Helping us to keep going...

As the coronavirus situation continues, we really need your help to survive these uncertain times, so we can help animals now and continue into the future.
WAW relies entirely on donations from our supporters to care for animals and as our funding streams dry up we are forced to ask you for help so we can ensure the future of the charity.
We don’t like asking, as we know it’s a difficult time for a lot of you – but we are truly concerned and need to take urgent action.
If you can help by donating whatever you can to help us through, we would be so grateful.
You can donate in a number of ways:
πŸ’œ Send a cheque to: Warrington Animal Welfare, Slutchers Lane, Bank Quay, Warrington, WA1 1NA
πŸ’œ Online donation (one off or regular monthly donation) via JustGiving or Charity Checkout
πŸ’œ PayPal – using:
πŸ’œ Donate items via our Amazon Wish List
πŸ’œ Pay direct to our bank: Sort code 60 20 29 / Account No: 50246798
πŸ’œ Text to Donate:
To donate £5, text NEUT001 to 70970
To donate £10, text NEUT001 to 70191

Thank you for your support during these uncertain times - together we will come through this and still be able to help animals in need.


Posted: 07/04/2020 16:28:05 by Warrington Animal Welfare | with 0 comments

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As you’re probably aware, the UK has entered another lockdown and the message from Government is to stay safe and stay at home.

Animals do not know we are in the middle of pandemic and there are still animals in need of rescue and in need of homes, buy the good news is that the Government believes that we are a critical service for animal welfare, so we can continue to operate.

The rescue centre remains open for rehoming purposes – with a limited number of volunteers and staff every day arriving to take care of the animals’ basic needs, with the following adapted services: 
  • Virtual rehoming – we are rehoming most of our animals virtually with visits to the centre currently suspended due to lockdown.  If you are genuinely interested in adopting a specific animal, please get in touch to discuss and we will talk you through the adapted process.  All adoptions are subject to a range of mandatory checks.
  • Animal surrenders (welfare cases) - by strict appointment only, please call first to discuss.
  • Vet Care - strict appointment for members of the public coming to the site for veterinary care, with animals dropped off and collected from outside the centre.
Everyone must:
  • Adhere to social distancing.
  • Wear face covering (unless medically excempt)
  • Maintain good hand hygiene, using the hand sanitiser which is available in all areas.
As you appreciate these adapted services require more resources and we may not be able to respond to all inquiries, or may take longer to reply, so we ask that you are patience.  
We are also experiencing an increased demand for the most critical services and we are doing our best to response as quickly and help as much as we are able.

We ask that if you are planning on coming to the centre that you DO NOT COME if you, or any member of your household is self-isolating, has any of the following symptoms; flu-like symptoms / a new continuous cough / a high temperature / a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell - or has been in contact with anyone who has.

Getting in touch

Our phone lines remain open - 01925 748638, however we are experiencing a high demand in service, so please consider if your call is urgent before calling and be patience if you cannot get through. 

Telephone calls are taken 10am - 4pm.  You can also email or use Facebook Messnger

We are very busy and ask that you be patience, we also may not be able to reply to all inquires.


We still need your support to continue and you can still drop off donations at the centre, please do not make a special journey.  Donation needs to be left at the gates of the centre – no need to come in, but do not leave donations outside if we are closed.  You can also donate safely at home via our Amazon Wish List.

Funds - Covid-19 Crisis Appeal

Our amazing staff and volunteers will still be at the centre to ensure our animals waiting for their forever homes still get the best care we can offer during these challenging times.

We are desperate for funds as lots of our fundraising opportunities have been cancelled, but we still need to help animals in need and support our community - so, please help, any amount is appreciated. You can donate in a number of ways: 
  • Send a cheque to: Warrington Animal Welfare, Slutchers Lane, Bank Quay, Warrington, WA1 1NA
  • Online at
  • Pay direct to our bank; Sort code 60 20 29 / Account No: 50246798
  • PayPal using:
  • Donate button on our Facebook page.
  • Charity Checkout
  • ‘Text to Donate’:
    To donate £5, text NEUT001 to 70970
    To donate £10, text NEUT001 to 70191
Find out more on our Coronavirus Crisis Appeal page.

Our volunteer recruitment is also currently on hold, find out more here.

Thank you for your support during this challenging time.


Keep updated

This is a fast-changing situation and we will be updating the website on a regular basis, please keep checking for updates.  You can also keep up to date with via our Facebook page
Posted: 11/03/2020 18:33:25 by Warrington Animal Welfare | with 0 comments

