St Francis Animal Welfare is a registered charity (no: 1166590) which was established in 1953.

Our shelter is based at Sunnyside Cottage, Mortimer's Lane, Eastleigh in Hampshire.

We care for, rehabilitate and re home numerous domestic animals including dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens, caged birds, various small mammals and reptiles.

We are a small shelter with only four full time and one part time member of staff.  

Some of our animals were unclaimed strays, others were handed over by their owners who were unable to care for them any longer for a variety of reasons. 

All of our dogs, cats and rabbits are spayed or neutered, fully vaccinated and health checked by our vets. All dogs and cats are micro-chipped whilst in our care. Male guinea-pigs and male rats are neutered prior to rehoming and every animal, before being re homed, will have been recently health checked by our vets.

All potential adopters are home-checked and are encouraged to visit the animal as much as possible before adoption. 

We also have several permanent residents at the shelter who will be well loved by the staff for the rest of their lives. 

These include a donkey named Chocolate Muffin, a Shetland Pony called Bugsy, Corey the goat, two pigs, lots of chickens and a cockerel and a few elderly cats and various small animals. 

We also have many dogs and several cats and rabbits, that due to health or behavioural issues are in permanent foster homes. 

St Francis Animal Welfare continue to pay for these animals veterinary costs for life.


Animal Care Assistant - Abi Arnold

Manager - Helen Kerris Shaw

 St Francis Animal Welfare receives no government funding and we rely totally on donations and by hard work fundraising. 

We gladly welcome any donations of pet food/treats, bedding, blankets, towels, toys, scratching posts etc for the use of our rescue animals as well as bric-a-brac, books, new items, clothing, toys etc for selling at our events - these can be accepted with thanks, any day between 9am-5pm, at the shelter. 

We always welcome home-made cakes to sell at any of our events.

We are also always on the lookout for reliable volunteers to assist with feeding and cleaning the animals at the shelter, dog walking and cuddling cats as well as volunteers to assist at our fundraising events or to go to car boot sales on our behalf. 

Please note all volunteers must now be over the age of 18.

For more information about volunteering please click HERE



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 The St Francis Animal Welfare staff team

Front row. From left to right: Gareth Pragnell - Trustee and Vikki Coulson - Animal Care Assistant

Back row. From left to right: Danielle Davidson - Assistant Manager, Helen Kerris Shaw - Manager, Rhys Poyser - Animal Care Assistant, Garry Osment - Volunteer and Jessica Bourne - Animal Care Assistant.


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