Staffie puppies

Our work

When the lives of South Devon’s pets fall apart, Animals in Distress is here to pick up the pieces. We are a local charity that takes in, cares for and rehomes over 600 homeless, lost and abandoned cats, dogs, rabbits and guinea pigs every year.

Animals come to our rescue centre in Ipplepen for a variety of reasons, including illness, relationship breakdown, financial hardship, straying, cruelty, neglect or abandonment. We aim to never turn away an animal in distress, and it is our policy to give them the best possible care while they are waiting to be rehomed.

tabby cat

When you rehome from Animals in Distress, you will take home a pet who has been fully assessed by our expert animal welfare staff and our vet.

Every pet at the rescue centre is:
• Neutered, vaccinated and microchipped (where species appropriate)
• Given worming and flea treatments (where species appropriate)
• Examined by a vet and given any necessary treatments
• Given a training plan designed to meet their specific needs (where species appropriate)

rescue centre team

It’s only thanks to the incredible support of our local community that we are able to do this vital work. To find out how you can get involved and help our work, see our “Support us” section.