Animal Welfare Pets

Dog and cat rescue centres you should visit

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Read all about the different dog and cat rescue centres across the country that can help you find the perfect furry friend.


There are many dog and cat rescue centres across the UK; many, if not all, are funded via donations from the public. Each centre tries their best on rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming unwanted pets.


According to the RSPCA, in 2014, over 30, 000 cats were abandoned in the UK, and the annual Stray Dog Survey stated that there were over 47, 000 dogs abandoned in 2015. While many rescue centres try their best to find these unwanted animals a safe yet happy home to live in, not all abandoned pets are fortunate enough to be rehomed.


Before you take the important step of adopting a furry fella, you should think which rescue centre is ideal for you, as well as the type of dog or cat you’d like to have; would you prefer a pet with a pedigree, crossbreed or mongrel background?


  • A pedigree is an animal that is purebred over generations, it’s parents are the same breed.
  • A crossbreed is when there are two purebred parents but from different breeds.
  • A mongrel breed comes from parents of mixed breeds.

KnowYourCritter has put together  the following list of rescue centres you can trust, and decide where you’ll want to adopt your new friend from.  


Retired Greyhound Trust

What can be a better companion and friend than a retired greyhound? Historically, these lovely greyhounds didn’t have anywhere to go, or anyone to care for them after having to retire from their racing days.

Luckily, in 1975, the Retired Greyhound Trust (RGT) was founded. Their aim is to take in these unwanted fellas and find them a loving home.



Adopting a greyhound could be the best decision you ever make. This tranquil critter is great for all ages, and is hypoallergenic; they have very short and thin hair, so you won’t have to worry about taking allergy pills when they’re by your side.

You’ll also be surprised to know that greyhounds require very little maintenance.  They’re happy with two walks a day and a comfortable bed to relax. Regardless of their age, this breed is always grateful for your love and care.

Dog Trust

A well-known UK animal welfare charity is Dogs Trust, formerly known as the National Canine Defence League, founded in 1891. “Dogs trust is a charity specialising in rehabilitating dogs” turns into with the powerful slogan “we never put a healthy dog down”, The Dogs Trust provides nationwide kennels for abandoned dogs and rehabilitates them for adoption. They also provide neutering and microchipping schemes across the UK and other countries; their aim is to reduce unwanted litters of stray dogs.


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Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

You can make a difference to a loveable dog or cat by visiting Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. This charity aims to never turn away a dog or cat in need of help since the first day they opened their doors in 1860.


dog and cat caring for each other

This rescue centre has volunteers that work tirelessly to care for unwanted pets; they try their best to match the right dog or cat to the right person. Battersea Home never gives up on finding a loving home for these amazing critters, no matter how long it takes. Adopting one of these friends could be the best decision you ever make.

Cats protections

Are you crazy for cats? And are you searching for a pet? The Cats protections is the purr-fect place to find and adopt your new friend. Cats Protections is a charitable organisation in the UK, founded in 1927, with the aim to rescuing and rehoming unwanted cats.


white kitten with pink towel

Although they also share the wisdom and knowledge of caring for cats, and encourage owners to neuter their pets. This rescue centre has multiple branches that vary in size, they have paid staff, but mostly volunteers that care for the well-being of these lovable fellas.

Celia Hammond Animal Trust

If you are looking to adopt a kitten or older cat, visiting the Celia Hammond Animal Trust could be the best decision you ever make. The Celia Hammond Animal Trust was founded in 1986, with several branches across London.


kitten hiding in a bush needs adopting

Their aims are to care for the welfare of all abandoned and unwanted felines, with low-cost neutering clinics across London, while educating people about animal welfare, and encouraging people to consider adopting.

Celia Hammond promotes a strict non-destruction policy towards animals, unless they are suffering from a fatal illness or are beyond any veterinary aid given to them. But for the luckier ones, they are provided with refuge and care.

The Mayhew Animal Home

If you live in or near London, and wish to adopt a cat or dog, The Mayhew Animal Home & Humane Education Centre  is the place to go. Founded in 1886, this charity promotes animal welfare, as well as caring  for unwanted pets, and sometimes a variety of other animals. This pro-active animal haven also provides services such as advising pet owners how to care for their friend, and offers free microchipping for dogs.

adopting a cat and dog


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