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The Blue Cross is an animal welfare charity which exists to foster the bonds of friendship between people and animals, relieve the suffering of animals who have been injured, extend and promote pet-ownership, and add to the quality of human life.

The Blue Cross receives no government funding at all, and is entirely dependent on voluntary donations for its vital work. There is a variety of ways to raise money for them (e.g. stalls at fairs, raffles, jumble sales, sponsored events) please contact:

The Blue Cross
Home Close Farm, Shilton Road
Burford, Oxon, OX18 4PF
Tel: 01993 822651

Established in 1860, the Battersea Dogs Home is one of the UK’s best-known animal charities, and caters for cats as well as dogs. Their main speciality is taking in animals that had owners who couldn’t or wouldn’t look after them and re-housing them in permanent homes with loving owners for the rest of their lives.

Financial support is always welcome, but there are many other ways to help too: donation of blankets to keep the animals warm, holding sponsored events, or just putting a collection box in your workplace. Please get in touch for more information.

Battersea Dogs Home
4 Battersea Park Road
London, SW8 4AA
Tel: 020 7622 6451

Founded in 1927, they are the UK’s oldest and largest cat charity, with 14 purpose built shelters and over 240 voluntary branches throughout the UK who between them rescue and re-home some 75,000 cats a year one every 7 minutes.
All of their voluntary Branches and Headquarters Shelters welcome extra help in all aspects of their work. Whether it is for a few hours every month or a regular weekly commitment, they’d love to hear from you. To find out, please call them or visit.

Cats Protection
17 Kings Road, Horsham
West Sussex , RH13 5PN
Helpline: 01403 221919

The Dogs Trust formerly known as the National Canine Defence League (NCDL) is the UK's largest dog welfare charity. Formed over 100 years ago, their aim is to protect and defend all dogs from abuse, cruelty, abandonment and any form of mistreatment, both in the UK and abroad. They seek to achieve this aim through a nationwide network of rescue centres, education, advocacy work and welfare campaigns.

You can help the Dogs Trust by donating money, food, blankets, toys for the dogs or by becoming a dog walker or a fundraiser. Please get in touch for more information.

Dogs Trust (National Canine Defence League)
17 Wakley Street
London, EC1V 7RQ
Tel: 0171 837 0006

The PDSA exists to care for pet animals when they are ill or injured and their owners cannot afford private vets’ fees. Without the PDSA (People's Dispensary for Sick Animals) hundreds of thousands of people across Britain would have nowhere to go when their pet is ill or has an accident.

You can help the PDSA by donating your time, your money, or both! Apart from donations, they have a large voluntary staff workforce that always needs more recruits please contact them if you can help.

People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals
Whitechapel Way, Priorslee Telford
Shropshire, TF2 9PQ
Tel: 01952 290999

The Scottish SPCA is Scotland's leading animal welfare organisation and exists to prevent cruelty to all animals and to promote kindness and humanity in their treatment. The Society's network of 14 Animal Welfare Centres cared for over 17,000 animals during 1998. The large, the small, the cute, the distinctive - all with different characters, but each one needing a loving home. Contact your local Centre to meet your new best friend.

Scottish SPCA
Braehead Mains
603 Queensferry Road
Edinburgh EH4 6EA
Tel: 0131 339 0222

Wood Green Animal Shelters has been caring for and rehoming animals for 75 years. From its early days the charity has set standards in animal care and every year over 80% of the animals brought in are found new homes. The charity relies entirely on public donations to continue its work. You can help by making a donation, remembering the shelters in your will, becoming a member, volunteer or supporter, and by adopting or sponsoring an animal.

Wood Green Animal Shelters
London Road, Godmanchester
Cambs. PE18 8LJ
Tel: 01480 830 014

The NAWT was founded in 1971 to rescue and rehome abandoned, ill-treated and unwanted animals, mostly cats and dogs but also farm animals and some wildlife. They are helped at the Trust's two main Rescue Centres in Watford and Somerset. They are totally dependent on the public for the funds to continue this valuable work. Please contact them about donations, 'Give As-You-Earn', donating unwanted goods for sale to raise funds, and many other ways to help.

National Animal Welfare Trust
Tyler’s Way, Watford Bypass
Watford, Herts. WD2 8HQ
Tel: 020 8950 8215

Founded in 1824, The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is the oldest animal welfare organisation in the world. Today the RSPCA has 309 inspectors investigating 100,000 cruelty complaints per year.

Causeway, Horsham
West Sussex, RH12 1HG
Tel: 0870 333 5 999

Script updated: January 1st 2023

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