National Animal Welfare Trust

National Animal Welfare Trust

Charity information

National Animal Welfare Trust

The National Animal Welfare Trust rescues and rehomes over 1,200 homeless pets in the UK every year. During an animal’s time in rescue, we work hard to provide them with training, rehabilitative care and enrichment that will help them through a difficult period of their lives and prepare them for life in a new home.

Recognising that the rescue environment can be a stressful place for some animals, NAWT were the first UK charity to introduce the Open Paw programme to the animals in our care.

Founded 1971

  • Mission statement


    Every pet should have a responsible owner. This is the future we are working towards. It encapsulates what we want to achieve through our rescue and rehoming work, as well as through education and advice.


    To promote responsible pet ownership. We do this in many ways from responsible pet owners bringing their pets to a rescue when circumstances change in their lives, through our rehoming process and after care support, to raising awareness of topics affecting all pet owners.


    We never stop caring.

    NAWT's principle value is that we never stop caring, which is demonstrated through:

    Commitment to improving the lives of the UK's pets.
    Accountability to all our stakeholders, especially that we will spend all our donations wisely.
    Respect for people and animals.
    Integrity by working in an open and honest manner.
    Never putting a healthy animal to sleep.
    Going that extra mile to make a difference in everything we do.

  • Aims

    National Animal Welfare Trust aims to:

    • To rescue, rehabilitate and rehome homeless and abandoned pets.
    • To promote responsible pet ownership so that one day every pet might have the responsible owner they deserve.
    • To provide training and enrichment to the animals in our care via our Open Paw programme, in order to improve their lives whilst in rescue and prepare them for life in a new home.
  • Overview

    Established: August 1971

    Registered Charity Number: 1090499

    Board members: 13

    Full time staff: 94

    Part time staff: 41

    Volunteers: 500

    Phone number: 020 8950 0177

    Address: National Animal Welfare Trust, Tyler's Way WD25 8WT

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  • Improving the lives of homeless animals

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