Dog Rescues in the UK

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Under Construction We are still adding rescues to this page. If you know of a rescue that should be added to this list please e-mail the details to rescueslist@dogrescue.info

The listed organisations have no connection with each other or with The Dog Rescue Network and cannot be held responsible for the actions of the rescues listed here. Organisations are listed for the information only and their presence on this page is not an endorsement or recommendation by The Dog Rescue Network.

Dog Rescues in Avon

NorthGloucestershire SouthSomerset EastWiltshire
The listed rescues are based in this county. They may rehome pets to a limited locality, regional area or nationwide. Click on the arrows to see rescues in neighbouring counties. Click on the pink links for more information.

Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary Gurney, Bristol
Some of our rescues have been much-loved pets but changed circumstances have forced their owners to part with them. Others come to us as strays - unwanted and abandoned. Some come to us because their owners simply can't cope with them or they just don't want them anymore, sadly sometimes animals come to us because their owner has died and there is no one left to look after them. We also take try as many 'death row dogs' as we possibly can, from council run dog pounds across the country. Many sweet-natured loving animals find themselves facing destruction because they have not been claimed by their owners within the short time period of 7 days. These animals receive no veterinary care and many are in a poor state of health. This is heart breaking and sadly we cannot help them all, but where possible we offer these animals the chance of a new life. Click here to read about our adoption procedure.

Dogs Needing Homes at Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary, Bristol

Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary
Wild Country Lane
Barrow
Gurney
Bristol
BS48 3SE
Telephone: 01275 474719

Dog Rescues in Bedfordshire

WestBuckinghamshire NorthNorthamptonshire SouthHertfordshire EastCambridgeshire
The listed rescues are based in this county. They may rehome pets to a limited locality, regional area or nationwide. Click on the arrows to see rescues in neighbouring counties. Click on the pink links for more information.

Appledown Dog Rescue Dunstable, Beds
At Appledown Kennels, as well as providing boarding kennels, we are also involved in rescuing and re-homing dogs. A large proportion of dogs are unclaimed strays so we do not necessarily have history of behaviour and temperament but we do spend a lot of time assessing each dog. Contact us for more about our dog rescue services. We occasionally have puppies for re-homing. Families with children below 7 years of age can only adopt a puppy. House checks are required for all applicants before placement.

Rescue opening times: 10am - 4pm.

Appledown Dog Rescue
Harling Road
Eaton Bray
Dunstable
Bedfordshire
LU6 1QY
Telephone: 01525 302 288
Email: enquiries@appledown.co.uk


Animals at Risk Shelter Luton, Beds
Animals at Risk Shelter (Registered Charity No 1044094) operates from our home and we handle a mixture of animals numbering 500-600 per year; and we have a no-kill policy at our shelter unless the animals quality of life has gone. We first started animal rescue 30 years ago and have been vegans for the same number of years. Apart from the animals we have for re-homing, we have on average, at any one time, 40 to 50 residential infirm animals, mainly cats and dogs. These live the rest of their days at the shelter, as they are unsuitable for re-homing for various age and health reasons.

Opening Times: We are open every Saturday and Sunday 11am - 3pm

Animals at Risk Shelter
341 Ashcroft Road
Luton
Bedfordshire
LU2 9AE
Telephone: 001582 728853
Email: help@animalsatriskshelter.org


Albery Dog Rescue Luton, Beds
Non profit making dog rescue established on 1st October 2004 by its founder Beryl Griffiths who has spent a lifetime rescuing animals.


Dog Rescues in Berkshire

WestWiltshire NorthOxfordshire SouthHampshire EastSurrey
The listed rescues are based in this county. They may rehome pets to a limited locality, regional area or nationwide. Click on the arrows to see rescues in neighbouring counties. Click on the pink links for more information.

