Welcome to Hounslow Animal Welfare Society

Established in 1976, Hounslow Animal Welfare Society rescues and rehomes hundreds of abandoned cats and other domestic animals each year. Please note that the Charity does not rescue or rehome dogs.

Follow this link to our animals currently looking for homes.

Before contacting us, please read our adoption requirements and click here to check the areas around london we cover.


During the Covid-19 pandemic the team at HAWS have been looking for ways to safely re-home cats and kittens, adhering to the government’s advice to maintain a distance of two metres between people.  As you can imagine this involves major changes to our usual re-homing process and our volunteers are having to adapt whilst still ensuring that our cats find the right homes.

Much of the preliminary re-homing process is being done by telephone or video calls, although we are doing some physical home checks where we are able to access your garden without going through your home. Any conversations will happen at a distance of two metres in the outside space.  If the home visit is successful we will explain in detail how you can safely meet our cats

We  are still adhering to the catchment areas we cover and the adoption requirements detailed on our website.  Re-homing requests have increased enormously in recent months, so please understand that it will take time to organise any adoption.  In particular we have been inundated with applications to adopt kittens and we are simply not able to help would-be adopters of kittens who do not have a private garden or who live outside our catchment area.

Thank you everyone for your understanding and support.

Become a member of HAWS

We rely on regular donations to help us carry on the work we do and to be able to rescue more animals. Volunteers and supporters choose to become members so that they are able to become more involved with the charity and to be able to receive our bi-annual newsletters and to attend our Annual General Meeting. To become a full member of HAWS please visit our membership page. There are all kinds of membership whether you’d prefer to pay monthly, sign up for a year, 5 years or a lifetime.

Click here to download an application form (to post to us)

Homes always needed for feral cats

Do you know of a farm, stables, small holding, garden centre, microbreweries or anywhere else that might be suitable for feral cats to live. They will be neutered. We will provide pens to keep them contained for 4-6 weeks, and introductory food and litter. Although they will be independent and will pretty much look after themselves, they would need to be fed and watered and given shelter. Healthy cats make better mousers!

We are based near Hounslow, West London but willing to travel to home counties depending on distance.

Let us know by emailing us now

For more information click here

Happy endings

We all love happy endings, don’t we? Well, we’ve had a few new ones come in recently! You can see these stories by going to our happy endings page.

Please email us to add your pet to our happy endings page.

Raise FREE funds for Hounslow Animal Welfare when you do your shopping online via easyfundraising

Shopping with Easyfundraising

There are nearly 3,000 retailers including Pets at Home, Zooplus and all our other favourite stores, who’ll give free donations to us via easyfundraising and it won’t cost you a penny extra. Note that if you select Amazon you will be taken to Amazonsmile. See below.

Get the free easyfundraising app for your mobile or tablet and you’ll never miss a donation.

Amazon Smile

We are signed up with Amazon Smile.  If you purchase through Amazon and choose us as your charity they will donate 0.5% of your purchase price to us. Every penny counts and we would really appreciate your support.

Click here to join up

Our Amazon Wish List

Amazon Wish List

Like us on Facebook

For regular updates and to hear about current rescues, appeals, news of our animals etc.

Please visit and like our Facebook page

Become a member

Become a member and be a part of shaping the future of our charity. You will receive our regular bi-annual newsletters so that you can keep up to date with everything which is going on and see some of the animals we are rescuing every day. We will also keep you informed of any fundraising events we are running.

To find out about our memberships please sign up now.

Foster homes urgently needed

Please fill out our adoption form so that all your details will go on our system. Also a huge majority of our foster carers actually adopt the first cats we give them so this speeds up the adoption too! Just put that you’d like to foster in the ‘info’ field at the end of the form and send it to us. We will arrange for you to have a home visit. If you don’t hear from us within a week, please email us so that we can fast track your enquiry.

Please neuter your kittens!

The number of unwanted pets in our area is becoming endemic. HAWS have a strict non-destruction policy (no matter how old or how much medical help our cats may need) but that does mean that our resources are often overstretched.
One of the key reasons for the huge number of unwanted pets and strays is that people are not neutering them.
Click here to read more about neutering your pets

GoldenGivingFundraise via Golden Giving

If you would like to organise an event to raise money for us – anything from a sponsored parachute jump or a marathon perhaps, you could set it up direclty via our Golden Giving fundraising form, and then ask all your friends to sponsor you. Click here to get started with Golden Giving.

VIP-Register2Collect lifelines for us with your Pets at Home VIP card

After joining you receive a Pets at home VIP card and a 10% voucher off your first shop at Pets at home, plus other discounts from time to time. You collect VIP Lifeline points every time your card is swiped. Go online and choose HAWS to be the animal charity of choice to receive your Lifeline points, then after you have spent enough to qualify, we receive these points converted into vouchers for us to spend in the store.

For more information on joining the Pets at Home VIP club click here

Sell for HAWS on Ebay

Ebay logoIf you have any good quality items which you’d like to donate, it would save us a lot of time if you could put them on Ebay and sell them for us. Hounslow Animal Welfare Society is on Ebay‘s list of charities so you can choose to donate from 10-100% to us. If you are not sure how to do this you can always email us for advice by clicking here.

How you can help us

We’re grateful to those who kindly donate money for our animals. Also to everyone else who helps in any way. We really do appreciate everything you do, whether re-homing, fostering, transporting, fundraising – or even just spreading the word about our charity.