|The National Fox Welfare Society is a voluntary organisation with no paid
members, all of the work carried out by the Society is by people who are concerned enough
to want to do something positive for the welfare of foxes across the country.
The N.F.W.S. has volunteers across the country enabling us to get a rescuer out to an
injured or sick fox usually within the hour, wherever it may be. A great many of our calls
come from the RSPCA, and countrywide we can deal with 500 calls a month from them alone.
For sick and injured foxes across the country, we will ensure they are rescued as soon
as possible. For foxes suffering yet still mobile, we will get a cage trap on site as soon
as we are able. For foxes suffering from leg injuries and mange, we will send
treatment out within 3 days free of charge. For orphaned fox cubs, we will rear them,
introduce them to their adopted family, i.e. another three or four orphaned cubs, and we
will reintroduce them back to the wild. For people with an interest in foxes, we will send
them information to help them learn more. For people with problems with foxes, we will
give advice so as to solve the problem whilst ensuring the foxes go unharmed. For cruelty
cases, we will pay for autopsies in the hope of prosecuting the perpetrators.
We have a phone that is manned twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. We receive
no company sponsorship and have no grant income. Despite all the drawbacks, we have never
been unable to get a contact out to an injured fox wherever it may be in the country. We
strive to get a contact out to an injured fox within the hour. No donation will be spent
on colour leaflets or wages. All money received will be spent directly helping the much
In 1998 we rehabilitated 166 fox cubs that figure increased to 260 for 1999. All our
cubs are released through a soft release program on land where there is no hunting in any
form and where we have the landowners permission to release them.
Soft release is a process where the fox cubs will be put into small groups of about
five, placed in a pen on the land they are to be eventually released on and all contact
with them is then avoided so they naturally revert back to being wild. After twelve weeks
of confinement the door is left open and the cubs are free to go. Food is then left down
for at least six weeks and this is to ensure if any of the foxes are having difficulty
finding their own food they know where to come back to.