We hope you will visit us, support us and maybe consider adopting one of our many animals who all need homes of their own.
We are a branch of the national RSPCA but they dont fund us. We work in partnership with their Inspectors but have to be self-funding. All the money that we spend in York has to be raised in York. That is why all donations are so badly needed. We need at least £1400 every day just to keep going. We need to ensure that we are efficient and use our hard-earned funds in the most effective way possible. Ensuring that we do this is the responsibility of the Board of Trustees and our management team. We have a team of staff and volunteers caring for our animals and running our charity shop in Gillygate.
We are always looking for new homes for our animals, and our staff will help you chose the one which will best fit in with your lifestyle, subject to a satisfactory home visit.Animals that come to us are not put to sleep except as a last resort after professional advice.
We hope that you find what you are looking for here, be it a new pet, information about making a donation or volunteering your time to help us continue to improve our services for animals and their owners in the York area.
The RSPCA has been helping animals and their owners in York since 1864. The first "Home for Lost Dogs" opened on St George's Field in 1944. It had very few facilities and was replaced in 1956 by the building on Castle Mills Bridge where the boat office is now. It became the "Home for Stray and Unwanted Animals" when a cattery was added in 1957. Regular flooding and a lack of facilities and staff accommodation meant that it was necessary to fundraise for a new home, and the current premises opened in 1981.