So far this year 
we've found new homes for
188 cats
83 dogs!

Pet Advice




Welcome to Animal Rescue Cumbria

Re-homing animals since 1972

From humble beginnings in 1972 Animal Rescue Cumbria has grown and these days is a well-established rescue which takes in and rehomes over 300 dogs, cats and kittens every year.
The animals we take in are unwanted or lost and homeless. We provide a secure and caring environment and help all our animals adapt and find permanent, loving new homes. We also provide support and guidance for pet owners and do educational work to increase awareness of the responsibility we all have towards animals and their welfare.
We can’t do this without your help! There are lots of ways you can be involved, like rehoming an animal, volunteering your time or making a donation.

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Our Mission

To take in unwanted and lost cats and dogs, provide a secure and caring environment and to help all our animals adapt and find permanent, loving new homes. To provide support and guidance for pet owners and increase the public’s awareness of their responsibility towards animals.

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Our Purpose

Animal Rescue Cumbria’s trustees, staff, volunteers and supporters do this by:

  • Providing the best possible care for animals in our shelter;
  • Offering enrichment opportunities to help animals adapt to different environments;
  • Providing lifelong support for owners and their new pets;
  • Promoting good animal welfare and responsible pet ownership by providing support, guidance and education to members of the public in Cumbria and beyond;
  • Valuing each other (trustees, staff, volunteers, supporters and partners); and
  • Being entrepreneurial and pursuing diverse income streams in order to survive and prosper.

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Latest News & Events

    Finance Officer (0.5 FTE) Salary Scale: £22,000 - £25,000 (pro rata)
    Animal Rescue Cumbria is seeking an enthusiastic and committed Finance Officer to manage the Charity's financial transactions, including those of a newly established Charity Shop in Kendal. Ideally, you will have experience in managing charity accounts, including Gift Aid, retail and VAT. This is a new role, developed to help support the vital work of the Shelter as it grows and develops new income streams. The Charity is at an exciting stage in its development, expanding its activities and staffing in order to ensure its sustainability for the future. A full-time role may be available in due course.
    For further information and an application form, please contact Marion Yates, Interim General Manager, at
    Closing Date: 25 November 2020

  • Our Pre-loved for Pets Shop is now open for pet supplies!  Visit us at 2-3 Beezon Road trading Estate in Kendal.

    Opening hours:
    Tues-Fri 09:30 - 15:30
    Sat 09:30 - 15:00
    Sun-Mon - Closed

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Some of our new furry friends!

Animal Rescue Cumbria

 The Wainwright Shelter
Near Kendal
Cumbria LA8 9BS

Registered Charity number: 1153737

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