Principles of Herefordshire Wildlife Rescue

  1. HWR does not discriminate on the basis of species.

We do not make judgements on wild animals.

Pigeons, squirrels and rabbits are cared for as diligently as owl babies and deer fawns.

In doing this, we honour the compassion shown by the public in reaching out to us to ask for help for a wild animal.

It is our view that by holding this first principle, we will reinforce and encourage kindness towards animals.

  1. We similarly do not tolerate prejudice, discrimination, bullying or unkindness of any kind towards humans, within our organisation while working alongside us as volunteers or out in the community.
  2. Euthanasia. We operate a euthanasia policy based on quality of life for the animal concerned.

Our aim is always to release wildlife to live as full out the life they evolved to fulfil. However, we do not automatically put euthanise animals which cannot be released. Instead we make a team decision based on whether the animal is suffering, will settle well into a captive lifestyle, can have a ‘job’ in helping new casualties to settle into hospital treatment, or as an ambassador for conservation in schools and whether we can offer it the chance to experience  RSPCA five freedoms, listed below.  If an animal is clearly stressed and unable to cope in captivity, and has no chance of rehabilitation, only then will we consider euthanasia. This means we sometimes provide long-term sanctuary to disabled wildlife.


A suitable environment

A suitable diet

Ability to exhibit normal behaviour patterns

To be housed with, or apart, from other animals as appropriate

To be protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease.

  1. We have had a policy of building capacity with Herefordshire to take care of wildlife casualties by continually seeking professional advise and gaining new knowledge from a growing network of expert mentors

Sasha has links to Oxford University’s Zoology Department from whom she is able to seek expert opinion where necessary.