The North East Wildlife & Animal Rescue Centre is a small independent Charity, based just outside Ellon, Aberdeenshire.
We are a sanctuary and haven for many unwanted, abused and abandoned pets, including horses, goats, pigs, sheep, rabbits, guinea pigs, hens and ducks. Our particular interest is in wildlife rehabilitation, and we have many years experience in hand-rearing orphan birds, and dealing with orphaned and injured mammals.
For more information, including what we do, where we are, and how to contact us, please visit our about page.
Sharing this brilliant poster with permissionWe are noticing people are being wrongly advised to release birds that have been caught by cats. If this happens please get them into a box and call a wildlife rescue, don’t release them. Even tiny small tears in the skin could be enough for sepsis to set in later. With small birds populations declining it is so important that we help and do our part to prevent suffering and illness. So please if you have a cat caught animal take them straight to a local wildlife friendly vet or call a wildlife rescue! Thank-you! ...
Thank Goodness!!!!! (photo shared from Ellon Mums page) After several weeks of concern the Ellon swans have finally finished their incubation and have been seen with 3 fluffy cygnets! We are sure this will be a great relief to everyone who has been following their progress. We are grateful to everyone who have been keeping 'look out' on the nest and the daily ( if not hourly ) reports we have been getting on their activity. Our local swans have had a hard time over the past few years, suffering road traffic accidents, dog attacks and most recently stone throwing vandals ( not to mention recent concerns over the rising water level ) we are sure everyone will be delighted by the news. Lets make sure that they are given every chance to thrive. We would ask that local dog walkers ensure their dogs are kept on lead when approaching that area or even avoid that part of their normal walk altogether. We have plenty of lovely areas in Ellon which are just as good to walk in 🙂 Although it is charming to see them up close, please don't tempt them to the bank by throwing bread. If you really want to help them.....let them get on with teaching their new family how to fend for themselves in this big bad world. They have done a great job so far 🙂 Please respect the fact that this is their home..... we are just passing, and uninvited, visitors. ...
Not only is it important to frequently clean bird feeders with disinfectant to prevent the spread of disease - it is also good to check them frequently too in case any find themselves in unusual predicaments! Things like this can happen when the lid of the feeder becomes unattached!
Thank you to the caring lady who brought in this feeder (with starling in tow!) Luckily she could take the starling back with her to release back to the garden 🙂 ...
Thank you to all our shoppie volunteers, who have been keeping us going for the past 7 years! What a team they are, working away to keep our Arc afloat <3Happy Birthday to us!! 🥳🥳 It's 7 years ago today since we opened the shop and we'd like to thank our wonderful customers and donors for the support they've given us since day one 😘 And thanks of course to our fantastic team of 42 volunteers, eleven of whom have been with us since we opened - quite an achievement in itself - thank you all sooooo much xx ...
We have had a busy week and would like to thank all our volunteers and supporters for their help in collecting and transporting animals to us. One in particular deserves special mention.....Marina who did a round trip yesterday picking up from Aberdeen, Peterhead, Fraserburgh, Forres, Elgin, Ballindalloch and back to the centre here in Ellon. Not to mention a number of other rescues this week. An absolute star!! However, help is needed every day and tomorrow there already seems to be a queue forming with early pick ups required from Kemnay and Inverurie. If you feel you can help please give us a call on 07962253867. Thank you all ...
The North East Wildlife & Animal Rescue Centre (known as The New Arc) is a small independent charity, based just outside Ellon, Aberdeenshire [ tap here for a map ].
The New Arc was set up in 2006 and is a Scottish Registered Charity (SC 037332).
Please note we are not open for visits to come and see the animals. Whilst we are happy to received injured wildlife at any time (it is always best to ring before arriving to give us your expected arrival time), we are not presently able to receive members of the public for tours.
What do we do?
Our particular interest is in wildlife rehabilitation, and we have many years experience in hand-rearing orphan birds, and dealing with orphaned and injured mammals.
We are based just outside Ellon, Aberdeenshire, but cover the whole of the North East of Scotland. We have a ten acre site, with facilities for a range of animals, from horses to guinea pigs, buzzards to foxes. We currently have several buildings which can be utilised in various ways, and are always striving to improve conditions for the animals in our care. We are totally funded by donations, sponsors and our Charity Shops.
As a small charity with many animals and birds to care for, we are not open to the public. The Sanctuary is run from our home, on our own land, and we are not set up for people to pop in and have a look around. If you wish to arrange a visit, this must be by prior appointment. Please contact us to make arrangements.
We’d like to refuse no animal, bird or reptile, whether it be domestic or wild, but with limited land it has become impossible to take every animal we are requested to help. We do try to find alternative accommodation if we cannot help, with other local organisations. We have a non destruct policy, unless the animal is beyond recovery and having taken consideration of veterinary advice.
How can you contact us?
We are very happy to give advice over the phone – (0796) 225 3867 – to anybody who finds an animal or bird they think may need help, but are unsure how to proceed. Please feel free to look at our wildlife page for some tips, and some “what to do /what no to do” ideas.
We try to be available by phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, but due to the amount of calls we now receive it may be that we cannot answer your call immediately.
Please do leave us a message via our contact page and we will do our best to get back to you as quickly as possible.
If you feel an animal or bird needs URGENT assistance please CALL on (0796) 225 3867. Often our emails are only checked once a day, and a call could save a life.
Where are we?
Directions: We are approx. half way between Ellon and Auchnagatt, on the A948 Ellon to New Deer road. From Ellon – continue past the turning for Drumwhindle up over the hill, past the turnings for Dudwick, then the turning for Stuartfield. Staying on the A948 you will see the Centre signs on the right hand side.
We are not financially supported by Government or any other large organisations – ALL our funding is raised by donations, and monies raised through our Charity Shops which are at:
Banff – 21 Low Street, Banff.
Ellon – 42 Bridge Street, Ellon.
If you have goods that you would care to donate, feel free to deliver them directly to the shops. Please do not take items for the shop to the Centre itself, we have no spare storage space.
If you would like to volunteer as a helper in the shops please pop in and ask for information.
We hope many of you will find the time to call in and visit, bring in your unwanted bits and bobs, and perhaps grab a bargain at the same time!
How can I help?
In today’s economic climate everyone is feeling the pinch. Funds are at an all time low as donations to the New Arc have dropped significantly over the past 18 months.
Not everyone can spare the time to come to the centre and give ‘hands on’ assistance, but there are ways in which people can help us continue to rescue and care for abused, neglected and unwanted pets and injured and orphaned wildlife.
You could volunteer in one of our shops (Ellon or Banff); be a pick up volunteer for the times that we cannot get to collect goods or, on occasion, birds/animals that need to come into the Centre.
If you can help in any way, we’d love to hear from you – please contact us using our web form or by phone on (0796) 225 3867.
We hope you enjoy our site! Please do to visit us again - we will be updating regularly.
If you have any questions about animals, be it advice, wanting to find a new home for your pet, adoption or needing assistance with a rescue, please contact us either by telephone (0796 225 3867), Facebook, or contact form. We look forward to hearing from you!