Winter Wonderland Open Event

Saturday 15th December 2pm - 6pm

Stalls Galore | Meet Santa | Rufford C of E School Choir | Live Music | Kids Games | Farmyard Feeds | Fun Dog Show | and more...

Annual Spring Ball

2nd March 2019 - 6:30pm
The Ramada Plaza Hotel, Southport

Includes a 3 course dinner, plus live entertainment from Decoy the band and DJ. Find out more and book your tickets using the button below.

Woodlands Animal Sanctuary

Woodlands Animal Sanctuary has an amazing dedicated team of people involved in all aspects of running the shelter. You can get involved in many ways at Woodlands.

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We specialise in the rehoming of cats, kittens and guinea pigs. Could you give one of our animals a forever home?


At Woodlands we have many resident animals. Could you help to support our sanctuary by sponsoring a resident?


We offer a range of educational sessions. From sanctuary visits to school visits, our aim is to help educate the next generation.


Every year we host a range of onsite fundraising events. From our mini open days to our renowned family fun day!

Get Involved

From fundraising, volunteering and more. Find out how you can get involved with Woodlands Animal Sanctuary!


Each year we take in and rehabilitate between 600 and 700 hedgehogs! Find out more about our dedicated animal unit.

Animal Carer

Ever wanted to know what it is like to be an animal carer? Why not join our animal carer for a day programme?


Find out all the latest success stories, events and more by going to our news page.

Make a Donation

Woodlands Animal Sanctuary is a self-funded registered charity. This means we have to raise every penny ourselves through one off donations, events or sponsorship.

Did you know it costs over £3000 per week to run Woodlands Animal Sanctuary? As a registered charity, every penny raised is invested directly into the shelter!

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About Us

Woodlands Animal Sanctuary is a registered independent charity (no.1108626).

We are based in Holmeswood (near Rufford, Southport & Ormskirk), we look after ill, unwanted and neglected animals.

We specialise in rehoming cats and guinea pigs and rehabilitating hedgehogs.

The Latest from our Blog

Woodlands Animal Sanctuary are very pleased to be able to announce that a new hedgehog pre-release unit has been built in their stable block. This is in addition to the existing hog unit they


Hey guys, remember me? Of course you do! So anyway, Shadow here and the humans have asked me to write to all of my fans again, since you all loved me so much the first time – obviously!

We would like to say a massive THANK YOU to Pets at Home in Southport, who have raised over £3000 for us from their Christmas Dinner for a shelter animal appeal. Jo, who is deputy manager at


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