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Welcome to
The Kit Wilson Trust
For Animal Welfare

At the KWT we rescue and re-homes 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.

This is Karen Adams

Karen is proudly displaying her certificate of thanks from the Kit Wilson Trust for running Brighton Marathon in April this year, covering 26.2 miles and raising £324 for the animals in our care. Thank you again Karen.

Barclays Bank

Barclays Bank generously supports their employees, past and present, with any fundraising carried out under their ‘Matched Fundraising’ programme. Tony Comber recently held a Barclays Pensioners Coffee Morning and raised an amazing amount of £492, which Barclays will now ‘match’, therefore making a total amount of £984 for the animals at the Centre! Our sincere thanks to all.

Fundraising News

Received with many thanks to "Support Adoption for Pets", The Santa Paws Fundraising Appeal and the staff and customers at Pets at Home in Crawley.
Even she cannot believe the amount raised for us - £1402.22

Christmas Food Appeal

Just some of the very kind donations coming in through the Rescue Centre doors this Christmas, thank you so much for remembering the animals

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 looking for home

-Cats looking for homes

-Other Animals looking for 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