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FOUR PAWS is a strong, global and independent voice for animals. Our vision is a world where people treat animals with respect, empathy and understanding.

FOUR PAWS has been working for the well-being and protection of animals since 1998. Originally founded in Austria, we now have a presence in over 12 countries worldwide. We campaign for international improvements in how animals are treated and have successfully influenced animal welfare legislation.

We rescue bears and other wild animals from captivity and provide them with species appropriate homes in our sanctuaries. From our vast LIONSROCK big cat sanctuary in South Africa to our bear sanctuaries in Europe and beyond, we help these animals to recover and lead happy, fulfilling lives. We also work extensively with stray animals and our Disaster Relief team provide immediate help for animals in disasters.

Please donate today and help us rescue and improve the lives of many more animals.

To make a donation or hear more about FOUR PAWS please call 020 7922 7954 or visit www.four-paws.org.uk.

Environmental Investigation Agency

The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) is an independent campaigning organisation committed to bringing about change that protects the natural world from environmental crime and abuse.

Our vision is a future where humanity respects, protects and celebrates the natural world for the benefit of all.

Our undercover investigations expose wildlife crime and highlight the most pressing threats to our natural world. Our investigators often work in dangerous situations, infiltrating criminal organisations and collecting evidence. This evidence is used to produce reports and films which help prosecute environmental criminals, highlight issues to both high-level decision makers and the public and change laws around the world.

Our findings are combined with scientific documentation and representation at international conventions, creating the hard-hitting campaigns which have earned us a global reputation.

For further information on donating to this charity tel 0207 354 7960 or visit eia-international.org

Pro Dogs Direct

Pro Dogs Direct became a registered Charity in 2006, although we had been part of the national charity Pro Dogs for about 10 years prior to that. When Pro Dogs closed it doors we decided to keep Pro Dogs re-homing going.

We felt there was a need for dogs to be re homed without going into kennels - and that is why we added Direct to our name.

Our charity's vision: whenever possible to home dogs DIRECTLY from home to home. Where that is not possible we use foster homes and occasionally kennels to get dogs to safety and out of difficult situations.

We will help any dogs and take on dogs involved in cruelty cases and the puppy farms' breeding dogs. We feel these dogs surely need to know what it is to be loved and happy. These dogs often need extra medical care and TLC after a traumatic time having never known a loving hand and home.

We re-home any breed of dog and we work with a network of other rescues to make sure the dogs get into the right homes.

Pro Dogs Direct is there for help and support throughout the dog's life.

Our aim is to place each dog in the best possible home and not on a first come first served basis.

For further information on donating to this charity tel 07766021465 or visit their website www.prodogsdirect.org.uk

Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue Trust

Hessilhead cares for Scotland's injured and orphaned wildlife. It has been running for over 25 years, and became a registered charity in 1986.

The centre is situated near Beith in North Ayrshire. It occupies a 20 acre site, including woodland, marsh and open water. This gives a variety of release sites for our patients.

Hessilhead aims to rescue, treat, rehabilitate and release birds and animals back to the wild, and has facilities and experience to treat all species of Scottish wildlife. Facilities at the Centre include an intensive care unit, a swan/seal hospital with indoor pool, a hedgehog unit, a surgery with x-ray equipment and more than 60 outdoor aviaries, enclosures and release pens.

The centre operates a 24 hour emergency service, and is available to give advice on wildlife problems throughout the day. It is not generally open to the public. This is because our patients are wild, and wild birds and animals are usually frightened of people. Regular disturbance would upset the patients, hamper their recovery, or result in hand-reared youngsters becoming tame.

For further information on donating to this charity tel 01505 502 415 or visit their website www.hessilheadwildlife.org.uk

Wild Futures

Your Legacy - The Gift of Life

Wild Futures rescues and offers sanctuary to monkeys who have suffered abuse and neglect. We are dedicated to protecting primates and habitats worldwide, which are endangered due to climate change, habitat destruction, and the bush-meat and pet trades. For some species, it is too late. The future of all that remains lies in our hands, so your legacy to Wild Futures is the gift of life and a future for primates and our wonderful planet.

Our holistic approach makes us unique; providing sanctuary to rescued monkeys, supporting projects overseas, campaigning for primate welfare, educating to protect primates worldwide and promoting a sustainability and ethical ethos. We receive no government funding, so the generosity of those that remember Wild Futures is essential to enable us to continue our work.

Your legacy can be the gift of a life worth living and a wild and safe future for all.

