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Welcome to RSPCA York, Harrogate and District Branch, covering Harrogate, Knaresborough, Malton, Market Weighton, Pocklington, Ripon, Selby, Wetherby, Tadcaster and surrounding areas.


There are two job opportunities at this branch: Charity Shop Manager at Harrogate and Charity Shop Manager at Acomb, York. 
For more information and details of how to apply select the "Helping Us" tab.


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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RSPCA York, Harrogate and District Branch Lottery

The latest lottery was drawn on 30th April 2017, at the RSPCA York Animal Home.

 The winning numbers are:-

1st Prize -  Number 037  - £70

2nd Prize - Number 014  - £30

3rd Prize -  Number 066 - £20

4th Prize -  Number 166 - £10

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.

York and Harrogate Branches Merge

We have some exciting news: the York and Harrogate branches of the RSPCA have merged to create a new Branch – RSPCA York, Harrogate & District. 

We are now covering a wide geographical area incorporating, Harrogate, Knaresborough, Malton, Market Weighton, Pocklington, Ripon, Selby, Tadcaster, Wetherby York and surrounding areas.  The Trustees and staff are committed to providing excellent animal welfare services to those areas by rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing/rehoming animals and providing continued support to the RSPCA Inspectors in their role at the front line of the fight against animal cruelty and neglect.   

The York branch brings decades of experience of rehoming a variety of species from The York Animals Home and Harrogate branch brings their experience of pet adoption from a foster home situation. We believe that the wider geographical area, pooled expertise and enthusiasm will provide opportunity for expansion of our retail, income generation and rehoming activities. We have also created a new role of Outreach Manager with a view supporting people with the neutering, microchipping of their pets and also providing education on responsible pet ownership and animal welfare to the schools in our area.

You can still keep in touch with our activities by visiting our:-

Website www.rspca-yorkhome.org.uk 

Or our Facebook pages:- 

Friends of York Animal Home  

Animals For Adoption – York Animals Home

RSPCA York, Harrogate Branch – Harrogate  Area

RSPCA York, Harrogate Branch

Remember no matter where you live in our area that  


No Appointment Necessary

We have no idea how the rumour started but there seems to be notion out there, that potential adopters have to make an appointment in order to start the adoption process, with us. This may be the case at other rescues but it certainly is not, nor never has been the case at the York Animals Home. 

Update January 2017: We have looked into this now and have examined how we explain the adoption process, so that any future adopters are clear that no appointment is needed. We are sorry for those of you who came away thinking that was the case. Please accept our apologies. It is true that potential adopters cannot have a look around the dog blocks but as many dogs as you need to meet, will be brought to you. As for the cats and small animals once you have an idea of who you want to meet, you are guided to the appropriate animal unit by a member of staff, who will talk to you about the cat / small animal, given their experience of the animal. We would like to thank those of you that came forward to comment, as it has helped us clarify the situation and put in place a clearer process.

                                               RSPCA Officers under pressure

Our officers are under increasing pressure

Dermot Murphy, Assistant Director of the RSPCA Inspectorate, said:

"It continues to outrage and sadden me that people can be capable of such deliberate brutality towards animals, but equally it drives me on to ensure that perpetrators of animal cruelty are put before the courts.

I believe that the figures from last year show that we’re not becoming crueler, but that people are simply less willing to stand by and do nothing if they think an animal is suffering.

People are increasingly likely to share images or footage on their social media accounts of animals they believe are not being cared for properly, while many will see material their friends have shared and then contact us about them.

Either way, our officers are under increased pressure having to respond to more calls and investigate more complaints, but it is thanks to their dedication, as well as RSPCA staff and volunteers across England and Wales that we are able to transform the lives of tens of thousands of animals each year."

In 2016 we:

Received 1,153,744 calls to our 24-hour cruelty line (up by 3.15 percent)

Investigated 149,604 complaints of alleged animal cruelty (up by 4.62 percent)

Issued 84,725 advice and improvement notices (up by 3.99 percent)

Successfully prosecuted 744 people (down by 6.53 percent)

Secured 628 disqualification orders following prosecution (down 4.46 percent)

Had a prosecution success rate of 92.5 percent (up by 0.1 percent)

The majority of complaints received by the us in 2016 continued to be about the welfare of dogs (84,994), followed by cats (36,156) and equines (19,530).

City Centre Collection December 2016

A massive thank you to the 11 collectors who stood in the cold and wet on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th December; between them they collected £643.91. (£376.08 on Wednesday and £367.83 on Thursday). Amazingly, 3 of the collectors did both days!

If you donated money on either of these days - thank you too.

Did you know this about the RSPCA Inspectorate?

As a charity the RSPCA National Society is massively under-resourced. They only have 400 inspectors (just one per 142,500 people) and they receive more than 14,000 calls each week - as you can imagine they are often overwhelmed.

As frustrating as it is, they can only act within the law at all times. They are only able to remove an animal with the say so of the police and a vet. Even if conditions are less than ideal there isn’t always a law being broken. So while you might expect that they will rush in and seize the animal(s), this often isn’t possible as it would be against the law as the RSPCA have no legal right to do so.

It may be that the inspectors are working hard behind the scenes with the owner. They often try to improve circumstances for the animal if at all possible, and this can take time. 

Breed specific legislation campaign

The RSPCA has recently launched a campaign calling on the UK Government to launch an inquiry into Breed Specific Legislation ­ a law that causes the suffering and destruction of hundreds of innocent dogs every year.

The campaign has received national media coverage. The RSPCA would like to reach 100,000 signatures to put pressure on the UK Government. If you would like to learn more or to add your signature to the campaign please click here.

Our Adoption fees changed with effect from 1st November 2015

Our adoption fees are reviewed every year and we try to keep them as low as possible but at the same time set the fee so that we are getting an appropriate contribution towards the cost of looking after your pet, whilst he or she has been in our care. Our adoption fees have not been changed since 2012. Sadly, we now feel the need to increase the fee with effect from 1st November 2015.

The maximum fee we will be asking for each animal will be:-

Puppies – £150.

Adult Dogs - £120.

Kittens - £90.

Adult Cats - £80.

Rabbits, Small Animals and Birds – Between £5 and £25.


On adoption your cat, dog or rabbit will be neutered (if 5 months or older), micro-chipped, wormed and have up to date vaccinations. Cats and dogs received standard and regular flea treatments and rabbit’s, treatment for mites.  Of course, you also get your new family member! If your dog, cat or rabbit leaves us unneutered because they are too young, then we issue a voucher to you to pay for the neutering when your new pet is old enough.

If you were to acquire your new pet from a source that does not provide the above then you can reasonably expect to pay the following:-

Microchipping – typically around £25.

Dog Castration – from £80 (more for larger dogs).

Bitch Spay – typically £150 to £300+ depending on the size of the dog.

Cat Castration - from around £40.

Cat Spay - £60 upwards.

Plus the cost of vaccinations, worming and flea treatments.

(All prices are an indication only and the actual prices will depend on the charges of your chosen veterinary practice, the species, breed and size of the animal).