Auntyanimal Small Animal Fostering & Rescue

Eastern Hertfordshire Sawbridgeworth
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About us

We are a non-profit making voluntary organisation:-



We rely solely on donations and fund raising, as well as volunteer fosterers who look after animals in their own homes until the right loving FOREVER HOME can be found.

As a rescue, apart from the animals we have available for adoption, we also have a number that cannot be re-homed due to ongoing health problems or "old age". We do not give up on animals just because they have these problems - we provide them with the long term care they need.

We care for a wide range of small animals including CHIPMUNKS - CHINCHILLAS - DEGUS - GERBILS - GUINEA PIGS - HAMSTERS - MICE - RABBITS - Etc..... Even FISH!!!

As well as concentrating on the little ones we also have resident sheep, Larry and Oscar, who featured on Channel 4's Pet Rescue programme back in 2002. A rescued Pygmy Goat called Baaaz. We have also fostered/adopted a number of rescue Boxers on a long-term basis and have helped re-habilitate wildlife.

We have had animals referred to us by The Blue Cross, RSPCA, and Wood Green Animal Shelters.

What to do if you are interested in adopting from us

Most important - research the animal you are looking to adopt and ensure it's suited to your lifestyle. If you are looking to adopt a rabbit this site has lots of useful information to get you started. First of all watch the A HUTCH IS NOT ENOUGH video by clicking on the Rabbit Info link at the top of this page..

All rabbits that come into our rescue are given a health check, neutered, vaccinated against Myxomatosis and where possible bonded with a bunny friend.

All potential adoptees are asked to complete a HOMEFINDER QUESTIONNAIRE - email us expressing an interest in any animal we have available for adoption.

We also like to do a HOME CHECK - this ensures we find the most suitable animal(s) for you, as some of these little ones have had a difficult time and we like to get things right for them, and for you.

Finding the right home is very important to us. In order to make sure we can continue helping these little ones we ask for a donation to help towards neutering, vaccination and healthcare costs incurred at the rescue.

Our adoption conditions state that NO ANIMAL IS TO BE USED FOR THE PURPOSE OF BREEDING and that Auntyanimal Rescue retains an interest in the animal(s) for life - if it is deemed that the animals health or welfare is compromised or at risk for any reason then Auntyanimal Rescue retains the right to reacquire said animal. If for any reason your circumstances change and you are unable to keep the animal(s) you must not sell, abandon or part with the possession of the animal except to return it to Auntyanimal Rescue.

How you can help us

We rely solely on donations and fund raising, as well as volunteer fosterers who look after animals in their own homes until the right loving FOREVER HOME can be found.

You can help by visiting our online shop at, donating through our website, via PayPal, or sending cheques made payable to Auntyanimal Rescue.

DONATIONS OF FOOD, TREATS, BEDDING, HUTCHES, RUNS, CAGES, TOYS ETC., ARE ALWAYS GRATEFULLY ACCEPTED FOR THOSE OF US IN LONG TERM CARE….. We are always in need of Hay, Straw, Wood Shavings. All types of small animal food - Guinea Pig, Rabbit, Chinchilla, Chipmunk, Degu, Gerbil, Hamster, Rat, Cat, Dog, Fresh Veg, Treats. Food Bowls, Water Bowls, Water Bottles.

Also, if you have any unwanted saleable items. If you would like to donate in this way - please don't be offended if we cannot take certain items - we can only accept NEW or NEARLY NEW items in good working order. If you think you can offer any other help we haven't mentioned we'd love to hear from you.

Further information

The best way to contact us is by email when we hope to respond to your query within 24 hours. We are extremely busy so if you call us and don't get a reply it usually means we are involved with an important issue.

RABBIT ACCOMMODATION: The Larger The Better! Click on the Gallery link - Rabbit Housing (at the top of this page) for some inspirational ideas.
Above all, your rabbits home must be large enough, secure and have lots of interest. Your rabbit will also need somewhere safe and warm during wintertime.

GUINEA PIGS also require a good size hutch (height isn’t so important). Hutches should be sited in a sheltered area near your house. All guinea pigs require a minimum of 4 hours a day exercise out of their hutch, a secure run for daytime grazing is essential. Piggies will also need to be brought indoors, or into a shed or unused garage that has natural light, for the wintertime.

Wherever possible we like to re-home animals in pairs. Guinea Pigs and Rabbits prefer company of their own kind. Guinea Pigs should not be housed with rabbits because they could be bullied or accidentally injured by the rabbit.

We prefer that rabbits are given a veterinary health check and vaccinated against Myxomatosis before they are brought into rescue. If we have space we will try to accommodate any animal in desperate need - but more often we are full to bursting and have a waiting list.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

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Contact Details

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Auntyanimal Small Animal Fostering & Rescue
Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire

07743 765840


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