The future of WAW – rescue and rehoming during a pandemic

rescue rabbit, kitten, dogs, tabby cat with his leg splinted and wearing a cone, Old Jack Russell Terrier looking at the camera with his ball

The last year has meant that we have had to change the way we worked to comply with Government COVID restrictions, and as these restrictions ease, we have reassessed how the charity works and how we can move forward, providing even better care for animals in our care. 

Despite the restrictions of the last year, WAW has continued to operate and help animals in need. Between March 2020 – March 2021, we have taken in:

  • 647 Cats & Kittens
  • 192 Dogs & Puppies
  • 115 Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
  • 100s of Ex-battery Hens and Chickens
  • Plus, the odd Tortoise, Ferrets and Rat

"In February alone, over a two-week period, we rescued 37 dogs, cats, and rabbits from four very difficult and sensitive situations, and this was in addition to our normal intake.   In all four rescue cases, WAW stepped in when larger, heavily funded charities did not act."

Before they find new homes, all these animals will get the veterinary care they need to get them back to health, and will be neutered, chipped, and vaccinated.

This is a lot more than we would have done on a average, year!

With this success in mind and with Covid still prevalent in our communities, from 19 July 2021 we will:

  • Continue to operate an ‘appointment only’ system for animal meetings, pet surrenders, vet clinics etc.
  • Take applications to adopt through the website (those who are not online can continue to call to inquire about adoption).
  • Accept donations at the rehoming centre, any day between 9-4pm, no appointment needed.

We may review these changes in the coming months, but we hope that people understand why we have taken this decision, as it means that we can keep you, our staff and our volunteers safe as well as use our limited resources better, freeing up time to devote more time to rescues, rehabilitation, community neuters and rehoming.

Thank you for your support!
Over the past year our supporters have been amazing, and we could not have got through it without them.  WAW does not receive any Government funding and relies on public support alone.  If you would like to donate to help us to help more animals in needs, visit our donation page.