The aims of Animal Samaritans are to rescue, provide care and shelter for unwanted, abandoned, neglected or ill-treated animals and to provide new homes for them wherever possible. To assist owners of pets to meet veterinary fees where owners are unable to meet such fees themselves.
The AWF was founded with a generous legacy from Colleen Macleod to improve the welfare of all animals through veterinary science, education and debate. It was set up by vets who, concerned about a whole raft of issues concerning animal welfare, had a vision of how they could alleviate unnecessary pain and suffering in all animals including farm animals, wild animals and pets. Our aim is for all animals to have good physical health and mental wellbeing.
The British Hen Welfare Trust is a charity set up to educate the public about laying hen welfare. We are now in our 12th year.
Best known for our re-homing initiative, we have found pet homes for over 550,000 commercial laying hens destined for slaughter since being established in 2005. Jane Howorth, the Trust’s Founder, was moved by a Panorama documentary in 1977 which illustrated the stark conditions inside battery cages, and the remit from the outset was to be pragmatic in educating consumers whilst supporting the British egg industry.
Buttercups first began when Bob and Valerie Hitch agreed to take two unwanted goats into care in 1989. A few months later, an RSPCA inspector asked if they could accept another goat in need of urgent care. In less than a month, yet another arrived. Before long, goats suffering from all sorts of cruelty and neglect were arriving from around the county. By 2003, with so many goats to care for, the sanctuary became a registered charity. Our Patron is the wonderful and invaluable Rt. Hon. Ann Widdecombe.
We’re the only registered charity in the UK who care solely for the good of goats. We rescue abandoned, abused and neglected ones, and we also help animals simply in need of a new home whose owners can no longer look after them or who have been left alone after the death of companion goats. We also help improve the knowledge and education about goat welfare nationwide. Awards In 2007, Bob and Valerie Hitch received the Elsie M J Evans award from the RSPCA in recognition of their outstanding animal rescue work.