RSPCA Lancashire East Branch


Following the changes to the government's Covid-19 restrictions (introduced on 19 July 2021) we wanted to update you on what we have done to protect our visitors, staff and volunteers and therefore minimise the potential impact of a Covid outbreak amongst staff & volunteers on the animals in our care.

During lockdown we closed to the public and operated on an appointment only basis, this not only reduced the potential for any Covid amongst the staff & volunteer team but also had the added benefit of reducing the stress on the many animals in our care as we could better prepare them for the arrival of adopters and ensure we were able to introduce them to their potential new owners in a safe and controlled environment free from other distractions so both would be owner and animal alike had a better pre-adoption experience. 


Therefore, we:

  • have made the decision to remain closed to the general public and continue working on an appointment only system.  

  • would ask those interested in adopting a dog to simply complete and return the dog adoption form which can be downloaded from the animal's listing on this website and this will be used to ensure we secure the best match for animal and potential owner. If you are having difficulties filling out forms online then please ring the centre on 01254 231118 for help & advice.

  • will contact potential owners to book an appointment to visit and during the booking process will carry out the normal Covid-19 questionnaires/checks that have been in place for some time as we seek to maintain the protections in place for visitors, staff and volunteers.

  • are maintaining social distancing and asking visitors to wear masks when in centre buildings or for any close up meets with our animals: please remember to bring a mask if you have arranged to visit the centre.

  • will continue to undertake home visits on a virtual basis as we know many people remain concerned about having strangers in their home and in protecting potential adopters we also safeguard our volunteers and staff.

If you have what it takes to give one of our dogs a second chance we would love to hear from you and if, after looking at the animals on the website, you have any questions about the adoption process or a specific animal, please contact the animal centre directly on 01254 231118 or email us at  We would love to hear from you and hopefully welcome you to family of successful adopters from the RSPCA Lancashire East Branch. 

Thank you for your patience & understanding.

We are currently accepting dogs from the public as space allows. 


If you have a badly injured stray or wild animal, please call your local vet for advice. Please do not attend a vet practice without calling first. This is an incredibly difficult time for us across the RSPCA and we appreciate your ongoing support. Thank you.

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