Our history

St Francis Animal Rescue was founded over 20 years ago in response to animal welfare concerns in the district.

The main aims then were very similar to our aims now; to alieviate the suffering and negect of animals across South Tyneside along with assisting of spaying and neutering to control the expansion of the unwanted animal population. We also provide education and advice regarding pet ownership and can signpost people to other services if we are unable to help directly.

Today, the service has grown from a trio of animal lovers trying to make a difference to a collection of volunteers donating their various skills, dedicted to supporting pets, their owners and local wildlife. As well as the fantastic volunteers who regularly donate their time to the running of the shop on Stanhope Road, we have an expanding network of fosterers who donate their time, experience and love when they foster our animals within their own homes.

But where animal welfare is concerned, there is always more work to be done. We want to continue our efforts to helping the pets and wildlife of South Tyneside but we can only do so with your kind support. So whether you'd like to foster for us, visit our shop and make a purchase, donate money towards the care of the animals, raise funds for us by jumping out of a plane or doing the Great North Run, or simply refer someone to us to rehome an animal, we greatly appreciate anything you can do to keep us going for another 20 years