The National Animal Welfare Trust will be kicking off its 40th anniversary year celebrations this summer with a host of activities at its rescue centres in the south and south west of England.

The National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT), now one of the UK’s top 10 animal charities, will be celebrating the start of its 40th anniversary year this summer.

NAWT founder Sidney Hicks.A host of activities are planned many of which will be played out at the charity’s rescue centres in the south and south west of England.

Anniversary celebrations will include a touring historical photographic exhibition, fancy dress-themed dog shows and fundraising and other games at all four centres.

The dates are:

  • Berkshire Centre, Trindledown Farm, Great Shefford, Berkshire (July 10),
  • Somerset Centre, West Henley (August 24),
  • London & Home Counties Centre, Tylers Way, Watford (Sept 4),
  • Cornwall Centre, Wheal Alfred Farm, Hayle (Sept 11).

Founded by Sidney Hicks in 1971, the trust has its roots in the British Union for Anti-Vivisection, where Mr Hicks served as general secretary, and was originally set up to find homes for dogs destined for laboratories.

By the start of the 70s the charity’s remit was expanded to help all sorts of domestic animals that were lost, homeless or abandoned. The trust also imposed a non-destruction policy right from the start – unusual for animal charities at the time – and maintains its promise to the present day.
NAWT 1971-2011: Celebrating 40 years.Chief executive David Warner said: “Long before dog wardens and micro-chipping were put into effect, the NAWT started running a public service for each of its local communities by finding happy homes for rescued animals.
“The one thing that has never changed over the years is our commitment to treating each animal as an individual and responding to its needs in the best possible way.”
For further information on the charity’s 40th anniversary events, or details of how to support the trust, visit

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