Binfield Dog Rescue Wokingham, Berks
Binfield Dog Rescue has been finding homes for unwanted, abandoned and stray dogs since 1966. Dogs stay in our kennels until they find a home and we pride ourselves on the fact that eventually they do find a suitable home. Many of our dogs are unclaimed strays from dog pounds in surrounding counties and in Wales. You can meet the dogs at the kennels during our normal opening hours and can walk them on the bridle path nearby. Binfield Dog Rescue survives on donations of food for the dogs and money to pay vet fees. If you would like to help a dog during it's stay with us please send a cheque or postal order for any amount or bring your food/money donation to our kennels. We also require old blankets, towels, sheets, quilts, pillows, Etc regardless of condition which we use as bedding for the dogs. Of course, any old dog items that you may no longer require such as beds, bowls, leads, toys, tennis balls, Etc are always welcome since some of the dogs destroy these! Dogs needing homes.

Binfield Dog Rescue
Maidenhead Road
Billingbear
Wokingham
Near Reading
Berkshire
RG40 5RR
Telephone: 01344 421490 (9am-4:30pm)

NORMAL OPENING HOURS:
Monday - Friday 1pm - 4:30pm
Saturday 9am - 4:30pm
Sunday 9am - 4pm

The Border Collie Spot Binfield, Berks
The Border Collie Spot is a border collie rescue centre run by Gill White in Binfield near Wokingham, Berkshire. Gill has been rescuing Border Collies for 8 years. It has always been her dream to rescue unwanted and neglected farm dogs and this was realised when her network expanded enough to reach right across the UK. Gill has rescued hundreds of dogs since the rescue started and she will not turn away any dog in need of her care. She endeavours to find homes for collies of all size, shape, colour and background, no matter how tragic and damaged they are. Gill always has a number of rescue dogs for adoption, plus a few who cannot be homed and seven of her own Border Collies. The expenses incurred for the care of these dogs comes from Gillís own pocket and she is retired, so this is literally from her pension! Gill relies on the kindness of the public for funding and also has a small team of volunteers who give up their time to help the dogs and fund raise.

The Border Collie Spot
Gill White (Wokingham, Berkshire)
The White Cottage,
Forest Road,
Binfield,
Berkshire.
RG42 4ED
Tel: 01344 450206

Kathy Clements (Wales)
Tel: 01545 560885 or 07888846500

Diana Brimblecombe Animal Rescue Centre Wokingham, Berks
The Diana Brimblecombe Animal Rescue Centre formerly the Animal Rescue Group, Wokingham, was founded over 40 years ago. For a large part of that time animals rescued by the Charity were kept at the home of Mrs Brimblecombe, who was awarded the MBE in 2001 for services to Animal Rescue. All the animals at DBARC are cared for by a dedicated team of staff, including both paid and voluntary team members, working under the guidance of our gifted and dedicated Manager who is an experienced and highly qualified Veterinary Nurse. Working in an Animal Rescue is demanding, and can be hard and upsetting at times, but is also tremendously rewarding and satisfying, as it is a real chance to make a difference. Although we only rarely have paid vacancies, we are always glad to welcome new volunteers, so if you feel able to help us in any way, please feel free to e-mail us to find out more. There are always animals to clean, feed and care for, and maybe just to be cuddled and made to feel special. There is ongoing maintenance and improvements to be made to the Centre itself. We are also desperate to expand our fund-raising activity, and there are endless administrative tasks too, so whatever you feel you can offer to help the animals, we would love to hear from you!

Nelsons Lane,
Hurst,
Nr. Wokingham,
Berkshire.
RG10 0RR
Telephone: 0118 9341122
Registered Charity No. 288473

Open daily 11.00am to 1.00pm, and 2.00pm to 4.00pm

National Animal Welfare Trust Great Shefford, Berks
Over the years the Trust has become increasingly aware of how much elderly pet owners rely on their pets. The love and companionship an animal gives can often be vital to a person's well-being. Since the Centre opened in 2001 many older pets have been able to enjoy the unique facilities it has to offer. Many worry about their pets should anything happen to them, particularly when they have no family or friends able to help. The elderly pet owner can rest assured that, when the times comes, the National Animal Welfare Trust will look after their special "friend". Many have also been re-homed to some very special people and still have much love to give. Trindledown Farm provides a tranquil and caring home with, as far as is possible, the feel of a sitting room the doting owner has provided for years. Sofas, armchairs, television, radio and central heating are standard in all units. All this, plus the tender loving care of trained staff and helpers. Trindledown Farm is set in approximately ten acres, on the edge of the Lambourn Downs in Berkshire. It provides home from home comforts, with, eventually, its own modern veterinary unit to cater for all needs. Visitors and volunteers are welcome. Dogs needing homes.

