attitude, gut feeling, stuff like that. Accommodation is merely one aspect of being a good owner. You can ahve the biggest accommodation in the world and be horrific and uncaring (come across a couple of these). Common sense when it comes to rehoming means a whole lot more.

Jack's-Jane
30-12-2010, 06:33 PM
If the Branches get absolutely nothing from the RSPCA Centres why dont they just go it alone :?

Sky-O
30-12-2010, 06:34 PM
If the Branches get absolutely nothing from the RSPCA Centres why dont they just go it alone :?

As to that, I have no answer. They do take in the animals brought in by Inspectors but have to fundraise and all that themselves.

Becky86
30-12-2010, 06:37 PM
If the Branches get absolutely nothing from the RSPCA Centres why dont they just go it alone :?

I dont know the answer to this Jane :? I've thought about it many times. I would never be able to financially run a rescue of my own :(

Jack's-Jane
30-12-2010, 06:40 PM
As to that, I have no answer. They do take in the animals brought in by Inspectors but have to fundraise and all that themselves.

............which is exactly what 'private' Rescues do.

Makes no sense to carry the 'label' of the RSPCA and receive nothing in return except some peoples poor opinion of them (the RSPCA) :?

I thought they got neutering fees, or at least a contribution towards them.

prettylupin
30-12-2010, 06:42 PM
Poppy and Nino are both from Ashley Heath top of the top list so therefore a Centre. Nino was a stray, but maybe that was 3 yrs ago so things have changed?

It was a few years ago now for both of them but on all our visits ALL the bunny kennels were full, maybe this has changed too now with new policy?

Our homechecker however, although lovely, hadn't a clue about bunnies and what to look for in accomodation but had the basics, that it needed to be 6x2 and 6x4 (hutch and run) and they were very strict on this, we were told this was HO policy, but HO never seems to publish a precise figure. Maybe even the Centres have a bit of leeway in how they operate?

Sky-O
30-12-2010, 06:45 PM
............which is exactly what 'private' Rescues do.

Makes no sense to carry the 'label' of the RSPCA and receive nothing in return except some peoples poor opinion of them (the RSPCA) :?

I thought they got neutering fees, or at least a contribution towards them.

Yes, the private rescues do (although I didn't realise private rescues took on any animal brought in by an Inspector- is that in partnership with their RSPCA or something different?), I'm not saying they don't. However, a lot of Branches also run clinics and suchlike for those on benefits, which also cost a lot of money. Thankfully private rescues don't have to worry about that aspect and can focus on the animals in their care and on their lists and whose owners contact them. I can't imagine the pressure that would go on one person to do all that- hence the thankfully at the start of the sentence. The RSPCA committee shares the pressure unlike a private rescue.

I think whilst some people do have poor opinions, there are many who still have good opinions. The RSPCA are well publicised and so the name draws people in, I think, which can be beneficial to the animals in all respects.

Zahirre
30-12-2010, 06:49 PM
Maybe this explains why RSPCA York is so ridiculously horrendous. I refuse to step foot in the place anymore.
Our first ever rescue was an ex-racing greyhound from York RSPCA... we were given no information on current feeding, no background as to how he was rescued, no info on behaviour etc. Needless to say, he attacked Phoebe who was only 1 at the time a week later, leaving her with a huge scratch down her face and almost a damaged eye.
When we took him back and explained the situation, they were not best pleased.
The atmosphere is terrible there, many of the volunteers are rude and horrible and I just can't face going there.

Jack's-Jane
30-12-2010, 07:19 PM
Maybe this explains why RSPCA York is so ridiculously horrendous. I refuse to step foot in the place anymore.
Our first ever rescue was an ex-racing greyhound from York RSPCA... we were given no information on current feeding, no background as to how he was rescued, no info on behaviour etc. Needless to say, he attacked Phoebe who was only 1 at the time a week later, leaving her with a huge scratch down her face and almost a damaged eye.
When we took him back and explained the situation, they were not best pleased.
The atmosphere is terrible there, many of the volunteers are rude and horrible and I just can't face going there.


Who's Phoebe, a child or another Pet ?

BB Mommy
30-12-2010, 07:23 PM
50 sq ft. Is that not a 7x7 ish shed?

Our minimum is 48sq ft i.e. 6x2x2 hutch with permament 6x6 run:wave:

Sky-O
30-12-2010, 08:02 PM
Our minimum is 48sq ft i.e. 6x2x2 hutch with permament 6x6 run:wave:

:wave: That's really interesting to know thanks :)

Blackberry & Co
30-12-2010, 08:35 PM
Poppy and Nino are both from Ashley Heath top of the top list so therefore a Centre. Nino was a stray, but maybe that was 3 yrs ago so things have changed?

It was a few years ago now for both of them but on all our visits ALL the bunny kennels were full, maybe this has changed too now with new policy?

Our homechecker however, although lovely, hadn't a clue about bunnies and what to look for in accomodation but had the basics, that it needed to be 6x2 and 6x4 (hutch and run) and they were very strict on this, we were told this was HO policy, but HO never seems to publish a precise figure. Maybe even the Centres have a bit of leeway in how they operate?

Ashley Heath is just up the road from me. We've had piggies from them before.

They no longer take in unwanteds, so the local dog rescue (Waggy Tails) has ended up with all the rabbits to rehome :(

helgalush
30-12-2010, 08:46 PM
The only experience I have had with the RSPCA was when we adopted Fay....the lady I was in contact with was incredibly helpful and was fostering for them. She was from Bedfordshire RSPCA (so a branch not a centre but not sure if north or south though). They actually did a post-homing check as well and were very pleased with how we were looking after Fay and how healthy and happy she was. She had a horrendous experience and was a stray (dumped in a field and emaciated) and without them....well it doesnt bear thinking about.

As I say, this is my only experience of the RSPCA. I havent heard anything of the one in Coventry.

CrazyGal330
15-02-2011, 12:33 PM
this kind of thing would explain why everyone has had such mixed experiences with the charity. It seems really weird for a charity to have their own franchises basically. (would explain why the Cambridge and district one is poorly run and probably likely to go bankrupt.) I have heard good things about the Hertfordshire branch who my parents rescued a bun from. This way of organizing does them as a whole more damage than good, because all the bad reputation will rub off to the charity as a whole, and if its not universally organised it sort of leads into disarray, having worked for my local branch the connection with head office is basically non-existant, and everything we do as a branch is governed by the chairman of the commitee who can do whatever she likes practically. (like any committees a person with the strongest will and conviction can convince the others of anything.)

Jenova
15-02-2011, 02:12 PM
That is interesting to know. Thanks for posting.
I'm getting trained at the weekend to be a trustee for my branch so I will be on the committee and get to help decide how it's run. I knew the branches were self funding but I was shocked how many there were compared to the centres.