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Welcome to the National Fox Welfare Society’s Website (NFWS) A site dedicated to the welfare of the UK Fox Population
More than just fox rescue: Dedicated to the Red Fox in the UK for over 25 years, The National Fox Welfare Society provide free mange treatment to householders feeding foxes in their gardens with Sarcoptic Mange and this alone means each and every year we don't just help a few foxes, not even hundreds, but thousands! All foxes we rescue will be seen by a Veterinary Surgeon in the first instance and price is never put before the life of a fox. Whilst in our care the foxes receive the very best food along with the very best veterinary medicine to aid their recovery. When a fox that has been in our care is released back into the area the fox was caught in, we ensure, when we do so, that the fox has as much chance of survival of any wild living fox.
Stress is a big factor for a wild animal and we try to reduce this as much as possible and it is for this reason, we never have an open day. The NFWS is spending thousands of pounds each year researching Toxoplasmosis in the UK fox population in the hope of getting a better understanding of the condition and the best ways to treat it. We are enrolling and equipping new volunteer rescuers across the country almost every month.
In 2015 the National Fox Welfare Society was awarded the International Fund For Animal Welfare (IFAW) Animal Action Award and in 2016 we were the winner of the Daily Mail / RSPCA Animal Hero Awards 'Animal Enthusiast of the year'.
We also provide a fox sanctuary for foxes that can’t go back to the wild. All our rescuers, Cage trap setters, fox cub fosterers, release site providers are all voluntary, so if you can help either financially by way of a donation or by joining our Society, this would greatly help our vital work continue. Furthermore if you are able to help hands on, please click on the appropriate link below. In anticipation of your support, we thank you.
Thank you for visiting our site and if you have any comments, suggestion or questions please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help us to equip our Volunteer Fox Rescuers
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.
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.
Please see this link for more information: Help Us To Equip A Fox Rescuer
Have you got the facilities to take on a family of orphaned fox cubs for release. A secure outbuilding where the fox cubs can stay to acclimatise to their new area prior to release. A site that once they are released that is safe and away from hunting in any form? If you answered yes, please do get in touch with us via email a.s.a.p. Email NFWS here
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 (Foxes: calendar of Events)
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
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For more Mange Treatment information and or Mange Treatment Advice regarding the free mange treatment we send out please see our page by clicking on the link above on our Sarcoptic Mange, Canine Mange, Fox Mange website
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: The Story Of Phil the fox from South London
The utility of killing foxes in Scotland
A report on fox hunting in Scotland by Professor Stephen Harris BSc PhD DSc. Commissioned and published by the League Against Cruel Sports Scotland
Please click on the photo below to view the report in a PDF format
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Over the course of the last few years we have observed a significant increase in foxes testing positive for Toxoplasmosis and it has been very difficult for us to try to gain a bigger picture as to what is going on around the UK, mainly down to the cost of the Toxoplasmosis blood test currently around £70 each test. At present we have really only been blood testing those foxes that show what we consider to be the 'Clinical signs' but it has always been my goal to be able to test every fox we have in and ask other organisations to do the same, so we can gain a bigger picture with regards to Toxoplasmosis in the UK fox population and whether all foxes that are seropositive show the behavioural traits, we and others have noted.
In collaboration with Moredun Research Institute (MRI), Charly Taylor BVetMed MRCVS, Higham Ferrers Veterinary Clinic and the National Fox Welfare Society, we are excited to announce that we will be conducting a preliminary study to look for the presence of Toxoplasma antibodies in a sample of foxes and in collaboration with MRI will be looking at which strains of Toxoplasma gondii may be present in the fox population.
We would like to express my sincere thanks to the Moredun Research Institute, and to Charly Taylor, Higham Vets for this exciting opportunity that will hopefully give us all a clearer indication of the impact of Toxoplasmosis in the UK fox population.
If any organisation that deals with foxes would be willing to send fox blood / tissue samples, please contact us as the more organisations we can get on board across the UK the better.
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Foxes with Sarcoptic Mange is one of the biggest conditions that we deal with, so if you are looking for mange treatment mange treatment advice, information or to just see where Sarcoptic Mange in foxes is occurring around the country please see our links below. In an average month we can send out a staggering 300 -