Would you like to adopt a pet and save an innocent life? Or Maybe you would prefer saving lives by fostering or sponsoring an animal? This page will help you find animal rescues all over the UK, US, and other countries where you can adopt, foster or sponsor an animal. There is a list of animal rescue shelters, and also a map that you can add your rescue to. In addition, there is a map of wildlife rescues.
Different breeds, species, and more can be found
You can find animal rescue shelters that re-home a variety of different animals, just one specific type of animal, or only specific breeds of animal.
You could even adopt a rescued farm animal, reptile, ex-battery hen, fish, or exotic pet.
Just choose a heading from the purple contents box to go straight to the section of this page you want.
There are many misconceptions about shelter pets
People often think that the particular breed of pet they want are never available in rescues, but there are actually many rescues specialising in one particular breed of animal.
There are specific breed dog rescues for just about every dog breed in existence. Plus, nearly one in four dogs in general rescues are pure bred.
Another misconception is that dogs who end up in rescues are mostly old, or must have something wrong with them.
The reality is that the average age for a dog to end up in rescue is around just 18 months old.
And rather than there being something wrong with them, people who bought them as puppies often just did not realise how much time, effort and money a pet can take, and realised they couldn’t give the pet the time and attention it needed. All that is “wrong with them” is that they were let down by the humans they trusted.
Interactive Map of UK Animal Rescue Shelters
As things stand, there is not one definitive list of U.K. animal rescue shelters online that includes every rescue on it.
That is why we have added an interactive map of animal rescue shelters in the UK. YOU can help update it by adding your animal rescue. The idea is to make this the most comprehensive map of UK animal rescue shelters available online, so people always know where they can go to adopt, re-home, foster, or sponsor an animal in need.
Please follow the instructions underneath the map to add your rescue.
If you are searching for an animal rescue, you can zoom in to your local area on the map below, to find rescues near you.
How To Add Animal Rescue Shelters To This Map:
To enlarge or help update this interactive map, click HERE and follow the instructions below. It is very important these instructions are followed so as not to change the information already added to the map:-
1. Login to your Google Account. If you do not have one, please sign up for one (at the same link) and help grow this map into a one-stop shop for all UK animal rescue Shelters.
2. Click the marker icon (in the square outlined in red on the image below) then enter the details of your animal rescue e.g. post code, address or name in the bar above it (also outlined in red):-
3. Once you are happy with the details click the add to map option (shown outlined in red, below):-
4. Close the page. The interactive map on this page will update shortly
Find UK Specific Breed Rescues Or Species Rescues
You can search for the type of animal you are looking for, or the specific breed, through these links.
For instance, there are rescues that specialise in certain breeds of dog or cat, and others that specialise in large breeds of dog, small breeds of dog, farm animals, wildlife, small animals, or reptiles, etc.
The Kennel Club Find A Rescue Dog Service
Through The Kennel Club’s Find A Rescue Dog service, you can search for the breed of dog you are interested in.
Pets At Home Support Adoption For Pets
On the Support Adoption For Pets site, you can search for the kind of pet you would like, and for specific breeds of dogs, cats, rabbits, and other animals.
Pets For Homes
At Pets4Homes, you can search for specific breeds of dogs, cats, rabbits, fish, and a number of other animals. This site also allows private breeders to advertise, so be careful that you are adopting from an animal rescue and not someone who may be breeding animals and exploiting them for profit, especially when so many pets are desperately longing to be adopted.
UK Animal Rescuers Directory
UK Animal Rescuers have a directory where you can find specific dog breed rescues
General Animal Rescues
As nearly 1 in 4 dogs at general shelters and rescues are pure breed and pedigree, it is worth browsing general shelters too. You can find lists of general animal shelters in the next section of this page.
Specific breed rescues often rely entirely on fosterers to be able to save the lives of these pets. If you think that is something you could do, find out what is involved in animal fostering, here. The majority of animal rescues, of all types, need fosterers to provide extra rescue spaces in their homes.
Small Animal Rescues
Many rodents and other small animals need re-homed, often after being bought for children and the novelty wearing off for them.
Here is a list of small animal rescue shelters in the UK.
A list of rabbit rescues, many of which also rescue and re-home other small animals too, can be found here . It has a map of the rescues, showing their locations.
Image: Cute hamster at Tiny Paws, Big Spirits Small Animal Rescue. Source
Rescues Rehoming Ex Farm Hens
Millions of egg laying farm hens regularly go to slaughter once they are finished with by the farm, at just 18 months old. A very lucky fraction of those hens are rescued by hen rehoming charities. They are available for adoption by the public, after usually having lived in awful conditions at a farm, either trapped in tiny battery cages, or squashed into dark stinking dirty barns, never seeing daylight. These hens can often be in an awful state to begin with, but usually still lay eggs in their “retirement homes” for a number of years. Just one or two hens can lay enough for an entire family.
