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Project information

A New Animal Surgery for our Godmanchester Shelter

40% of the thousands of animals taken in at our Shelter in Godmanchester require veterinary treatment, neutering or major operations. Our Surgery is in desperate need of refurbishment and new equipment. We rely entirely on the public for donations to equip the new surgery.

January 2011 - May 2012

Charity information: Wood Green Animal Shelters

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  • Need


    Our existing surgery was built 25 years ago. It was not designed for the large number of patients that we have to care for today and as a result we face a number of issues. The surgery is very cramped, and we are short of operating space with only one theatre. The current x-ray facility is housed in what was originally a small storage room. Our pre and post operative areas are in the same room, so we are unable to keep animals waiting for surgery separate from those who are recovering.


    The new surgery will feature 2 operating theatres and separate recovery wards for cats, dogs and small animals. It will also have a much needed intensive care unit, and a new laboratory. A biochemistry machine will enable us to test samples on site, meaning that we can diagnose animals quicker and without the additional cost of sending them off for testing. New operating equipment, such as a digital viewing screen, will enable us to carry out more major operations on site, saving time and money.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Raise £100,000 to fully equip the new surgery.


    » Launch an appeal to current supporters & also recruit new supporters to the charity to help us raise the money. We will also apply for trust funding.

    What success will look like

    Success will be treating more animals on site, reducing their stress and our costs. We will be able to treat them quicker, and give them the room to recover in a quiet environment.

  • Impact


    We aim to ultimately achieve the following through the new surgery:

    Improve the emotional well-being of the animals in our care
    Improve the health of the animals in our care
    Reduce the length of stay for the animals at our Shelter


    We have already been granted planning permission for the project, so that is not an issue for us. Severe weather could affect the building work, which is out of our control. However our current surgery will remain in use until the new surgery is complete, meaning we will still be able to treat the animals in our care.


    Supporters will be updated with news about the project regularly via our quarterly magazine, Animals Matter. Video updates of the project will also be available on our website. The centre is open to the public all year so all supporters will be welcome to come and tour the new surgery.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £100,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,000 X-Ray Room Includes a digital x-ray machine which will give instant images and shorten diagnosis time
      £17,780 Recovery Wards Will equip 3 seperate wards (cats, dogs and small animals) with kennels & examination tables
      £8,940 Intensive Care Unit Recovery kennels/cages, examination tables & incubators
      £8,100 Laboratory Includes a new biochemistry machine which will enable us to test samples and diagnose conditions
      £8,168 Operating Theatres Will equip 2 theatres with operating tables & lights, plus a digital viewing screen
      £9,800 Preparation Area Includes 2 anaesthetic machines, a lifting table & overhead lights
      £8,650 Dispensary & Laundry Drugs cabinet, computer & storage units, washing machines
      £11,000 Installation Installation of all surgery equipment
      £7,562 Consultation Rooms Includes x-ray viewer, examination table & lights & wall mounted otoscope/opthalmoscope

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Trust £5,096 Guaranteed
    Trust £1,480 Guaranteed
    Trust £2,200 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The surgery is being built at our Godmanchester Shelter in Cambridgeshire.


    Last year, we performed 22,721 veterinary checks and hundreds of major operations, including 2,000 neutering procedures. More than 600 remedial surgical procedures took place from fracture repairs to exploratory procedures for tumours and foreign bodies. We endeavour to provide first class care to all the animals at our Shelters, and the new surgery will ensure that we can continue to do that for many years to come.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are passionate about setting national standards in animal welfare. We do not aspire to be the biggest animal charity, but we certainly aspire to be the best.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Our Generous Supporters

    We receive no government or lottery funding, so we are relying entirely on our supporters to help us equip the new surgery.

We carry out over 20,000 vet checks each year

We carry out over 20,000 vet checks each year

This is a landmark project for Wood Green. We are very proud of our plans to provide the most modern surgery facilities for the animals in our care.

Dennis Baker, Chief Executive