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RSPCA Suffolk East and Ipswich Branch

Animal welfare, rehoming, pet rescue and adoption

The RSPCA Suffolk East and Ipswich Branch takes in, rehabilitates, rehomes and provides veterinary treatment for hundreds of animals each year in East Suffolk.

We are a separately registered and mainly self-funding branch of the RSPCA, helping local animals in need.

Our Animal Centre at Martlesham, Veterinary Clinic in Ipswich and various veterinary voucher schemes cost us an average of £545,000 pa to run. So, we rely heavily on the generosity and support of the local community as well as our own fundraising.

At any one time, our Animal Centre can be looking after up to 28 dogs, 56 cats, 20 rabbits and 40 ferrets (excluding young), in addition to many small animals, birds and wildlife. Our aim is to find suitable, caring and permanent homes for the animals brought into our care.

We also help local pet owners on low incomes by providing reduced cost veterinary assistance and subsidised neutering and microchipping.

If you are thinking of getting a pet, please consider our animals.

Who to contact

Miss Zoe Barrett
Deputy Animal Centrey Manager
0300 999 7321 (Daily - 9.00am to 4.30pm)
01449 614057 (Office Hours)
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RSPCA Animal Centre
Mill Lane
IP12 4PD

Veterinary Clinic

If your pet needs to see a vet, the Branch also runs a Veterinary Welfare Clinic. You need to live in our Branch area and be on eligible benefits. To keep our Clinic running, we ask for a donation towards the cost of the vet’s consultation and any medication given.   Treatment such as x-rays and operations (except for neutering) cannot be paid for by the Branch.  


Some people wish to help our local animal welfare work by leaving a gift in their will.   This is a very special way to help local animals in need and assist us maintain the service for future years.   For more information, please call our Centre on 0300 999 7321 or Kate on 01449 614057.  

Safe Haven

You can help the Branch by sponsoring a kennel, cat pen, rabbit or ferret run or Critters’ corner! The monthly amount you contribute is entirely up to you. For more information please call 01449 614057 or 0300 999 7321.  There is also a link to the Safe Haven leaflet on our website.

Our Charity Shops

Our charity shops provide a vital source of funds for our local animal welfare work. They are always looking for donations of clothing, shoes, books, handbags, CDs, DVDs, jewellery, bric-a-brac, small pieces of furniture and working electrical items. We can also sell shabby clothes or shoes to a textile recycling company.   You can drop off items at our shops or our Animal Centre and we can collect. Just one bag of good quality items could raise £25 or more.

 Would YOU like to volunteer?

Without our wonderful volunteers we simply would not be able to run our Branch as we do.   We have a variety of roles such as fundraising, helping in our charity shops, dog walking, animal socialising, home visiting and more.  Whatever you can offer, we would love to hear from you.

Please call 0300 999 7321

Contact Details

Martlesham Animal Re-Homing Centre, Mill Lane, Martlesham, IP12 4PD. Open to the public 11.30am-3.30pm Mon – Sat, Sunday (by appointment only) between 1.30 -3.30pm. Closed on Wednesday. Tel: 0300 999 7321 (9am - 4.30pm). Email: Website:

Veterinary Welfare Clinic, 35A St. Georges Street, Ipswich, IP1 3NF. Open noon to 1pm on Tuesdays and Fridays. Tel: 01473 231972 (telephone is answered from 11.30am to 1.30pm)

Charity Shops:   1-3 Tacket Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AU (01473 253420)

15 Reynolds Road, Ipswich, IP3 0JL (01473 714482)

144a Hamilton Road, Felixstowe, IP11 7DS (01394 275350)


RSPCA National Cruelty and Advice line 0300 1234 999

National Website is

Additional contact

Mrs Kate Grimwood
Branch Administrator
01449 614057
Additional Website

Where to go

RSPCA, Suffolk East and Ipswich
RSPCA Animal Centre
Mill Lane
IP12 4PD
Area served
Ipswich, South Ipswich, Hadleigh, Capel St Mary, Stowmarket, Stradbroke, Kesgrave, Elmswell, Suffolk Coastal, Eye, Mid Suffolk, Debenham, East Ipswich, Suffolk, Framlingham, Wickham Market, North Ipswich, Woodbridge, Felixstowe, Needham Market, West Ipswich
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Venue Website
Parking available
Parking details
Car park is available

Days & Times

Open Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sun
Session Information
Fri and Sat open to the public 11.30 to 3.30pm and Sun by appt only 1.30 to 3.30pm

Other details

Age Groups
Disabled Parking, Wheelchair Access, Adapted Toilet
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