Dogs and Cats Home changes its name for 21st century

February 01 2018

ONE OF Bristol’s oldest charities has decided on a new identity. The Bristol Dogs and Cats Home will be renamed Bristol ARC, standing for Animal Rescue Centre.

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ONE OF Bristol’s oldest charities has decided on a new identity. The Bristol Dogs and Cats Home will be renamed Bristol ARC, standing for Animal Rescue Centre.

The charity will remain linked to the RSPCA. Its bosses believe the move is necessary because, even though almost every Bristolian knows about “the Dogs Home”, not enough people know all that the charity does or where it is.

“People talk about the Dogs Home but that’s only half the story,” Victoria Chester, the chief executive of the newly-named Bristol ARC, told the Voice.

Market research showed that a surprising number of people in Bristol didn’t know where the charity was, what it did or who was responsible for running it.

The Bristol ARC name is “one distinctive Bristol brand that we hope will help us speak even more clearly for the animals of our city and those who care for them,” said Ms Chester.

“We need to stand up and we need to stand out as Bristol’s oldest animal welfare charity.

“Some things won’t change, namely our care for the animals that come to us and our support for animal welfare.”

The charity is one of the oldest in the country, founded in 1887 after a Bristol man Edward Parker found a puppy lost in a snowstorm and realised there was nobody who would care for it.

The Dogs Home remained independent until 1954, when it linked up with the RSPCA. But even after that it kept its status as a separate charity, and though it works hand in glove with the RSPCA, its still gets no automatic funding from it.

The services at the ARC, which is in Albert Road, St Philips, will remain exactly as before.

The home has around 20 rescued dogs and about six cats available for rehoming at any time, as well as a department dedicated to rescuing exotic animals.

There’s also a small animal section which cares for assorted rabbits, ferrets, mice, rats and budgies.

The Albert Road centre also houses the country’s largest RSPCA animal clinic, where people on low incomes can get treatment for their pet. The clinic also cares for strays and for maltreated animals found by RSPCA inspectors, and also looks after sick and injured wildlife brought to its doors.

• Bristol ARC will be distributing a collection of life-sized animal characters around Bristol for supporters and members of the public to visit. They will feature in prominent positions – including shopping centres and places of interest. Visit www.bristolarc.org.uk to find out more.