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what we do

Our mission is to promote kindness and good care and prevent or suppress cruelty to animals by all lawful means within the geographic area of our charity, in West Sussex.

RSPCA Sussex West Branch, established in 1964 is an independent registered charity, operating under RSPCA Branch rules and is managed by our own Board of elected trustees, responsible for the governance, finance, and strategic direction of the charity.

The charity owns and operates Mount Noddy Animal Centre and undertakes outreach work in the local community.  We are completely self-funded which means we rely on donations, legacies, local fundraising activities, public support, and sales from our four charity shops to support the work we do at Mount Noddy Animal Centre and in the community. As a local RSPCA branch, we adhere to high animal welfare standards and work with local RSPCA Inspectors to shelter and care for hundreds of rescued cats and dogs each year. 

our president

Dr Bruce Fogle MBE DVM MRCVS

Bruce is a renowned veterinary surgeon with a successful veterinary practice. Bruce has written guides on the care and training of dogs and cats for the RSPCA, and many scientific articles on veterinary practice.

As well as being our President, he is the co-founder and Vice-Chair of the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People charity and in 2004, received an MBE for his services. In 2023, Bruce was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Medal, the highest honour the RCVS can bestow on a vet.

mount noddy animal centre

At Mount Noddy Animal Centre, we rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome cats and dogs sadly, many have experienced acts of neglect, abuse or are simply unwanted.

We are a Fear Free certified animal shelter. Our staff are trained in fear free strategies ensuring that the cats and dogs who come into our care have their individual needs met in a manner which promotes their well-being and is respectful of their emotional and physical needs. All handling carried out is positive and reward-based, building confident relationships with us and their environment throughout their stay at Mount Noddy Animal Centre. We ensure that each cat pen or dog kennel is specially tailored to suit their individual needs, promoting their right to feel safe and comfortable. 

Upon arrival at the centre each animal is examined by our vet and assessed by our behaviourist, enabling us to identify and meet medical and nutritional needs. Training plans are developed for each individual, using positive and reward-based reinforcement training to help prepare them for their special, forever home.

Animal welfare is at the heart of our mission and this fear-free approach ensures we not only maintain the welfare of cats and dogs in our care but allows our dedicated staff to form incredible bonds with them while preparing them for their second chance in life.

It costs over £900,000 a year to run Mount Noddy Animal Centre and as a separately registered charity, we must raise these funds ourselves. Without your help, we couldn’t do this. It’s through your support we can make a difference to the lives of so many cats and dogs. Every donation helps and is much appreciated. 

charity shops

As well as Mount Noddy Animal Centre the branch has charity shops in Bognor, Chichester, Horsham, and Littlehampton. Our shops raise vital funds towards the running costs of Mount Noddy Animal Centre, and they rely on public support in donating preloved clothing, bric-a-brac and other items in good condition to sell.  Find out more about them, and how you can help.

mount noddy animal centre is an amazing facility. it’s really impressive to see the dedication of the staff in rehabilitating the animals.

Ben Fogle – Award-winning broadcaster and adventurer