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Help neglected pets like Winnie

Winnie has a traumatic past. This three-year-old Lhasa Apso was found abandoned and neglected, her fur matted and crawling with fleas.

Winnie’s fur had fused to her skin

Winnie was found alone near some outbuildings, where she had probably been for weeks. Her fur was so badly matted that it had fused to the skin and she could hardly walk. A kind member of the public brought her to Woodgreen and we immediately took her to surgery.

We had to use clippers and scissors to get past the tough matted fur. And once the team was through the worst, they spent an hour shaving back the rest of the thick mass of fur. You could see the instant relief on Winnie’s face. Next, we gave her a warm medicated bath to soothe her skin and encourage the hair to start growing back.

Winne The Dog Before Transformation

Here for homeless pets like Winnie

Our experienced team worked hard to help Winnie, both physically and mentally, so she was ready to trust humans again and look for a new forever home. We're seeing more and more abandoned pets - and we'll never turn them away.


£45 could cover the daily costs of looking after a dog like Winnie.


£8 a month could pay for a pet’s essential first vaccinations before they’re rehomed.

Time to look for her new forever home

We began our search for the perfect match, someone who could give Winnie the best chance of happiness. Winnie needed a peaceful home where she would get plenty of attention and love. During the filming of The Dog House, we introduced her to Lauren who was looking for a loyal companion to bring some happiness to her life.

It was a bit of a nervous start for Winnie in the Meeting Pen. Some dogs love anybody that shows them affection, but others hold themselves back until they build that trust. Winnie needed extra time to sniff around before making her way to Lauren who was patiently waiting for her. After some gentle encouragement, it was a delight to see her little tail wagging. She even took some treats from Lauren’s hand.

“Winnie is a confident, sassy, loveable sweetheart. She loves cuddling on the sofa in the evenings and going for long, muddy walks in the forest. She is my absolute best friend, partner in crime and shadow. I don’t know what I would do without her funny little personality and quirky ways.”

Lauren, Winnie's owner


Strays were given the love and care they desperately needed last year.


Dog walks taken every year by our rehoming staff and volunteers - that's 165 a day!


Pets taken in and cared for by our expert team in a typical year. Alongside dogs and cats, we help rehome chickens, rabbits and rodents.

Why support Woodgreen?

Ever since we first opened our doors in north London in 1924, we’ve been transforming pets’ lives – and through them, the lives of owners. From those humble beginnings we’ve grown into one of the UK’s largest pet charities and our Godmanchester base is one of the largest animal rehoming centres in Europe.

Last year we cared for 4,269 dogs, cats, chickens, rabbits and rodents in our centre. And alongside our animal care and rehoming, we helped thousands of pet owners with advice, support and training so they can give their pet everything they need.

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