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Thirsk rehoming centre

Welcome to Thirsk rehoming centre. We have cats and dogs looking for loving homes.We can accommodate up to 25 dogs and 40 cats.

We opened in 1987 and much of the centre was rebuilt in 2009 to create state of the art dog kennels and other new facilities.

If you are looking for a pet please read about the rehoming process and view our pets looking for new homes.

Contact details

Address: Parklands, Station Road, Topcliffe, Thirsk, North Yorkshire YO7 3SE
Tel: 0300 777 1540 Fax: 0300 777 1541
Centre manager: Emma Pannell


Short-term volunteer foster caring

Become a volunteer short term foster carer for pets at Blue Cross and help improve the welfare of the animals in our care. As a volunteer foster carer you will look after needy animals in your own home while they are recuperating from operations, or illnesses, or young kittens or puppies until they are able to find a permanent new home. If you live within 45 minutes of the centre and are interested in this rewarding volunteer role, please email


Opening hours

Tuesday to Sunday: 10.00am–5.00pm
Animal viewing times: 10.00am–4.00pm.
Mondays and bank holidays: closed


Animal respite carers

Animal respite carers provide short term respite care for pets (individuals or families) in your own home. This may involve caring for sick or injured animals, caring for nursing mothers or litters, or giving an animal a break from the rehoming centre. Our centre is desperately seeking people to volunteer their time to do this. Please take a look at the role description and contact if you are interested.