Founded in 1909 by Francis Cox, who campaigned for better working conditions for pit ponies and other working horses, the Charity has now grown to provide a home for horses, goats and cattle. It’s also a safe haven for abandoned or relinquished dogs and cats who are awaiting new homes through our Adoption Programme.

Every year Oak Tree takes in hundreds of animals and gives them a second chance. We rehabilitate the animals, but we also prepare potential owners for life with a new companion and offer the help and support necessary for both animal and owner to live a long and happy life together. Our work in the community means that loving pet owners can find the information and resources they need to keep their animals happy, healthy and in good homes. We also support unowned animals such as feral cats through our Trap Neuter Return (TNR) programme.

We use educational campaigns to raise awareness and change perceptions, hoping to provide a brighter future for animals in all walks of society. Our team speaks to schools, community groups and colleges about animal welfare and offers advice on working with animals in the future, investing in our younger generations and providing them with the knowledge they need to help animals in the long term.

You can help the animals in our care by adopting, volunteering, fundraising, donating and paying a visit to our Barkery Tearoom and Amazon Wishlist! You can also help by coming to our events!