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Lynn with Pudsey Bear at a Children in Need event

How we help our communities and charities

Here at Animals in Mind, we support many charity events for local community groups with our Animal Workshops and Animal Assisted Therapy. We select our featured charity every year and prioritise charities that support disadvantaged people, particularly children and adults with learning difficulties or disabilities.


We also support via donations and fundraising / volunteering for charities.


For 2022, our featured charities are: The PDA Society, The British Hedgehog Preservation Society and the RSPCA.

Trained dog guiding a patient with autism through a tunnel

The PDA Society

PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance) is widely understood to be a profile on the autism spectrum, involving the avoidance of everyday demands and the use of ‘social’ strategies as part of this avoidance. PDA individuals share autistic characteristics and also have many of the ‘key features’ of a PDA profile.

                                                                      (PDA Society, 2022)

Animals in Mind began working with a young child with a PDA profile in January 2022. This child was the inspiration behind AiM nominating the PDA Society as our main charity for 2022.

The impact PDA has on the person and their family, particularly  when struggling to get diagnosis is significant. Understanding of PDA is still emerging and this small charity is invaluable in raising awareness and supporting individuals and families who have a family member with a a PDA profile.

To find out more, or donate, please visit the PDA website:

Animal Assisted Therapy / Interventions
Hedgehog in golden Autumn leaves surrounded by red rosehips and green foliage. Facing forw

British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS)

The native British Hedgehog Hedgehog (Erinaceus Europaeus) is in serious decline in the UK.

Founded in 1982, The British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) is a registered UK Charity (number 1164542) dedicated to helping & protecting hedgehogs native to the UK. Through our campaigns, advocacy and educational projects we work to raise awareness of the practical steps we can take to help reverse the decline of hedgehogs in the wild, improve their welfare and safeguard the future of this much-loved animal. We also fund research that provides important new insights into the conservation and welfare of hedgehogs.

                                                                             (BHPS 2022)

Lynn at Animals in Mind is a Hedgehog Champion and gives free talks at charity events to educate on the preservation of our native hedgehog. The BPHS provide us with information flyers for these events and we encourage people to visit their site for free resources to learn how everyone, no matter where you live protect our hedgehog. To find out more, or to donate visit the BHPS directly

Animal Assisted Education
Image by Madeline Bowen


Animals in Mind believe in 'Adopt, not Shop' to give the thousands of animals in rescue a good loving home and most of our beloved Animal Assistants have come from a range of rescue settings.

Recent fosters / adoptees include:

Daisy, Duke and Honey the three young Rex Rabbits, all adopted from Essex Rabbit Rescue in February 2022.


Vicky, the 18 year old Turkish Spur Thigh Tortoise was adopted in 2021 from a couple who were struggling to look after her.

Romeo, the African Pygmy Hedgehog was adopted from Essex African Pygmy Hedgehog Rescue.

RSPCA Northampton, are our designated charity for Amazon Smile points for 2022. For more information or to donate to the RSPCA, please follow the link below:

Animal Assisted Encounters in Care
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