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C.A.A.R.S Registered Charity No. 1147495 (Carers Anonymous Animal Refuge Sanctuary 2011) is a
PRO-LIFE (we do-not kill animals) voluntary refuge sanctuary operated by our volunteer members. C.A.A.R.S aim is to provide a complete rescue and shelter facility for all homeless, distressed, abandoned, or unwanted pets; to treat those pet’s for any sickness or ailment and to set about finding new homes for them as quickly as possible. Please Note* CAARS keep all stray dogs for a period of 14 days rather than the standard regulatory 7 day period which most local authorities adhere to. This is before we set about seeking new caring homes for them. CAARS now keep any Micro-chipped dogs for 28 days to allow owners time to locate and collect (we have found that some micro chip companies cannot trace owners for varying reasons). 

C.A.A.R.S is a voluntary non-profit making organisation that is very proud of its strictly PRO LIFE stance, C.A.A.R.S is operated by its volunteer members and supported solely by charitable means. If you feel that you are able to make a small donation to this very worthy cause then please go to our DONATE page. When you choose to adopt a Pet from CAARS you can rest assured that thorough vet checks will have been carried out on dogs which have come as rescue cases, each of which will have received its initial vaccination as recommended by CAARS official veterinarian practice, the pet will have been Flea Treated and Wormed.  You will be provided with a voucher to cover a large portion of the cost of Neutering which CAARS both encourage and recommend and you will also receive a voucher which will cover the cost of your new pet’s next veterinary consultation.

Call us on: 01922 476208

CAARS: Adoption Policy and Home Visits

 Would you be able to give one of our dogs or cats a caring home ?This is CAARS standard procedure, of course there will always be exceptions and we will always do our best to accommodate  so please make contact if you feel you don’t meet the criteria but you are kind and caring and feel certain that you can offer a loving home to one of our animals. Documentation proving home visits/checks by other approved organisations or recommendations from veterinarian practices will always be taken into consideration particularly for those living at distance. On your first visit to the sanctuary you will be asked to provide your full address/contact details and postcode; and to confirm that you are willing to allow a random welfare visit within the first 3 months of adoption.

  • Ideally the members of the household that will be living with the new pet should visit the rescue, including any other dogs you may have.
  • If you are thinking of re-homing a puppy we strongly recommend them not to be left alone for long periods of time, the time older dogs can be left varies according to the dog in question, its nature and temperament.
  • We ask you to fill in our Home Check form to confirm that the animal will be kept securely and appropriately, we have a home checking procedure that basically is to ensure you have a secure rear garden with a suitable secure fence depending on the type of dog, also to check any hazards which may be present.
  • We sometimes have dogs that have lived with other pets and would be suitable for a shared or communal garden please ask.
  • We do not re-home an animal if you are about to move house or go on holiday unless proper boarding arrangements are made.
  • If it is a cat you want, we need to know if a cat flap will be provided, if not how the cat will seek shelter in bad weather we do sometimes have indoor cats who would be very happy to live their lives in flats etc.
  • If you live in rented accommodation we will need you to sign to confirm that animals are allowed.
  • We have a pro neutering policy and we provide a voucher to cover part of neutering costs for any animal old enough will be neutered, if you are homing a pup or kitten you will be asked to have the animal neutered once the pet is of a suitable age to do so..
  • We do not home animals to households where they may be exposed to another animals may which represent a riskl.
  • If re-homing a puppy we will, strongly recommend your enrolment to a puppy socialisation class or training group.
  • Obviously space at the rescue is at a premium and a full kennels/cattery could literally mean life or death to some other needy animal, therefore we do not hold animals that have been reserved indefinitely please advise us of any delays. We ask that you collect during our opening times 9am-4pm.
  • Rabbits are highly social animals and are happiest living in neutered, bonded pairs or groups. Except in very rare circumstances, we would prefer that a rabbit that was going to have company.
  • Rabbits are natural athletes and require plenty of space. If your rabbits are going to live outside, they need a sturdy hutch of at least 6ft x 2ft x 2ft and permanent access to a secure exercise run of at least 8ft x 4ft, as recommended by the Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund.
  • Rabbits should be vaccinated every year against Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease. There is a combined vaccination available from vets.
  • Guinea pigs are social animals and they too should be kept in neutered groups.
  • We hope this covers everything, bur there may be a question that we haven’t thought of, if so please Tel. or email us, we are always happy to hear from prospective new owners, and are happy to discuss any queries that you may have. Please don’t forget there are always exceptions to any rule.


We at C.A.A.R.S appreciate that times are tough and we are very grateful to receive even the tiniest donation towards our cause, every single £ adds up and will go a long way towards life saving care if deployed diligently!  

C.A.A.R.S has operated for many years in its capacity as a non registered charity (an unincorporated association). However this has recently changed the sanctuary now (Since May 2012) benefits from fully registered status, allowing us to further our rescue efforts to extended areas of the country and indeed further afield : C.A.A.R.S recently rescued several dogs from a failed sanctuary in Romania.

C.A.A.R.S is unique in that it is  a PRO LIFE voluntary organisation caring for homeless, unwanted, abandoned and otherwise distressed animals, and is dependent solely upon the generosity and goodwill of the general public.

We are located at Red Lane in the village of Essington just off Sneyd Lane/Crab Lane WV11 2DZ. *Please note: Always enter Sneyd Lane into your Sat-Nav this will ensure you get to the right address.

Nearest bus stop: New Invention Bus Terminus Near Willenhall, Half a mile or so from the sanctuary.
Email address: caarssanct@hotmail.co.uk

The original rescue was first established at Sneyd Farm in 1981 when it began to take animals from the local dog wardens that otherwise were to be sent for euthanasia. It became Carers Anonymous Animal Rescue Sanctuary (C.A.A.R.S) in the mid eighties after numerous people from all walks of life showed an interest in joining a society which operated in a quiet and unassuming manner.

There is no need to make an appointment to visit; we are open to the public for the viewing of our rescue animals between: 9:0am – 4:0pm this is 7 days a week. We operate an open door policy so please come to visit and don’t be afraid to ask questions, CAARS staff will do all they can to assist in any way possible.

To provide a safe sanctuary and refuge for ALL distressed or unwanted Dogs and Cats, in as wide an area as possible.
To endeavor to take in and care for lame or undernourished pets that fall outside the criteria to be sold as pets through the recognised retail Pet Shop Licensing legislation, that might otherwise be destroyed, to provide care for these animals until such time as suitable caring homes may be found for them with people who are prepared to provide the care and attention they may require at any time.
To educate and assist others to the best of our ability, particularly young people seeking to train and seek knowledge to enable them to go on to work in the care of animals.