Retirement Home for Elderly Animals
Trindledown Farm
Wantage Road
Great Shefford
Berkshire
RG17 7DQ
Telephone: 01488 638584

Dogs Trust Newbury, Berks
Founded in 1891, Dogs Trust, formerly known as the NCDL, has always campaigned on dog-welfare related issues to ensure a safe and happy future for our four-legged friends. The health and happiness of every dog is at the heart of all our efforts and we try to find each and every dog in our care a loving home for life. Dogs needing homes.

Plumbs Farm
Hamstead Marshall
Newbury
Berks
RG20 0HR
Tel: 01488 658391

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Old Windsor, Berks
Old Windsor (previously named Bell Mead Kennels) has been one of the country centres of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home since 1979. 2006 was another year of builders and muddy boots for staff at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, Old Windsor but the results made it all worthwhile. Nestling gently into the hillside in front of the kennels, the cattery boasts state-of-the-art facilities for our feline friends. The cattery is being named the Hoerner Cattery after recently retired Chairman and Trustee, John Hoerner, who dedicated 18 years to the Home. The new building also has public waiting and interview areas and, behind the scenes, a kitchen, laundry and large stores area. Separate from the main public area there are also isolation pens and maternity pens for mums and new-born kittens.

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, Old Windsor
Priest Hill
Old Windsor
Berkshire
SL4 2JN
Tel: 01784 432929

Monday to Friday: 1pm to 4pm
Weekends and Bank Holidays: 10.30am to 4pm

Pine Ridge Dog Sanctuary Ascot, Berks
Pine Ridge Dog Sanctuary has been operating since 1958. All our dogs are vaccinated, wormed and neutered (when old enough) prior to being homed. Please support us by sending a donation or remembering us in your will.

Pine Ridge Dog Sanctuary
Priory Rd,
Ascot,
Berkshire
SL5 8RJ
Tel: 01344 882689
Registered Charity No. 256728


Dog Rescues in Buckinghamshire

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The listed rescues are based in this county. They may rehome pets to a limited locality, regional area or nationwide. Click on the arrows to see rescues in neighbouring counties. Click on the pink links for more information.

Stokenchurch Dog Rescue Stokenchurch, Bucks
Stokenchurch dog rescue (formerly known as The Dog Rescue and Welfare Society) was originally formed by local residents in 1963 to save the lives of stray and unwanted dogs, as well as those impounded by the Police. Since then many thousands of dogs have been brought to us and have been successfully re-homed. And, although the Police no longer take in 'lost' pets, we still provide this invaluable service to pet owners until they can be reunited with their much loved canine family member once again. We never destroy a healthy dog, believing that somewhere there is a kind and permanent home for every dog. We also take in and care for the sick, the old and the traumatised, and no dog in need is ever refused our help. If we have room, we offer them all a home and do everything within our power to rehabilitate them whenever possible, both physically and psychologically. We always have dogs of all ages, sizes and shapes, and all have different personalities, temperaments and needs. Some may need an extra-special new home, others may need owners with experience of their particular breed, and some may not be suitable to share a new home with small children. Always keeping our dogs characteristics and previous experiences in mind, we do our very best to match the right owner with the right dog on an individual basis. Click 'Dogs needing homes' for more information. Dogs needing homes.

Stokenchurch Dog Rescue
Tower Farm,
Oxford Road,
Stokenchurch,
Bucks,
HP14 3TD
Telephone: 01494 482695


HULA Animal Rescue Buckinghamshire
HULA Animal Rescue is a small registered charity (registration number 1094115) that has been helping animals and their owners since 1972. The charity has had a few names in the past such as the South Midlands Animal Sanctuary and the Bedfordshire Home for Unwanted and Lost Animals, but as this was rather a mouthful has been shortened to HULA. HULA has re-homed many thousands of animals since it was founded. The average length of stay at HULA is one to two months before being re-homed. HULA has a non-destruction policy and never put an animal to sleep unless for physical or psychological health reasons. All animals are neutered, micro-chipped, vaccinated, vet checked and wormed. HULA receives no Government funding and is an independent charity.

