A history of helping animals

We’ve been transforming pets’ lives for almost 100 years. From humble beginnings, Wood Green has grown into one of the UK’s largest pet charities. 

Today, we help thousands of homeless and poorly pets find loving new homes and support people to be the best pet owners they can be. All thanks to the wonderful generosity of our supporters.  


Miss Louisa Snow opened the first centre in a small house in Lordship Lane, North London. She was concerned at the large number of abandoned and injured animals on the streets of London following the First World War.


Due to the increasing number of dogs and cats being brought in, we purchased a small pig farm in Heydon, Hertfordshire to accommodate them.


Our Godmanchester Centre was officially opened. It has become one of the largest animal rehoming centres in Europe, boasting modern facilities for the care of dogs, cats, small and field animals.


The launch of our 'Hands On' project to teach responsible pet ownership and to support pet owners in the community.


A new veterinary surgery and kennels block were built at our Godmanchester Centre. It was largely funded by a generous gift that a dedicated supporter left to us in their will.


We won the Best Business Environmental Project in the Green Heart Community Awards

Where we're heading

We’re committed to a future where every future pet owner is equipped to make the right choices and every existing pet owner is able to give their pets the best possible care. We’ll keep on providing support and advice to pets and people to make this happen.

Our 2018-2021 strategy - 'Bringing Pets and People Closer Together' explains how we will achieve this.
Read our 2018-2021 strategy summary (PDF)

If you would like to find out more about our strategy please get in touch.

Here are our most recent annual accounts for the year ended 2020.


Our people

Meet the team responsible for ensuring Wood Green continually strives to create a world where all pets are well cared for in loving homes for life, bringing pets and people together for mutual benefit.