On the 9th August 2019, BeastWatch UK became a Community Interest Company (C.I.C.) operating as the country’s only national search & rescue service for escaped or abandoned exotic animals.
We are run entirely by volunteers on a non-profit making basis.
As well as supporting & advising the owners of lost pets we will endeavour to provide actual assistance in the search for & rescue of the animal. We will also respond to reports of exotic animals sighted whether or not they match up with any missing animal reports. In addition to this we will respond to wildlife emergencies using our volunteers’ skills & experience to ensure that injured animals are transported to the most appropriate venue for veterinary treatment or rehabilitation.
We will monitor & investigate reports of ‘out of place’ unrecorded non native species which appear to be living wild in the UK. It is our aim to assist an animal in need wherever this is possible & to ensure that no healthy animal is ever euthanised.
To help us in this work we have formed working relationships with a network of animal rescue groups, wildlife & exotic animal sanctuaries, zoos, statutory organisations & the emergency services throughout the United Kingdom. It is only through the dedication & commitment of our volunteers & the generosity of our supporters that we are able to continue this work & develop as an organisation.
Mike Potts Executive Director BWUK