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More Than a Refuge: Cumbrian Animal Charity Changes Name


Oak Tree Animals’ Charity (formerly known as the Animals’ Refuge)

More Than a Refuge: Cumbrian Animal Charity Changes Name

The Animals’ Refuge, Wetheral has changed its name to Oak Tree Animals’ Charity.  Being more than a refuge, the charity finds loving new homes for animals and works pro-actively to support animal welfare at the heart of the community.  This name change reflects the diversity of work the charity carries out, its well-rooted heritage and its future growth to support local animal welfare.

The charity refocussed the way in which it helps animals earlier in the year, allowing them to help more animals than ever before.  Oak Tree now helps around 80 animals a month, with over 800 animals helped so far in 2016 through their rehoming programme and community-based work.

Chair of the Board of Directors Rachel Griffiths says, “The Charity has made tremendous changes this year.  Our dedicated staff and volunteers have worked tirelessly to make our Charity welcoming for animals and people alike.  This is an exciting time for us and is another important step in our Charity’s long and rich history”.

As well as rehoming cats, dogs and equines, allowing them to live in safe and loving homes with their new families, the charity is also the only in the area to run a proactive Trap-Neuter-Return programme.  This approach not only helps solve current feral cat problems, but also helps prevent them from reoccurring.  They also work alongside partner agencies to resolve animal hoarding situations and work alongside Carlisle foodbank to offer practical support and advice to pet owners in difficulty.

Caroline Johnson, General Manager says “The Charity is entering a new phase in our long and successful history.  Since 1909, our generous supporters have allowed the Charity to help animals in need both nationally and in our local area.  Our new name reflects our commitment to growth, supporting and promoting animal welfare in our community”

The charity promotes responsible pet ownership through up-to-date advice and education. The service provided by them is constantly changing, depending on the needs of the local community, and its animals, at any specific time.

If you would like to find out more about the Oak Tree Animals’ Charity’s work and their exciting plans for the future, please visit their new website They would also like to thank all of the local community for their continued support, as this is vital in enabling the charity to continue helping animals in the local community.


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