Where does Heswall Animal Welfare Society operate?

The area we cover is the Wirral peninsular, including towns such as Birkenhead, Wallasey and Ellesmere Port. We are all unpaid volunteers, working from our own homes, and we do not have a Rescue Centre or offices.

We are not the Dog Warden service for Wirral, which is administrated by Wirral Council or Cheshire West & Chester Council as appropriate, but we maintain close contacts with the Dog Wardens to our mutual benefit.

Who are we?

We are commonly known as Heswall Animal Welfare Society, a shortened version of Heswall and District Animal Welfare Society, and are a registered charity (number 501656).  Our full name is required on any cheques sent as donations.

Who pays for our work?

About two thirds of our expenditure is on veterinary fees, and although we have fund raising events such as Coffee Mornings, and some sponsored activities, our regular income falls far short of our expenditure. We are most grateful for the generous donations and legacies which have so far enabled the Society to continue the work started in 1966 by our Founder Members.


Each year we rehome approximately 60 dogs and 50 cats, so if you would like to help us in our work, or are considering getting a pet, ring one of our contact phone numbers. Please do not ask us to rehome an animal which has bitten someone or which would be considered dangerous.

Our animals are intended to be family pets, and we need to ask prospective owners to give details such as ages of children, work patterns and whether that have any other pets, to ensure any new pet is suitable. A home visit may also be needed before a pet is rehomed.

Why not leave a legacy?

How can you help?