Sunderland, Hartlepool and South Tyneside Branch


Whatever your pet, from the tiniest mouse to the tallest horse, you’ll want to keep them happy and healthy all year round. Both our website and the nation RSPCA’s website has got all the advice you will need.


  • Understanding your pet’s needs
  • Buying a pet
  • Fostering and re-homing a pet
  • How to reduce your pet’s fear of fireworks, the importance of microchipping your pet, how neutering your pet can prevent unwanted litters, ways to banish pesky fleas and worms, and the dangers of pet obesity. Our general pet care pages cover the long and short of it.


  Advice and welfareOwner stroking cat © RSPCA photolibrary

  •  Looking for animal care hints and tips?
  • Concerned about an animal?



  • Your duty of care
  • Understanding dogs’ needs
  • How to take care of your dog
  • Health and welfare
  • Dog factfile


  • Your duty of care
  • Understanding cats’ needs
  • How to take care of your cat
  • Health and welfare
  • Cat factfile


  • Your duty to care
  • Understanding rabbits’ needs
  • What’s involved in keeping rabbits
  • Health and welfare
  • Rabbit factfile


  • Your duty to care
  • Understanding ferrets’ needs
  • Health and welfare
  • Ferret factfile



Pet rodents

Gerbil standing in peat filled gerbilarium © RSPCA photolibrary

From mice to Chincillas

  • Your duty to care
  • Understanding pet rodents’ needs
  • Health and welfare



Portrait of single adult horse with others in background © RSPCA photolibrary


  • Your duty to care
  • The five welfare needs



Exotic pets

More unusual animals kept as pets are known as non-domestics or exotics. Examples include snakes, terrapins, lizards, scorpions, frogs and sugar glider

 Red-eared Terrapin © RSPCA photolibrary

  • Our concerns
  • Challenging pets
  • What to Consider
  • Want to know more?




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