About the Society for Abandoned Animals


The Society for Abandoned Animals is a local animal charity based in Manchester. We care for and re-home unwanted cats and rabbits and would never allow a healthy animal to be put down. Before adoption, all our animals are given a full health check, vaccinated, neutered and micro chipped

Many of our animals have not had the best start in life and are in need of support from their new families. To ensure they get this it is our policy to carry out home checks on all potential new homes prior to adoption. In this way we hope to provide the most suitable homes for our animals and give them the best possible chance of finding their new forever families.

The SAA gained charity status in 1967 and is funded with the support of individual donors, corporate partnerships and our own fundraising activities. The Society is staffed by a small team of paid employees and is supported by a great number of committed volunteers, without whom we could not operate. If you would like to get involved with the SAA and our work, why not make a donation, volunteer or foster. Any help you can offer will always be greatly appreciated by all of us here at the SAA and of course by all of the animals in our care!

In just five years we have successfully rehomed

The History of SAA Rescueabout us SAA

The Society for Abandoned Animals was originally established in 1966 by Peggy Henderson and her colleagues to deal with the large numbers of animals displaced by the housing clearance in the Hulme area of Manchester. Peggy’s aim and that of her friends and local residents was to find new, permanent and loving homes for the homeless animals.

The scale of the problem meant that the society required larger premises, so in 1969 they relocated to Buxton in Derbyshire. The site proved not to be ideal, being remote and difficult for the public to access and therefore closed after seven years. Peggy and her companions continued to care for and re-home animals from private homes until more suitable premises could be found.

Our current location, Mosley Acre Farm, was purchased in 1994 and named “The Peggy Henderson Animal Sanctuary” after our founder, although the charity name remains as it was originally registered with the Charity commission by Peggy in 1967 “Society for Abandoned Animals”.

Meet Our Team

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Julie, Part Time Office Assistant

I started coming to the SAA in February 2008 as a volunteer dog walker and trainer. I spent a few months as a Temporary Animal Care Assistant and have now moved indoors as a Part Time Office Assistant. At home I have four dogs, six cats and a ferret, all rescued. In my spare time I compete at dog agility with my lurchers.

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Shirley, Animal Care Assistant

I began volunteering at the SAA both in the office and with the rabbits. In a complete change of career I took a job with the SAA as a Volunteer Co-ordinator working 4 days a week and now work as an Animal Care Assistant. At home, I'm kept busy by one teenage girl and two cheeky, lionhead house-rabbits adopted from the SAA!

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Sarah, Animal Care Assistant

In 2012 I decided I needed a career change (after six years in accountancy) I joined the SAA volunteering with the dogs. I then moved on to being a Receptionist before I was lucky enough to get a position on the Animal Care Team. At home I have an 8 year old Boxer-Lab-Cross and a 2 year old cat who are both rescues.

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Lorna, Animal Care Assistant

After working in retail for many years I decided to follow my passion for animals and go back to college. While studying Animal Care I started working at SAA to get hands on experience. I love my job & enjoy seeing animals find a loving home after having a tough time. At home I have a black Labrador, 2 cats, a guinea pig & two rabbits.

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Heather, Part Time Office Assistant

I First started volunteering at the SAA in 2013 as work experience for my Animal Care qualifications. I then continued as a senior dog volunteer for 2 years before I got the job as Office Assistant. I have a rescue dog - a Staffie x Jack Russell who is now 9 years old.

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Emma, Part Time Office Assistant

I volunteered for the sanctuary for a while before I went travelling, upon returning I began an Animal Management course and had the pleasure of undertaking my work experience here at the SAA. I stayed on as a volunteer looking after both cats & rabbits before getting the job in the office. At home I have a Labrador & steal love of other peoples animals when possible.

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Lucy, Team Leader

I did my work experience at the SAA many years ago, so knew already of the fantastic work the charity does. After a Biology degree and a brief stint of teaching science, I leapt at the opportunity to join the team as Team Leader in 2017. My house is home to cats, guinea pigs, chickens, axolotls, and a snake – and any wild birds needing nursing back to health!

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Meg, Fundraiser

I joined the SAA in 2017 after spending many years working with a variety of animals from pets and farm animals to wildlife and zoo animals as well as several years doing different roles for charities. I am so excited to join the team and to continue the fantastic work that the SAA does. My house is also home to lots of rescue animals!

Our Current Facilities

Staffed 7 days a week and open to the public daily 12 noon – 16:30 six days a week, with the exception of Wednesdays and Christmas day. The site currently cares for and re-homes cats and rabbits.


Cat facilities include a cat rehoming unit with 13 pens, 2 quarantine units and an isolation unit. Staff and volunteers also care for 21 feral cats on site; these are all neutered and vaccinated and receive any medical treatment required.


Rabbit facilities include a 13 pen rehoming unit, an isolation unit and rabbit boarding facilities.


Unfortunately we are not currently taking dogs.


Secure dog playing field

We have an enclosed field available for hire for dogs who cannot be let off lead on walks.  Whatever the reason – poor recall, not good with other dogs, not good with strangers you can hire the field for private use £5 for a 30 minute slot.  Please call the office on 0161 973 5318 or email office@saarescue.co.uk to book.

if you would like to view before you book feel free to visit during our normal opening hours.

(Please be aware the field can get muddy after heavy rain and lots of doggy paws running around so be sure to bring appropriate footwear)

Animal Care Staff

Our Animal Care team all have backgrounds and/or experience in animal care and welfare and are therefore able to assess the animals in our care and to provide ongoing medical treatments as required. The staff are extremely well supported on all animal care welfare and medical issues by our partnership veterinary practices.

Future Developments

We have plans to develop our animal facilities, to improve the welfare of the animals in our care as well as being able to accomodate more animals. This is entirely dependent on the generosity of our donors, as well as support from our members, volunteers, corporate partners and charitable foundations.

Our current building project aims to expand our cat rehoming facility. To find out more, please visit our dedicated website www.saacats.com.


Meet Our Animals




Tap the pictures above to see our animals available for adoption!

Ways you can help

Click the icons on the right to find out more about how you can support the Society for Abandoned Animals - any help would be greatly appreciated!