List of Animal Rescue Shelters – Adopt A Pet

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Introduction

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.

List Of Animal Rescue Shelters I Will Die Alone And Scared
I Will Die Alone And Scared

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.

Let Us Not Forget The Small Animals
Let Us Not Forget The Small Animals

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.

List Of Animal Rescue Shelters Google Maps
Google Maps

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):-

Add To Map
Add To Map

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.

List Of Animal Rescue Shelters Find A Rescue Dog Service
Find A Rescue Dog Service

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.

Support Adoption For Pets Logo
Support Adoption For Pets Logo

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.

List Of Animal Rescue Shelters Pets4Homes Logo
Pets4Homes Logo

UK Animal Rescuers Directory

UK Animal Rescuers have a directory where you can find specific dog breed rescues

List Of Animal Rescue Shelters Animal Rescuers Logo
Animal Rescuers Logo

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.

I'm Alive Because I Had A Foster Home
I’m Alive Because I Had A Foster Home

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.

Pets At Home has small animal adoption centres in some of their pet stores. You can find their stores, and the rescues they support through their “Support Adoption For Pets” foundation, here.

Image: Cute hamster at Tiny Paws, Big Spirits Small Animal Rescue. Source

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Tiny Paws Big Spirit Animal Rescue Hamster

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.

Isobel Is One Of The Lucky Ones
Isobel Is One Of The Lucky Ones

Map Of UK Wildlife Sanctuaries & Rescues

For a directory of around 400 wildlife rescues in the UK, please go to this link

List Of Animal Rescue Shelters UK Wildlife Rescue Map
UK Wildlife Rescue Map

The Help Wildlife website has useful information on, including on its Help page, where it provides links to more wildlife rescues.

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.

Animal Saver Logo
Animal Saver Logo

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.

List Of Animal Rescue Shelters Animal Rescuers Logo
Animal Rescuers Logo

Support Adoption For Pets

On the Support Adoption For Pets site, you can search for animal rescue shelters by area.

Support Adoption For Pets Logo
Support Adoption For Pets Logo

Pets4Homes

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.

List Of Animal Rescue Shelters Pets4Homes Logo
Pets4Homes Logo

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

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Allsorts Dog Rescue Dog

 ENGLAND WIDE

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.

Oldies Club

Greyhound Gap

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Welfare

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Welfare Logo
Staffordshire Bull Terrier Welfare Logo

 Staffie Rescue

Blind Dog Rescue UK

Greyhounds / Galgos In Need (GIN)

Retired Greyhound Trust

Wildlife Rescues

BERKSHIRE:

D.b.a.r.c. (The Diana Brimblecombe Animal Rescue Centre)

Starescue (Ferrets)

Binfield Dog Rescue

Battersea Old Windsor

Dogs Trust Newbury

List Of Animal Rescue Shelters Dogs Trust Logo
Dogs Trust Logo

National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT) Great Shefford

Pine Ridge Dog Sanctuary

BRISTOL:

National Animal Sanctuary Support League – Bristol Branch

Dog Action Welfare Group (DAWG) Bristol

Bristol RSPCA

Greyhounds For You

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE:

South Buckinghamshire RSPCA

Stokenchurch Dog Rescue

Home for Unwanted & Lost Animals (HULA) Animal Rescue

RSPCA Buckhamshire Centres Search

Greyhounds For You

CAMBRIDGESHIRE:

Wood Green Animal Rescue

New Life Parrot Rescue

RSPCA Block Fen Animal Centre

Poplar Farm Kennels

Cambridgeshire RSPCA Centre Search

CHESHIRE:

Manchester and Cheshire Dogs Home

Stockport East Cheshire and West Derbyshire RSPCA

South East Cheshire & Buxton RSPCA

Altrincham Cheshire RSPCA

RSPCA Cheshire Centres Search

Cats Protection South Wirral

Cocker and English Springer Spaniel Rescue (CAESSR)

Windyway Trust

RSPCA Wirral

Cats Protection St. Helens

Cats Protection Warrington

Tameside Animal Shelter

Greenfields Greyhound Rescue

CLEVELAND:

Cleveland RSPCA Centre Search

RSPCA Great Ayton Animal Centre Tel 0300 123 0743

CORNWALL:

The Monkey Sanctuary Trust

Ferret Rescue Southwest

K9 Crusaders

National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT) Cornwall

RSPCA cornwall

St Francis Home For Animals

Greyhounds For You

COUNTY DURHAM:

