About Us

AWF was founded to improve the welfare of animals through veterinary science, education and debate.

It was set up in 1983 by vets with a passion to alleviate unnecessary pain and suffering in all animals including farm animals, wild animals and pets. 

Since then, animal welfare has greatly improved but with emerging and evolving diseases ever present, and a continuing demand for good welfare equcatino and pet care advice, our work remains invaluable.

AWF funds research, supports veterinary education, provides pet care advice and encourages debate on animal welfare issues. 

Our aim is for all animals to have good physical health and mental wellbeing.

Our trustees are all qualified vets and as vets are involved in all aspects of animal care this gives us a unique insight into the challenges facing us in animal welfare and guides us to possible solutions.

2013 is our 30th Anniversary. Find out more about our first 30 years.


Animal Welfare Act

Do you understand your legal responsibilities if you have a pet or look after animals?

more pet education info

We're working with other animal welfare charities and organisations to educate children about caring for animals 

Thinking of buying a puppy?

Use the AWF/RSPCA Puppy Contract