Animal Welfare Pets

The right animal rescue centre for you

If you’d like to adopt an animal that isn’t your usual pet, read the different animal rescue centres you can find across the UK.

If you’re planning to own a new pet, KnowYourCritter strongly recommends adoption over purchasing them; your actions will reduce the illegal farming of pets.  

Although, adopting doesn’t mean you’re limited to your usual furry friends like cats or dogs, there are many animals you can choose from that need a loving home, or you can volunteer at shelters to lend a helping hand.

There are many rescue centres that care for unwanted animals across the UK, and KnowYourCritter has created a list of where you can find them. If you are not ready to adopt but you would like to visit or give your time to these organisations, pay them a visit and find out how you can help make a difference to the lives of hundreds of animals.

Wood Green Animal Shelter

You’ll never find a greater variety of animals needing a loving home than at the Wood Green Animal Shelter. Just ten minutes from Wood Green tube station, this rescue centre was established in 1924, and their aim is to rehome animals including (but not limited to):

  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Rabbits
  • Ferrets
  • Guinea pigs
  • Goats
  • Horses

Wood Green Animal Shelter is a charity based organisation, and is one of a few places that operate a euthanasia policy for very ill or overly aggressive animals, which can’t be aided despite all efforts to help them.

children feeding horse and goat

The Cat & Rabbit rescue centre

If you live in or near rural Sidlesham, you should pay a visit to The cat & Rabbit rescue centre. Established in 1986, this honourable organisation has rescued over 10,000 animals, and it continues to go the extra mile for unwanted animals.


rabbit and cat at animal rescue centre

This animal haven relies on charitable donations or volunteers to care for felines, rabbits and guinea pigs.  These small pets have the liberty to roam and enjoy the quiet outdoors, but are protected in predator-proof enclosures.

Blue Cross

The Blue Cross is an animal rescue centre, founded in 1897. This special charity provides shelter to a variety of unwanted animals that are in of need a loving home, for instance:

  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Chinchillas
  • Rats
  • Horses
  • Rabbits
  • Hamsters
  • Gerbils
  • Guinea pigs
  • Degus


happy chinchilla

Blue Cross also provides other services that aim to help pet owners that can’t afford private veterinary treatments, and offer educational information on the responsibilities of animal ownership.


RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)

RSPCA is oldest and one of the first animal welfare organisations across England and Wales, founded in 1824.  This animal rescue centre focuses on investigating cruelty complaints, rescuing a variety of pets, farm and wild animals.


pig and dog napping at animal rescue centre

Each RSPCA branch tries their best to rehabilitate every critter, followed by finding a caring family to adopt a pet or releasing them into the wild.  rehoming unwanted animals. RSPCA relies on charitable donations and volunteers.

National Animal Welfare Trust

What better place to find elderly pets than at the National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT). This rescue centre follows the no-kill policy since it was founded in 1971. The NAWT relies on donations to care for the following animals:

  • Birds
  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Rabbits
  • Guinea pigs
  • Field animals (goats, pigs and horses)

Goat and rooster at rescue centre

You’ll be able to adopt and sponsor these animals from a variety of branches across the UK, such as in Somerset, Watford, Cornwall, Berkshire and Essex.

Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service

If you’d like to have a pet but don’t have the space to have one, you can sponsor a wild animal that is a permanent resident at the Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service.  This charity was founded in 1999, giving abandoned, orphaned, or neglected animals a second chance in life. All volunteers are welcome to be part of an unforgettable experience.

Jumping fox

This rescue centre for wild animals is located in Trent Park which is owned by the London Borough of Enfield. When you visit Trent Park, you’ll be able to witness the variety of amazing animals that’ll never be turned away. Some of the animals been taken care of are, but not limited to:

  • Foxes
  • Amphibians like turtles and frogs
  • Birds(small birds of prey, chickens, ducks, geese parrots and budgerigars)
  • Pigs
  • Ponies
  • Rabbits
  • Chipmunks
  • sheep
  • Goats
  • Hedgehogs
  • Squirrels
  • Ferrets
  • Mink

Some these animals will be recovering from injuries and are released back into the wild. However, there are others that can’t that won’t be safe or survive in the wild; they become permanent residents at this haven for all critters.

FreshFields Animal Rescue

If you live in Liverpool or in Wales, you’re one of the lucky people to be near the FreshFields Animal Rescue. This amazing rescue centre was founded in 1979; caring for over 1200 critters such as cats, dogs, birds, farm and wild animals.



The aim of this charitable organisation is to rescue abused, neglected and injured animals, as well as care and rehome them when they are in good health. FreshField Animal Rescue welcomes all volunteers, encourages the idea of neutering pets, and  it provides educational tips on how to care for your pet and other animals.

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