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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

24th March 2020


We regret that following the latest government announcement, which effectively puts the country on lockdown, we now have to cease all our rehoming work, which will also severely restrict our intake capacity. All of this will have an impact on NAWT financially, but we will do our best to keep going and continue to care for the animals who depend on us.

We would like to thank our dedicated employees and volunteers who are continuing to provide such excellent care for the animals. Moreover, we thank everyone who has made a donation to help us through these difficult times. If you would like to help give homeless animals a safe and secure haven over the next few months, please donate.



Following government advice, NAWT rehoming centres are now closed. If you are part way through the rehoming process, the centre will be in touch with you to discuss the best option for you and your pet.

As we now have limited intake capacity, we will only be considering emergency cases. Please contact your local centre.

If an appointment is made for you to come to the centre, we will be asking you a number of questions in order to ensure we keep you and our staff safe.

Please be aware all of this may be subject to change at short notice.

Our centres may still be able to receive donations of animal bedding and food, but again please check with your local centre before travelling and consider if your journey is really necessary. Donation bins will be located at the centre entrances to avoid the need to enter the site. Our centres cannot accept donations of anything other than animal bedding and food, so please do not leave them, as it will create an additional cost to the charity to dispose of them.


Shops and Cafes

Our shops in Watford, Hayle and Woburn Sands are now closed, as are our onsite shops and cafes at Watford and Trindledown Farm in Berkshire.

Please do not leave any donations outside our shops as we will not be able to take them in and you will be fly tipping, which is illegal.



In line with government guidelines, we have had to cancel all our fundraising events until further notice. This means that we have lost a vital source of income to our centres at a time when we need the funding more than ever. If you are able to help homeless animals during this uncertain period, please donate.


Volunteering and Fostering

We have been inundated with kind offers to volunteer or offer a foster home. Given the latest government guidelines we regret that it will not be possible for us to take on any new volunteers or foster homes at this point in time. We will review the situation if and when government advice changes.


Animal Care

Our focus throughout these turbulent times is the welfare of both the animals in our care and those in our community who are in urgent need of help. We are taking every measure to keep our employees and volunteers safe so they can continue to provide the care needed, and are reviewing measures on a day-to-day basis and taking the necessary steps to ensure a continuity of care.


We will continue to monitor and follow advice from the Government and provide further updates.

Thank you for your understanding and support in these difficult and uncertain times.

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