North East Staffy Rescue

Cats Protection Wear Valley, Darlington & Dales

Dogs Trust Re-homing Centre – Sadberge, Nr Darlington

Dogs Trust Centres Search

Stray Action for Dogs (S.A.D) at Deerness Kennels

National Animal Sanctuaries Support League

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

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Welfare

Greyhound & Lurcher Rescue North East

CUMBRIA:

Animal Rescue Cumbria: the Wainwright Shelter

Oak Tree Animal Rescue

Knoxwood Wildlife Rescue Trust

Le Fonti Dog Rescue, Carlisle

Retired Greyhound Trust – Greyhound Rescue In Cumbria

Northern Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue

Animal Concern Cumbria – West Cumbria Branch

Facebook page of Animal Concern West Cumbria

Animal Concern Kilngate Small Animal Rescue & Sanctuary

Animal Rescue Cumbria – The Wainwright Shelter

Dumfriesshire & Cumbria Greyhound Rescue

Forever Friends Canine Rescue

Morgans Dog Rescue Facebook Page

Help Hikkaduwa Strays

Help Hikkaduwa Strays Facebook Page

Forever Friends Small Animal Rescue

Greyhound Trust Cumbria

Also:

  • 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

DERBYSHIRE:

RSPCA Derby & District

Ashbourne Animal Welfare

RSPCA Chesterfield & North Derbyshire Branch

RSPCA Stockport East Cheshire and West Derbyshire Branch

Chesterfield Animal Rescue

DEVON:

Mare and Foal Sanctuary

Gables Farm Dogs’ and Cats’ Home

Woodside Animal Welfare Trust

Animals In Distress (AID) Torbay & Westcountry

Devon Blue Cross Adoption Centre Search

Devon Dogs Trust Centre Search

Margaret Green Animal Rescue

RSPCA Exeter

Greyhounds For You

Greyhound and Lurcher Rescue

DORSET:

Margaret Green Animal Rescue

RSPCA Taylor’s Animal Rehoming Centre

Staffie & Stray Rescue

Dorset Animal Workers Group (DAWG) Dogs

Waggy Tails Rescue

Happy Dogs Rescue

Dorset Dog Rescue

Greyhound and Lurcher Rescue

Greyhounds For You


EAST RIDING OF YORKSHIRE:

Hessle Dog Rescue Service

Carr House Rescue Centre

RSPCA Hull & East Riding Animal Centre

RSPCA Local Search

Hull Animal Welfare Trust

EAST SUSSEX:

Celia Hammond Animal Trust

Brownbread Horse Rescue

Brownbread Horse Rescue Facebook Page

The Kit Wilson Trust For Animals

Crowborough Animal Welfare Society Facebook Page

Raystede Centre For Animal Welfare

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service

RSPCA Sussex

Bluebell Ridge RSPCA Cat Rehoming Centre

Eastbourne Cats Protection

Hollyview Animal Sanctuary

City Cat Shelter

Free Rein Horse Rescue

RSPCA Hastings Local Centre Search

Wildlife A&E

ESSEX:

RSPCA Danaher Animal Home Essex

RSPCA Local Search

Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary

South Essex Wildlife Hospital

CNAWT Clacton

RSPCA Essex South West

Mutts In Distress

Clarks Farm Greyhound (Greyhound Trust)

GLOUCESTERSHIRE:

Teckels

New Start Cat Rescue

Gloucestershire Animal Welfare Association (GAWA) Cheltenham Animal Shelter

RSPCA Cheltenham & East Gloucestershire

RSPCA Local Search

South Gloucestershire Dog Warden & re-homing Service

HAMPSHIRE:

Starescue

Safe and Sound

RSPCA Basingstoke, Andover & District

Local RSPCA Search

The Blue Cross Adoption Centre Search

Happy Dogs Rescue

Ashley Heath RSPCA Animal Centre

RSPCA Stubbington Ark Animal Shelter Fareham

Isle Of Wight RSPCA

Second Chance Animal Rescue

St Francis Animal Welfare, Fair Oak

Greyhound Lifeline

Greyhounds For You

HERTFORDSHIRE:

Hereford & Worcester Animal Rescue (HWAR)

RSPCA Hereford Branch

The Blue Cross Adoption Centre, Kimpton Bottom

Chilterns Dog Rescue Society

National Animal Welfare Trust Rescue Centre, Watford

Heathlands Animal Sanctuary

Mutts In Distress

RSPCA Southridge Animal Centre

RSPCA Local Shelter

KENT:

