The Venton Centre is owned and managed by RSPCA Cornwall Branch.
In 1993, the 4 existing RSPCA branches in Cornwall pooled resources to become a single registered charity – Cornwall Branch (Charity No: 1024808), and set about establishing their own rehoming centre in the county. The Branch bought Higher Quoit Farm near St Columb in 1994; a site of just over 6 acres, centrally located with good road access.
Thanks to the support of the people of Cornwall, the Centre opened to accept its first cats and dogs 1996. With subsequent generous funding from Mrs Patricia Venton, phase 2 of the building was completed in 1999. The Centre now provides a base from which animals can be adopted and is a focus for the work of the RSPCA throughout Cornwall.
The Centre receives and rehomes unwanted or neglected dogs, cats and small animals from all over Cornwall. We also take in animals from RSPCA Inspectors, that sometimes need extensive veterinary treatment, rehabilitation and assessment, prior to being found new loving homes.
The Centre comprises:
The Centre currently employs 25 staff and is supported by an invaluable team of volunteers who help with cleaning and maintenance, dog walking, cat socialising and assist with our fundraising events.
RSPCA Cornwall is an independent charity, which operates under RSPCA Branch rules and is run by a Board of elected Trustees. We are responsible for our own fundraising to run and maintain the Venton Centre and our various welfare campaigns in Cornwall. All money raised within Cornwall, stays in Cornwall to directly support the Centre and and our local rehoming operations.
The Branch holds fundraising events and relies on support from sponsors, donations, legacies and money raised from our Bude Charity Shop.
The Branch holds an AGM every year, where local members of the RSPCA can attend to hear how the Branch has performed during the previous 12 months, review the annual accounts and vote to elect new Trustees to continue for the following year.
The Centre is located off the A39 Trekenning roundabout just outside the village of St Columb Major in Cornwall.
The Centre is signed off the roundabout and is about ½ mile on the left-hand side.