Welcome to


A family run rescue centre and visitor attraction

in the heart of Durham


We are open every day from 10am to the public, and the entrance fee helps to run the rescue centre. Visitors have the chance to get close and interact with our animals including feeding some of them. We also regularly have animal handling sessions with rabbits, guinea pigs, chicks, ferrets, snakes, lizards and more. 


Wetheriggs is a small family run animal rescue charity first established in 2006. We take in injured and unwanted animals including domestic pets (excluding dogs and cats), farm animals and native wildlife.

If we have the facilities suitable, we will take in any animal and give them a new home and a new chance at life.

Some of the animals we try to rehome, but others will live out their lives at the centre. Many have previously experienced poor living conditions and may suffer with trust issues or have health problems.

All of our keepers are volunteers who give up their own time to help care for our animals. We are always in need of new volunteers to help with a range of jobs including feeding and cleaning our animals, building and site maintenance.


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We can usually take in injured or distressed wild animals at Wetheriggs, but if you ever find an animal you think needs help, stop and think first as bringing it in could be the worst thing you can do.

The first thing you need to do is call us or another rescue centre to get advice. We will be able to tell you the best course of action, whether that will be to leave the animal alone, bring it in or take it to a vet.

Click the button below to visit our Rescuing Wild Animals page for more advice. There is also a link to caring for wild animals including what to feed various creatures you may find.


There are many ways you can support us including donations of money or goods such as animal feed, cleaning equipment or items for our charity shop. 


Membership is a great way to support us and you receive great benefits yourself. Starting from only £5 a month, membership gives you unlimited entry to the rescue centre.

Why not think about leaving Wetheriggs Animal Rescue a gift in your will. Legacies are a great way of supporting charities like ourselves as they provide us with security for the future of the rescue centre and all the animals we care for.


Since Wetheriggs first started in 2006, we have rescued and cared for thousands of animals. Throughout the past 10 years we have looked after rabbits, guinea pigs, alpacas, horses, snakes, meerkats, raccoons, parrots, bats, chickens, goats, ducks, foxes, marmosets, ferrets, owls, pigs, donkeys, lizards, rats, pigeons, genets, tamarins, hedgehogs, snails, scorpions, mice, tarantulas and many many more.

Check out our gallery to see a small selection of the animals we've loved.