Welcome to RSPCA West Dorset Branch

RSPCA West Dorset Branch is a separate charity affiliated to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA).

We cover the towns of Dorchester, Bridport, Weymouth, Portland, Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Sherborne and Axminster (Devon) and the surrounding villages.

Our priorities are the welfare and rehoming of local animals. We raise our funds within the Branch boundaries and all money raised is spent within the area. 

We are responsible for Taylor’s Rehoming Centre at Kingston Maurward, Dorchester and operate RSPCA Charity Shops in Bridport, Weymouth and Sherborne.

There are lots of ways in which you can Help Us raise money so we can help care for and rehome animals.


We are a separately registered branch of the RSPCA and are primarily responsible for raising funds locally.  We ARE NOT funded daily by the National RSPCA or donations made to it, please support our vital work for local animals directly.

At RSPCA West Dorset Branch we are proud of our No Euthanasia Policy for healthy, rehomeable animals. If you have any queries about our euthanasia policy then please Contact us.

The Animal Welfare Act

As well as increasing the penalties for those who inflict the most serious offences, the Animal Welfare Act makes it a legal requirement for pet owners to do what is reasonable to provide for their animal’s needs. These are:

“The Five Freedoms”

  • A proper diet (food and water)
  • Somewhere suitable to live
  • Any need to be housed with or apart from other animals
  • Allowing them to express normal behaviour
  • Protection from pain, suffering, injury and disease
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