For further information on donating to this charity tel 01503 262 532 or visit www.wildfutures.org

The Seeing Dogs Alliance

Charity Number 1156790

Seeing Dogs has made steady progress since it started operations in 2001. It was launched, and is supported, mainly by guide dog owners who want a competitor charity, as is available to blind and partially sighted people in most developed countries. Our successful rearing/training programme continually includes several dogs either being puppy reared or receiving their Seeing Dog (our term for guide dog) training. Except for the highly skilled final training, we depend on volunteers, so that, with careful monetary control, it costs us about £15,000 to train each dog and owner, about a third of what would otherwise be expected.

Our clients are currently usually trained in their home environment, although our target is to have a dedicated training centre. When residential training has been required, we have used hotels. Puppies remain with the puppy rearers till they are 12-14 months old, during which time they are familiarised with all the circumstances they are likely to encounter as Seeing Dogs - crowded streets, heavy traffic, buses, trains, cars, cafés, restaurants, stairs (although not escalators), lifts, swing doors, etc. An allowance is available to cover the expenses of this very important pre-training work. We like our puppy rearers to take their charges to puppy training classes, however, which help with obedience training and socialisation with other dogs. We provide them with a reference manual, and visit them from time to time to check on the puppies’ progress. We are also always at the other end of a phone to give advice or to obtain it for them.

Currently, waiting lists for trained dogs are such that some clients wait months or longer to be trained with a dog. This is particularly serious for elderly people waiting for replacements. If they are without a dog for a period, they can lose the mobility needed to complete training when a dog becomes available. We urgently need funds to change this situation. With twenty owner and dog partnerships qualified, we have proved we produce trained dogs to the very high standard required, at a price well below the norm. Please help us.

For further information on donating to this charity tel 01483 765556, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit their website at 

Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital

Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital are a specialist hospital, dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating all species of British wildlife using all available veterinary expertise.

Every year in Britain over five million wild animals and birds are injured as a direct result of their encounters with man's world. We care for sick and injured hedgehogs, badgers, wild birds, foxes, even reptiles and amphibians.

For further information on donating to this charity tel 01844 292511 or visit www.sttiggywinkles.org.uk.

Last Chance Animal Rescue

Registered Charity No. 1002349

Don’t leave it to chance... leave it to LAST CHANCE

As animals can’t speak for themselves it falls to me to ask you to consider leaving a legacy to Last Chance Animal Rescue. Any money that we may receive will be spent entirely on the running and improvement at the Centre, which is dedicated to the rescuing, rehabilitation and re-homing of dogs and cats etc.

Many of the number we receive have found their way to our door through circumstances such as their beloved owner passing away, may that door always be open.

Many are elderly, in their twilight years, and would just love to find a caring retirement home, something we have great success and pleasure in finding for them, and we continue to care for them, young and old, long after they are settled in their new loving homes, by offering all kinds of support, including financial if needed, for their continued welfare and well being.

As you can imagine this level of commitment doesn’t come cheaply, which is why I am appealing to you to remember Last Chance if possible, when you make your will. They do say where there’s a Will there’s a way!

For further information on donating to this charity visit their website www.lastchanceanimalrescue.co.uk or call the numbers below

Tel: Edenbridge (Rescue Centre & head office) 01732 865530

Tel: New Romney (Rescue Centre) 01797 366620

RCVS Knowledge

RCVS Knowledge is a charity that supports thousands of dedicated vets and vet nurses to deliver high-quality care to millions of animals around the world.

We provide veterinary professionals with knowledge and skills that help them save and improve the lives of all kinds of animals, using the latest and most reliable techniques.

We do this by providing free tools, resources and education; so that vets and vet nurses have the best available evidence to hand when they make decisions that can save and improve animals’ lives.

As a small charity with a big responsibility, we rely on donations to help us help veterinary professionals improve the care animals receive. If you are an animal owner or veterinary professional, the work we do matters to you.

For further information on donating to this charity tel 020 7202 0721 or visit www.rcvsknowledge.org.uk

The Horse Rescue Fund

Dedicated to the Rescue, Rehabilitation & Rehoming of all needy Horses, Donkeys & Ponies.

The main aim of the Horse Rescue Fund is to alleviate the suffering of any ill-treated or neglected equines, bring them back to health and, if possible, back into work and then place them on loan in approved homes. We never sell our rescued horses but we do most firmly believe that they are much more content and happier leading a useful and fulfilled life, with individual care and attention in a private home, rather than just standing in retirement for the rest of their lives. We have more than 100 horses, ponies and donkeys out in adoptive homes, with more to follow in their footsteps at present under rehabilitation at Woodstock Farm.

