The William & Patricia 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 in St Austell, Camborne and Bude.

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