The Folly Wildlife Rescue Trust

Friends of Animals League (FOAL)

Large Breed Dog Rescue (LBDR) Facebook Page

Canterbury Horse Rescue

Buttercups Goat Sanctuary

Last Chance Animal Rescue

RSPCA Medway West Animal Centre

Battersea Dogs And Cats Home Brands Hatch

Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre Kent Search

Pro Dogs – Direct Re-Homing

RSPCA Leybourne Animal Centre

RSPCA Tunbridge Wells & Maidstone

Animal Samaritans, Bexleyheath

Anim-Mates

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Welfare

Greyhounds For You

RSPCA Local Search

LANCASHIRE:

Animal Care

Destitute Animal Shelter, Bolton

Animals In Distress

Pet Re-home

Barn Owl Bill Charitable Trust

Wolfwood

Manchester & Cheshire Dogs’ Home

Lancashire East RSPCA

Preston & District RSPCA

Manchester & Salford RSPCA

Stockport RSPCA

Tameside & Glossop RSPCA

Rochdale RSPCA

Bury & Oldham RSPCA

Warrington, Halton & St. Helens RSPCA

Blackpool & North Lancashire RSPCA

Southport, Ormskirk & District RSPCA

RSPCA Local Centre Search

Millstream Animal Shelter

Millstream Animal Shelter Facebook Page

LEICESTERSHIRE:

Leicester & Leicestershire Animal Aid Association

East Midlands Dog Rescue

Leicester Animal Rescue

RSPCA Leicester Branch

RSPCA Local Centre Search

Leicester & Rutland Stray Dog Sanctuary

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Welfare

LINCOLNSHIRE:

Lincolnshire Greyhound Trust

The Radcliffe Donkey Sanctuary

Four Legged Friends

Jerry Green Dog Rescue

Keith’s Rescue Dogs

Mid Lincolnshire and Lincoln RSPCA

East of England Afghan Hound Club Rescue

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Welfare

Bullies In Need

Kama’s Cave – Retired Greyhound Trust

LONDON:

Rescue Remedies

The Mayhew Animal Home & Humane Education Centre

Cat Action Trust 1977

Cats Protection North London Homing Centre

Snip (Society For Neutering Islington’s Pussies)

Animal SOS Sri Lanka

Animal Rescue & Care (ARC) Twickenham

Animal Samaritans, Bexleyheath

Anim-Mates

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

Dogs Trust London Centres Search

Enfield Dog Rescue

Hounslow Animal Welfare Society

RSPCA Hillingdon, Slough, Windsor and District Branch

Greyhounds For You

MANCHESTER:

Manchester & Cheshire Dogs’ Home

RSPCA Tameside and Glossop Branch

RSPCA Manchester & Salford Branch

Stockport RSPCA

RSPCA Local Centres Search

Millstream Animal Shelter Facebook Page

MERSEYSIDE:

Animals In Need

RSPCA Liverpool Branch

RSPCA Local Centres Search

Cats Protection St. Helens

Boote Home For Cats

Liverpool Cat Welfare

Freshfields Animal Rescue

Dogs Trust Centres Liverpool Search

MIDLANDS:

RSPCA Walsall & District

Cats Protection – Stourbridge and District Branch

Cramar Cat Rescue Facebook Page

Midlands Animal Rescue Team

Birmingham Dogs Home

Birmingham Dogs Home Facebook Page

Coventry & District RSPCA

RSPCA Birmingham Centre

Walsall & District RSPCA

RSPCA Local Centres Search

Central Ferret Rescue

NORFOLK:

Canine Aid Rescue & Ethology (C.A.R.E Dog Rescue)

Dogs Trust Re-homing Centres Search

FAITH Animal Rescue

Hillside Animal Sanctuary

Meadowgreen Rescue Norfolk

Norfolk And Suffolk Animal Trust

Pact Animal Sanctuary

RSPCA Mid- Norfolk Paws Centre

West Norfolk RSPCA Re-homing Centre

NORTH YORKSHIRE:

Blue Cross Adoption Centre

Cats Protection York Branch

Moor View Rescue

RSPCA York Animal Home

RSPCA Local Centre Search

Whitby & Scarborough Dog Rescue

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE:

Animals In Need (Northamptonshire)

NANNA) Northamptonshire Animals Needing Nurturing & Adoption

Jerry Green Dog Rescue

Maxi Care Dog Re-homing Animals In Need

Wellingborough Dog Welfare (Wellidog)

NORTHUMBERLAND:

