We-re-Hiring!.jpgAre you a team player with a passion for animals?  Then why not join the WAW team.
We are on the search for an Assistant Rescue Centre manager for our rescue centre in Warrington.
You will be a good all-rounder with previous experience looking after a range of animal, including cats and small furries but ideally with a specialism with dogs and dog behaviour - ideally in a 'rescue' environment.
You will need a positive can do attitude and understand that animal rescue is not 9-5, and be willing to get involved in activities away from the day to day operations.
Excellent communication skills are a must as you must be confident working with volunteers, members of the public and trustees.
The ideal candidate will also have strong administration and organisational skills and be able to manage a wide range of tasks in this varied role.
The role is currently 20 hours per week, over a range of shifts.

Responsible to: The Board of Trustees of Warrington Animal Welfare
Location: Warrington Animal Welfare Rescue Centre, Warrington
Salary: £7.50phr
Application Deadline: Friday 22 December 2017
The Role
The purpose of the Assistant Centre Manager Post is to help manage the rescue centre on a day to day basis, ensuring the centre is run efficiently and effectively, and the overall needs and welfare of all animals in our care are met.
> WAW Assistant Centre Manger - Job Description (pdf)

> WAW Assistant Centre Manager - Person Specification (pdf)

How to apply?

Please send in a CV and covering letter/email which details what you could bring to the role, highlighting previous experiences relevant to the role.  Please also include your current salary and any notice period.
Deadline for applications is Friday 22 December 2017.
Posted: 07/12/2017 00:48:48 by Warrington Animal Welfare | with 0 comments


Please join us and help us give an animal a place to feel safe and warm instead of feeling alone and abandoned in the cold.

All the animals in our care really want is a home for Christmas, but until that happens we need to 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 every dog like Max, cat like Daisy & Micky and rabbits like Nugget & Midge feel wanted, welcome and loved for life, not just for Christmas.
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:

Make a 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 £20 to 70070
  • Charity Checkout
  • In person – drop in and visit us at the centre.

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.
ITEMS WE NEED:  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.

Untitled-design-(1).jpgWAW Memorial Christmas Tree 2017

Remember a lost loved pet or honour an existing pet this Christmas with the WAW Memorial Christmas Tree, at our rescue centre on Slutchers Lane.
From the Sunday 26 November you will see we have a beautiful tree, kindly donated by Grappenhall Christmas Tree Farm.  On the tree you can place a heart, which can be bought at the centre and area to remember past pets or to honour your current companions.  You can even add your pets name to the heart if you wish.
If you are not able to make it to the centre you can make a donation online and we will dedicate a heart to your pet - just visit our JustGiving page make the donation, making sure you add a comment that it is for a memorial heart, along with your pets name.
The hearts are only £2.00 each and all proceeds will help to raise funds for WAW and the animals in our care this Christmas.  Help us to fill our tree with love.  We are open every day 12-4pm (apart from Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year’s Day)

FUNdraising - fun ways you can help WAW this Christmas:

  • Christmas cards for kittens: Rather than sending Christmas cards this year, could you possibly possible donate what you would have spent on cards (and encourage friends and family too!) - to the cats, kittens, dogs and other animals at WAW.
  • Cakes for Cats - 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 pyjamas at work idea and dress as your pet instead and raise money for WAW's kittens who are looking for homes!

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 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 here.

Help to keep our cats and kittens warm:

We inherited our current cat and kitten accommodation with the building and it is 27 years old, poorly ventilated, poorly insulated – which means they are warm in summer and cold and damp in winter.
Each pod costs £300 to upgrade, each pod has its own plaque with the donor's details and donors are invited down to a special event to see their plaque and meet the cats who have benefited from the kind donation.  If you would like to make a secure donation towards the cost of refurbishing a cat pod you can visit our JustGiving or contact us if you wish to find out more about donating the full amount and having a plaque in your name.  Find out more 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.  
How to 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).
It's a great way to support Warrington Animal Welfare and help us to continue our work!

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

Posted: 03/10/2017 07:19:27 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 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.  
Look out for donation boxes in your supermarkets, at Pets a Home (Warrington or you can drop it off directly at the centre (where we will happily show you around).


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 below)
You can also sponsor WAW from just £2 a month or £24 a year.  As part of your sponsorship you will receive a special quarterly update newsletters by email about our animals. Find out more on our sponsorship page.

Everything helps and we cannot thank you enough.

Posted: 25/05/2017 05:16:48 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: 05/11/2016 14:20:29 by Warrington Animal Welfare | with 0 comments

Dog eating baublesThe festive season can be a strange time for our pets.  Their usual home environment is filled with trees, flowers and other decorations and there are odd noises such as crackers and fireworks.  Your routine is likely to change and there may be unfamiliar visitors coming to the house.  

We have tried to give you a few of the most common Christmas dangers around the home for your pets below. 
Food hazards - chocolate, onions, nuts, blue cheese, fruit cakes, puddings and mince pies can all be toxic to dogs.  Watch out for turkey bones as these can cause choking, constipation or cause damage to your pet’s intestines. 
Kitten in a Christmas treeChristmas trees - Most species are low toxicity but may cause a mild gastrointestinal upset if chewed. Pine needles in themselves can get stuck in paws and cause irritation as well as potentially causing irritation or perforation of the intestines if eaten. Vacuum daily and ideally keep plenty of water in the bucket to help reduce the number of fallen needles.
Decorations - Christmas decorations are designed to look attractive and beautiful, unfortunately this usually means they are also tempting to your furry friends. Whilst not often toxic in their own right they can still cause significant problems if ingested.  Your pet may also get a nasty shock if they chew through the electrical cable for your Christmas lights!  Artificial snow is toxic so best avoided.
Holly, mistletoe, and poinsettia - All of these pretty types of festive foliage are mildly toxic if ingested and can cause vomiting, drooling, diarrhoea to name a few, so should be avoided or kept well out of reach.
Batteries - all batteries are toxic, if the battery is chewed and pierced it can cause chemical burns and heavy metal poisoning or choking if swallowed whole.  Always see your vet if you think your pet has swallowed one.
Presents - Make sure any tasty or tempting presents are placed high enough out of the way so that your dog/cat can’t help themselves.
Antifreeze - anti freeze ingestion is very dangerous. It is sweet-tasting and very palatable. Even a relatively small quantity can cause serious kidney damage and can be fatal.  Unfortunately the longer the delay between ingestion of the anti freeze and initiation of treatment the less favourable the prognosis.

Keep your pets safe this Christmas!
Posted: 05/11/2016 14:16:18 by Warrington Animal Welfare | with 0 comments

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