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About Wood Green

From humble beginnings in 1924 and the subsequent headquarter move from London to Cambridgeshire, Wood Green, The Animals Charity in Godmanchester has become one of the largest pet rehoming centres in Europe for the care of dogs, cats and smalls pets, as well as offering dedicated support services to pet owners. The charity takes in unwanted and lost pets, provides shelter and care, finds secure and loving homes, provides advice and guidance to pet owners and increases public awareness of responsible pet ownership. Thousands of pets are rehomed every year and up to 500 pets can be in their care at any one time. Wood Green, The Animals Charity relies on donations from the public that help support their work.

Chris Bennett

Community Support Officer at Wood Green

“Last year, Wood Green’s Outreach program supported the neutering of more than 230 pets in our local community. Neutering can have many health benefits to pets, such as lessening the risk of preventable conditions like pyometra, and can manage pet numbers by reducing the number of unplanned pregnancies.

This program means the charity can be here to educate, guide and practically support people to responsibly neuter their pets though financial assistance, transport to veterinary practices and breaking down other barriers they may be experiencing. 

In the next few years, due to the dramatic increase in the pet population and the financial insecurity of some pet owners, we expect to see even more need to support responsible neutering in our local community. Thanks to the incredible donation from BISSELL Pet Foundation, we can help even more pets get neutered.”

Facts about Wood Green

  • Founded in 1924, we are a national charity dedicated to improving pet welfare in the UK and beyond.
  • Our 43-acre headquarters in Cambridgeshire is one of the largest rehoming centres in Europe and is very eco-friendly.
  • This centre is also the filming location for Channel 4’s ‘The Dog House’.
  • Our vision is of a world where all pets are well cared for in loving homes for life.
  • We care for and rehome thousands of dogs, cats, rabbits, hens, ferrets and other small animals every year.
  • We promote and protect responsible pet ownership by providing non-judgmental advice, support and guidance to pet owners within their local communities and in homes.
  • We promote good animal welfare and responsible pet ownership through education in schools, local communities and our award-winning website.
  • By increasing public awareness of our responsibility towards animals in society, we aim to prevent animal suffering and to reduce the number of pets becoming homeless in the UK.
  • Educating people to choose the right pet for their lifestyle ensures more pets and owners stay together for life.
  • We are recognised innovators, setting national standards in animal welfare.
  • We campaign for change in partnership with other national charities on issues such as the Dangerous Dog Act and compulsory microchipping.
  • We do not receive any Government or Lottery funding, so we rely entirely on the support of the general public.
  • Wood Green has 21 charity shops throughout East Anglia.

Meet Wood Green

Meet Wood Green