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Our telephone lines are open from 9.00am to 4.00pm and the Centre Reception is open from 11.00am to 4.00pm.

The Centre and ‘phone lines are closed every Wednesday.

PLEASE NOTE:   This location is a rehoming Centre only and we have no Inspectors or Animal Collection Officers attached to our Branch.

All reports of cruelty or concerns for animal welfare must be reported to the National Control Centre on 0300 1234 999.

About the Venton Animal Centre

The Venton Centre is owned and managed by RSPCA Cornwall Branch.

In 1993, the 4 existing RSPCA branches in Cornwall pooled resources and became a single registered charity, Cornwall Branch (Charity No: 1024808).  They then set about realising their dream of building and running their own rehoming Centre in the county.

The Branch bought Higher Quoit Farm near St Columb in 1994.  The site is just over 6 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 generous 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.

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:

  • Kennels for 42 dogs and pens for 40 cats.
  • Accommodation for a wide range of small pets 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 veterinary room for our twice weekly visiting vet to health check and treat the animals in our care.
  • An administration building which houses our offices, Reception, staff room and a Conference room for training and meetings.  There is also a small shop selling pet foods and equipment, both new and good quality items kindly donated to us.
  • We also have various secure outside paddocks for exercising, training and socialising dogs.

The Centre currently employs 25 staff, who are supported by an invaluable team of volunteers who attend regularly and help with cleaning and maintenance, dog walking, cat socialising and assist in the RSPCA Charity Shops.

About the Branch

RSPCA Cornwall is an independent Branch of the RSPCA.  The Branch is run under the RSPCA Branch rules by a Board of Trustees.  We are responsible for all our own fundraising to run and maintain the Venton Centre and our various welfare campaigns in Cornwall.  As an independent Branch, all money raised within Cornwall, stays in Cornwall to support the Centre and our rehoming operations.

The Branch holds 2 major fundraising events per year; The Summer Fete and Dog Show every June and Christmas Fayre in November, and relies on support from sponsors, donations, legacies and money raised from our Cornish Charity Shops.

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 a new Committee to continue for the following year.

How to find us

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, on the road to Castle-an-Dinas and is about ½ mile on the left-hand side (take the narrow road next to the Old School House).

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How we did in 2019

In 2019, the Venton Centre rehomed 214 animals, a 15% decrease on 2018’s rehomed figure of 252. The reduction is due mainly to animals coming to the Centre with complex health and behavioural problems requiring lengthy treatments and rehabilitation, together with staff vacancies in key supervisory roles.  These vacancies are being addressed and our intention is to increase our rehoming figure for 2020, but the unforeseen impact of Coronavirus restrictions is bound to affect this.

The income generated in 2019 from the charity shops enabled the Branch to continue to fund other designated funds for animal welfare purposes throughout Cornwall and to maintain the Venton Animal Rehoming Centre in St Columb. The main fundraising events were the Fun Dog Show & Fete and a Christmas Fayre that together generated a surplus of £6,330.

Throughout the year, the Branch continued to run the subsidised countywide cat neutering programme acting in partnership with 40 local veterinary practices.  A total of 754 cat neutering vouchers were issued in 2019. Since the start of the campaign in May 2014, 3317 vouchers have been issued, costing the Branch £132,680. Originally this programme related to female cats only but from 1 July 2019 the programme was extended to include male cat neutering and renamed the Cat Neutering Campaign.

We also supported the “Bull Breeds” neutering programme which is run in association with Devon & Cornwall Police.  In 2019, 7 dogs were neutered at a cost of £1,210 to the Branch.

The Branch also continued to offer free of charge cat microchipping at veterinary surgeries for owners in Cornwall who receive means-tested benefits. Costs are drawn from a fund which was established at the end of 2017 following receipt of a legacy which specifies the restriction.

The Branch provides subsidised veterinary treatment for animals that are sick or injured and owned by local people on low incomes. This is achieved through a voucher scheme. During 2019, the Branch issued 77 welfare vouchers at a total value of £2,540. This work benefits those receiving means tested benefits by giving them financial help to obtain care for companion animals in need of veterinary treatment.