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Getting pets back on their paws

How Wood Green turns homeless pets' lives around

Every year, Wood Green’s dedicated teams work tirelessly to provide safe shelter, specialist care, and a brighter future for thousands of dogs, cats and small pets. Many have been abandoned and neglected, leaving them with serious medical conditions and complex behavioural issues. But we’re here to provide the care and rehabilitation they need – and a second chance at happiness.

Whatever the reason for a pet coming to us, we don’t turn them away. And we never judge anyone for giving up their pet or turning to us for support. Because at Wood Green our priority is to help every animal, no matter what their background or how challenging their care may be.

How we helped Harry

Harry sitting in his pen after arrival

Harry was brought to Wood Green on a bitterly cold December day after being found abandoned in a heart-breaking condition. Harry’s leg was broken and causing lots of pain. His skin was sore from infection and scabby from scratching. And he was shivering, as his fur was all but gone. Judging from his condition, he had probably been on his own for weeks.

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Harry sitting in his pen after arrival

How we helped Harry

Harry was brought to Wood Green on a bitterly cold December day after being found abandoned in a heart-breaking condition. Harry’s leg was broken and causing lots of pain. His skin was sore from infection and scabby from scratching. And he was shivering, as his fur was all but gone. Judging from his condition, he had probably been on his own for weeks.

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What happens when a pet arrives at Wood Green

When any animal is brought into our care, our top priority is their health. We give them a thorough check and treatment for any medical issues or injuries. For some, this could mean urgent, life-saving surgery.

And rescuing a pet is just the start of their journey. From nurses and vets to behavioural specialists and animal care staff, we have the expertise to give each pet the very best support – every step of the way.

Specialist care, every step of the way

Some of the animals we care for arrive with us very anxious or scared, or with other behavioural needs. This is where our behavioural and training specialists step in, alongside our most experienced animal carers and handlers, to see how we can help each pet get back on their paws.

Our dedicated teams work together to map out an individual plan for every pet’s care. This can include shelter, medical treatment, behavioural therapy and fostering, all to get each pet to our ultimate goal of a new home.

Whilst we don’t want to keep animals at our centre any longer than necessary, we always make sure they are ready before we start to rehome them. And beyond life at Wood Green, we are here to support pet owners with any advice they need too.

The difference we make

4,269

Pets brought into our care in 2019/20

250

Veterinary procedures completed each week

145

Queries our pet advice and support team answer every day

Our services that help pets and owners

Wood Green’s centre is based in Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire, with accommodation for 72 dogs, 123 cats, and over 200 small animals, as well as a dedicated veterinary surgery, exercise and training space, and even old offices converted into ‘homes’ to help strays and nervous pets get ready to be rehomed! This is where a lot of our work happens, but there is so much more that goes on beyond the centre. For example, there’s our Pet Collection service which covers Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and North London.

We also have a passionate team of 150 fosterers on hand to give a temporary home to pets while they wait for their forever home. For pets who are especially vulnerable and struggle with life at our centre, this extra comfort and undivided attention is invaluable and helps us care for more animals than our kennels and cattery on their own.

How we find the perfect owner

Once a pet is ready for their next home, our rehoming team is ready to look for the right owner. And because many of the dogs in our care have been through much more than your average pet, we’re looking for more than your pet average owner.

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