About us

We service an area of over 650 square miles (the size of London) throughout Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire. We accept dogs, cats and small animals in need - lost, abused, sick, injured and unwanted animals are brought in to us by the public, dog wardens and RSPCA inspectors.

We pride ourselves on our non-destruction policy and aim to find every animal a new loving home, no matter how long this may take. 

Formed in 1937 from an amalgamation of local rescue groups, we moved to Claverton Down in 1939 and the space has allowed us to expand to house over 100 dogs, 100 cats, 70 chickens and 30 or so rabbits and small animals at any one time. 

This makes us one of the busiest RSPCA Branches in the country, re-homing over 1,300 dogs, cats and small animals each year. Like all Branches, we are an independent charity that receives little financial support from the National RSPCA and therefore rely heavily on charitable giving to fund our annual running costs of £1.4 million. 

As well as rescuing and re-homing animals in need we play an active role in the local community; attending shows and events throughout the year, giving educational talks in schools and at the Home on the importance of responsible pet ownership and offer volunteering opportunities and work experience to young people and those seeking employment. We also employ over 50 paid members of staff from the local area. 

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Bath Cats and Dogs Home is committed to the welfare of companion animals; to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home pets who are unwanted and far too often neglected or mistreated and to promote responsible pet ownership through education.

Re-homing Policy

Bath Cats and Dogs Home operates a re-homing policy based on the individual needs of each animal and welcomes interest from potential adopters. We oppose all forms of unfair discrimination on the grounds of colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, religion or belief, age or disability.

We believe it is in the Home's best interests (and the animals in our care) to recognise the value of each and every potential adopter.

Every possible step will be taken to ensure that potential adopters are treated equally and fairly and that decisions on re-homing an animal are based solely on the needs of individual animals.