Heathlands Animal Sanctuary is a registered charity based in Royston, Hertfordshire, and is run solely by volunteers dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of unwanted domestic pets. The organisation takes in dogs, cats, rabbits, and some types of caged birds. They do not rescue wildlife. Every year they find secure, loving new homes for 300–400 animals, most of whom would otherwise have been destroyed in council pounds when their 7 days are up. Heathlands have a policy of non-destruction, which means they will never destroy a healthy, well-balanced animal. They do not have premises, most of their animals are cared for by foster carers in their own homes. Some dogs are boarded at commercial kennels until they have a foster space. By placing animals in foster homes they get a much better idea of their temperaments, and in particular, they can find out if dogs get along with children, cats and other dogs, as well as introducing some basic training - something many have never had.
Heathlands Animal Sanctuary has rehomed most animals in the Herts/Cambs/Beds area although adoptions nationwide are considered. A donation for each animal, when they are rehomed, is asked for to recover some costs.