Over 350 cats and dogs rehomed each year

Over 350 cats and dogs rehomed each year

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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.

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.

Animal Rescue Cumbria
Re-homing animals since 1972

Based on a rural site near Kendal in Cumbria, Animal Rescue Cumbria has grown from its humble beginnings in 1972 into a well-established Charity, which rescues and re-homes some 300 dogs, cats and kittens each year.

We offer a secure and caring environment for animals whose owners, for whatever reason, are unable to care for them any longer, and help our animals to find permanent, loving homes.

Some of our residents need rehabilitation before moving to their forever home, and our experienced Animal Care Team work hard to give them the second chance that they deserve.

None of this can happen without your help! We rely on the generosity of volunteers and other supporters within our community to carry on this vital work. There are lots of ways you can help, such as re-homing or fostering an animal, offering your time in one of our volunteer roles, supporting our shop, or making a donation.

We adopted Milo in October and he’s been an amazing dog!! He’s settled so well and the animal rescue shelter has been amazing! Ellie was super friendly and was very helpful to the questions we had for him!

This shelter has been by far the best around and they truly look after all the pets to find good homes!
Samantha Smith

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Thank You, Kong!

March 21, 2024|Comments Off on Thank You, Kong!

We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Kong, who made a generous donation of £3,231 to the Shelter. As you can see from these photos of cats and dogs in our care, they [...]

Petplan Charitable Trust

January 2, 2021|Comments Off on Petplan Charitable Trust

We are thrilled to announce that Petplan Charitable Trust has awarded us an amazing £20,000 grant towards the fit-out of the  Education Hub within the planned new Shelter development!  The Hub will enable us to do so [...]