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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) as well as all the surrounding villages and hamlets.  Our main 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 "Taylors Animal Rehoming Centre" at Kingston Maurward, Dorchester.


If you wish to report an Animal Emergency or have concerns regarding the welfare of an animal please telephone 0300 1234 999.  Please also call this number if you need to have an unowned or wild animal collected by an RSPCA Animal Collection Officer. 


We are not responsible for the contents of external websites or the availability of linked pages.  Inclusion of a link to an external website does not imply any endorsement by or affiliation with the RSPCA of that site, its content, any product or service its operators may provide.

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If you would like to help in any of the ways mentioned below, please Email , telephone us on 01305 259672 or write to us at:-  

RSPCA West Dorset Branch

PO BOX 5460


DT3 6WH 

 Make a Donation

Please make cheques payable to RSPCA West Dorset Branch and send to the above address.

If you include your name and address we will, of course, acknowledge your donation.  

You can donate online from your bank account or credit card via  a completely secure method of transferring funds.  Please on the PayPal logo above.  If you would like us to acknowledge your donation please include your Email address in the comments section when making your donation.  Many thanks!

Get Involved

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Our active supporters are our most important resource.  We are always seeking new volunteers within the Branch area.   You might like to join one of our Auxiliary Fundraising teams in Sherborne, Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Axminster, Weymouth, Portland or Dorchester.  Our Auxiliaries run a number of events throughout the year ranging from Fetes and Fairs to Coffee Mornings, Sponsored Events, Street Collections and Tombolas.  Our Branch Fundraising committee meets at Taylor's Rehoming Centre once a month and we welcome new members.  You might like to get involved in the running of the Branch.  Our Branch Committee is responsible for the running of the Branch and we are always seeking new members with various administrative, professional and practical skills.  If you are keen to get involved we would love to hear from you.  There is something that everyone can do we can make the most of what you have to offer.   Check out the Jobs Available page for fuller details of volunteer help required.

Support Our Fundraising Events

Check out our Events page for details of our Fundraising activities in your area.

Support Our Charity Shops

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If you are in Bridport, Dorchester Axminster or Sherborne you can visit our  Branch Shops, and please remember us when you have goods to donate.  Maybe you have a few hours each week you could spare to help in one of the Shops?  Or maybe you would like to be one of our Emergency Helpers? 

Become a Friend of Taylor's Rehoming Centre

Taylor's, the West Dorset Branch Animal Rehoming Centre

Find full details on our 'Friends' page  

Leave a Legacy

In the past the RSPCA West Dorset Branch has been deeply indebted to those local people who have been kind enough to remember the Branch in their wills.

Please remember that if you wish to leave a legacy to the RSPCA to be spent helping animals in the West Dorset area and at 'Taylor's Animal Rehoming Centre' your will must be specifically worded to mention the West Dorset Branch, otherwise the legacy will go to RSPCA HQ to be spent on the Inspectorate and other general purposes of the National Society. Please contact RSPCA HQ direct if this is your wish.

Any member wishing to leave a legacy to the RSPCA West Dorset Branch / 'Taylor's Animal Rehoming Centre' should ensure that the following wording is used in their will:

I give the sum of _________ to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals West Dorset Branch (Registered Charity No. 248616) and I declare that the receipt of the Honorary Treasurer or other proper officer for the time being of the said Branch shall be sufficient discharge for the said legacy.

If you already have a will, your solicitor can add to it a section (a codicil) based on the above words.  You should always consult a solicitor regarding the preparation of your will.

Thank you.

Do you own a vehicle that you want to sell or get rid of?

Then please donate it to us through Giveacar!

Giveacar is a non-profit fundraising organisation that raises money for UK charities by scrapping and selling old cars.

They provide a FREE nationwide service which:

  • Arranges collection of the vehicle from your home

  • Depending on its age and condition, recycles it at an Authorised Treatment Facility or sends it to auction.

Scrap donations raise an average of 35 (depending on the price of metal) while auction cars can raise much more.

Since Giveacar was set up in 2010, the organisation has already raised over 2million for 1500 charities!

To arrange collection of a car, visit or call 020 7736 4242, quoting RSPCA WEST DORSET BRANCH as your preferred charity.

RSPCA West Dorset Every Click Search Engine

For every web search you make, 1 pence is donated directly to us!  Please consider making it your home page, and using it instead of your usual search engine.  This is a prototype page but works perfectly - check soon for updated page with a new look!

1 pence donated to West Dorset RSPCA for every search you make!

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