About Oak Tree Animals' Charity

Oak Tree provides a safe place for all animals in their time of need. We look to rehome dogs, cats, and equines and work to support good, long-term healthy relationships between animals and their owners out in the community.


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, sheep and cattle. It’s also a safe haven for stray, abandoned or unwanted dogs and cats who are awaiting new homes through our Adoption Programme.

Every year Oak Tree takes in hundreds of lost or unwanted 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!

Tackling Feral Cats - Thank you!26th January 2018

I cannot tell you how incredibly helpful Oak Tree has been and what their wonderful and efficient work means to us. For years our feral cat ...

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Make sure you visit Oak Tree26th January 2018

We visited a few times after deciding to get a pet cat from an animal refuge. There is a very nice cafe, shop & helpful staff that ...

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Thank you!26th January 2018

Amazing place what else can I say you all do an excellent job xxx Marie Foster

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You clearly do everything you can to ensure 100% your animals are homed responsibly.26th January 2018

I have just adopted our Patterdale x Bess she is a wonderful dog with the power to separate son from x box daughter from laptop and added a ...

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Can't recommend highly enough!26th January 2018

Fantastic charity with hard working dedicated staff looking to give animals another chance and forever home. Can't recommend highly enough! ...

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Well done everyone!26th January 2018

We adopted our gorgeous cat from here a couple of years ago when it was the 'Animal Refuge' and before it changed hands. I recently had a tour ...

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Staff were amazing, supportive and very helpful26th January 2018

We adopted our dog Neesha from Oak Tree on the 25th August. The staff were amazing, supportive and very helpful. They explained the whole process ...

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Community Education School Visit9th February 2018

Thank you so much for your visit today - all of the staff were saying how great you both were with the children and how much they got out of ...

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Carlisle Op Shops Appreciate Oak Tree's Support5th March 2018

"I wanted to say how much we appreciate the attitude you and Holly have shown towards the people in our communities and how it has made a real ...

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