The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in the UK & Ireland USPCA, RSPCA, SSPCA, ISPCA

There are a number of charity organisations throughout Ireland and the UK that are concerned with the protection and relief of suffering of animals.

The Ulster Society Prevention Cruelty to Animals (USPCA) in Northern Ireland  is the second oldest Animal Welfare Charity in the world. Founded in 1836 as the Belfast SPCA it’s first priority was to challenge the abuse of working horses, a daily occurrence on the Victorian city streets. The eventual name change from Belfast to Ulster SPCA acknowledged the scale, scope and success of the Charity’s expanded operations across the province.

The purpose of our founders to ‘Prevent Cruelty and Relieve Suffering’ remains as the driving force for our Charitable activities. The USPCA differs from many other animal welfare groups who focus on the needs of a single species with our unique commitment to protect ALL our animals.

The USPCA’s area covers Antrim, Down, Armagh, Fermanagh, Derry / Londonderry and Tyrone and the charity’s headquarters is located in the USPCA Animal Hospital in Newry.

To find out more information read here about the Ulster SPCA

There is no such charity as the Ulster RSPCA, Northern Ireland RSPCA or Belfast RSPCA.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, RSPCA  is a completely separate charity that is concerned with the prevention of cruelty to animals in England and Wales.

In Scotland the Scottish SPCA is also a completely  separate charity that is concerned with the prevention of cruelty to animals in Scotland.

In the Republic of Ireland the ISPCA  specialise in rescue, animal welfare and preventing animal cruelty. They respond to allegations of cruelty, neglect and abuse and also to aid sick and injured animals.

You can help the USPCA by making a regular donation. If you need to report suspected cruelty please visit our How to Report Animal Cruelty page to find the number in your area.

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