our mission

Rain Rescue was formed to help pets in crisis, those cats and dogs with nowhere else to turn. Our vision is to see no dog or cat abandoned, mistreated or neglected in our local area. 


Founded in 2002, our charity has saved the lives of thousands of the cats and dogs most at risk in and around Yorkshire. Rescuing hundreds of animals a year, our rescue centre provides the space and support needed for these abandoned animals to recover, thrive and find a loving home. 

We see the beautiful animal that is sometimes hidden under layers of pain and neglect, and match them with the owners they deserve. Our focus is on the cats and dogs that most need our help, including:

When you adopt from Rain Rescue, you don’t just change your new pet’s life, you add to your family and make it possible for us to help another in need.



Our Founder, Jacquie, made a promise to help as many pets in need as she could after seeing the conditions homeless dogs had to endure in council stray kennels, and knowing they could be put to sleep after receiving their statutory days of care. And so, in 2002 she established the volunteer group Rotherham Animals In Need.

From 3 cattery rooms and using boarding kennels, the charity has grown and adapted to help where it is needed most. In 2006 Rotherham Animals In Need became Rescuing Animals In Need, or Rain Rescue as it is known today, and registered as a charity.

In 2013 Jacquie was voted onto the board of elected officers and committee of the Association Of Dogs and Cats Homes (ADCH), where she helped shape national strategies for animal rescues. Rain Rescue remains a full member of the ADCH, proudly upholding their high standards in animal welfare. 

Although it’s grown, Rain Rescue remains a small, local charity. Our rescue centre has a cattery, kennels, exercise field, vet room and socialisation space, and is supported by a dedicated team of staff and volunteers. Thanks to you, we are able to save the lives of hundreds of vulnerable cats and dogs each year.


But it doesn’t stop there…

As well as continuing to save homeless and abandoned cats and dogs, Rain Rescue also helps pet owners facing crisis who need to rehome their much loved family pet, and reaches out into the community with projects such as Snip & Chip.

We’ve come so far but still have a way to go as we face site and kennel improvements to make our facilities more resilient and extend our reach to help even more pets in need.

As the rescue has changed, Jacquie continues to keep her original promise. With your support it’s a promise Rain Rescue can continue to make long into the future, so every cat, dog and pet owner has somewhere to turn when they need it most.



Here is a short video summarising some of our achievements over the years.