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 -
Thank you to everybody that bought a raffle ticket.
We raised £2,222 to help care for the animals.
If you missed the raffle we'll be doing another in the summer and hopefully our One Fun Day will be back! If in the meanwhile you'd like to make a donation,
CALL 01704 567624 NOW
with your credit or debit card
Corona Virus / Covid-19
The Animal Centre remains closed to the general public, but limited rehoming is still taking place by means of delivering cats locally (inline with current local or national Covid-19 restrictions). We are not currently rehoming dogs during Lockdown 3.
The reception building is not open for retail purposes.
Please note that VISITS 'BY APPOINTMENT ONLY' have now been placed on hold during Lockdown 3 because of the tighter restrictions on public travelling, (cats can still be delivered through a Covid-secure process by key workers). Unfortunately, this impedes our ability to rehome dogs at the present time without a proper meet and greet.
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 closed again on 5th January 2021 for Lockdown 3. We are currently asking you not to donate stock for the Charity Shop via the Animal Centre, or to the Charity Shop. The closure of the Charity Shop for 4 months in 2020 impacted greatly on Branch income and will again during the current closure to mid-February 2021. We would appeal for financial donations to help us to continue to care for the animals. Please donate at our Just Giving Page.
Although the Animal Centre 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 (7am to 10pm). 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
If you would like to become a member of our Branch, please join the national Society at You will be attached to our Branch automatically if your postcode is within our catchment area. Branch membership allows you to vote at our AGMs and to be elected as a Branch Trustee.
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.
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.