Animal welfare advice

What to do if you need advice?

Our team have a broad range of knowledge and expertise and are happy to assist you with any advice you may need, whether you have just considered adopting a pet and want to know your options, or you are looking to take on another animal we will put you in the right direction and help to find your perfect match.

If you have adopted an animal from us and you are having any concerns then please do get in touch and we will be happy to help you.

For more information and advice on how to care for you specific pet then you can find out more below.

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What to do if your circumstances have changed?

Making the decision to part with a pet is one of the hardest things to do, and is a last resort for many owners.
We always try to give people struggling to keep a pet as many options as possible, for example rehoming a pet with a family member or if it is behavioural related we do recommend they get checked out by a vet or seek the advice of a clinical animal behaviourist first.
Some owners can find themselves parting with a pet because they can no longer afford the medical bills, however there are schemes and organisations out there that may be able to help those receiving low-income state benefits with the costs. Pet insurance is also highly recommended to help cover unexpected vet bills in the future.

If you have explored all possible avenues then we can help by taking your dog in for rehoming, however we do have to prioritize those that are in need, so you may have to be prepared to wait until we have the space available.

If you wish to re-home an animal through the RSPCA Radcliffe Animal Centre please call 0115 855 0222 to discuss this with our reception team.

Please understand our space is limited and priority is given to RSPCA inspectors that need to bring animals in. However we will try to our very best to help you when space allows us to. For further information on this please contact the shelter.

If you are needing to re-home your cat please visit for a list of other organisations that may be able to help. For more information on giving up an unwanted pet, see the link below.

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If you require any further information about animal welfare then you’ll find hundreds of frequently asked questions on the National RSPCA Q&A page.