RSPCA Essex South & Southend Branch

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The RSPCA Essex South and Southend Branch is one of 170 independent branch charities that support the local work of the RSPCA Inspectorate. We are an independent, self funding charity run by local volunteers. We receive no funds from the national society or the government. In order to help animals in this area all money has to be raised locally by volunteers through fund raising, donations and legacies and via our local charity shops. 

The branch relies entirely on volunteers to organise fund raising needed to pay for the private boarding, veterinary care and re-homing of animals delivered into our care by RSPCA Inspectors in the local area.

The branch covers the Boroughs of Castle Point, Rochford and Southend on Sea and that part of the District of Maldon on the Dengie Peninsular, to the South of the River Blackwater. We also cover South Woodham Ferrers.

The main towns and villages covered by the branch are:

Althorne, Maylandsea,
Asheldam, Mundon,
Beeleigh, Paglesham
Benfleet, Potton Is.,
Bradwell on Sea, Prittlewell,
Burnham on Crouch, Purleigh & District,
Canewdon, Rawreth
Canvey island, Rayleigh,
Castle Point, Rochford,
Cocks Clarks, Shoeburyness,
Cold Norton, South Benfleet,
Dengie, South Woodham Ferrers,
Eastwood, Southchurch
Foulness Is., Southend on Sea,
Hadleigh, Southminster,
Hawkwell, Stambridge,
Hazeleigh, Steeple,
Hockley, St Lawrence,
Hullbridge, Stow Maries,
Latchingdon, Thorpe Bay,
Leigh, Thundersley,
Maldon, Wakering,
Mayland, Wallasea Island.

Branch Shops and Opening Times

Our shops are our principal source of fund raising to assist with treatment, boarding and re-homing of rescued animals in our branch area. They also enable us to microchip, neuter and vaccinate all animals brought into our care.

The branch is always looking for volunteers to assist in our charity shops or with arranging collections for our shops. Please contact your nearest shop if you would like to volunteer in the shop; or contact our Rochford shop if you would like to help with collecting donated goods.
We always need your good quality and nearly new items for sale in our shops. If you have something of particularly good quality to donate but can’t reach your local shop, please call our Rochford shop and we may be able to collect from you.

Then follow with the existing details of each shop.

Rochford Shop

Our Rochford shop is situated at : 6 West Street, Rochford, Essex.

Telephone Number: 07883 433598

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 09:00am to 4:00pm
Saturday 09:00am to 4:00pm & Sunday(closed)

Shoebury Shop

Our Shoebury shop is situated at: 90 West Road, Shoeburyness, Essex. SS3 9DS.

Telephone Number: 01702 290889

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 9:00am to 4:00pm, Sunday(closed)


Rayleigh Shop

Our Rayleigh shop is situated at: 128a High Street, Rayleigh, Essex. SS6 7BU.

Telephone Number: 01268 778880

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 09:30am to 4:30pm
Saturday 09:30am to 4:30pm & Sunday(closed)


Beginnings of the RSPCA
On 16 June 1824 a London vicar, Arthur Broome, called a meeting at Old Slaughters Coffee House in the City of London with the intention of launching a society 'for the purpose of preventing cruely to animals'. Among those present were the MP's William Wilberforce, Richard Martin and Essex MP Thomas Buxton, who is with Elizabeth Fry on the back of the £5 note. After campaigning to end slavery in the British Colonies, Wilberforce had turned his attention to the plight of animals saying of the common practices of bull baiting and cock fighting, "wretched indeed must be the condition of the people of England if their whole happiness consisted in the practice of such barbarity."