Vet Services

**IMPORTANT** In regards to the COVID-19 please click here to read about the changes to our services.

Lost and Straying Animals

Every day there are lots of lost and straying animals on the streets of Bristol. Many of them arrive at our doors, often ill or injured after being brought in by a member of the public, the Dog Warden, RSPCA Inspectors or the police. We are always there to help. Every animal receives the treatment that it needs so that they are well enough to either be reunited with their owner or begin the search for a new home at our Rehoming Centre.

When lost or straying cats come into our care, our expert veterinary team provides treatment for any illness or injury that they present with. This ranges from simple flea treatments and routine checks, to intensive care support if for example, they have been in a road traffic accident.

We are a charity and as such rely on the financial donations that owners, who are claiming their cats, can donate to us. These donations help to cover some or all of the cost of their cat’s treatment whilst in our care.

When you come in to claim your cat from us, we will explain the veterinary care your cat has received and the cost of that treatment. We appreciate if you can make a contribution towards the cost and are very grateful if you can cover the entire cost, as this helps towards the running of our 24/7 emergency service for stray animals in Bristol.


We provide a 24 hour service for injured or sick wildlife if the animal is brought to us – we are unable to collect animals. If you discover an injured or sick animal and you are able to safety transport it to us, please call us 0117 9724567 before beginning your journey. If you are not able to transport the animal, please call the National RSPCA helpline on 0300 1234 999. Our main priority is to ensure that the animals are able to return to their natural habitat after their recovery and rehabilitation at a specialist wildlife centre. Our first aid wildlife service helps prevent the suffering of hundreds of wild animals every year.

RSPCA Cruelty and Neglect

One of the most difficult part of our work is providing veterinary care to animals who arrive with RSPCA Inspectors. The cases can be severe and unfortunately we see unimaginable cruelty and neglect. We work alongside our rehoming team to help and heal these animals before they are ready to be rehomed. Finding a loving home is always our priority for these animals. We accept every animal that arrives with our local Inspectorate team from the Bristol and District area.

We need your support to be able to continue this vital and life-changing service. If you’d like to offer a brighter future to animals who have faced a past of pain and cruelty, please consider donating to us today.

Free cat micro chipping

Every year, over a quarter of a million animals are lost. Microchipping gives a pet the best chance of being identified and reunited with its owners.

Unlike dogs where the law states that they must be chipped, microchipping is optional in cats – although highly encouraged by vets and animal charities.

Reuniting cats with their owners can be almost impossible when they are not micro chipped.

Here at Bristol A.R.C. we take in hundreds of ill and injured stray cats every year. When a chip is not found, we provide care and veterinary treatment in the hope that an owner may contact us, but there comes a time where for the cat’s welfare it needs to be put up for rehoming. It’s so much better when the cat is microchipped and can be reunited with its owner straight away.

Each microchip is slightly smaller than a grain of rice and is inserted under the cat’s skin – just between the shoulder blades. The procedure is a simple and quick one, and once the microchip is inserted, the cat is completely unaware of its presence. The chip holds vital information to track the cat’s owners – this information is stored on a secure database.

The free microchipping offer is open to any Bristol cat from 4 months of age. Any owners interested are invited to call 0117 9724567 to arrange a free appointment.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID – 19 you will be required to follow our new strict health and safety procedures when bringing your cat in. These will be explained to you when you ring to make your appointment.

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