All the animals in our care really want is a home for Christmas, but until that happens we need toChristmas-Animals.JPG make sure they are well looked after, cared for and loved.  Every Christmas our doors remain open, we work 365 days a year to provide for the animals in our care this festive season.
Together, we can help make dogs like Alfie 'Harvey' George & Max, cats like Ariana & Sooty have a great Christmas and help them into their forever home.
So you help WAW and the animals in our care to have a happy Christmas? There are many different ways you can help and get involved:

Give a Gift! Donate Goods off Santa’s List

Donations don’t have to be cash!  We always need lots of thing to keep the centre running and the animals happy and fed.  We also need goods which we can sell or use on tombola’s.  Donations can be dropped off at the centre.  
  • WORKPLACE COLLECTION: Have a box in your workplace etc. and encourage your colleagues to donate items.
  • TOMBOLA ITEMS: Your unwanted gifts or items that can be used for tombola.  It really helps us to continue our fundraising activities.
  • SHOEBOX: Get your children involved and make up a little box for the animals for a furry friend who has no family to treat him/her at Christmas.
  • AMAZON WISHLIST: Visit our list and donate from the comfort of your own home.
Wet & Dry Food – cats, dogs & kittens, rabbit and guinea pig food & treats, dog treats, poop bags, tombola Items, black bin bags (good quality), kitchen roll, good yard brush / inside brushes, Kong (strong) dog toy, washable scratching posts, good quality dog leads & collars, waterproof dog coats.

Cash donation:

Make a secure one-off or regular donation - donations of any size or frequency are much appreciated, you can make a donation simply, safely and easily with JustGiving - we also receive an extra 20% from Gift Aid where appropriate and this means that your donation goes even further to help the animals.  Other ways you can donate include:
  • Text: Text NEUT 29 (plus the amount) e.g. NEUT29 £10 to 70070
  • Charity Checkout
  • In person – drop in and visit us at the centre.

FUNdraising - fun ways you can help WAW this Christmas:

  • Christmas cards: Rather than sending Christmas cards this year, donate what you would have spent on cards to WAW (encourage friends and family too!)
  • Bake sale: Everyone loves a cake!  Hold a bake sale in your workplace, sports club, community centre.  What's not to love, you get to eat cakes and raise money for WAW!
  • Dress Like Your Pet’ day: We know you all love dressing up, but what about having a fundraising day at your work where everyone dresses as their pet for a day?  It may mean your receptionist is dressed as a Labrador but it will certainly get your visitors talking!  So shake things up with the dressing in PJ’s at work idea and dress as your pet instead and raise money for WAW's kittens who are looking for homes!
  • Other ideas: Bake Sale, Sponsored – swim, silence, run etc., Music event, Swap event, Swear box, 
    Pub quiz, Office bingo, Raffle, Car boot sale, Bring and buy sale, Sponsored dog walk, Coffee morning, Collection box at work (for donations or items e.g. pet food or tombola items), Work tuck shop box, Dress down day / Non uniform day, Guess number of sweets in a jar, Name the Teddy.

Become ‘A Friend of WAW’:

Do you want to help and support the animals in our care over the long term?  Then become a friend of WAW.  You can set up a monthly sponsorship donation simply, safely and easily with JustGiving.  You can sign up for any monthly amount and we will add you to our charity newsletter by email so you are always up to date with the team and animals at WAW.  Find out more about becoming a friend of WAW here


We could not run the rescue without volunteers and with a range of ways you can help, we are sure there is a role for you.  Find out more about volunteering here.

Stuck for a GIFT for an animal loving friend or family member?

Then making a donation in their name could be the perfect present – the recipient would receive a certificate.  Here is how you do it….
  1. Make the donation via JustGiving.
  2. Email us to inform of us of the donation and pass on details for the certificate/recipient. 
  3. We will send you a certificate (or you could collect from the rescue centre).
  4. It's a great way to support WAW and help us to continue our work!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our supporters!

Posted: 04/10/2018 08:13:18 by Warrington Animal Welfare | with 0 comments

We hope you and your furry friends have had a great Valentine's Day! Please spare a thought on this day for all the animals in our care who are still waiting for a human to give them a home full of love and cuddles.

Buy a valentine's gift for the dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs at WAW -

Posted: 14/02/2018 10:47:47 by Warrington Animal Welfare | with 0 comments

The-3-Fs-Kitten-Appeal.JPGEach year WAW help 100’s of kittens and their mums - and this year is no different and we need your help!

Unlike some national charities WAW find it hard to turn animals in need away and will always endeavour to find extra space - but space and resources are not unlimited.

So this is why we need your help with the three F's - FOOD, FOSTER & FUNDING


We go through so much kitten (and cat) food, all donations of wet and dry kitten food is much appreciated.  Donations can be dropped it off directly at the centre (where we will happily show you around).  If you are not able to make it down, contact us and we can arrange for a volunteer to collect.


Fostering is one of the most rewarding thing you can do! Full support, training and equipment will be given – you just need some space, love and time.  We need people who are prepared to take on the care of mums and babies and also kittens who require hand rearing. 
Fostering can be for anything up to 9 weeks.  Fostering isn’t as glamorous as it sounds! There will be plenty of sleepless nights and a lot of mess to clean up! It is also very rewarding watching young kittens grow up and seeing how mummy cats care for their young.  Click here for more information on fostering kittens and mums.