Many of our horses have gone on to compete most successfully, in many disciplines both locally and nationally. Quite often spectators do not even realise that they are watching rescued horses who have had a very poor and often traumatic earlier life.

For further information on donating to this charity tel 01502 679 191 or visit www.horserescuefund.org.uk.


We are a British based charity which raises funds worldwide for animal welfare organisations in Italy.

Throughout the years we have expressed our passion, determination and commitment in different operational areas and in the year ahead, we will be supporting over 30 Projects across Italy through:

  • Continued financial support of local/regional shelters
  • Outreach spay and neuter programmes and emergency field work
  • Provision of medicines, veterinary supplies, surgical equipment and rescue vehicles
  • Training for animal welfare professionals and volunteers
  • Educational programmes and awareness raising campaigns in schools
  • Environmental conservation projects for the benefit of birds and wild fauna

None of what we do could be done without your support. Your support tells us you care about our work and about the animals we love and protect.

AISPA - Working in Italy providing care and protection for thousands of animals

For further information on donating to this charity tel 01743 232 559 or visit www.aispa.org.uk

Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust

The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust (GHDT) was founded in 2002. With no tradition of horsemanship in The Gambia and a combination of poor management, high disease risk and poverty, farmers were investing comparatively large amounts of money for a working animal only for it to die, too often within six months. Not only was this causing further hardship for the farmers, it was also creating a serious animal welfare problem and the veterinary services did not have the infrastructure or finances to be able to help the farmers.

The aim of the GHDT is to reduce rural poverty in The Gambia through improving the health, welfare and productivity of working animals.

For further information on donating to this charity tel 01306 627568 or visit www.gambiahorseanddonkey.org.uk.


The New European Distressed Donkey Initiative is a non-profit making company, limited by guarantee. Established in 1990 it offers care and safety to donkeys within Britain and Europe at risk from neglect, cruelty or mal-treatment.

When BRACKEN arrived she had to be carried from the lorry – her feet were so painful that she had been “walking” on her knees for months. NEDDI was able to provide veterinary help.

She was with us for 15 years, and had to continue with pain-killers all that time but she enjoyed a happy retirement and died at the very old age of 56. BRIDIE had had her hooves cut off with an electric saw, and they were deformed to the end, but with NEDDI’s help she lived a peaceful and comfortable life.

These are just a few of the donkeys we have cared for in the past and continue to care for at our sanctuary and nearly every story has a happy ending.

In the last few years we have also been helping working donkeys in Kenya with medicaments and free road-side clinics.

We are a comparatively small organisation and every little donation or legacy helps enormously.

For further information on donating to this organisation tel 01208 816640 email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.neddi.org.

Hopefield Animal Sanctuary

Hopefield Animal Sanctuary is a animal rescue charity (reg. no 800211) who currently care for around 500 animals who have been rescued from abuse, abandonment and neglect. The sanctuary is based in Brentwood, Essex.

Hopefield cares for a variety of animals including seventy five horses and donkeys, cattle, pigs, rabbits and smaller animals, reptiles, birds and even some exotic animals such as tanuki and a skunk.

As a small charity Hopefield can only continue to perform the work it does because of the support by donors, supporters and volunteers.

For further information on donating to this charity tel 01277 201110 or visit either www.hopefield.org.uk.

British Chelonia Group

The BCG has been a Registered Charity for over 30 years, having grown from a small group of enthusiasts to become the leading charity in the UK promoting the care and conservation of chelonia. They have raised over half a million pounds for their appeals, supporting conservation projects and zoo initiatives all over the world, and have a worldwide membership.

They hold two symposia each year in different parts of the country, giving members and non-members alike the opportunity to listen to and meet experts such as vets, conservationists, zookeepers and experienced hobbyists.

The BCG have a network of regional groups holding regular meetings with talks and health checks for tortoises and terrapins. They produce free care sheets, bi-monthly newsletters and an annual journal for members. They also have re-homing and 'lost and found' services. All this is organised entirely by volunteers.

For further information on donating to this charity tel 01223 262783 or visit www.britishcheloniagroup.org.uk.

Hypo Hounds

Hypo Hounds trains dogs to save the lives of children with Type 1 Diabetes. Through scent detection, the dogs are trained to alert the parents/carers of the child when there are changes to the child’s blood glucose levels – preventing collapse, coma and potentially fatal consequences.

