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Welcome to
The Kit Wilson Trust
For Animal Welfare

At the KWT we rescue and re-home unwanted animals, mainly cats and dogs, and have a wildlife rehabilitation programme and emergency help line.

The Trust's Rescue Centre is also home to horses, donkeys, cats, goats, birds and small mammals where, in the interest of their welfare, they remain in our care.


The Trust was established in 1975 when Katherine Wilson (always known as 'Kit'), a well known cat show judge and campaigner for animal welfare, left a small legacy to be used for the benefit of animals.

A cornerstone of the Trust's founding policy then, as now, was to promote the spaying and neutering of pets. The need for the Trust's work in rescuing and re-homing unwanted cats and dogs would be greatly reduced if there were fewer kittens and puppies being born. Animals rescued by the Trust are the lucky ones - thousands of unwanted pets are destroyed every year by other organisations and authorities.


From a modest beginning the Trust has grown and in 1986 set up its own Animal Rescue Centre in Hadlow Down, near Uckfield, in East Sussex.

In addition to the animal rescue and re-homing work, the Trust has become increasingly involved in wildlife rehabilitation and operates a wildlife emergency help line.

Over the years, the Rescue Centre has also become a permanent home to many animals that it is not possible or desirable to re-home; these include horses, donkeys, cats, goats, birds and small mammals.


The Trustees give their time on a voluntary basis, including the Chairman who has overall responsibility for animal welfare, the organisation of the Rescue Centre, its staff and volunteers.

Funds are raised mainly through local supporters' groups, individual donations, legacies, animal sponsors and our Charity Shops.

We receive no Local Authority,Government or Lottery funding, relying on our supporters to continue our work.


There is still thim to order Christmas Cards ffrom the KWT. Use the button below to download the order form.

For a full list of Food Appeal Box sites please click HERE

Dates for your diary

Saturday 3rd December
Bingo @ British Legion Hall, Hawkhurst 
7.30pm (TN18 4AG) 
 A very popular and enjoyable evening with some fantastic prizes!

Sunday 4th December
Stall at Dog Show, Golden Cross Equestrian from 10.30am Centre. (BN27 3SS)
 Some pre-Christmas fun for dogs and owners –win a few rosettes to add to the decorations!

Sunday 11th December
Animal Charities Christmas Fair
10 – 4pm Hailsham Community Hall, Vicarage Lane. (BN27 2AX)   
 Come along, support KWT and a large number of other animal charities! Stalls and refreshments.

A Company Limited by Guarantee
Registered in England and Wales,
Company No. 07690478
Registered Charity No. 1143338

Registered Office

Animal Rescue Centre
Stonehurst Lane
Hadlow Down
East Sussex
TN22 4ED


-Dogs in need of new homes

-Cats in need of new homes

-Other animals in need of new homes

-Animal Sponsorship

For all enquiries and particularly for all animal enquiries - 9am - 5pm daily. Telephone:- 01825 830444

Wildlife Emergency : 01825 830735

This is for non animal contact only please