You can help us continue to help animals in need by making a donation: 
Donations of any size or frequency are much appreciated. 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:
  • Text: Text NEUT 29 (plus the amount) e.g. NEUT29 £20 to 70070
  • Direct Debit: Set up a regular or a one off Direct Debit
    Sort Code 60 20 29  /  A/c Number 50246798  /  Bank: Natwest
  • Charity Checkout
  • Legacy – remembering WAW in your Will, find out more.
You can also become 'A Friend of Warrington Animal Welfare' and set up a monthly donation, find out more on our sponsorship page.


We all know that prevention is the best cure, so if you or you know someoone who needs help to neuter their cat/kitten, find out more on about our low cost neutering scheme here.

Everything helps and we cannot thank you enough.

Posted: 25/05/2017 05:16:48 by Warrington Animal Welfare | with 0 comments

We get a lot of frustrated people asking us this question.  But our policy comes from over 30 years experience of rehoming unwanted and abandoned pets. 

As an animal charity we deal with hundreds of animals each year, who are looking to be rehomed for a variety of reasons, with the majority or reasons relating to younger children.

A lot of these animals have already been passed from home to home, so at WAW we want to try and ensure that their next home is their forever home.  We look for the best home, the best fit for each individual animal.  

In addition these animals may not have a complete history and it would be irresponsible of WAW to rehome them with small children and risk the possibilities of nips and bites.

We extend this policy to puppies, kittens and rabbits as unfortunately the majority of adult animals we receive were bought as young animals, as pets for families with younger children and it has not worked out for a variety of reasons. These reasons include, but are not limited to:
  • Asthmas / Allergies:  By far the most common reason is ‘my child has developed ‘asthma or an allergy’ to the pet.  Parents of children over 5 will generally be more aware of any allergies or issues related to asthma and they are being managed.
  • Bites / Nips: Puppies and kittens have sharp teeth and like to mouth hands when they are teething, this can be misjudged as a bite.  Also children are less likely to be able to recognise warning signs that animals give that they are unhappy / scared / nervous during play.  This generally ends up in a defensive nip or bite from the animal.
  • Affordability: The cost of a pet can be considerably more than people expect – food, vaccinations, vets bills, insurance, beds, hutches, runs, toys, holiday care etc.  These, plus the significant cost of young children usually results in the pet being given up for adoption.
  • Time: Pets, especially dogs, puppies, kittens and event rabbits need a lot of time – training, walking, socialising, cleaning etc.  So animals are surrendered when people realise that they do not have the time that their pet needs.
It’s because of these reasons, WAW choose to rehome to families with children over 5, and families should not take our decision personally.  

By taking the time to find the right home, the first time we can ensure that the experience is positive for both the animal and the adopter.   And reducing the likelihood of the adoption failing.

Our policy does come from experience and the desire to make sure that the many animals that pass through WAW are not returned to be rehomed again.

We appreciate your understanding.


Posted: 01/06/2016 16:25:42 by Warrington Animal Welfare | with 0 comments

Once a popular pet, the number of "handbag dogs" handed in to rescue centres is increasing.  Faced with the reality of looking after a dog - that they are more than just a fashion accessory, owners no longer want to look after them.  Many of these breeds - Chihuahuas, Shih Tzus, "miniature" Yorkshire Terriers - suffer health problems from poor breeding practices, and faced with large vet bills, owners give them up.

According to the Blue Cross the number of Yorkshire Terriers handed in to them has increased over 40% in the last five years.  They are not the only rescue noticing this change, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home say that the number of Chihuahuas in their care increased by 36% compared to the year before.*

Here are the top 5 "handbag" breeds handed into Blue Cross centres last year:

1.  Yorkshire terrier (92 hand-ins in 2014/ 65 in 2009)
2.  Chihuahua (53 hand-ins in 2014/ 0 in 2009)
3.  Cavalier King Charles spaniel (36 hand-ins in 2014/ 14 in 2009)
4.  Bichon frise (28 hand-ins in 2014/ 13 in 2009)
5.  Shih tzu (31 in 2014/ 17 in 2009)

The rise in the problem also come from more of these dogs being bred than are being brought, along with the little thought that goes into buying a dog.  The Blue Cross did a survey of pet owners and found that:

"nearly a third spend less than a week researching which pet they will get ... 38% admitted to spending more time researching the purchase of a new mobile phone or tablet and 18% had even bought a pet on impulse."

Small breeds of dogs also often come into rescues with behavioural issues.  Warrington Animal Welfare had a pair of Chihuahuas handed in that were so used to being carried about, that walking was a strange, scary experience for them. 

Owners often forget that small breeds still need exercise like any other dog.   Molly coddling dogs can also lead to separation anxiety issues, as shown in this Channel 5 new report:

So please, before getting a small dog do plenty of research to avoid more dogs ending up in rescue.  And if you do want to give a small dog a home, adopt one that has lost theirs.

*Numbers from 2013

Posted: 27/08/2015 12:24:26 by Warrington Animal Welfare | with 0 comments

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