Last year 
we found new homes for
197 cats
132 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

  • Do They Know It's Christmas?
    Make sure they do when you buy a cat or dog at Animal Rescue Cumbria a Christmas dinner! Just £5 will buy a meal that will help to make their Christmas as special as yours.

  • Christmas is coming...
     And our charity Christmas cards are now on sale at £4.50 per pack (10 cards in each).
     We have 7 fabulous dog/cat designs available.
     Available to post out (postage cost must be paid) email

  • Our Preloved for Pets Cabin will be open this Sunday 20th January from 11am until 3pm. Come up to the shelter car park and check out all our Christmas goodies for sale!
    We have lots of preloved pet items for sale and all proceeds raised help the animals in our care. Follow us and watch out for bargains:

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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

Animal Rescue Cumbria - image of our much loved mascot