The Danaher Animal Home is an independent charity which is affiliated to and works closely with the RSPCA but is Entirely Self Funding. Initially the site was provided by Mr and Mrs Fred Danaher to the local RSPCA branch which opened in 1990. This branch did not have the resources to maximise the benefits of the site so a trust (RSPCA Danaher Animal Home for Essex) was setup in 1994 to regulate the home. In 2006 the assets of the trust were transferred to a company limited by guarantee – the RSPCA Danaher Animal Home which now owns the whole site and all the assets standing on it.
The Home takes in unwanted animals (principally dogs, cats and small domestic animals) from the general public in Essex normally via the RSPCA branches and animal homes in London where demand always exceeds capacity. In addition it takes in animals from RSPCA inspectors – these animals are normally the subject of cruelty cases and are often in a very poor condition. We also take in strays normally via Braintree District Council, on the rare occasions spare capacity arises animals (mainly dogs) will be taken from other areas of the country where homes can rarely meet demand.
The home then provides a temporary refuge for these animals, where they are assessed, treated by our vets, cared and nursed by our staff and volunteers and then the vast majority are rehomed.
We have a neutering policy for all animals, there is also an approved euthanasia protocol for those few animals that are not safe to be rehomed.
Whilst we do not run a strict appointment system at Danaher, we recommend you book in for specific animals. You can still come in without an appointment but please be aware you may experience a wait during busy periods.