Southport, Ormskirk & District Animal Centre

Our Animal Centre, in New Cut Lane, on the Birkdale / Halsall border, covers Southport, Ormskirk and the surrounding areas as far south as Maghull. The Centre takes in, cares for, supports and helps rehabilitate cats & dogs that have been rescued from cruelty & neglect by the national RSPCA; whilst we find them new and forever homes.

Southport, Ormskirk & District Branch is a separately Registered Charity to the National RSPCA, which is completely reliant upon donations, legacies and monies raised through its Charity Shop, together with the public’s generous support of our locally run fundraising events. We aim to support the national RSPCA through our rehoming work and by promoting its animal welfare objectives.

- Kindness Beats Cruelty -

Corona Virus / Covid-19

The Animal Centre remains closed to the general public, but limited rehoming is still taking place by means of delivering animals locally, within an hour's travelling time. 

The reception building is not open for retail purposes.


VISITS ARE STRICTLY 'BY APPOINTMENT ONLY' (if you don't have an appointment, you will not be given access). Appointments will be arranged when it is considered necessary for welfare purposes during the adoption process. Most of the rehoming process is conducted online. For further information on the process in place, see our  Adoption Page. In the meanwhile, be rest assured that the animals are all safe & well, whilst patiently waiting for suitable new owners to be identified.

We are currently short of both cat and dog food (dry or meat) and would greatly appreciate any donations left in the 'donation bin' by the front door of the Animal Centre. The car park will still be open, but staff will not be able to greet you in the normal way. Thank you in anticipation. 


Our Charity Shop opened again on 2nd December 2020. We are currently asking you not to donate stock for the Charity Shop via the Animal Centre, but you may directly at the Charity Shop. The closure of the Charity Shop for 3 months earlier this year and in November impacted greatly on Branch income and will again during the current month's closure. We would appeal for financial donations to help us to continue to care for the animals. Please donate at our Just Giving Page.


Although we are not currently open to the general public, please note that the use of our cattery and kennels will still be prioritised for animals brought to us by RSPCA rescue teams.


If you have a badly injured stray or wild animal, please call your local vet for advice, but please do not attend a vet practice without calling them first.

If you have found a stray dog, please contact your local authority's dog warden service. They have been responsible for dealing with stray dogs since 2005 and we cannot currently assist in any way during the pandemic. The Dog Warden will come to you to scan the dog for a chip and reunite it with its owner.


If you need animal welfare advice, please call us during our normal opening hours on 01704 567624. You may have to leave a message , but we aim to get back to you within 24 hours.

To report animal cruelty please call the national RSPCA on 0300 1234 999. Please note that RSPCA Southport, Ormskirk & District Animal Centre staff cannot respond to cruelty complaints, as we do not have the appropriately trained staff, or insurances in place to do so. The RSPCA Inspectors and Rescue Officers are employed by the National RSPCA, which is a separately registered charity. You should report cruelty and neglect directly to them, on the telephone number above. We cannot take reports on their behalf, as they wish to receive first hand information from the person making the report.

Follow the following links for our Covid-secure Risk Assessment of the Animal Centre Rehoming Process

Charity Shop Risk Assessment

Annual General Meeting

Please note that the Branch AGM for 2019 is being held 'online' via Google Meet on 17th December 2020. If you are a Branch Member and have not received your invitation letter, please contact the Animal Centre. Branch Members are members of the National RSPCA generally residing in our catchment area. If you would like to become a member, please join at and ask to be attached to our Branch.


Christmas Raffle

1st prize:

32" Smart TV

2nd prize:

A Lady's Bicycle 

3rd prize:

Large Cat & Dog hampers

Over 70 other prizes

To be drawn on 11 December 2020

Tickets currently on sale

Only £5 for a book of 5 tickets CALL 01704 567624 NOW

with your credit or debit card

There are a number of ways in which you can help the animals in our care. You can send them toys and food parcels via Amazon, or simply 'text' a small donation. If you send a donation via Just Giving, you can make sure that Gift Aid is added. This means that an extra 25% of your donation is added by H.M. Govt. from the taxes you have already paid.

For other ways to help us, please see our How to Help page.


We are always in need of toys and accessories for our animals. Amazon is a great way for you to help the animals during their stay with us. There is no end to what you can send, but we have listed a few items to help you make up your mind, or that the animals would particularly appreciate ….. they told us!

Amazon Wish List


Report Cruelty or

Animals in Distress


0300 1234 999

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Charity Registration Number: 232258

The RSPCA Animal Centre, New Cut Lane, Southport, PR8 3DW