Southridge occupies a 16-acre site that nestles in the bottom of a small valley surrounded by the lush green Hertfordshire countryside, and has an air of peace and tranquillity about it. On entering the centre there is an atmosphere of kindness, honesty and cheerfulness.
Although we have all too often witnessed the true horrors and cruelty that humans subject animals to, it is here that the lengthy process of reversing the damage begins.
Southridge is not a sanctuary, it is a re-homing centre. Our aim is to place every animal who walks or is carried through our doors into new, responsible, kind and caring homes.
Animals are treated with respect, tenderness and love, and both their physical and mental needs are met - to help them learn to trust again.
We have 18 full-time staff to complete our daily workload and it costs the RSPCA £730,000 a year (£2,000 a day) to run Southridge.
If you would like to come along and see the centre, there's no need to call for an appointment - just pop in. We're open 11am - 4.15pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Sun 1pm - 4.15pm. We're closed on Wednesdays.
Our café is open for tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cold drinks, cakes and snacks, hot cross buns, toasted cheese sandwiches and more. All profits go back into helping animals at the Centre. The café is open: 11—4.15 Saturdays and 1.00—4.15 Sundays.