Southport, Ormskirk & District Animal Centre

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.

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.


The Animal Centre is open to the general public, but 'STRICTLY BY APPOINTMENT ONLY'.

We do not allow ad hoc or unescorted visits of the animal accommodation.


Most of the rehoming process is conducted online, please see our Adoption Page. 

Reception is open for telephone calls only between 11am and 4pm (closed Wednesday), but when we are short staffed, the answerphone may be on. We aim to respond to any telephone message within 24 hours. However, before leaving a message, please see below regarding reports of cruelty & neglect, injured wildlife or stray dogs, or injured stray cats.

To report animal cruelty or neglect, please call the national RSPCA on 0300 1234 999 (8am to 8pm). Please note that RSPCA Southport, Ormskirk & District Animal Centre staff cannot respond to reported cruelty or neglect, 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 or 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.


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. The Dog Warden will come to you to scan the dog for a chip and reunite it with its owner.

If you have found an injured stray cat or wild animal, please call your local vet for advice. You are advised to call the vet before taking the animal to them. They will administer emergency treatment / pain relief and try to establish ownership via any microchip. You will not be charged, and vets are able to contact the national RSPCA directly via the RSPCA 'vet line' if necessary. If you are unable to move or take the animal to a vet, please call the national RSPCA on 0300 1234 999 (8am to 7:30pm) for further advice. Please consider your own health & safety before trying to handle a wild animal if you are not competent around animals, or are not confident to do so..

If you need general animal welfare advice not falling into the above categories, please call us during our normal opening hours on 01704 567624.

Please note that 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. 


Please call 01704 567624 if you need to make an appointment, although one will normally be made automatically during the course of our rehoming process. 



Sunday 4th December 2022

12:00 - 4:00pm

Southport & Birkdale Sports Club, Trafalgar Road, Birkdale, Southport PR8 2HF

- Featuring -


Christmas Stalls

Arts, Crafts & Bric-à-brac


Tea - Cake - Coffee - Refreshments

Licenced Bar & Sunday Dinner

(by D'vine Catering)

Free Car Parking


(Donations welcome)

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 our Amazon Wish List. You can also send a donation via Just Giving to 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



(8am to 7:30pm)
0300 1234 999

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