So far this year 
we've found new homes for
246 cats
110 dogs!

Pet Advice




Welcome to Animal Rescue Cumbria

Re-homing animals since 1972


As restrictions are eased across the country we are pleased to announce that on Monday 6th July our dedicated team of animal carers will all be returning to work.  This means we will be able gradually to re-introduce our adoption service which will include various social distancing measures to keep staff and adopters safe.  We will be taking things slowly to ensure that the protocols we have put in place are sufficient and effective.  All of our cats and dogs who are ready for homing when we re-open will have their profiles updated on this page.

We are looking forward to welcoming our wonderful volunteers back to some of the roles they fulfil and will contact our existing team with further updates on this.

Our Pre-Loved for Pets Shop at the shelter is still closed for browsing for now but is back up and running via our shop Facebook page and eBay shop  We ask that all items are paid for via Paypal prior to collection.  Items can be collected either from the shelter at Grayrigg or from Staveley with pre-arranged time slots to ensure the safety of our staff and buyers.  Postage via Royal Mail can also be arranged at an additional cost.  We are now able to accept donations of pet items up at the shelter providing no-one in the household donating items has been tested positive for coronavirus or is showing symptoms.  Unfortunately we aren’t able to accept towels, sheets, blankets, pillows or duvets.

Our staff and trustees have been overwhelmed and humbled by the amazing support the charity has received during the coronavirus crisis.  We have gratefully received many online donations and have so many wonderful new treats and toys for our cats and dogs from our Amazon Wishlist.  We can’t ever thank you all enough for helping us get through this very difficult time.

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

  • Our pet cabin will remain CLOSED until further notice.

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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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