We have a pawsome past..

The Bury RSPCA was founded over 100 years ago.

The Oldham Animal Centre opened on the 6th June 1987 and in 2017 relocated from Rhodes bank, Oldham to our new home near to the Strinesdale Country Park & Reservior on Holgate Street, Oldham and is licensed to hold a maximum of 27 dogs and 48 cats.  


We are a local, independently funded charity responsible for its own income to support the care of the animals at the centre.

It is a myth that we recieve daily funding from the larger national RSPCA.  We do not.  We do not recieve daily funding from donations made to the national society and we have to raise the funds to operate.


The staff, centre and shops do so much to support the local community and animals from welcoming and training Volunteers, Duke of Edinburgh students, facilate storage for free pet food for a local food bank and homeless project, provide low cost/no cost neutering for financially disadvantaged people, donate clothing and other items to other local causes, provide safe and secure work placements and environments for students from a local college to assist in giving them the skills, self belief and worth as they navigate into adulthood and working environments, all this on top of providing the exemplary care and love for all the animals that come into the centre annually often as a result of abuse, neglect or abandonment.


We are also fundraising to install a defibrillator to protect the staff, volunteers, visitors to the centre, but also the wider community and visitors to the Strinesdale Country Park.


We do not receive day to day funding from or donations made to the National RSPCA. 

Supoort us directly via the ‘Donate Today’ button above.   


We are simply affilliated and licenced to use the RSPCA name for our operations. It costs c.£1.1m to run the centre and shops and is only possible from the generosity of members of the public, local businesses, fundraising, donations, legacies and the sale of goods through our charity shops.

More history..

In 2005 it was agreed that the Bury Branch would merge with the Oldham Branch and together they would form a bigger and stronger branch. The Branch was renamed RSPCA Bury, Oldham & District and continued with the Bury Branch charity number of 226624.

The staff at the Bury, Oldham RSPCA give care and love to the animals in our centre and our knowledgeable staff provide for the individual needs of each animal until the day it can find a kind and loving new home. 


We specialise in cats and dogs and do not have small animals (rabbits, guinea pigs etc), wildlife or birds in our care.


Our branch cannot accept animals from members of the public, take in stray animals and have no animal rescue facilites.

To report abuse or cruelty, please call our National RSPCA hotline on 0300 1234999


We are a separately registered branch of the RSPCA and are primarily responsible for raising funds locally.  We receive no government funding, lottery aid or daily funding from the National RSPCA or donations made to it.

About the national RSPCA

“If Legislation to protect animals is to be effective it must be adequately enforced” – Richard Martin MP 1822 co founder of the RSPCA


The RSPCA was founded by a group of twenty-two reformers led by Richard Martin MP (who would thereby earn the nickname Humanity Dick), William Wilberforce MP and the Reverend Arthur Broome originally as a society to support the working of Richard Martin’s Act. This Act had been passed in Parliament on 22 July 1822 and was against cruelty to farm animals, particularly cattle.


The group assembled at the “Old Slaughters” Coffee House in London to create a society with the will and authority to enforce the new law. The SPCA, the first animal welfare society in any country was thus born and was granted its royal status by Queen Victoria in 1840.


At first the organisation did not employ Inspectors. A committee inspected the markets, slaughterhouses and the conduct of city coachmen.

Rev Arthur Broome, from his own funds, employed a Mr Wheeler and his assistant, Charles Teasdall. In 1824 they brought sixty three offenders before the Courts.


In the late 1830s the Society began the tradition of the Inspector, which is the image best known of the RSPCA today.

By 1841 there were five Inspectors, each paid a guinea a week, based in London, who travelled to various parts of the country bringing suspected offenders before the Courts.


News of the work of the Society spread outside London. By 1842, campaigners in Bath, Brighton, Bristol, Coventry and Scarborough had all requested the appointment of an inspector of their own. With the increasing number of donations and bequests the Society was attracting, there were funds to expand beyond the capital.


Regional inspectors were appointed, with local campaigners promising to raise £20 a year towards ‘their’ inspector’s wages. This development created the nucleus of a national network of 175 branches in England and Wales that exists today.


 Each year the RSPCA inspectors investigate over 100,000 complaints of cruelty and neglect. The animal collection officers collect over 180,000 sick, injured and abandoned animals every year.


Hundreds of these come to use every year and it is generally from that point that we must pay for the care and rehabilitation that can run into thousands of pounds.  If you have an animal and use a private vet, just consider the costs that you have and multiply this by hundreds of animals and in some cases thousands of pounds and you can see why we need your direct support to help these poor abused, abandoned or mistreated animals as we nurse them back to health over weeks, months or years. We work hard to save them and gain their trust in humans again.