About us

Who are we?

The RSPCA is the world’s oldest and best-known animal welfare organisation and is one of the largest charities in the UK. We’ve been responding to and campaigning for animals in need since 1824, when we were founded by a group of twenty-two reformers including Richard Martin MP and William Wilberforce MP.

The Society's inspectorate investigates complaints concerning animal cruelty 24/7 and where there is sufficient evidence we take private prosecutions against those responsible.  We also provide resources and tools to educate the public about animal welfare as well as campaign and lobby governments to try and improve policies and the law to ensure better protection for animals. For further information about the range of work the RSPCA carries out and the state of animal welfare in 2012 please see this briefing.

The RSPCA works closely with a number of partners to help improve animal welfare including local authorities, the police, the veterinary profession policy makers as well as other animal welfare charities.  We value our relationship with policy makers and are grateful for the support we receive from parliamentarians across the political spectrum.


Political advocates

The RSPCA has a number of  national vice presidents who are politicians. You can read more about them below. Individual branches also have members of their boards who are politicians.

Baroness Fookes of Plymouth DBE

Richard Howitt MEP

Caroline Dinenage MP

Caroline Lucas MP 

Cllr Imogen Walker