Picture7.pngWinter isn't a good time of year for many rabbits and guinea pigs. Sadly, some people don't want to go out in the dark/cold/wet/wind to clean out the hutch, feed the rabbit, and spend some time giving it a cuddle and a quick health check. So they get neglected, water bottles get iced up making it impossible for the rabbit to get a vital drink, hutches end up stinking and soaking, and rabbits fall ill and could even die.
  • Make sure you cover up your rabbit's hutch at night, make it draught and waterproof – think about a waterproof cover for the hutch and run.
  • Change the bedding frequently as wet bedding can freeze solid.
  • Get a spare water bottle so that when one gets frozen up, you can swap it over quickly without having to wait until the original bottle defrosts. Always check that the water in the nozzle isn’t frozen as often it does before the water inside the actual bottle does. 
  • Older rabbits can suffer dreadfully from arthritis so make sure they are snug and warm.  
  • Keep them warm, you can create a warm sleeping area find a using a cardboard box.
  • Put a thick layer of newspaper on the base of the sleeping area, this helps to insulate, then loosely fill the bedding area with more hay and/or straw.  This helps to keep the rabbit warm.
  • If you can, move the hutch indoors to a shed or unused garage – fumes from cars can easily kill.
Look after your rabbits and guinea pigs this winter!  Find out more on the Save a Fluff website.
Posted: 18/12/2019 11:21:17 by Warrington Animal Welfare | with 0 comments

Not all heroes wear capes!  Feral-2.PNG

Especially when you are out nearly every night in all weathers trapping and helping feral cats.  Meet 
Margaret and her husband James who work tirelessly to help improve the lives of feral cats in our local area. 
How did you start helping out feral cats?
About seven years ago I saw lots of cats and kittens at Centre Park in Warrington and I tried to get them help.  By speaking to people, I realised that this was a major problem as they were already busy helping other cats.  So I decided to get my own trap and basket and just from that one site we helped 80 cats.  From then on, we have not really stopped.
What do you do with the cats and kittens?
The priority is to neuter cats to prevent the problem from getting worse.  
Most of the cats would not make great pets and we try and find these cats homes as ‘working cats’ where they can live on farms and liveries.   Some cats have to be  released back where we find them – but they will have been health checked and neutered. 
Friendly cats, who have found themselves homeless after being left by their owners, can often be rehomed and if we manage to rescue kittens before they become too wild, we can get them used to being handled and then we find them loving forever homes. 
I actually kept three cats from the first rescue and they are still with us today. The majority of the cats and kittens are rehomed via WAW. 
How many animals have you helped?
I have lost count how many we have rescued – but it would be in the thousands, we have just rescued 51 cats from Widnes alone! 
What is your average day?
It’s never ending – we trap the cats and take them home, the next day they see the vet and then back to our house for care and a personality assessment to decide on what would be the best option for them.  We have even trapped when abroad on our holidays! 
Why do you do it?
It’s so rewarding!  Every time WAW get a call, James and I go out and trap, and we always come back with what we have gone for, even if it can take time and few goes – you need to be very patient 
sometimes, but it is worth it in the end. 
From WAW “Margaret and James are fantastic volunteers and WAW are so proud to work with them.  We want to take this opportunity to champion the amazing and often unrecognised work they do to help unwanted and abandoned cats.”  

Help us to continue to help unwanted and abandoned cats:

Many of our regular supporters are now giving to WAW via our charity account on the online fundraising site, Just Giving.  The money goes directly to WAW, making it a safe and secure way to fundraise and donate online. We can claim Gift Aid where appropriate and this means that your donation goes even further to help the animals. Check out our Just Giving Page.

Other ways you can donate include:
  • Direct Debit / Standing Order: Set up a regular or a one off Direct Debit - using Sort Code 60 20 29  /  A/c Number 50246798  /  Bank: Natwest
  • Charity Checkout
  • PayPal - using
  • *Text to Donate:
    To donate £1, text NEUT001 to 70201
    To donate £3, text NEUT001 to 70331
    To donate £5, text NEUT001 to 70970
    To donate £10, text NEUT001 to 70191

Posted: 18/12/2019 10:56:22 by Warrington Animal Welfare | with 0 comments

Rescues are again having to come to the aid of ill chicks, which have resulted from hatching projects. Including these two tiny babies – Rain & Bow, who were brought to WAW from a local primary school after being hatched three days earlier, unable to walk or eat.

The school contacted the supplier for advice – a national company as featured on CBeebies – who just advised the school to “help them on their way”.
They are both very poorly and sadly, Rain and Bow didn't make it, they passed away within hours of each other. The amazing Every Feather & Wildlife Rescue did everything they could but their little bodies gave out in the end they fell asleep.
We were also contact by a teacher from Widnes, who was advised to release two unwanted male chicks into a field for ‘fodder for wild birds’!
There is a cruelty to hatching projects - it isn't easy to successfully hatch something, mums turn the eggs regularly and the heat and moisture are very important. Often these chicks are born with deformities or injuries. They are handled sometimes by children who don't know how fragile they are which can lead to further injuries. When their time is up at the school the future is often a short one. 
Despite good intentions, the problems with classroom chick-hatching means that some students may come away with unintended, negative lessons. Students may learn that bringing a life into the world is not a serious, long term responsibility and that the life of an animal is unimportant. When imperfect chicks are disposed of, students may infer that physical abnormalities make living beings worthless. Rather than implying in students a sense of respect and appreciation for the wonders of the animal world, classroom chick hatching may imply that animals are disposable educational tools.


We are asking you to also take a minute to sign the LuckyHens Rescue Wigan petition to ban the practice of chick hatching - click here to sign the petition.
Posted: 23/05/2019 07:32:50 by Warrington Animal Welfare | with 0 comments

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