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Animal Policies

As one of the UK’s leading animal welfare organisations, Wood Green is often asked to comment on various animal-related issues, from neutering to euthanasia. Below is a brief overview of our objectives on key policies.  

Animal Care Policy

  • To outline Wood Green, The Animals Charity ethical views regarding the care of all species.
  • Whilst it is recognised that individuals have their own moral opinions regarding animal welfare, when representing Wood Green the following viewpoint must be adopted. View full Animal Care Policy

Animal Accommodation Policy

  • To provide shelter and care for animals in need.
  • To find the animals in the Centres’ care secure and loving homes.
  • To provide advice, support and guidance for pet owners.
  • To set out the numbers of animals of each species that can be accommodated and cared for by the available resources and the overall numbers of animals by species that should not be exceeded.
  • To maintain the standards outlined in the Animals Care Policy.

Animal Euthanasia Policy

  • To ensure that only those animals suffering an unacceptable quality of life as defined by the Animals Welfare Act (2006) Five Needs and Wood Green’s Animals Care Policy are euthanased.
  • The Centres will not knowingly put the public or other animals at risk by rehoming animals considered as a potential threat to safety.
  • To make decisions in a timely fashion to ensure against prolonged physical or emotional suffering.

Animal Intake Policy

  • To provide an efficient and sensitive intake process in which the welfare of the animals takes priority.
  • To aim to provide a balance in the Centres’ population based on good welfare practices and principles whilst reflecting the needs, requirements and capabilities of potential rehomers.

Animal Neutering Policy

  • To neuter all animals brought into the Centres’ care, when appropriate.
  • To educate owners on the benefits of neutering in order to reduce the numbers of unwanted animals and to decrease the incidence of associated congenital medical and behavioural conditions.
  • To actively seek opportunities to promote neutering of pets animals other than those rehomed from the Centres.

Animal Rehoming Policy

  • To find secure and loving homes as quickly as possible
  • To offer advice, support and guidance to those seeking to rehome an animal.
  • To offer ongoing advice, support and guidance to those who have rehomed an animal.

Education and Outreach Policy

  • To increase the public’s awareness of its responsibility towards animals in society.
  • To be the first in people’s minds for promoting responsible pet ownership and exemplary animal welfare in the UK and further afield.
  • To deliver education that is “inclusive for all”.
  • To educate children, young people and their families in companion animal welfare, so as to improve the welfare of animals currently living in their homes and neighbourhoods
  • To empower children and young people with the skills and knowledge to enable them to become responsible pet owners in the future .  To promote positive values regarding companion animals and the responsibility of pet care to both current pet owners and those on the periphery of pet ownership.
  • To provide formal and informal education opportunities
  • To improve the welfare and health of companion animals through support for pet owners, providing relevant knowledge and skills and preventative veterinary care through our Outreach service.