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Welcome to RSPCA York and District Branch, covering Malton, Market Weighton, Pocklington, Selby and Tadcaster.

To start the process of looking for your new pet please click on the appropriate animal category below.

Dogs for Adoption

Cats for Adoption

Rabbits for Adoption

Birds for Adoption

Chincilla for Adoption

Degus for Adoption

Gerbils for Adoption

Guinea Pigs for Adoption

Guinea Pigs

Hamsters for Adoption

Rats for Adoption



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Snowden Sponsored Trek

Harvey will be climbing Mount Snowdon on 27th August 2015, in aid of the dogs at the York Animal Home and this is what he had to say. 

"I am 11 years old. I wanted to give something back to the York RSPCA for rescuing my dog Clyde's mum. She came into the home pregnant and had four lovely pups, one of which was Clyde. He turns one the week we do the trek and we love having him in our family; I walk him, play with him, he makes me happy and knows when I am sad, his cuddles and kisses are just the best! I have never done a challenge like this before, but I will give it everything I have got. I would like any money I raise to go towards enrichment toys for the dogs that are still waiting to find homes so please sponsor me."

If you would like to sponsor him, Harvey has a Just Giving Page or you can text HARV11 followed by £1,£2,£3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070. Thank you.

RSPCA York and District Branch Lottery

The latest lottery was drawn at 3 pm, on 26th July 2015, at the RSPCA York Animal Home. 

The winning numbers are:-

  • 1st Prize - Number 124 - £60
  • 2nd Prize - Number 46  - £25
  • 3rd Prize - Number 70   - £15

Please see our FAQs page for details on how to join this lottery. All proceeds are for the benefit of the animals at the RSPCA York Animal Home.

The Lottery is drawn on the last Sunday of every month.

Washing Machine Appeal

Having seen our appeal on our Friends of RSPCA York and District Facebook Page, Asda, Monks Cross have very generously donated a brand new washing machine. Such an unexpected gift and it was plumbed in and put to use in our cattery, straight away.

We have put a request via the Just Giving website and our Facebook page to ask everyone who donated to get in touch to let us know whether you would like your money returned or if you would be happy for us to use your money for something else which will benefit the cattery and the animals. Our current thinking is a dishwasher and a fridge freezer. 12 of the 18 donators have contacted us so far. Please email angela@rspca-yorkhome.org.uk to let us know.

As at 6th July we are still waiting for the final 6 people to contact us. If we have heard nothing by the end of July we will assume that you are happy for us to spend the money on cats. This does not affect your right to have your donation returned. Thank you.

Events still to come

The Lottery is drawn on the last Sunday of each month at the York Animal Home at 3 pm.

We have late night opening once a month to allow those who normally can't get to us during our normal opening hours a chance to visit. the dates remaining 2015 are Thursday 27th August and 24th September. If you are a registered dog walker why not come along and give a dog an early evening walk?

Autumn Fair - Sunday 20th September -
Halloween Dog Walk - Sunday 25th October - York Racecourse
Purple Poppy Party - Saturday 7th November (details to be confirmed) -
Xmas Fair - Sunday 6th December

Animal Stress In Rescue Centres

Various studies worldwide have shown that a constant stream of strangers viewing animals in a rescue environment is extremely stressful for them, leading to excesses in behaviour including barking, hiding, shaking and hyperventilating. Added to this further research has shown that only 15% to 20% of visitors to a rescue centre are genuinely interested in adopting an animal.

Therefore in the best interests of the animals welfare, RSPCA York Animal Home have taken the decision, in line with other leading charities, to limit animal viewing to people who are actively looking for a new companion.

As of 1st July 2015, during school holidays and at weekends, we will no longer be allowing members of the public access to our animal areas. We understand that some people will be disappointed by not being able to visit the animals; however our animals’ welfare must always be our top priority. Organised group visits can still be arranged for support and educational purposes.

Anyone wishing to adopt an animal from us will be able to call at the York Animal Home during our opening hours (no appointment necessary) and talk to a member of our staff about the type of animal they are looking for. After discussing your requirements and we can then advise you of some of our animals that best match the vision you have of your potential new family pet. You will need to fill in our adoption questionnaire and then you can meet the potential candidates before you make a final decision.

This new scheme will create a happier and more relaxed group of animals whilst they wait for new homes and a more personalised experience for our adopters.

We thank you for your understanding with this matter.

Please leave baby birds where they are.

Spring has sprung and as fledgling birds attempt to spread their wings and leave the nest members of the public are being asked to leave them be, despite the strong urge to 'help them'.

Depending on the age of the bird human interference could be causing more harm than good.

Many fledglings discovered by members of the public are mistakenly thought to be injured or abandoned, and subsequently moved from their natural habitat.
Young garden birds, or fledglings, usually leave the nest two weeks after hatching and during this vulnerable period of their lives they are fed on the ground by their parents. Tawny owl fledglings are even able to climb back up to their nests on their own.

1st Wilberfoss Brownies

After all the work these brownies did for us last year they became the youngest group of people to become sponsors of animal accommodation at the York Animal Home.

They have been working hard for us again and collected enough donations of clothes and bedding from their village to pack a large car. Thank you so the donations will go to the shop to sell and any bedding and towels will be used at the York Animal Home.

Some of our achievements in 2014

We re-homed 191 dogs, 266 cats, 21 rabbits and 96 other small animals during the year and reunited 70 pets with their owners, thanks to the animals' microchip with up to date owner information.

403 of our animals needed microchipping and we provided 37 free microchips to owners. 162 animals will not be producing unwanted litters thanks to the vouchers we issued to pet owners, to assist with the cost of neutering last year. 92 feral cats were captured, neutered and then released back to their own lives.

As usual all our dogs, cats and rabbits that were re-homed were either neutered when they went to their new homes or if for any reason they could not be neutered at the time of re-homing, for example, if they were too young; then they went home with a voucher to cover the cost of neutering.
At the end of the year we had 195 animals in our care and here's hoping they all find their new families soon.