Dogs Needing Homes

Cats Needing Homes

Rabbits Needing Homes

HULA Animal Rescue
Glebe Farm
Salford Road,
Aspley Guise
Milton Keynes
MK17 8HZ
Telephone: 01908 584000
Email: hularescueoffice@gmail.com

Dog Rescues in Cambridgeshire, England

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The listed rescues are based in this county. They may rehome pets to a limited locality, regional area or nationwide. Click on the arrows to see rescues in neighbouring counties. Click on the pink links for more information.

Animal Helpline Dog Rescue Wansford, Cambridgeshire
At Animal Helpline we try to help any breed who needs our help space permitting, for this reason a majority of the dogs we do take into our care are the ones who may wait longer for a new home. A large percentage of people looking to help a rescue dog will want a Spaniel a Labrador a small dog or a Collie type. The plain crossbreed, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, the large dog will all be bottom of most peoples list or not even make that list. This appeal is a push for that dog, the one people will pass and not even give a second glance to, the one who if you saw a picture of you would quickly pass over, the one who may not have the looks but the nature that would just be perfect for you.

Animal Helpline Dog Rescue
Toll Cottage,
Leicester Rd.
Wansford.
Cambridgeshire.
PE8 6NN.
just off the A47 near Peterborough, not far from RAF Wittering.
Email: animalhelpline@hotmail.co.uk
Phone: 07849 637862 or 01780783331
Registered Charity Number 1151287

Ravenswood Pet Rescue Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border
We are a small independent rescue based on the Cambridge/Norfolk border. We are self financed and do all our fundraising from car boot sales, quiz nights, kind donations and adoption fees etc. There are only a few of us working here and we would love to hear from you if you are interested in adopting one of our animals.

Click here to see dogs needing homes at Ravenswood Pet Rescue


A Second Chance Rescue Cambridgeshire area
We are a small rescue based in the Cambridgeshire area, run solely on the hard work of our volunteers. Most of the dogs that come into our care are either surrendered by their owners, or are pulled from the many pounds across the UK. The majority of our dogs are placed in foster homes as soon as possible, and assessed prior to homing. Sometimes it is necessary for dogs to be boarded until a foster home is found, and this costs the rescue roughly &#pound;40 a week, per dog! We aim to rescue and rehome as many dogs as possible, but we cannot do this without the dedication of our fosters and volunteers, working tirelessly to help the dogs and raise vital funds. If you would be interested in joining us by becoming a foster home or a volunteer please contact us. We cover all costs involved with fostering, such as vet bills, food etc., and we offer full support and back up should you need us.

Click here to see dogs needing homes at A Second Chance Rescue


Dog Rescues in Cornwall

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The listed rescues are based in this county. They may rehome pets to a limited locality, regional area or nationwide. Click on the arrows to see rescues in neighbouring counties. Click on the pink links for more information.

Canine Crusaders Camborne, Cornwall
Canine Crusaders was founded in February 2002 to try to improve dog welfare in Cornwall, and help reduce the number of dogs going needlessly into rescue. It is heartbreaking, and unbelievably frustrating to have so many requests for help and know that we can only tackle a tiny proportion, due to lack of funds, facilities and resources. We do what we can, but of course it isn't anywhere near enough. Every day we are asked to help between one and eight dogs. We have no kennels, so we rehome either by keeping the dogs in their existing homes or, if that isn't possible, using suitable foster homes as temporary holding points. All homes are fully checked, and full support is given. In some cases, we use local boarding kennels until the right home can be found for a dog. We are asked to take in strays, too, so we are always on the lookout for more foster homes. Fostering is a hugely rewarding, two-way process, with both dogs and foster carers benefitting from the experience.

