Animal Organisations in the UK

Information and contact details for national animal protection and welfare organisations, plus pet rescue centres operating in the UK...

There are a great many animal organisations operating in the UK. The main ones are:

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA): The RSPCA is the UK's oldest and best-known animal welfare organisation, which has been operating since 1824. Their primary work is the rescue and re-homing of cats, dogs and other domestic pets, but they respond to all animals in need, including wildlife, farm animals and laboratory animals. They also campaign for the welfare of animals to be protected by law, run educational programmes to prevent cruelty, and work with other animal welfare organisations throughout the world.

The Blue Cross: It aims to meet the welfare needs of companion animals through treatment, advice, support and re-homing.

Dogs Trust (formerly the National Canine Defence League): The UK's largest dog welfare charity. It manages a network of re-homing centres, subsidised neutering campaigns, educational programmes and offers veterinary care for the pets of homeless people.

The People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA): The PDSA is the UK's leading veterinary charity, providing free veterinary services to sick or injured pets while promoting responsible pet ownership.

The Feline Advisory Bureau (FAB): Dedicated to promoting the health and welfare of cats through improved feline knowledge and the funding of veterinary projects and studies. It provides training and advice for boarding catteries and information on all aspects of cat care.

Lost and Found Animals

Increasingly, responsible pet owners are microchipping their pets and registering them. Microchips are implanted by vets and the reunification database is managed by PETtrac, which operates all year round.

The UK National Missing Pets Register and the Pets Bureau are free services set up to alert members to missing pets.


To find a reputable boarding kennel or cattery, it is advisable to ask a vet or to go through local Cat or Kennel clubs.

Most boarding facilities require documentation proving that a pet is up to date with its vaccinations before they will accept it. It is advisable to treat pets against fleas, ticks and worms before they go into a kennel or cattery.