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About Us


Animals In Need is a voluntary organisation dedicated to rescuing sick, injured, trapped and distressed wild and domestic animals. We provide veterinary treatment where necessary, care for and rehabilitate animals until they can be released or re-homed. Animals In Need was set up in 1990, the aim of the organization is alleviate suffering in animals.

In the years Animals In Need has been established, we have acquired a fully equipped animal ambulance, two water crafts and trailers for transportation, plus the usual first aid essentials. Although our first aid equipment is adequate it is regularly updated to current standards.

HedgehogAnimals In Need is a rescue organization run solely by volunteers, attending animal casualties in the Northamptonshire area. We attend to both domestic and wild animals, and in 1999 were asked by Northamptonshire Police to work with them attending road traffic accidents and out of hours emergencies.

Feeding and caring for the injured animals we rescue is most important especially in cases of young orphaned birds, which need hand feeding every hour from dawn till dusk. Also young hedgehogs which haven't reached the required weight to survive hibernation over the winter months, need to be kept warm and fed as do swans that have incurred injuries, many from fishing tackle that they have swallowed or become entangled in.

Our continued dedication to the animals has resulted with us teaming up with the amazing dog trainer Nathan Watson.  Nathan successfully runs Restart4Rescues and this programme is offered to anyone who rehomes a dog from us here to help provide support and information in those first important few weeks when settling a rescue dog into your home. www.dogrehab.co.uk/restart-for-rescues/

  • History
  • Statistics
  • Equipment
  • Aim
  • Wildlife
  • Animal Ambulance
    • Animals in need was formed in 1990 to help out other animal charities.
    • In December 1995 we started doing the rescue work in the Northampton area.
    • Maxicare Death Row Dogs was started in March 1996 as we found out over five hundred dogs had been destroyed the previous year.
    • In February 1998 we became a registered charity.


  • Year 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011  2012 2013
    Number of animals helped 368 923 1087 1206 1379 1667 2200 2311 2344  2400 2544 2736
  • We have an animal ambulance, two boats & trailer and various rescue equipment.

  • Our Long term aim is to get our own sanctuary incorporating a wildlife hospital and low cost neutering and spaying.

  • Hedgehog

    We deal with hundred's of wildlife casualties every year;

    After collecting the casualty we take them to our vets for treatment, they then come back to us for rehabilitation before going on to be released. Of course its not always a good result for every animal we are called out for after being hit by a car, lorry, van etc, it causes terrible injuries like animals with broken backs. If the animal can be saved and have a quality of life everything is possible is done, but with some the kindest thing to do is to put them to sleep. Road traffic accidents can vary from foxes, badgers, deer (mainly muncjac occasionally others), swans, rabbits, hedgehogs etc in fact all species of wildlife.

    We are the local contact for the British hedgehog preservation society and last year dealt with 265. Often arriving with injuries, orphaned being covered in fleas, ticks and fly strike. On arriving they get treatment for fleas etc. weighed and wormed. If they arrive with open fractures to their limbs they go to the vets to see whether amputation is an option, and if it is a closed fracture then they would see if orthopaedic surgery can save the limb. If it's a dog that has attacked, the wounds are cleaned out and antibiotics are prescribed, if they are rescued quickly they stand more chance they can make a good recovery.

    BirdIn late autumn when hedgehogs get ready to hibernate  we get many brought in that are not up to the 600 grams they need to be to have the chance to survive hibernation, so we over winter look after them to be released the in the next spring. In 2009 we had 45 hedgehogs over winter with us. The Spring season brings with it many species of orphaned birds requiring hand rearing. We also deal with birds that have been the victim of injuries by car or cats etc. Last year we dealt with 56 swans varying from landing on roads when mistaking it for a stretch of water, they need removing, checking over if they are ok and if ok releasing in a safer area.

    Most swan and waterfowl calls without any doubt are fishing tackle related. We are forever removing line and hooks from a great number of birds. A few calls a year are related to attacks by people. they are often shot with air rifle pellets or attacked with dog chains and often resulting in fatal consequences. A good many calls are swans hitting power cables causing horrific injuries and usually certain death. We are the local contact for the swan sanctuary. We have now also been made the local contact for tiggywinkles. A lot of people seem to think that vets treat wildlife for free, but wildlife vets fee's cost animals in need thousands of pounds every year.

    For an example:

    - Hedgehog limb amputate is £130.00.
    - Hedgehog with lung worm is about £20.00.
    - A Swan needing surgery to remove a swallowed fishing hook is about 150.00 plus.
    - A swan compound fracture, x-rays, painkillers and dressing around £200.00.

    If you could help us to help them please donate to Paypal, or send a cheque to Animals In Need PO Box 145, Northampton, NN1 3AQ.

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    The Primary function of the animal ambulance service is to rescue sick, injured, trapped and distressed wild and domestic animals.

    We run a fully fitted Animal Ambulance to deal with animals in distress or injured. We have a number of calls from many different sources, including the general public, local councils, Swan rescue RSPCA, Tiggywinkles, Northamptonshire Police and numerous others.

    When a call is received the ambulance is dispatched to the scene, the situation assessed and the animal taken to a veterinary surgeon. Costs incurred are paid for by Animals In Need, medication if needed is administered and they will be then placed in foster home until they are able to be released.

    We desperately need:

    Rescue equipment & vehicle

    Water safety equipment including life jacket wet suits etc.