As well as early intervention this also then improves the long term health of the child putting them at low risk of long term complications later on in life. There is no cure for Type 1 Diabetes but we can help to improve the lives of these children one sniff at a time.

We receive no government funding or NHS funding.  We rely solely on donations and fundraising efforts from the public and legacies.

For further information on donating to this charity tel 01233 756 555 or visit www.hypohounds.co.uk.

Reg.Charity 1085403

The Owls Trust

The Owls Trust became a registered charity in 2001. We recognised that there was an urgent need for an organisation to rescue owls and birds of prey in North Wales. 

The Owls Trust is a small Charity and a Zoo based in Llandudno in North Wales but doing a very important job. Our mission statement is “Saving the world, one Owl at a time”. The Objects of the charity are Rescue and Rehabilitation (365 days a year) and Education and Conservation of some of the rarest owls in the world. We hold the most comprehensive collection of owls on display in the UK and it is entirely free for the public to visit every day.

We rely on public generosity and support to continue our work in the care and rehabilitation of these owls as we receive no public funding. The centre receives many sick and injured birds and we have also become home to many captive bred owls. These were unwanted, abandoned, ill-treated or even confiscated by the authorities. Some of them require long term veterinary care.

Our education visits to schools and colleges are very popular. We tailor these to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum. The Owls Trust provides a very personal experience for the youngsters, many of whom may be meeting an owl for the very first time. 

For further information on donating to this charity tel 01492 870719 or visit www.theowlstrust.org.

Three Counties Dog Rescue (Reg.Charity 1170606)

Our mission is to accept, care for and find homes for unwanted, lost and stray dogs.

Three Counties Dog Rescue has successfully re-homed over 7000 dogs and cats since its formation in 1972. All our animals are neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped before re-homing.

Before re-homing takes place we ensure that the dog or cat will be kept in suitable conditions.

We have to raise £200,000 every year to cover veterinary fees as well as the kennel management and maintenance costs. We have a non destruction policy and never put down a healthy dog. However this means that we can incur large veterinary costs to maintain a dog's health while they await a new permanent home. As part of our non-destruction policy some elderly animals are kept in long term foster homes.

The Rescue is run entirely by voluntary and unpaid helpers and every penny raised goes directly to improving the lives of our dogs and cats.

Other costs including travel, transport, telephone and website are met by our volunteers.

For further information on donating to this charity tel 01778 440318 or visit www.threecountiesdogrescue.org.

Forever Hounds Trust

We have been rescuing, caring for and homing greyhounds and lurchers for 23 years. These beautiful dogs find themselves in our care for many reasons, but they all need our help and we want to always be here for them.

By remembering Forever Hounds Trust in your Will, you are helping us towards the day when every greyhound and lurcher can enjoy a safe, happy future.

Gifts in Wills significantly increase the support we are able to give even more dogs.

Gifts have already enabled us to find 10,000 dogs their forever homes, ensured safe refuge in kennels or foster homes, provided essential vet care, rescued dogs from desperate situations, and provided expert behavioural support.

Our vital work is only possible through the kindness of those who leave us a gift in their Will. Please remember us in your Will and ensure that we are there to help thousands more dogs who would otherwise face an uncertain future.

For further information on donating to this charity tel 03000 125 125 or visit their website www.foreverhoundstrust.org.

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Swan Lifeline

Swan Lifeline is the oldest registered charity devoted entirely to the care of sick and injured swans. Originally operating from private homes, in 1992 Eton College granted us a lease on Cuckoo Weir Island. There we have a rescue HQ and treatment centre with veterinary quality ICU, treatment room, specialist bird bath and staff accommodation. Outside we have covered ponds and pens and if necessary can care for 180 swans.

The whole site has recently been renovated and work is continuing to resurface the ponds. Over the years our trained staff have rescued, treated and re-habilitated many thousands of swans and returned them to the wild.

Our work is possible only through donations, legacies and support from the general public our sponsors trustees and volunteers.

For further information on donating to this charity tel 01753 859397 or visit www.swanlifeline.org.uk

Suffolk Owl Sanctuary

Established as a registered charity in 2001, the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary operates a comprehensive facility for the care & rehabilitation of wild owls and other birds of prey and the promotion of their conservation throughout the UK and beyond.

