Animal Rescue Cumbria (the Wainwright Shelter) CIO

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About Us

Animal Rescue Cumbria is staffed by a small team of able and dedicated professional carers, who are supplemented by equally dedicated volunteers.

We take in and rescue cats and dogs and find them, wherever possible, suitable new homes. We get animals in for all sorts of reasons, from stray and abandoned to people moving house and unable to take them. 

Our kennel block holds twelve dogs and we have two isolation kennels, the dogs have free running exercise five times a day in our secure field.
We can take in a lot more cats and in the summer we are inundated with pregnant cats and un-wanted litters of kittens.

Each cat/kitten pen has heating and an exercise area and the main cattery having its very own cat conservatory where cats can enjoy some exercise and sleep in the sun!

We have a great relationship with the team at The Westmorland Vet Group in Kendal and all the cats are blood tested for Feline aids and Feline Leukaemia, vaccinated, neutered, micro chipped, flea treated and wormed before they leave us.

The dogs are given a health check, vaccinated, neutered, micro chipped, flea treated and wormed before they leave.

Alfred Wainwright and Our Background

In 1972 a group of like minded ladies formed Animal Rescue Cumbria after reading an article in the local press stating that a large number of pets were being put to sleep by the local RSPCA because suitable homes were not available.

The group were determined to do better and did so by taking animals into their homes and boarding them at various establishments until permanent approved homes could be found.

They embarked on numerous fund raising activities to provide food, shelter and veterinary care.

In 1974 the group recruited Alfred & Betty Wainwright. Alfred Wainwright was elected Chairman of the organisation and under his guidance, Animal Rescue Cumbria was registered as a Charity.

Through the generosity of A.W. a fund was established with a view to creating a Rescue Centre. After a lot of effort Kapellan was bought in 1984 and a year later was running as a Rescue Centre. Since AW's death in 1991 we have been entirely dependent on donations and legacies.


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Animal Rescue Cumbria (the Wainwright Shelter) CIO "Kapellan"


Phone: 01539 824293 or 01539 724707

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Financial Information from CharityFinancials

December 2015 December 2014
Total Income £173,216 £96,855
Total Expenditure £133,743 £151,123

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