About Bentham & District Pet Rescue

Registered Charity no. 1071200

Early years

Our work started in 1997, and we registered with the Charity Commission the following year. Our aims are:

  • to help homeless pets, taking them into our care whilst they await new approved owners
  • to help elderly owners with veterinary and kenneling costs, so that they can keep the companionship of their pet

Our first sanctuary was in the garage of founder and President Val Marshall. There was very little money to spare, so our first eight pens were hand-made, and soon in constant use.

We needed money to feed the cats and to pay vet bills, so we started holding book sales at Watershed Mill in Settle. These were extremely successful and became very popular with local people.

Over time,  more volunteers were recruited to help raise funds and look after the cats, and our reputation grew. We won an award in Cat World Magazine, and then a grant from Jean Sainsbury and the Barry Green Memorial Fund enabled us to build our first proper sanctuary in Burton in Lonsdale.

Until 2016 we also ran a second sanctuary at Horton in Ribblesdale but sadly this closed due to economic factors.

BPR today

Over 20 years have passed and we are still busy finding new homes for abandoned, stray or bereaved pets, helping elderly owners when necessary, and neutering local feral cats.

We never put a healthy animal to sleep and do our best to find suitable caring homes for all the cats that come into our care, however long that takes.

We have two dedicated teams –  of fundraisers who work tirelessly to help us achieve our aims; and of volunteers who help Pat in the sanctuary at Burton.  We also have a separate isolation unit.


  • Chairman: Robert Bullock  015242 51898
  • Secretary: Jill Craig
  • Treasurer: Sue Arnott
  • Fundraising co-ordinator: Elaine Sargeson
  • Joanne Hall
  • Kristen Bullock
  • Phillip Ware
  • Honorary President: Val Marshall 

For animal queries please ring Pat Roberts Sanctuary Manager 015242 63048

Please note that we can only help pets in Bentham and the surrounding area.