The Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust (JSAWT) was set up in 1982, by philanthropist and animal lover Mrs Jean Sainsbury.

Since the first small donations were made 1983, JSAWT has given over £12 million to animal welfare charities working both in the UK and abroad.

To see the vital work JSAWT is currently supporting, check out our News Page.

During 2023, to celebrate 40 Years of Giving, JSAWT has donated £412,000 in additional funding.

Take a look here to read the stories of charities we have helped during this time.

In 2022 JSAWT donated a total of £605,173 which was distributed across the charities we supported as follows:

The Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust has seven Trustees including two practising veterinary surgeons, one of whom is a partner in a mixed small animal, farm animal and equine practice and the other specialises in birds and wildlife.

The objectives of JSAWT are to donate to UK registered charities whose purposes encompass one or more of the following:

  • to benefit or protect animals
  • to relieve animals from suffering
  • to conserve wild life
  • to encourage the understanding of animals

JSAWT invites applications for funding, which are then reviewed against specific criteria, as set by the Trustees in accordance with the objectives of the Trust. Find out more about our application process here: Applications

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The Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust is not in any way connected to the Sainsbury family or retail group.

Registered charity no. 326358