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.


11th September 2022

12:00 noon to 4:00pm

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 -


The Animal Centre is open to the general public, but 'STRICTLY BY APPOINTMENT ONLY'. We do not allow ah hoc or unescorted visits of the animal accommodation.


Unfortunately, we no longer retail pet foods, toys & accessories, although we do maintain some RSPCA branded 'starter' food for those adopting an animal.

Most of the rehoming process is conducted online, however we do offer a 'hybrid' or more physical process for those that do not wish to use IT. For further information on the process in place, please see our  Adoption Page. 

Covid 19 Risk assessments can be viewed at the following links (Charity Shop & Animal Centre). However w.e.f. 19/7/21 Covid 19 restrictions in England were relaxed. The wearing of face masks is recommended during appointments whilst inside our buildings, but not compulsory (as per current HM Govt. guidance) and please continue to socially distance as much as possible.

Reception is open for telephone calls only between 11am and 4pm, 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 us 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 vets, please call the national RSPCA on 0300 1234 999 (8am to 8pm) 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. The car park will be open, but reception will only be open for appointments.


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. 

Branch Membership

If you would like to become a member of our Branch, please join the national Society at


Please note that as part of the application process, you will be asked if you wish for your details to be sent to your local branch. If you live in another Branch area, or wish confirm which branch area you are in, please call RSPCA membership services on 0300 123 0346 to ask. You may also request to be affiliated to any other branch.


Branch membership can also be the first step to becoming a Branch Trustee


You will also be a member of the national Society and be able to vote nationally, thus influencing animal welfare nationally and internationally and receive their periodic publications. 


The day includes our famous

Fun Dog Show

with enterable classes for your dogs. We are also hosting a spectacular

Agility Demonstration

provided by Sabre Dog Training. You will also be able to have a go with your own dog, under supervision.

Entrance by donation: suggested £2 adult £5 a family

If you would like to run a stall with all proceeds going to the Animal Centre there is no charge, but if you’d like to run one for your shop / craft / hobby or for yourself, then there is a minimal charge of £20 for a table and chair, or space for a Gazebo no larger than 3Mx3M (you provide your own tables / chairs as the space is slightly larger). Call us on 01704 567624 if you would like to reserve a table.

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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 8pm)
0300 1234 999

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