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“For the benefit of the public to relieve the suffering of animals in need of care and attention and, in particular, to provide and maintain rescue homes or other facilities for the reception, care and treatment of such animals.”
“To promote humane behaviour towards animals by providing appropriate care, protection, treatment and security for animals which are in need of care and attention by reason of sickness, maltreatment, poor circumstances or ill usage and to educate the public in matters pertaining to animal welfare in general and the prevention of cruelty and suffering among animals.”
Activities a charity for these purposes might be carrying out:
Offering shelter or sanctuary for animals which are in need of medical attention; providing medical treatment for animals; actively seeking new homes for “rescued” animals.
NB: it is not charitable to offer sanctuary to fit and healthy animals.