Berwick Animal Rescue Kennels

Hilltop Farm Animal Sanctuary

Newcastle Dog & Cat Shelter

RSPCA Local Centre Search

Northumbrian Hedgehog Rescue

Swan and Wildlife Rescue

Farplace Animal Rescue

Willows Cat Adoption Centre

St. Francis Animal Rescue

Brysons Animal Shelter

Westgate Ark Cat Rescue

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE:

Jerry Green Dog Rescue

Nottingham & Notts RSPCA

Bramcote Animal Rescue Centre

Animal Accident Rescue Unit Facebook Page

RSPCA Local Centre Search

Babbington Rescue

OXFORDSHIRE:

Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary

4-Paws Rottweiler Rescue

Four Paws Cat Rescue

West Oxford Animal Rescue

The Blue Cross Local Centre Search

Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary

Greyhounds For You

SHROPSHIRE:

Birch Hill Dog Rescue

Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre Search

Grinshill Animal Rescue Centre

Bath Cats And Dogs Home (RSPCA)

Dobermann Rescue

RSPCA Farm Animal Centre

RSPCA Local Centre Search

Greenfields Greyhound Rescue

SOMERSET:

Second Chance Dog Rescue

RSPCA West Hatch Animal Centre Taunton

RSPCA North Somerset

National Animal Welfare Trust Rescue Centre

Happy Landings Animal Shelter

Ferne Animal Sanctuary

Bath Cats & Dogs Home

Greyhounds For You

SOUTH YORKSHIRE:

Rain Rescue

Rotherham Dog Rescue

Mayflower Sanctuary

Yorkshire Animal Shelter

South Yorkshire Animal Rescue

Rotherham Rescue Rangers

RADAR Rescue

Cat Action Trust 1977

RSPCA Doncaster, Rotherham & District

Barnsley Animal Rescue Charity (B.A.R.C.)

Mount Pleasant Kennels Facebook Page

Wizz Catz Rescue

Royston Animal Welfare (RAW)

Maureen’s Penistone Cat Rescue
18 W Acre, Penistone, Sheffield S36 6BF
Phone01226 761872
Email: enquiries@penistone-cat.co.uk

Thornberry Animal Sanctuary

RSPCA Sheffield

Millhouse Animal Sanctuary

RSPCA Barnsley & District

Cavy Corner Guinea Pig Rescue

STAFFORDSHIRE:

Animal Lifeline

Border Collie Trust GB

RSPCA Burton-on-Trent & District Branch

RSPCA Staffordshire Centres Search

Greenfields Greyhound Rescue

SUFFOLK:

The Blue Cross Local Centres Search

Mildenhall homefinders Retired Greyhound Trust

Jerry Green Dog Rescue

West Suffolk RSPCA

Suffolk East & Ipswich RSPCA

RSPCA Local Centres Search

SURREY:

Retired Greyhound Trust

Cats Protection (East Surrey)

Epsom Canine Rescue

Animal Mission

Animal Protection Trust

Dogs In Need

RSPCA Millbrook Animal Centre

RSPCA Local Centres Search

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Welfare

Wimbledon Greyhound Welfare

Greyhounds For You

Bobtails Small Animal Rescue

SUSSEX:

Cat & Rabbit Rescue Centre

Blue Cross Centres Search 

Allsorts Dog rescue

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Welfare

Dogs Trust Centres Search

Clymping Dog Sanctuary

Kit Wilson Trust for Animal Welfare

Raystede Centre For Animal Welfare

RSPCA Mount Noddy Animal Centre

RSPCA Sussex, Brighton & East Grinstead

Sussex Pet Rescue

Greyhounds For You

Local RSPCA Centre Search

TYNE AND WEAR:

Pawz For Thought

Brysons Animal Refuge

RSPCA Newcastle & North Northumberland Branch

RSPCA Sunderland & District

Local RSPCA Centre Search

Greyhound Rescue North East

WARWICKSHIRE:

Nuneaton and Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary

Paw Prints Dog Rescue

Lowhills Animal Sanctuary

Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre Kenilworth

Avon Cat Rescue

Blue Cross Warwickshire

Cats Protection Mid Warwickshire

Wonky Pets Rescue

RSPCA Rugby

Coventry Cat Group

Roxies Rescue

Local RSPCA Centre Search

WEST SUSSEX:

Cat & Rabbit Rescue Centre

Paws Animal Sanctuary (Findon)