As a charity, the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary relies entirely on donations and legacies to help fund the upkeep of the centre and the variety of free services it offers. These include the maintenance of our bird of prey hospital which treats and helps recuperate injured wild raptors so they can be returned fit and flying free back to their natural habitat; the maintenance a network of 290 man-made nesting sites for wild owls in areas where natural nesting sites have been depleted; the provision of free educational resources to schools and the distribution of our “Saving Britain’s Owls” literature.

Through many and varied conservation & education projects, our underlying aim is to spread the word about the vital importance of preserving our native birds of prey & the ecological balance they help to maintain.

Your help is always tremendously appreciated as every penny the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary receives makes a world of difference and a difference to our world!

For further information on donating to this charity tel 03456 807 897 or visit www.owl-help.org.uk

Heartbeat Home For Horses

Many hundreds of horses every year face an uncertain future when their careers come to an end. They come to us from all walks of equine life; ex-racehorses, riding horses, or ponies just being discarded when their "useful" life is over.

Our Aim

The Heartbeat Home for Horses Limited is a registered charity for retired horses, whose aim is to care for horses who otherwise would face a very uncertain future. Our aim is to provide a lifeline for these needy, homeless animals, allowing them to relax in comfortable surroundings in retirement, with lots of tender loving care.

  • Heartbeat horses are often large, 16hh+ - it can be difficult to find a retirement home for them
  • Heartbeat Horses are NOT re-educated, or re-homed, or adopted
  • Heartbeat Horses retire to enjoy a good quality of life
  • Heartbeat will not put a healthy horse to sleep
  • We need to expand, due to the long waiting list of horses waiting to retire, or worse
  • We have CCTV in the stables, to monitor horses who are unwell

Many of Heartbeat guests would not be alive today, if they had not been able to retire to the Heartbeat Home for Horses.

For further information on donating to this charity tel 01394 775 495 or visit their website www.heartbeathorses.co.uk

Willows Animal Sanctuary

Willows Animal Sanctuary is the largest, ethically managed, equine, farm and domestic animal sanctuary in Scotland and will try to help any animal in distress.

We operate a strict no kill policy and only euthanise an animal on veterinary advice. We look after over 450 animals including over 100 horses, ponies and donkeys, approximately 65 cats and dogs and many reptiles as well as over 200 farm animals and birds.

We are very dependent on donations, legacies and grants from benevolent organizations to keep the sanctuary running. Unlike larger charities we have no reserves of money and are always desperately short of funds.

We specialise in helping elderly or more vulnerable animals that have already been refused help by well-known large national charities, but we can only continue to help needy animals with your support!

For further information on donating to this charity tel 01771 653 112 or visit their website www.willowsanimals.com

SongBird Survival

SongBird Survival is an independent, UK-wide bird charity that funds research into the alarming decline in Britain’s much cherished songbirds.

With your support we hope to draw attention to the plight of our small birds and find solutions to restore their numbers.

Your gift is vital to fund our expanding research and education programme and to continue the fight to save our songbirds.

How your donation will help future generations

Songbirds numbers are a good reflection of the health of wildlife in the wider countryside.

Our research and education programme will help to preserve and protect small birds for the benefit of our children and grandchildren.

Without your help we may not be able to reverse the current decline of many species

For further information on donating to this charity tel 01379 641715 or visit either www.songbird-survival.org.uk.


Friends of the Animals

Friends of the Animals have been improving the lives of animals for over 27 years - from Burnley to the Isle of Wight and from Norfolk to Wales.

Our aims are to:

  • Offer a subsidised Spaying and Neutering scheme.
  • To rehome animals that come into our care.
  • To support over 460 animals at a sanctuary in the Midlands.
  • To give educational talks on the care of pets
  • To offer support for members of the public in the care of their pets.

We have also:

  • Spayed / neutered more than 34,000 animals
  • Rehomed over 8,800 animals
  • And we provide veterinary treatment for almost 4,000 animals every year.

For further information on donating to this charity tel 01983 522511 or visit their website www.friendsoftheanimals.co.uk.





Buttercups Sanctuary for Goats

Buttercups Sanctuary for Goats is a sanctuary in Kent who care for abused, neglected and needy goats. They are the only registered charity in the UK who care solely for the welfare of goats.

They rescue abandoned, abused and neglected goats and also help animals simply in need of a new home whose owners can no longer care for them or who have been left alone after the death of companion goats. They also help improve the knowledge and education about goat welfare nationwide.

For further information on donating to this charity tel 01622 746420 or visit www.buttercups.org.uk.