We do NOT have kennels at present. All dogs available for rehoming are temporarily in Foster Homes. If you are interested in rehoming a dog please telephone or Email us for further details. Foster and permanent homes URGENTLY needed! Dogs needing homes.

Canine Crusaders
Camborne area
Cornwall
Tel: 01209 717512
Email: info@caninecrusaders.co.uk

Gables Farm Dogs' & Cats' Home Rehoming dogs in Cornwall
Our dedicated staff and volunteers care for approximately 2000 cats and dogs every year. We are committed to providing the best environment possible for our animals with a superb 11 acre site. Each of the kennel units has an outdoor paddock and with our extensive grounds there is plenty of open space for dog walking. The cattery provides modern facilities with heated pods and outdoor runs for every cat. All the dogs and cats we re-home have had a full medical examination, are wormed, flea treated, fully vaccinated neutered and microchipped. With no Local Authority or Government funding and the rising costs of maintaining Gables Farm there is no doubt we could not continue without the support of the public Please note we are only able to rehome animals to Devon, Somerset, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. . Dogs needing homes.

Gables Farm Dogs' & Cats' Home
204 Merafield Road
Plymouth
PL7 1UQ
Tel: 01752 331602
Fax: 01752 331604


Dog Rescues in Cumbria

NorthDumfriesshire SouthLancashire EastNorth Yorkshire
The listed rescues are based in this county. They may rehome pets to a limited locality, regional area or nationwide. Click on the arrows to see rescues in neighbouring counties. Click on the pink links for more information.

Animal Rescue Cumbria Near Kendal, Cumbria
Animal Rescue Cumbria is staffed by a small team of able and dedicated professional carers, who are supplemented by equally dedicated volunteers. We take in and rescue cats and dogs and find them, wherever possible, suitable new homes. We get animals in for all sorts of reasons, from stray and abandoned to people moving house and unable to take them. Our kennel block holds ten dogs and we have two isolation kennels, the dogs have free running exercise five times a day in our secure field. We can take in a lot more cats and in the summer we are inundated with pregnant cats and un-wanted litters of kittens. Each cat/kitten pen has heating and an exercise area and the main cattery having its very own cat conservatory where cats can enjoy some exercise and sleep in the sun! We have a great relationship with the team at The Westmorland Vet Group in Kendal and all the cats are blood tested for Feline aids and Feline Leukaemia, vaccinated, neutered, micro chipped, flea treated and wormed before they leave us. The dogs are given a health check, vaccinated, neutered, micro chipped, flea treated and wormed before they leave.

Animal Rescue Cumbria: The Wainwright Shelter
Kapellan
Grayrigg
Near Kendal
Cumbria
LA8 9BS
Phone: 01539 824293
Email: admin@animalrescuecumbria.co.uk
Dogs needing homes at Animal Rescue Cumbria


Eden Animal Rescue Hardendale, Shap, Cumbria
The scale of our work is enormous; last year 231 cats, 71 kittens and 176 dogs came to us.. not to mention the many rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs and other small domestic animals which also come our way! And our animals need you to help us be able to care for them, and find them new homes.

The Centre
Hardendale,
Shap,
Cumbria,
CA10 3LQ.
Tel: 01931 716 114
Registered Charity No.: 1117113
Dogs needing homes at Eden Animal Rescue


The Animals' Refuge Wetheral Shields, Carlisle, Cumbria
Founded in 1909 by Francis Cox, the refuge still provides a home for horses and is a safe haven for stray, abandoned or unwanted dogs and cats who are awaiting new homes through our Adoption Programme. If you are looking for a pet, taking in a rescue animal can be incredibly rewarding. With a rising number of animals coming into shelters every day, providing a pet a home has never been a kinder, more vital thing to give. Save a life and make a friend by rehoming an animal from our shelter in Wetheral, Carlisle. We can provide the help and advice to make sure you find the perfect pet for your family.

