The Abandoned Animals Association was founded in 1986 by Mrs Olwen Edwards whose dedication to the rescuing and rehoming of unwanted pets eventually led to the forming of a like-minded committee, and our registered Animal Charity.
Following years of rescuing and rehoming abandoned dogs and cats while renting kennels at various establishments, our long-term aim was finally realised in September 2010 when, thanks to the generosity of our members and residents of the North Wales area, we opened our very own rescue centre here at Little Pydew, Prestatyn.
Abandoned Animals Association is the oldest registered animal charity in Denbighshire and is the only registered charity in North Wales with this name.
Our dogs are collected from the pound where they are due to be euthanased if not claimed after 7 days. Once in our care, we do our utmost to find new caring homes for all our animals, and those which we are unable to rehome become long-term residents and will always have a comfortable home at Little Pydew.
Having a strict non-destruction policy, only animals with untreatable illnesses are humanely put to sleep.
Cats are usually brought in by members of the public who are concerned for their welfare, having found them wandering the streets or left in a box at a parking lot!
On arrival, dogs and cats are immediately scanned for a microchip, and so far we have happily re-united a number of dogs and cats with their relieved owners. Also, one or two people have recognised a long-lost pet through photographs on our website.
We have accommodation for 15 dogs and 8 cats (although cats can often be paired up in one pen). However, with the ever-increasing demand for our services, it is our goal to expand the kennel and cattery areas when we are more financially secure.
On the premises, there is a 1.5 acre field surrounded by a 6ft fence: this enables dogs to run free and socialise while the more energetic pets can enjoy the agility course for fun and training.
We have a 4 acre field next to the centre which contains a sensory garden for the dogs, and is used for walking dogs, events, dog training and agility.
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