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Keep Your Pet

About Us

The Keep Your Pet project provides short term assistance for domestic pet owners who are older or vulnerable and living in the York and Selby areas at times of ill-health or other emergencies.

Who We Are

Keep Your Pet is  a partnership project between Age UK York and the RSPCA York, Harrogate and District Branch. The two organisations identified a need for a service to help older and vulnerable owners with short term help and support to care for their pets.

Peter Gorbert, RSPCA York Branch Manager said:

"A home environment is the best place for most pets and being removed from familiar surroundings and people and being placed into a kennel can be extremely distressing. The Keep Your Pet project means that animals who's owners become unwell and temporarily unable to care for them, and who might otherwise end up coming into a rehoming shelter like ours, can be looked after in a home environment until they can be safely returned to their owner."

Sally Hutchinson, Chief Officer Age UK York said:

‘We often find that care of their animals is a particular worry for older people when they are unwell. But we also know how vitally important the animals are in speeding recovery & promoting wellbeing in the long term. We see this service as a natural extension of our work and are delighted to be collaborating with the RSPCA.’

For the owners, the contact & friendship with the volunteer is almost as important as the benefits to their animal, but experience elsewhere has shown that the service is equally valuable to the volunteers. There are many people who are unable to have an animal of their own, or those whose own animals have recently died may not feel ready for another animal of their own but wish to have contact with animals. KYP really does offer a win-win situation."

What We Do

Keep Your Pet offers services such as

  • Dog Walking
  • Visiting a home to feed an animal
  • Taking an animal to the vet
  • Short term fostering for any domestic animal

These services are provided by volunteers who have undergone rigorous vetting and training.

Register Your Pet

You can register for the service now by getting in touch with the Keep Your Pet team and they will do the rest.

Ring: 01904 866070 or 01904 726191



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About Us

We are primarily self-funding and the money we spend in York is raised in York and Harrogate and surrounding areas. Income is also generated by our charity shops in Goodramgate, York, Acomb and Selby.

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RSPCA York, Harrogate & District Branch

RSPCA York Animal Home
Landing Lane, YORK
YO26 4RH


Opening times:
Monday - Sunday 11:00 - 15:00Please note that the York Animal Home is closed to the public and all visits are by appointment only for potential adopters.

RSPCA York ShopRSPCA YorkCharity ShopGBPMonday to Saturday 9:00am - 4:30pm Sunday 10:00am - 4:00pm
5B, Goodramgate, York
Telephone: 01904 466140

RSPCA Acomb ShopRSPCA AcombCharity ShopGBPMonday to Saturday 9:00am - 4:30pm Sunday 10:00am - 4:00pm
43 York Road, Acomb
Telephone: 01904 788616

RSPCA Selby ShopRSPCA SelbyCharity ShopGBPMonday to Saturday 9:00am - 4:30pm Sunday 10:00am - 4:00pm
3 New Lane, Selby
Telephone: 01757 707100

RSPCA Malton ShopRSPCA MaltonCharity ShopGBPTuesday to Saturday: 9.00am - 4.30pm Monday/Sunday: Closed
10 Saville Street, Malton
Telephone: 01653 918000

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