Top Animal Charities UK

There are three animal charities which are particularly well known. These three charities, the RSPCA, the PDSA and the Blue Cross operate in a multitude of locations around the country.


The RSPCA, which stands for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, is the largest and the most well known of these animal charities. The RSPCA runs many high profile campaigns such as poster advertisements and television ads in order to raise public awareness about the problem of animal cruelty.

The RSPCA describes itself as similar to an animal emergency service, meaning that it will go out and rescue animals in any circumstance. The animal charity assists all types of animals, inviting people to call them at any time of the day or night if they think an animal is being treated cruelly.

When the animal has been rescued, the work of the RSPCA does not stop there. The charity employs veterinaries in order to bring the rescued animals back to health. Following this, the animals can be released back into the wild.

The RSPCA’s wide reaching campaigns work in order to raise money for these services and raise awareness among the public that cruelty to animals is not acceptable. They hope that this tactic will encourage prevention of cruelty, rather than cure. In fact, The RSPCA feels so strongly about animal welfare that at times they bring in their power to prosecute, under the Animal Welfare Act.


The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals, or PDSA, is a very different type of animal charity to the RSPCA. Whereas the RSPCA campaigns publicly and rescues all kinds of animals, the PDSA is exclusively a veterinary charity.

Nowadays, pet care can be very expensive, with vet’s fees often being impossible to afford. With the PSDA, pet owners who are particularly not well-off can receive veterinary treatment, free of charge. This, however, means the charity’s work only typically affects domestic animals.

The aim of this veterinary charity is to encourage people to raise the standard of animal care in society. As a result, the PDSA has grown to such heights since its establishment in 1917 that it can boast being the largest employer in Europe of veterinary surgeons and nurses.

The Blue Cross

The Blue Cross is the smallest of these three popular animal charities. The main aim of The Blue Cross is to help to relocate animals to a new, caring home, because they were not wanted by their previous owners.

Unfortunately, while many people would never mean to be cruel to an animal, some are simply unaware of what it takes to care for a pet. This can mean that while the condition of the pet deteriorates the owners cannot recognise the problem. At this point, the Blue Cross typically steps in and takes responsibility for the animal.

The Blue Cross also helps current owners with veterinary care and animals which are badly behaved, offering hands-on learning and support for both owner and pet.