Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
London and other locations
Professional Services
Scientific Veterinary Activities
Veterinary Activities
75.00 - Veterinary activities

269 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
12 August 2020
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


The RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), the British animal welfare charity, has confirmed that it will cut 269 jobs and close four of its centres in the south of England: two animal hospitals in London and two rehoming centres in Surrey. The cuts are expected to affect frontline workers.

A spokesperson for the charity said they had to 'take action' to save costs and ensure that the organisation is sustainable in the long term. The RSPCA says the COVID-19 crisis had exacerbated the financial problems it was facing and if action was not taken soon, the deficit could reach £47 million (€52 million as at 28 September 2020) over the next three years.

The trade union Unite has criticised the decision and argued that COVID-19 was being used as an 'excuse' for implementing cost-cutting measures which had been planned before the pandemic started.

The RSPCA is the largest animal welfare charity operating in England and Wales. The society was founded almost 200 years ago and it has the Queen among its patrons.  



Eurofound (2020), RSPCA, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 101925, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/101925.