The Animals' Refuge
Oak Tree Farm
Wetheral Shields
Carlisle
CA4 8JA
Registered Charity No. 280700
Phone: (01228) 560082
Email: admin@animalsrefuge.co.uk
Dogs needing homes at The Animals' Refuge


Animal Concern Cumbria near Egremon, West Cumbria

Animal Concern Cumbria is a small local charity (registered charity No. 513091) which helps to find new homes for neglected or unwanted animals. The Charity is self-funding and is run largely by Volunteers. This website deals with the West Cumbria branch which rescues and re-homes dogs, cats and, occasionally, small animals. The branch is now based at our new site near Egremont.

Directions: From the roundabout on the A595, travel down Egremont Main Street. Turn right directly in front of the monument at the far end. Turn second right, signposted Orgill Estate. Travel for almost one mile then take the first turn to the left. The centre is a few hundred yards on the left hand side. Pull into the car park just past the bungalow.

Contact Numbers: 10am - 8pm
CATS: 07712330834
DOGS: 07712330829
SMALL ANIMALS: 01900 870889
General Enquiries: 07712330829
Email: animalconcernwest@outlook.com

Dogs needing homes at Animal Concern Cumbria

Dog Rescues in Derbyshire

WestStaffordshire NorthYorkshire SouthLeicestershire EastNottinghamshire
The listed rescues are based in this county. They may rehome pets to a limited locality, regional area or nationwide. Click on the arrows to see rescues in neighbouring counties. Click on the pink links for more information.

MADSOD's Mackworth Village, Derbyshire
MADSOD's (or as we are more formally known Mackworth and District Society of Dog Supporters) was setup to help dogs in need. We are dog rescue based just outside of Derby. We always have rescue dogs for rehoming and would love your help to find them the owner of their dreams. If you know of a dog that is need of rehoming then as the dog rescue motto says 'we always have room for one more' so please contact us. Dogs needing homes.

Madsods
Orchard Cottage
Lower Road
Mackworth Village
Derby
DE22 4NF
Tel: 01332 824027

Thornberry
Labrador Welfare
2 Tapton Crescent Road
Sheffield
S10 5DA
Phone: 0114 266 1756
E-mail: labwelfare@tiscali.co.uk

Labrador Welfare is a small Sheffield based rehoming charity , tasked with the rehoming of labradors within North Derbyshire, South Cheshire, North Nottinghamshire, North Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, and the North East Of the UK.

Dogs needing homes at Labrador Welfare


Dog Rescues in Devon

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The listed rescues are based in this county. They may rehome pets to a limited locality, regional area or nationwide. Click on the arrows to see rescues in neighbouring counties. Click on the pink links for more information.

South West German Shepherd Dog Rescue Bideford, North Devon
The South West German Shepherd Dog Rescue do not have any kennels, all the rescued dogs are fostered in private homes all across the country. We have so many dogs in need and we are now running out of foster homes to place them in. You can help by either adopting a dog or fostering a dog. Your help can make a massive difference, we do not want to start turning dogs away just because we have no homes to place them in.

Fostering a dog is so rewarding and it will not cost you a penny only your time and we ask you keep the dog safe, walk and feed it. We will do the rest. The rescue pays ALL the veterinary bills and the food. To foster a dog please complete and send the online adoption form. After a short while you will be contacted by a SWGSDR representative to arrange a home visit. This is a basic home check just to meet you and to make sure that your garden is secure. We are not there to snoop so please do not let this put you off. There will be a few questions we will need to ask you but this is just to make sure that we place the right dog in the right home. Even if you have dogs, you can still foster. You can also use this time to ask questions or concerns you may have. Once the home check has been completed, a decision will be made and you will be notified if you are successful. We will then match up the right dog for you and arrange the delivery/collection. We also have a closed Facebook page all about our organization where you can join and see for yourself what we do and talk about.
See more dog photo's on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SouthWestGsdRescue


Gables Farm Dogs' & Cats' Home Plymouth, Devon
Our dedicated staff and volunteers care for approximately 2000 cats and dogs every year. We are committed to providing the best environment possible for our animals with a superb 11 acre site. Each of the kennel units has an outdoor paddock and with our extensive grounds there is plenty of open space for dog walking. The cattery provides modern facilities with heated pods and outdoor runs for every cat. All the dogs and cats we re-home have had a full medical examination, are wormed, flea treated, fully vaccinated neutered and microchipped. With no Local Authority or Government funding and the rising costs of maintaining Gables Farm there is no doubt we could not continue without the support of the public. Please note we are only able to rehome animals to Devon and Cornwall. Dogs needing homes.

