- The William & Patricia Venton RSPCA
- Cornwall Branch Animal Centre
- St Columb
- TR9 6JS
- Tel: 01637 881455
- Opening times: Monday to Sunday 11am to 4pm
- Telephone lines open: Monday to Sunday 9am to 4pm
- Closed Wednesdays
- Contact Form
About The Venton Animal Centre
The Venton Centre is owned and managed by the RSPCA Cornwall Branch.
In 1993 the four RSPCA branches in Cornwall pooled resources. They became one registered charity, Cornwall Branch, and they set about realising their dream of owning a rehoming Centre in the county. The branch bought Higher Quoit farm near St. Columb in 1994. It is an ideal site of over six acres, centrally located, with good road access. It provides a base from which animals can be adopted and is a focus for the work of the RSPCA throughout Cornwall.
Thanks to the support of the people of Cornwall the Centre accepted its first cats and dogs for rehoming in 1996. Due to subsequent generous funding provided by Mrs Patricia Venton, phase 2 of the building project was completed in 1999.
To see more information about how we did in 2016 please click HERE
In common with most animal rehoming centres, the number of adoptions is down on previous years due to the nature of the dogs signed into our care. Most have not been properly socialised as puppies or trained and, having been left alone for too long, have been naughty or destructive in the home - hence their being given to the RSPCA.
We keep many dogs for more than two months - some up to a year - in order to work with a qualified animal behaviourist at our expense, to improve the dogs' behaviour and make them rehomeable. Animals are not euthanised because they are long stayers - we just work harder to find them a new home.
- The Centre comprises:
- Kennels for 57 dogs and pens for 72 cats.
- Accommodation for a wide range of small animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs and gerbils.
- An aviary for wild birds where they can recover from trauma before being released.
- A compound for swans, geese and ducks which need rest and recuperation.
- A fully equipped room for veterinary treatment for animals in our care.
- Office space for training sessions and educational use and a small shop.
Twenty staff members are employed at the Centre and there are also a dozen volunteers who attend regularly working as kennel assistants, dog walkers, cat socialisers and serving in the shop.
How to find us:
Since the changes to the A30 access roads have meant that, in order to visit us via the A30, a visitor traveling South has now to exit the A30 at the junction to Victoria, then follow the old A30 road south and cross over the bridge and carry on to Castle-an Dinas and then to Quoit.
Anyone traveling North can exit the A30 to follow the A39 (Wadebridge) roads to St Columb Major.