As an independent charity we rely on your generous support to enable us to continue to help people and animals.

There are many ways you can help...


£5 will feed a cat for a week
£10 will buy a microchip for a dog
£25 will vaccinate a dog
£35 will neuter a cat
£75 will neuter a dog



Helping as a volunteer with the day-to-day care of the cats and dogs is a great way to get involved and really make a difference but there are other ways you can support the animals here at Animal Rescue Cumbria too.


Perhaps you'd like to buy our animals a gift? We have an Amazon Wishlist which is full of goodies needed by the dogs and cats in care - find it here:


Get yourself one of 5 fabulous designs of canvas tote bags from UK outdoor retailer, Mountain Warehouse. As the lucky chosen charity of the Bowness store we will receive 100% of the profits from each bag sold at that store to help our animals. For more information head to

You can even support us buy making a purchase of a beautifully presented book from Megland Books. There are 5 children's books in the series which tell the story of Labrador, Meg. When you buy a book online using the link 10% of your payment is generously donated by the author, Kathryn Queen, to help the animals in our care. Or by supporting us financially you can make a positive contribution to the shelter and the animals' wellbeing!

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What our Lottery Winners Say!

Linda Mizen - Dalton in Furness

"I play the lottery to support animal rescue in the fantastic work they do. My two wonderful cats came to me from there, and I like to feel I can give something back to help save other animals and find them new homes."

Don Morris - Ings, Kendal

"I first became aware of Kapellan when we rescued Keltie, a bearded collie cross, from them in 1985. Possibly the best dog I ever had. I was a fan of AW anyway and I was obsessed with his books and was pleased the revenues from his book sales went to the rescue centre. Eventually the liaison that occurred between the Wainwright Society and Kapellan seemed a natural happening. On the day of the Society visit last year to inaugurate its sponsorship of one of the animal cages I was delighted to pick up a form for the lottery. I have won a couple of times but the important thing is that most of my money goes to fund such a well deserving cause."

Kerry Beastall - Kendal

"I entered the lottery due to my love of animals I wanted somewhere local to support and so decided on Animal Rescue Cumbria. You all do a fantastic Job keep up the great work."

Wendy Henson - Leyland, Lancashire

"I have always had rescue dogs and I prefer to support the smaller rescue centres as more of the money raised gets to the animals compared to the larger charities. I was looking for a new dog to do agility with and spotted Cleo on your website in February 2014.She was perfectly described as "lively" but sweet natured. She loves agility! I usually try and continue supporting my dogs’ rescuers. The lottery is one way of doing this."

Clive & Brenda Lythgoe - Morecombe

"We don't live in Cumbria but we knew about "Kapellan" and AW's concern for animals through following his footsteps over the fells for many years. We had always thought that the Animal Rescue Cumbria would be well funded because of the Wainwright connection. Consequently we were very surprised to hear that this wasn't the case and the shelter was really struggling to find the money to care for its animals. Even though volunteers freely give their time to run the shelter, the food, vet's bills and accommodation, etc. all have to be paid for. The Unity lottery seemed an excellent way of providing a steady source of income which would help the centre with its day-to-day running costs and enable planning for the future with more confidence."

Animal Rescue Cumbria

 The Wainwright Shelter
Near Kendal
Cumbria LA8 9BS

Registered Charity number: 1153737

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