Whitby Wildlife Sanctuary celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2024.
Please help us to help Britain’s wildlife in the future by donating below.

Founded in 2009, Whitby Wildlife Sanctuary began when I was volunteering at my local veterinary practice. They would receive the occasional wild casualty but without any room to keep them long term. Having a couple of spare cages at home, I would offer to help. Before I knew it, I was getting calls for all injured wildlife in the area and soon enough the second veterinary practice in town was also calling for help. It became clear that there was a need for this charity as I started to get calls from other towns as well! Fifteen years later, it has grown to the charity it is today, taking in close to 6000 rescues a year with a team of over 170 dedicated volunteers. I am occasionally asked if our work is interfering with nature, to which I reply that the vast majority of wildlife casualties are caused by human interference in the first instance. Whether that be through deforestation, car collisions, shootings, snares and traps, building work, cats and dogs and even malicious attacks. I therefore feel it important to right those wrongs and give nature a helping hand, which they so deserve. We are registered as a CIO with Registered Charity No: 1185213

Founder: Alexandra Farmer

Just some of the creatures we help





Pest Species

A poster about the fundraising walk between Whitby to the Wyke. On Saturday 8th June 2024, registration at 8am on the Cinder Track at Whitby Community College to start at 8.30am. Walk 15 miles to Hayburn Whke. All are welcome, dogs included, refreshments provided on route and at the end and prizes are available for the people who raise the most money. Contact us by Facebook or email for sponsorship forms and more details.

Whitby Wildlife Sanctuary celebrates its
15th anniversary in 2024.

To celebrate 15 years we will be walking 15 miles on Saturday 8th June from Whitby to the Hayburn Wyke. Please sponsor us!

Whitby Wildlife Sanctuary Grand Opening on 22nd June

Please come and join us at the grand opening of our new charity shop at 46 Flowergate from 10am on Saturday 22nd June.

Our Work




Feral Cats

A pointy little fox cub head peaks out of a domed plastic cat bed. There are toys and food bowls on the floor. This pen has been sponsored by Linda in memory of her mum Rosie.

Our facilities & sponsors