It’s time again for the Big Give Christmas Challenge, and we are asking for your support to help provide care and a safe haven for London’s most needy animals – like poor Chanel, who was left in a bin at just 8 weeks old.  Luckily a passer by heard her and RSPCA inspectors were able to bring her into our care where she is now safe. But sadly her story is not a standalone one – we are seeing abandonments rise twofold at the moment with litters and litters of kittens being dumped in bags and in bins and we need your help to keep helping them.

Donations made between 28 November and 5 December 2023 will be doubled* by our generous match funding sponsors, so this is a really effective way to help.

The cost of living crisis has led to many more people giving up or abandoning their animals, and with unneutered animals continuing to produce litters year on year, we are being pushed to our limits.  The perfect storm of lockdown pets followed by the cost of living crisis has only made this situation even worse and animal rescues are at breaking point up and down the country.

Through our two rehoming centres, all animals coming into our care receive veterinary treatment and are neutered, vaccinated and microchipped before being rehomed, which costs us an average of £380 per animal.   This funding will help to ensure that we can continue to help all those animals in need.

*up to the first £2500 donated, matched funding excludes Gift Aid.


Please note that unfortunately we are unable to provide veterinary assistance or financial support for veterinary care to owned animals.  

The RSPCA Central London Branch, covering some of the most disadvantaged areas of London, rescues and rehomes hundreds of sick, injured and abused animals every year.

We are a Branch of the RSPCA, separate from the main charity and independently managed and financed. We help thousands of the most desperate animals each year but are fully reliant on the income from our shops (which have spent weeks closed due to COVID), and our programme of appeals and donations.

Our Animal Welfare Officers go out into the community 365 days a year to help animals most at risk and in need. Our two shelters offer a safe place for our little patients to be given all the veterinary treatment, care and love they need to recuperate, and are always full to bursting. We specialise in finding a future for those animals who find it hardest to trust humans again.

Please help us to help more animals by donating to the branch via JustGiving:


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Leave a legacy to help London's animals

A legacy to the RSPCA Central London Branch will provide crucial funds for animals in the area. We could not carry out our work without such generous support. You can do this by making a Will or by adding a Codicil (a document which specifies alterations to your Will).

If you are making a Will, please remember that the RSPCA Central London Branch, and all the other RSPCA Branches, are separately registered charities. So, if you would like our work to benefit animals in your local area, we would respectfully suggest that your legacy reads:

I give the sum of £xxx (or specify a share of residue) to the RSPCA Central London Branch, Registered Charity Number 248489, for its general purposes and I declare that the receipt of the Honorary Treasurer or other proper Officer of the said Branch for the time being shall be a full and sufficient discharge for the said legacy.

Please note that a Will or Codicil needs to be properly witnessed, and you should obtain legal advice.

You may view and download a printable copy of our leaflet (please be patient, it’s a large file) or pick one up in any of our shops.

Other ways to help the Branch


Help spread the word about free neutering

Pet owners assume that neutering their cat will be expensive – unaffordable, even – but as a result, there are thousands of unwanted, neglected and stray cats in London.

The C4 Scheme, established in 2002 as a joint initiative by major animal charities, offers free neutering for cats whose owners live within the M25 area and receive certain state benefits, are on a low income or are students. The scheme also covers stray cats being temporarily fed.

Please note that this scheme will only cover the cost of neutering – we strongly encourage all owners to obtain good pet insurance.

Find out if you are eligible

Our shops

We have charity shops in Islington (N1), Finsbury Park (N4), Hackney (E5), Crouch End (N8), Stoke Newington (N16), Tottenham (N17), Palmers Green (N13), Ealing (W5) and Northfields (W13).

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and opening hours


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