In the UK there are a number of hen rehoming charities. They include:
There are also many hen rehoming rescues working in UK regional and local areas, such as Lucky Hens North west and the Northern Ireland Battery Hen Rescue. There are also many similar charities and organisations all over the USA, and other countries
Image: A hen when it was first adopted compared to how her health a happiness flourished once adopted.
Map Of UK Wildlife Sanctuaries & Rescues
For a directory of around 400 wildlife rescues in the UK, please go to this link
Alternative Lists Of UK Animal Rescues
Unfortunately, there is not one definitive list of U.K. animal rescue shelters that include every rescue on it. Therefore, as well as the list of rescues we have compiled on this page, I have provided links to some other searchable lists, below. In these lists you can find animal rescue shelters near you. These lists may have some different rescues included on them than our list, so are worth looking at in addition to ours:
Rehome a Pet
At Pet Plan’s Rehome a Pet, you can search for the species of animal and the area of the country you are interested in. You can also choose specific charities/rescues.
Animal Saver A-Z of Animal Rescues
You can find a pet to adopt, foster or sponsor in the UK on the Animal Saver A-Z List of UK Animal Rescue Shelters.
At the top of the list there is an option to narrow your search area by county. You can alternatively click an area of the map. You can then go to the websites of the rescues to view all their available animals.
UK Animal Rescuers Directory
UK Animal Rescuers has a directory of animal rescue shelters, where you can choose the animal you are interested in, and the region. They have a large variety of animals to choose from.
Support Adoption For Pets
Another site to look at is Pets4Homes, where you can search by animal species, from dogs to poultry to reptiles. This website also allows private sellers to advertise, so be careful that you are adopting from an animal rescue and not someone who may just be breeding pets for profit, when so many are desperately longing to be adopted from rescues.
Our Own List Of Animal Rescues
In addition to the above ways to find a rescue pet, there is our own list on this page, starting in the section below, that covers the UK.
Many of the rescues will have ‘No Kill’ policies, but others will not. You need to check with each rescue for their policies.
Many of the rescues websites will have details on them about fostering and sponsoring animals, as well as adopting.
Doing search of “Animal Rescue” and your area through a search engine can also be helpful when looking for an animal to adopt, foster or sponsor.
If you use a charity search engine for this, you can earn money to help animals while you search.
*The listing of rescues on this page does not indicate that they are endorsed or recommended by us. We strongly advise you to check the policies of the rescues. Please check they neuter all animals before they leave their care, do thorough checks into potential adopters, and have legally binding contracts meaning the animal can not be passed on. Please check they are a reputable and responsible rescue.*
Our List Of Animal Rescue Shelters – ENGLAND, UK
To find a pet to adopt, foster or sponsor from a UK animal rescue, see the list of animal rescue shelters we have compiled, below.
In addition to our list below, we have provided links to other lists of animal rescue shelters in the “Find UK Animal Rescue Shelters” section of this page. It is worth looking at these in addition to ours, as they will include some different rescues.
The only breed specific rescues included in our list, below, are the breeds there is the biggest overpopulation problem with, and which most often experience abuse, such as Staffordshire Bull Terriers & Greyhounds.
Our list of animal rescue shelters in England, below, is divided into areas. Scroll to find your area.
Image: Rescued dog at Allsorts Dog Rescue, Sussex
Many of the animal rescue shelters below endeavour to re-home rescue pets to homes as far across England (and the UK) as their resources allow. They are always looking for more volunteers to help them save more animals.
RSPCA Great Ayton Animal Centre Tel 0300 123 0743
Low Garth Rescue Centre, (No website available when rescue added to list), Ramshaw, Bishop Auckland, Co Durham, DL14 0NB, Tel 0797 112 8256 or 0777 765 6757
- Fairview Kennels – Contact Joan on 01946 591064
- GSD Rescue – Contact Cathy on 01768 896254
- Trailhound Trust – Contact Pete on 07909811021
- Greyhound Rescue – Contact Tom on 01900 872776
EAST RIDING OF YORKSHIRE:
TYNE AND WEAR:
Our List Of Animal Rescue Shelters – SCOTLAND, UK
In this section, you will find Scottish Animal Rescue shelters. Scroll to find your area.
Image: Dog at Borders Pet Rescue
Many of the animal rescue shelters below endeavour to re-home rescue pets to homes as far across Scotland (and the UK) as their resources allow. They are always looking for more volunteers to help them save more animals.
Willows Animal Sanctuary (Equine, Farm and Domestic Animals)
DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY:
Scottish SPCA Caithness & Sutherland Animal Rescue & Rehoming Centre
Kintyre Collie and Pet Rescue
Tel. 01586 551620
Our List Of Animal Rescue Shelters – WALES, UK
In this section, you will find Welsh Animal Rescue shelters. Scroll to find your area.
