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Updated 22 March 2020

It’s with deep sadness we are closing the rescue centre is now closed  to the public until further notice.
 
However, 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.

Phones
Our phone lines remain open - 01925 748638, however we are experience 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 (phone lines are closed on Tuesdays).
 
Adoptions / Appointments
We are going to look for a safe way for a to continue to find forever homes for our animals – whilst keeping everyone safe and more information will be out soon.  Do not come to site if you, or any member of your household is self-isolating, has any flu-like symptoms, or has been in contact with anyone who has.
 
Donations
We still need your support to continue and you can still drop off donations of food at the centre - just 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 via our Amazon Wish List.
 
Funds
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 www.justgiving.com/warringtonanimalwelfare
  • Pay direct to our bank; Sort code 60 20 29 / Account No: 50246798
  • PayPal using: info@warringtonanimalwelfare.org.uk
  • 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
Our staff and volunteer recruitment is also currently on hold.

Thank you for your support during this challenging time.
 

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Updated 14 March 2020

Coronavirus continues to be all over the news, and we understand that many of you may have growing concerns about it.
 
The safety of our staff, volunteers, visitors and contractors remains our top priority so, if you’ve tested positive or have been told to self-isolate please do not visit the rescue centre, until you have the all clear.
 
If we’re due to visit your home to carry out a homecheck, assess your dog or collect and animal or if you have an appointment to visit us at the rescue centre - you must let us know if you have tested positive or have been advise to self-isolate:
If you plan to visit our rescue centre to visit an animal or make a donation, please help us to minimise the risk of germs - as basic as it is, please make sure you wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds with soap and running water.

Government advice

You can also head to the Government Advice webpage which covers plenty of useful information on coronavirus including:
  • What the signs and symptoms are
  • How the virus spreads
  • How to reduce the risk of contracting the virus
As information about coronavirus is being updated regularly, we advise you to keep a close eye on the Government website for all the latest information.

Keep updated

This is a fast-changing situation and we will be updating the website on a regular basis, please keep checking for updates, especially if you are planning on visiting the centre or need our help/support.
 
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.
 
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT...
  • 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 info@warringtonanimalwelfare.org.uk
     
  • *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.

Petition

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


***MISSING OVER A WEEK - WAW Resident Cat Ronald***

We have not seen our centre cat, Ronald since Monday 6th May, and the RSPCA saw him on Tuesday - but he has not been for his food and we are all very worried and upset as this is not like him.

😺 If you work near the centre can you keep an eye out or check your buildings - Slutchers Lane/Centre Parks.
😺 If you visited the centre on Tuesday 7th he could have got into your car.
😺 If you spot a ginger boy around town / Bank Quay then get in touch.

Obviously he is chipped and neutered.
Thanks





 
Posted: 19/05/2019 19:43:43 by Warrington Animal Welfare | with 0 comments


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