About Us

Woodlands Animal Sanctuary is a registered independent charity (no.1190858).
We are based in the heart of Lancashire in a small village called Holmeswood, we look after ill, unwanted and neglected animals.
We specialise in rehoming cats and guinea pigs and rehabilitating hedgehogs.

Made up of a dedicated team of Staff and Volunteers, Woodlands Animal Sanctuary aim to help neglected, unwanted and ill animals

Trekking in Nepal!
Everest Basecamp & Lobuche East Peak summit

We can't quite believe we're writing this...but we are once again incredibly lucky and grateful to be able to share with you something very exciting...

Dan, who is a personal trainer and works at Marshside Health Club in Southport is planning to climb to Mt. Everest Basecamp and then continue on to trek up Lobuche East Peak, which is described as a significant peak in the Khumbu region of Nepal.
AND...he is going to do it as sponsored event to raise money for us!  How amazing is that?

Everest Basecamp is an eye watering 5364m above sea level, with the Lobuche peak taking Dan up to a dizzying 6119m - this is higher even than the glaciers of the region!  The whole expedition is expected to take 20 days & this includes any training the group may need, rest days, trekking time and time to acclimatize to the altitude.

Dan has a keen interest in mountains, with an as yet unfulfilled adventurous streak to see as much of this world as he can.  He also likes to push his body to its limits to see just what can be achieved (hence he's a great PT) - so this trip sounds like it will be just up his street, or mountain as the case maybe!

The expedition will be starting on 24th October this year and we would love you to join us in wishing Dan all the luck in the world with this adventure. 

If you are able to, please show your support, to him and us, by sponsoring him using the link below. 

Sponsor Dan!

Summer Appeal

What would you like to achieve this summer?

We are aiming to help as many animals as possible during what is our busiest period.  We have hit the ground running with 9 kittens being hand reared, 4 hoglets in, requiring additional feeds and increased checks to ensure they are growing as they should, 3 litters of kittens already on the ground with another pending - and this is only the start.
We also have a full shelter of adult cats, who are all looking for their own loving forever homes, plus a waiting list of equally deserving cats.

We do need your help though!

Financing the large quantities of milk, equipment, specialist food and the extra time these babies' need will be on top of all of our usual costs.  We know everyone is feeling the pinch at the moment, with what feels like the price of everything going up.  But we are really hoping that before you enjoy your summer holiday, or head off to your local beer garden you maybe able to donate to our Summer Appeal.  Even just a couple of pounds will go into the pot to provide the innocent & vulnerable babies with the care and nutrition they need to even begin to have a chance of their own happy ever after.

If you join our summer appeal you will be able to add life saving action to your achievements for this summer.

Donate now

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Take a look at our Ebay shop for some bargin buys! All the profits go directly towards the care of our animals!


We specialise in the rehoming of cats, kittens and guinea pigs. Could you give one of our animals a forever home?



At Woodlands we have many resident animals. Could you help to support our sanctuary by sponsoring a resident?



We offer a range of educational sessions. From sanctuary visits to school visits, our aim is to help educate the next generation.



Every year we host a range of fundraising events. From our Annual Ball to our fun filled Open Days!



From fundraising, volunteering and more. Find out how you can get involved with Woodlands Animal Sanctuary!



Each year we take in and rehabilitate between 600 and 700 hedgehogs! Find out more about our dedicated animal unit.



Ever wanted to know what it is like to be an animal carer? Why not join our animal carer for a day programme to find out...



Find out all the latest success stories, events, news and more by going to our news page.



Woodlands Animal Sanctuary is a self-funded registered charity. This means we have to raise every penny ourselves through one off donations, events or sponsorship.

Did you know it costs over £3500 per week to run Woodlands Animal Sanctuary? As a registered charity, every penny raised is invested directly into the shelter!


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