RSPCA Cardiff & District Branch

Registered Charity Number 232228



The RSPCA Cardiff & District Branch has been in existence for well over a century!

Throughout this time we have continued to help local animals in need.

We no longer have an animal centre in Cardiff, however, we continue to rehome hundreds of unwanted or cruelty case animals, using private boarding establishments and via our team of dedicated fosterers.

Via our Welfare Assistance Project, we issue vouchers enabling pet owners (on low income and in receipt of benefits) with emergency vet bills.  And we help towards the cost of neutering and microchipping

We often organise animal ‘Community Care’ events, where we offer help and guidance on many animal issues.  We support our local RSPCA Inspectors in whatever way we can, as well as assisting our nearest RSPCA Animal Centres in Newport and Swansea, also the RSPCA Clinic at Merthyr Tydfil.

As you can see, RSPCA Cardiff & District is extremely active - but none of this would be possible without the help of our supporters.  

Branches of the RSPCA are separately registered charities, responsible for raising funds locally.

Therefore, our work helping LOCAL animals in need depends on the generosity of our supporters and the funds we raise locally.


We hope you enjoy browsing  our website to see some of the work we do locally.

Discover how you can help us ….. become a volunteer …… or fundraise for us …… make a donation …. or even remember us in your will.




We are committed to the prevention of cruelty to animals, and we will reduce animal suffering wherever possible. Our work is aimed at increasing animal care and well being. We will promote kindness to animals in every way we can.

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RSPCA Cardiff & District Branch has been going from strength to strength over the last few years. Each year we rehome in excess of 300 animals and have helped hundreds more with our Welfare Assistance Programme. We have just opened our fourth charity shop in Cardiff.  Exciting times!

We are always happy to hear from potential new Trustees to join us on our journey!

Trustees are responsible for the direction and performance of a charity A successful Committee depends on people from a range of ages, backgrounds, skills and experiences - with a variety of perspectives on difficult issues and a mix of skills to draw on. If you can offer a balanced viewpoint and have the time required to meet the obligations of the role we'd love to hear from you!

The role of the Trustee

  • To ensure that the organisation operates in accordance with the governing document, legal and regulatory guidelines.
  • To take an active part in the running of the charity.
  • To fundraise to ensure the financial stability of the Branch.
  • To attend Trustee meetings regularly and actively take part.
  • To complete other tasks in-line with Charity Law on the role of Trustee.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is dedicated to animal welfare and who would like to make a difference locally. If you would like to join our team please send us a CV and a short letter telling us why you'd like to get involved and what you think you can offer.

Please note that in order to be a Trustee with the RSPCA you will need to have been a member of the Society for a minimum of 3 months. If you are not yet a member, but would like to join - possibly with the aim of getting further involved in the future - please contact us for a Membership form:

RSPCA Cardiff & District Branch
St David's House, Wood Street, Cardiff. CF10 1ES

Tel: 029 20220511 - Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Or CLICK HERE to join online today!



RSPCA National Website

Please note that reports of cruelty and neglect

must be made to the NATIONAL SOCIETY.

Their 24hr helpline is 0300 1234 999




    Pets, wildlife and farm animals are all falling victim to the heatwave, warns the charity, as calls pour in about animals affected by the scorching temperatures 

    After receiving a large number of worrying calls to their cruelty line, the RSPCA is reminding people that all animals can suffer during hot weather.

    Stories such as the tragic death of pet pug Merlin last Friday during a Channel crossing on a P&O ferry have been a sobering reminder to dog owners of the risk they face.

    However, it isn’t just dogs that can suffer. Just over last weekend (18-21 July) the RSPCA received nearly 400 calls about animals affected by the rising temperatures, including a rabbit left outside without shade or water; a parrot left trapped in a hot car; a cage of hamsters left in a petshop window in direct sunlight; a horse left tethered in 82 degree heat unable to move to get water; a cat trapped in a glass box and around 30 chicks kept in a wire cage with no access to shade.

    “Hot weather can cause problem for all animals. Every summer we urge people to take extra precautions during the heat but sadly our inspectors on the ground are still being faced with distressing situations that could have been avoided,”  said RSPCA pet welfare expert Dr Jane Tyson.

    “We have already had calls about animals such as rabbits dying in their cages due to the heat and lack of access to water. While we hope the message is starting to get through to people that hot cars can be death traps for dogs, it is really important to remember that other animals may be suffering too,” she added. 

    With the current heatwave set to last and even more calls coming in this week,  the charity has issued their top 10 tips on what to do to make sure all our animals are safe from the heat.

    • 1.      Never leave an animal in a car in warm weather. On warm or sunny days cars heat up quickly. Every summer RSPCA inspectors are regularly called out to reports of animals being left in hot cars. Sadly, some of them die because of their thoughtless owners. Pets should not be left in conservatories, greenhouses and caravans either.
    • 2.      Don't let your pet get sunburned.  Animals can suffer from sunburn too, particularly white cats and dogs. Ear-tip cancer is more common in white cats and is very similar to malignant melanoma in humans. Owners should cover any white extremities, especially ear tips, with pet safe sun cream at least once a day before the animal goes outside.
    • 3.      Make sure all pets have access to shade and a constant supply of fresh drinking water.  All cages and enclosures should be kept in the shade. Watch out for warning signs of heatstroke. If your dog pants heavily, is lethargic or collapses put them in a cool spot and spray with cool water immediately. Always contact a vet urgently for advice.
    • 4.      Check your pets for fleas, ticks and mites. Heat brings out nasty creepy-crawlies, so check pets regularly. Excessive scratching and itching are the first signs of infestation. If your pets have fleas a flea treatment from your vet is advised.
    • 5.      Check twice a day for fly-strike. Flies like to lay their eggs in fur of rabbits, guinea pigs, dogs and cats. If an animal infected with fly-strike is not treated straight away it could die a painful death. Animals should be kept clean and their back end checked every day. If it is dirty, clean immediately with warm water and dry.  Bedding should be changed every week during the summer.
    • 6.      Don't allow animals to exercise excessively in the heat. During hot weather walk your dog in the cooler periods such as early morning or evening - when it is at a decreased risk of heatstroke.
    • 7.      Fish suffer in hot weather too. Keep indoor fish tanks out of direct sunlight, change the water regularly and keep them clear of algae, which spread much faster on sunny days. Outside, spray a hose over ponds to top up water levels and replace lost oxygen.
    • 8.      Don't leave pets home alone when you go on holiday. It is an offence to abandon an animal in circumstances likely to cause it unnecessary suffering. Make sure pets are left in the care of a responsible person (such as a friend, relative or pet sitter)  or a reputable boarding kennel.
    • 9.      Be wildlife-friendly in the garden. Take care when using a lawn-mower or strimmer - both can be deadly to animals. Hedgehogs in long grass may curl up if they feel threatened and toads tend to squat down rather than run away. Keep pesticides out of reach of animals or switch to non-toxic deterrents.
    • 10.  Search bonfires before burning garden rubbish. Lizards, grass snakes, hedgehogs and toads often seek sanctuary in heaps of garden refuse. 

RSPCA Cardiff & District Branch




CF10 1ES

Tel: 029 20220511