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: 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
  • *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.


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.

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


DONATE.pngHelp us to reduce the amount of unwanted and abandoned animals in our local area and support our local communities.

You have been so supportive of Warrington Animal Welfare but we are asking you again to help to raise £12,000 to set up an on-site neutering clinic, so we can help save more lives.
WAW is a community based, local, independent animal rescue charity and receives no Government funding, we believe that neutering (spaying / castrating) a pet is the best way to protect pets and improve the welfare of the wider cat and dog population.
Each year 1,000s of unwanted cats, dogs and rabbits end of in rescue centres, live miserable lives on the streets or end up suffering a painful death.
The volume or unwanted animals are pushing rescues to breaking point and each year, despite our best efforts it seems to be getting worse – kitten season in 2018, was the worse we had seen, despite our on-going efforts to neuter cats across our communities.
Every year we are have litters of kittens born in sheds, skips or backs of abandoned vehicles.  Dogs thrown from moving cars and puppies dumped at the side of the road.
Every year we are dealing with kittens dumped in carrier bags and left to die – this has to stop!
Our goal is to prevent unwanted litters by helping those people who are unable to afford private veterinary fees by opening an on-site neutering clinic. 

We are looking to do the project in three phases:

  • PHASE 1 – setting up the clinic, buying the equipment, creating a clinic space and working with the volunteer vets and vet nurses. 
  • PHASE 2 – pilot the clinic to ensure smooth running, initially looking after animals that come into the care of WAW and working with other small, independent local charities. 
  • PHASE 3 – opening the service up to our local communities, providing a free / low cost neutering service for pets belonging to owners who cannot afford private veterinary fees (this includes owners on benefits, a low income e.g. people working part time, students and pensioners). 

Your donation would go towards:

Your donation, no matter the amount, would mean a lot to us and the animals is saves from a miserable life.
Your donation will be used to set up the clinic and to help with on-going running costs.  As you can imagine, we will need the correct equipment for the job, the list of what we need is extensive but includes; monitoring equipment, anaesthesia, spay kits, ET tubes, operating table, walk on scales, dental machines, dental kits, heat pads, fridge, clippers, trolley, lighting, consumables e.g. and much more! 
Your donation will not be used to pay for any salaries, as we have vets and vet nurses who are donating their time for free. 

What this would mean to WAW and the local community…

Having the on-site clinic would relived pressure on the charities precious and limited resources – saving both time and money.
These resources could be used to do work else-where, such as in education on responsible pet ownership in our communities and allowing us to do more rescue and rehome of vulnerable animals.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and if you would like any more information email

Posted: 21/03/2019 01:42:17 by Warrington Animal Welfare | with 0 comments

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