What is Woodlands Animal Sanctuary?

Woodlands Animal Sanctuary is a Lancashire-based non-profit organisation. The sanctuary helps a range of animals, from pets to local wildlife. It specialises in helping cats and guinea pigs. Likewise, the sanctuary also specialises in rehabilitating hedgehogs. To help fund the sanctuary and its work, they hold fantastic events that are open to the public!

What do they do?

The sanctuary opened in 2005 and since then has worked hard to help local animals in need. In 2015 the Woodlands Animal Sanctuary opened a facility dedicated to hedgehogs. It’s the only hoggy hospital in Lancashire and Merseyside! How amazing is that?

All the sanctuary staff are fully qualified and are dedicated to their work. Not only this but staff help to educate people about wildlife and how to care for it. As part of this, the sanctuary has educational programmes that are aimed at local schools, clubs and groups.

How you can help

As mentioned, Woodlands Animal Sanctuary is a non-profit organisation and as a result of this relies on donations. The sanctuary is not open to ‘drop-in’ visits but it does hold different events that you can get involved in to help fundraise for the sanctuary! Some of these events include:

Animal carer for a day

Do you love animals and want to become involved?  The sanctuary also offers packages where you can become an animal carer for a day! The package entails shadowing one of the sanctuary’s volunteers. The package is an excellent opportunity to learn new skills and to interact with a wide range of animals.  It’s the perfect present for any animal lover!

The package is open to young children and adults, anyone can become involved! The sessions typically last from 9 am-1 pm. The package is £40, and all the proceeds help to fund the sanctuary and its work!

Does this sound like your cup of tea? If so, click here for more information!


Looking for cute, animal-themed knickknacks? Well, look no further! The Woodlands Animal Sanctuary also has a shop! All proceeds from the shop go towards running the sanctuary. So, why not grab a calendar or mug and help to support your animal friends in the process?

Want to get involved? Click here to find out how you can help the Woodlands Animal Sanctuary!

Want to see animals in their natural habitat? Why not visit the nearby Mere Sands Wood?

Q Can I bring my dog to visit the animals?

Dogs are allowed to visit the sanctuary on open days.

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