Welcome to the National Fox Welfare Society’s Website (NFWS) A site dedicated to the welfare of the UK Fox Population
The story of Phil the fox from South London and how one man called Peter saved his life. Phil was suffering very badly with Sarcoptic Mange and was very emaciated. This little fox needed help. The video above explains how Peter managed to catch little Phil so we could take him on for the aftercare and treatment for his mange. To see all the photos of Phil and his full story please visit our Facebook Page here:
Toxoplasmosis: Is a Parasitic Disease caused by the Protozoan Toxoplasmosis gondi. Protozoan being a single-
Studies in rats have shown that rats infected with Toxoplasmosis do not fear cat pheromones even though Rodents instinctively shy away from the smells of a cat. So it would seem that for the parasite to complete its life cycle the infected rat would have to be caught by a cat. What better way than to infect the part of the brain that would normally shy away from this and make life harder for the cat to catch the rat! So the cat catches and kills the rat and eats it and the life cycle is complete and ready to start again when the cat goes toilet.
Fox Watching In the shadow of the fox by Martin Hemmington Foreword by Professor Stephen Harris (Second Edition)
Pudding the fox makes the front cover!
The author has much useful information on how to find, attract and watch foxes, as well as how to photograph them and how using wildlife cameras you can gain an insight into what is happening with the foxes when you are not able to observe them. How to become an amateur biologist, keeping records of the annual diet of your foxes, how to age a fox casualty and how to make casts of their footprints.
Martin Hemmington has been studying foxes for over 10 years when he wrote this book, during this which time his admiration for the fox grew so much that he formed the National Fox Welfare Society to which he has devoted himself full time for over 20 years. New 2nd Edition is available now at just £9.99 plus £2.00 postage
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Problems with Foxes?
Thinking of calling Pest Control? Thinking of spending vast amounts of money on Fox Consultation companies? Think again. Most fox problems are seasonal and are usually related to fox cubs or juvenile foxes. Fox cubs born in your garden, will leave of their own accord usually in June to early July where they will start travelling further afield with the adult parents. Calling on Pest Control companies to kill the fox is not only cruel but a complete waste of your money. And only lines the pockets of the Company involved. What they do not tell you is usually in August these fox cubs will start to leave the area in search of a territory and mate of their own..
Just having an insight into what happens and when can save you hundreds of pounds and importantly without the cruelty that is involved. Please see our Calendar of Events Page to gain an insight as to what the foxes are doing in each month of the year
A report on fox hunting in Scotland by Professor Stephen Harris BSc PhD DSc. Commissioned and published by the League Against Cruel Sports Scotland.
The utility of killing foxes in Scotland
Please click on the photo above to view the report in a PDF format
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Could you give a pair of foxes that can’t go back to the wild, a New Home?
For the many foxes we rescue suffering from Toxoplasmosis,
sadly they can’t go back to the wild as they prove too human-
If you think you can offer a safe forever home please do get in touch with us.
Free Sarcoptic Mange Treatment Packs for householders
Feeding foxes with mange.
Foxes suffering from Sarcoptic Mange is possibly one of the busiest areas of our work. If your visiting fox looks like any of the above photographs of foxes suffering from mange, then we would possibly look to try to cage trap the fox to bring in to treat. If your visiting fox /s are in the early stages, or anything up to 50% hair loss we can send you free mange treatment that can be added to food each night. So if you are looking for mange treatment or mange treatment advice, information, or to just see where Sarcoptic Mange in foxes is occurring around the UK please click on the arrow. In an average month we can send out a staggering 500 -
Free Treatment here
Good Forever homes
If you think you can offer a safe home for two foxes please get in touch
We will always home foxes that can’t go back to the wild in pairs
The foxes we home are only suitable for large outside enclosures
Fitting into their world
You will need to fit into their world rather than expecting them to fit into yours
National Fox Welfare Society
135 Higham Road, Rushden, Northants NN10 6DS
Phone: 01933 411996
Emergency: 07778 183954
Can you help by purchasing some of this equipment and in doing so know the money you spend is helping many many foxes, not just one. Often donations can be spent on other items like mange treatments etc, but by purchasing directly from the supplier, you can ensure your donation is actually being spent on equipment. Click on the arrow link be taken to the page.
The more Equipped Fox Rescuers we have across the country, the more foxes we can rescue. Often we have people volunteer their services free of charge to us in areas where we are desperate for volunteers. Unfortunately we can’t equip everyone with all the equipment that is needed ie Cage Trap, Graspers, Gloves, Carrier and Stretcher. In addition when foxes suffering from life threatening injuries or conditions are reported to us, often we have to put these cases onto a waiting list because we simply do not have enough cage traps to cover all calls. In one area sometimes we can have three people waiting for a trap, as each trap needs to be set for at least a week in our attempts to cage trap the sick foxes, you can see how sometimes, some foxes don’t get the help in time.
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