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

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.

The Coronavirus has already had a significant effect on our community and the way that we operate.  At Animal Rescue Cumbria our staff, volunteers and, of course, our beloved animals are of utmost important to us, as is our relationship with our valued partners and supporters. The current Coronavirus situation has forced us to make some changes in the way we operate:

- Sadly, we have had to close our doors to our wonderful volunteers who generously give their time cuddling cats, walking dogs and helping maintain the high standards in our kennels and cattery. This is to protect their health and reduce unnecessary travel to the Wainwright Shelter. We will strive to communicate to them on a regular basis.

- Most of our small team of dedicated staff continue to work, but at a reduced level and with strict protocols to ensure their safety.

- We have reluctantly decided to cease our rehoming service in order to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus within our community.

- We are no longer able to accept animals to the shelter for the same reason; however, we are committed to helping those animals in the most urgent and critical situations; to this end, we are developing a home fostering programme and will announce details shortly.

- We have closed the shop at Grayrigg, and our online shop will now also cease trading.  We can no longer accept donation of 'pre-loved' pet items, but please save them for us as we shall have great need of them in the future.We will continue to provide support and advice over the telephone and via email. We will strive to do the best we can using the limited resources we have to hand. Please call 01539 824293 for any general enquiries or email

- Sadly, we have had to cancel events and public open days and fundraising efforts for the time being.

- We are putting extra effort into keeping in touch, through extended use of our website, social media pages and email blogs, with all those who generously support the Charity.

As a Charity that relies solely on the generosity of supporters within our community, the measures we have taken will impact on our income and we now need the help of our community more than ever.  If you wish to donate, our Amazon wish list is full of items we need, and they can be delivered straight to our door without your having to travel. Our website has a donation page where you can donate from the safety of your own home and we are still able to take cheques in the post.
Please keep an eye on our website home, our email blogs and our Facebook page for the latest information from Animal Rescue Cumbria.
Thank you for your continued support.

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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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Animal Rescue Cumbria

 The Wainwright Shelter
Near Kendal
Cumbria LA8 9BS

Registered Charity number: 1153737

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