Sussex & Chichester RSPCA

Sussex, Brighton, and East Grinstead RSPCA

RSPCA Local Centre Search

Dogs Trust Shoreham

Holbrook Animal Rescue

Wadars

Clymping Dog Sanctuary

ABC Animal sanctuary

Worthing Guinea-pig Sanctuary

Hen Heaven

Brighton Greyhound Owners Association Trust

Bulldog Rescue

Brent Lodge Bird & Wildlife Trust

Rescue Rememdies

Last Chance Animal Rescue

Kit Wilson Trust

WEST YORKSHIRE:

RSPCA Bradford & District Branch

West Yorkshire Animals In Need

Feral Cat Welfare (West Yorkshire)

Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre Leeds

Halifax & Huddersfield RSPCA

Leeds & Wakefield RSPCA

RSPCA Local Centre Search

Whitehall Dog Rescue

WILTSHIRE:

Cats Action Trust North & West Wilts

Dogs Trust Local Rehoming Centre Search 

Happy Dogs Rescue

Greyhounds For You

Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital

Oak and Furrows Wildlife Rescue

Local RSPCA Centre Search

WORCESTERSHIRE:

Forest Dog Rescue

Danemere Animal Rescue

The Blue Cross Bromsgrove

Dogs Trust Evesham

Hereford & Worcester Animal Rescue (HWAR)

RSPCA Worcester & Mid-Worcestershire

Local RSPCA Centre Search

Worcestershire Animal Rescue Shelter (WARS)

Greyhounds For You

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

Dog At Borders Rescue
Dog At Borders Rescue

SCOTLAND WIDE:

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.

Staffordshire Rescue Scotland

Give A Greyhound A Home (Scotland)

Scottish Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue

Oldies Club

Blind Dog Rescue UK

Scottish SPCA

Any Dog ‘il Do Rescue

Wildlife Rescues

ABERDEENSHIRE:

Scottish Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue

Mrs Murrays Cat And Dog Home

Scottish SPCA Aberdeenshire

DAWGS

The North East Wildlife And Animal Rescue Centre (The New Arc)

Willows Animal Sanctuary (Equine, Farm and Domestic Animals)

World Horse Welfare, Belwade Farm, Aberdeen

BARRK

Blaikiewell Animal Sanctuary

SSPCA Local Centres Search

AYRSHIRE:

Cats Protection League – South Ayrshire Branch

Scottish Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue

Islay Dog Rescue

Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue

Scottish SPCA – Ayrshire and South West Scotland

SSPCA Local Centres Search

BORDERS:

Greyhound Trust – Scottish Borders Greyhound Rescue

Arthurshiel Rescue Centre (ARC)

Borders Pet Rescue

Scottish Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue

SSPCA Local Centres Search

DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY:

Dumfries and Galloway Canine Rescue

Dumfrieshire & Cumbria Greyhound Rescue

SSPCA Local Centres Search

Dumfries & Cumbria Greyhound Rescue

FIFE:

Help Fife Animals

Second Chance Kennels

Scottish Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue

Fife Cat Shelter

SSPCA Local Centres Search

GRAMPIAN:

DAWGS (Dog Action Working Group Scotland)

Mrs. Murray’s Dog and Cats’ Home

Banff & Aberdeenshire Rescue and Rehoming Kennels (B.A.R.R.K.)

Boxer Welfare Scotland

SSPCA Local Centres Search

HIGHLANDS:

Grantown Dog Rescue

Scottish SPCA Highlands & Islands Animal Rescue & Rehoming Centre

Scottish SPCA Caithness & Sutherland Animal Rescue & Rehoming Centre

Kintyre Collie and Pet Rescue
Calliburn Croft
Gobagrennan Rd
Campbeltown
Argyll
PA28 6PT
Tel. 01586 551620

Scottish Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue

Scottish Exotic Animal Rescue

SSPCA Local Centres Search

LANARKSHIRE:

Scottish SPCA

SSPCA Local Centres Search

Scottish Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue

Cat Concern

Cat Action Trust

Dogs Trust Glasgow

Cats Protection Glasgow

Scottish Animal Welfare

Scottish Wildlife Trust

LOTHIAN:

Lothian Dogs Home

Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home

Dog Aid Society of Scotland

Dogs Trust West Calder Centre

Scottish SPCA Edinburgh & Lothian

Scottish SPCA Local Centre Search

Dogs Trust Local Centres Search

Scottish Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue

Staffordshire Rescue Scotland

PERTHSHIRE:

Scottish Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue

Perthshire Abandoned Dogs Society

Cats Protection Perth

Perthshire Gundog Rescue

Scottish SPCA Local Centre Search

STIRLING

Bandeath Local Authority Stray Dog Shelter

Bandeath Stray Dog Shelter Facebook Page

Scottish SPCA Local Centre Search

STRATHCLYDE:

Scottish SPCA Glasgow Animal Rescue & Rehoming Centre

Scottish SPCA Other Local Centres Search

Dogs Trust – Glasgow Rehoming Centre

Scottish Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue

Cats Protection Glasgow

Cat Concern

Scottish Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue

Scottish Animal Welfare

Cat Action Trust

TAYSIDE:

Scottish SPCA Angus, Fife & Tayside Animal Rescue & Rehoming Centre

Scottish Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue

Perthshire Abandoned Dogs Society

Animal rescue Centre Arbroath

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

Cat From Cats Protection Bridgend Adoption Centre
Cat From Cats Protection Bridgend Adoption Centre

WALES WIDE

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.

Oldies Club

RSPCA

Blind Dog Rescue UK

NORTH WALES:

Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre (Gwynedd)

North Clwyd Animal Rescue (NCAR)

Idlewild Animal Sanctuary

RSPCA Bryn-y-Maen Animal Centre

RSPCA Local Centre Search

Abandoned Animals Association

Almost Home Dog Rescue

Pet Rescue Welfare Association

Skylors Animal Rescue

PAWS (Providing Animals With Sanctuary), Pros Kairon, Harlech, LL462UA. Tel 01766 780765. Email doggypaws@ymail.com

PAWS Facebook Page

Greenfields Greyhound Rescue

Heidi Anne, 12 Tyddyn Mostyn, Menai Bridge, Anglesey, North Wales, LL59 5DS, Tel 07789604650

SOUTH WALES:

The Society For The Welfare Of Horses and Ponies

Gwent Branch Of Cats Protection

Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre, Bridgend

Four Paws Animal Rescue (South Wales)

Walkies Dogs Rehoming Facebook Page 

Friends of the Animals Wales Facebook Page

Hope Rescue

Walkies Dogs

Newport RSPCA

Llys Nini RSPCA Animal Centre

All Creatures Great and Small

RSPCA Local Animal Centre Search

Socelex Sanctuary for Injured Animals

Cats Protection Bridgend Adoption Centre

Greenacres Rescue

Lizzie’s Barn Sanctuary

Many Tears Animal Rescue

Cardiff Dogs Home

SHUA Cat Rescue Facebook Page

Greyhound rescue Wales

WEST WALES

Alpet Poundies Rescue

A.R.C. – Animal Rescue Cymru

West Wales Poundies

Creature Comforts

RSPCA Local Animal Centre Search

Greenacres Rescue

Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre (Gwynedd)

EAST WALES

RSPCA Montgomery

Dogs Trust Shrewsbury

Almost Home Dog Rescue

Newport RSPCA

All Creatures Great and Small

Northern Ireland

NORTH NORTHERN IRELAND

Rainbow Rehoming Centre Facebook page

St Coloumb’s Animal Rescue and Rehoming (SCARR)

Benvardin Animal Rescue Kennels

EAST NORTHERN IRELAND

Dogs Trust Ballymena

Crosskennan Lane Animal sanctuary

Mid Antrim Animal sanctuary

Assisi Animal sanctuary

The Donkey Sanctuary Belfast

Northern Ireland Bat Group

The Barn Rescue

Northern Ireland Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue

Corran kennels Rehoming Centre

SOUTH NORTHERN IRELAND

The Doghouse Sanctuary Facebook Page

Assisi Animal sanctuary

Northern Ireland Battery Hen Rescue

WEST NORTHERN IRELAND

Grovehill Animal Trust

Bright Eyes Animal Sanctuary

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.

We Want You To Adopt A Shelter Pet
We Want You To Adopt A Shelter Pet

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.

List Of Animal Rescue Shelters Animal Hope And Wellness Foundation Rescued Dog From Meat Trade
Animal Hope And Wellness Foundation Rescued Dog From Meat Trade

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.

Raise Awareness

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

Pounds For Poundies Logo
Pounds For Poundies Logo

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

List Of Animal Rescue Shelters Report Animal Cruelty To Police
Report Animal Cruelty To Police

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.

Only Taking Action Will Help Animals
Only Taking Action Will Help Animals

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 

List Of Animal Rescue Shelters Be Part Of The Animal Rights Movement
Be Part Of The Animal Rights Movement


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