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Isle of Wight Animal Centre
Open Tuesday - Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm
(Closed Mondays & Bank Holidays) - Last viewing for animals 3.30pm
Situated between Godshill and Rookley, the Animal Centre occupies a site at Bohemia
Corner which lies at the junction of Merston Lane, and the A3054 Shanklin to Newport
Extending to several acres, the centre provides a refuge and re-homing service for
all types of domestic pets including Dogs, Cats, Rabbits, Guinea Pigs and rodents.
As the occasion demands, we also care for the more exotic pets such as lizards, snakes,
tropical fish and the odd bird or two.
During the course of a typical year we will treat and re-home around 2000 animals,
including many species of injured wildlife brought in to us by members of the public,
or by the local RSPCA Inspector or Animal Collection Officer.
The Animal Centre was set up in the early 50's and at that time consisted of little
more than a few old tin sheds and was affectionately known as the Dogs Home a name
that many of the locals still use today.
Circa 1950 Today's
In 1956 the then trustees, Dame Violet Lloyd, Major-General Aubrey Williams (rt.),
Sir Richard Tottenham and Sir Edward Boughton, were able to purchase the site for
the princely sum of £1150.00.
Kennel Block Cattery
Since that time the centre has grown and now comprises two purpose built cattery
units, housing 60 cats, three kennel blocks for 40 dogs, and a modern reception area
together with a further block housing an assortment of rabbits, guinea pigs, rats,
ferrets and the odd chipmunk or two.
The needs of the Island's wildlife are soon to be catered for following the approval
of plans for a new wildlife unit.