Image: Cat from Cats Protection Bridgend Adoption Centre
Many of the animal rescue shelters below endeavour to re-home rescue pets to homes as far across Wales (and the UK) as their resources allow. They are always looking for more volunteers to help them save more animals.
PAWS (Providing Animals With Sanctuary), Pros Kairon, Harlech, LL462UA. Tel 01766 780765. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Heidi Anne, 12 Tyddyn Mostyn, Menai Bridge, Anglesey, North Wales, LL59 5DS, Tel 07789604650
NORTH NORTHERN IRELAND
EAST NORTHERN IRELAND
SOUTH NORTHERN IRELAND
WEST NORTHERN IRELAND
Foster, Sponsor Or Adopt A Pet In The USA
To adopt, foster or sponsor an animal from the US, click on the links below to find animal rescue Shelters and rescued pets in your area.
Find animal rescues near you through the Rescued! Is My Favourite Breed website.
Find a pet at a rescue in your state or local area through this Animal Rescue Directory
You can find rescued pets in the Pet Finder site. However, be careful that the pet is a rescued pet, as breeders and pet dealers also use the site to sell pets for profit.
Foster, Sponsor, Or Adopt In Other Countries WORLDWIDE
In this section, you can find animal rescue shelters and animal charities worldwide.
Image: Dog saved from the horrific Asian dog meat trade by the Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation website.
Find rescues in a number of countries here
On the World Animal Net web page, you can find a larger directory, and you can search for animal rescue shelters and charities world wide.
What Can I Do To Help?
There is a huge problem of animals being put to death because they are abandoned by owners who did not realise the work and sacrifices involved in owning a pet. The problem is also because too many people buy and breed new pets instead of adopting abandoned animals.
You can help by raising awareness of animal adoption, and of the issue of pet abandonment. Also warn people about bad breeders, by sharing the information from this site on social media. Making sure more people become aware of these issues is instrumental in helping to stop animal suffering.
Help Pets Being Given Away On Social Media Sites
Join groups on social media where people sell animals. Report posts that are selling pets, if it is against the policy of the social media site to do so.
Respectfully let people selling pets – especially for a low price or giving them away free – know about the dangers of doing so. Politely encourage them to re-home their pet through a reputable rescue, as they do thorough checks and have legally binding contracts that the pet may not be passed on. It is always most effective if you are very tactful in your communication.
Encourage People Online Looking To Buy Puppies & Kittens To Adopt
With people who post saying they are looking for a puppy or kitten, respectfully encourage them to adopt from a rescue. Let them know they can find rescues in their area on this page, and that there are general rescues, rescues for small breeds only, large breeds only, and rescues for specific breeds only. Many people do not realise that nearly every breed has rescues dedicated to only them. So does nearly every species of animal and pet.
Let them know that they will be saving a life, and that the rescue space they make available by adopting a pet will save the life of a pound pet who would otherwise be put to death.
Let them know many pets in the pound are put to death because they only have a short period of time to have their lives saved by a rescue space, and there are nowhere near enough. Every adoption means another innocent pet has avoided being put to death feeling lonely, unwanted and unloved.
Many More Ways To Help
If you cannot help stop the deaths of innocent pets by adopting, fostering or sponsoring, you can help by cross-posting pets looking for rescue spaces (sharing them on social media). Animal rescue shelters are also usually in need of volunteers to help in a variety of roles.
Another way of helping save their lives, if you can afford to spare any money, is to donate at this website:
Pounds For Poundies
Even a small donation could mean the difference between an abandoned pet being saved or put to death. Even just the price of a cup of coffee at a cafe, a cup cake, or a bottle of fizzy pop. The animals on the site also need cross posted.
Image: Report Animal Cruelty to the Police! Source
How To Make The World A Better Place For Animals
Do you want to make the world a kinder place? do you want to help stop terrified animals being put through horrific cruelty? You can do that.
Being an advocate for animals can be very emotionally draining and distressing, so it is vital you care for yourself too. Have a look on this page to find out how to be an effective advocate for animals, whilst making sure you keep your mind healthy, strong, and happy.
Other Ways To Help Stop Animal Suffering
On this site there are many varied ways you can help animals and help stop cruelty. There is something for every personality type, no matter what their circumstances.
If you would like to learn more about why we so urgently need to help stop animal suffering, please see here. It will allow you to broaden your knowledge of many different types of world wide animal abuse. This will give you the ability to help animals by spreading awareness and answering questions people may have. Please be aware that you may find the information distressing, especially if sensitive.
One great way to help animals is to share the information you have seen on this website. Doing so means more people could help stop animal cruelty. That would make you responsible for more animals being saved from suffering. Together we can help people help animals <3
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