Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW)

Science in the service of animal welfare

Registered Charity Number: 207996
Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire

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UFAW is an animal welfare charity but one with a difference.  We help millions of animals around the world, from pets to wild and farm animals, and have done since 1926. 

Good animal welfare is about more than ensuring good health.  It’s also about the quality of animals’ lives – their feelings. Discovering, and then sharing, the knowledge unlocked by science is key to advancing animal welfare.  It’s a huge challenge – and as a charity, we rely on voluntary donations and new members in order to continue. 


Over the last 90 years UFAW has led the way in using science to bring about lasting change.  In its first few years alone, it began a long (and eventually successful) campaign to abolish the use of the gin trap, championed the use of humane perfumes, free from animal products such as musk or civet, and joined a committee set up by the British Board of Film Censors to scrutinise the welfare of animals used in films.

UFAW helps to educate tomorrow’s animal welfare advocates by promoting and supporting education in animal welfare in a variety of ways.  We also bring together veterinarians, animal care staff and others involved in animal care to share knowledge and best practice to drive forward advances in animal welfare. 

The charity has, and continues to be, consulted on draft legislation, guidelines and codes of practice relating to animal welfare.  UFAW staff serve and have served on a number of national and international advisory committees and working groups and the charity provides information and advice to government departments, non-governmental organisations, universities and others. 

How your support makes a difference

  • Just £3 a month could help us to provide educational materials to improve animal welfare in developing countries.
  • £10 a month could help us to progress our outreach work to help animals around the world.
  • A £20 donation will help us to fund initiatives like the garden wildlife health project.
  • £50 helps us to fund projects such as our research into lifetime indicators of animal welfare.

Leaving a legacy

UFAW’s work to reduce animal suffering and to improve animal welfare is only possible because of the generous support of those who leave a legacy.  Gifts left in wills make up over 50% of our income, so every gift is extremely valuable to us.

Contact Us

Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) The Old School
Brewhouse Hill


Phone: 01582 831818
Fax: 01582 831414



Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) News

Marking a milestone in the welfare and treatment of horses

Date posted: 09 Apr 2020

How the story of Black Beauty changed our understanding of horse welfare. Norfolk born Anna Sewell wrote Black Beauty for those who worked with horses, her aim being “to induce kindness, sympathy, and an understanding treatment of horses.” … Read More»

Do Rabbits need each other?

Date posted: 08 Apr 2020

A new study by scientists at the Royal Veterinary College has concluded that rabbits really do need the companionship of other rabbits, and recommends that pet shops, vets and animal welfare charities advise current and prospective owners accordingly to ensure rabbit welfare. The results have just been published in UFAWs journal Animal Welfare… Read More»

Covid-19 statement from CEO Dr Huw Golledge

Date posted: 30 Mar 2020

In these extraordinary times UFAW will be trying our best to continue supporting Science in the Service of Animal Welfare.… Read More»

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March 2019 March 2018
Total Income £389,686 £707,250
Total Expenditure £603,465 £710,556

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