Gables Farm Dogs' & Cats' Home
204 Merafield Road
Plymouth
PL7 1UQ
Tel: 01752 331602
Fax: 01752 331604


Animals in Distress Rescue Ipplepen, Newton Abbot, Devon
We have dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, ferrets and chinchillas needing homes. Click here to see the pets needing homes. Animals come to the Rescue Centre for a variety of reasons including bereavement, illness, relationship breakdown, financial reasons and sadly, cruelty and neglect. The policy of the Charity is never to turn away an animal in distress and never to have an animal put to sleep unless, on veterinary advice, it is too ill or dangerous to be re-homed. Every effort is taken to ensure that prospective owners find the right pet for them. Normally home checks are carried out by volunteer home visitors before any animal leaves the Centre followed by a further check weeks later to ensure all is well. Most animals are checked by our veterinary surgeon before they leave and all cats and dogs are microchipped and vaccinated. Cats and dogs are neutered before re-homing.


Woodside Sanctuary Plympton, Plymouth, Devon
We have dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs needing homes. You can view the animals we currently have available by clicking here. We try to keep our site up to date but we usually have far more cats and kittens with us than are listed so a visit to the sanctuary is always reccomended. Because we do a pre-homing visit for all our animals, our homing area is restricted. Please contact the sanctuary before visiting to check we are able to rehome in your area. All our animals are vaccinated, neutered microchipped, flea sprayed and wormed, and we take our animals back if things do not work out or your circumstances change. Click here to see the adoption charges.


Dog Rescues in Dorset

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The listed rescues are based in this county. They may rehome pets to a limited locality, regional area or nationwide. Click on the arrows to see rescues in neighbouring counties. Click on the pink links for more information.

Pound Puppy Animal Rescue Poole, Dorset
When Jayne discovered that puppies born in council pounds were being killed because they could not find homes for them she setup Pound Puppy Rescue. Having rescued the puppies she could not leave the hundreds of adult/ancient dogs and cats, and the kittens at the pounds to die just because they did not have a home to go to. Then she found that breeders would kill their rejects so she took those in too. AND then there are the other animals! We do not have a 'rescue centre'. The pets stay in foster homes looked after by our volunteers in the area around Poole, Bournemouth and Weymouth, Dorset until they find a suitable home. Hundreds of healthy dogs are being killed in Wales and Yorkshire every week for want of a home. I am told that some councils in Wales do not even try to rehome strays - if they are unclaimed after 7 days they are killed! If you think you can help by fostering a dog or cat, or fund raising or just advertising Pound Puppy Rescue in your local shop please phone 0773 6176613. Dogs needing homes.

Foster Homes Wanted for Dogs and Puppies: We need people to look after dogs for a short while so that we can assess them before moving them to permanent homes. If we have nowhere to put the dogs we have to leave them at the pound - we do not have our own kennels. We prefer you to live in the area of Bournemouth, Poole, or Weymouth, Dorset, so that you are near our vet but we are currently looking for foster homes in the Newbury, Swindon, Chippenham, Andover and Basingstoke areas. You should be in most of the day so the dog it not left alone for long periods. You should not be house proud as dogs can shed hair, bring in mud, and may not be completely house trained. You should be fit enough to exercise the dog. If you would like more information please phone 0773 61756613.

Basset Hound Welfare Dorset contact
Basset Hound Welfare is an independent rescue and welfare charity for all Basset Hounds. Our objective is the resettlement of unwanted Basset Hounds and the counselling of owners who experience difficulties with their hounds. We aim to provide loving and permanent homes for those Basset Hounds whose owners, for whatever reason, can no longer keep them. They, the dispossessed, will need patience, love and security. If you can help in any way, please do contact us. We are occasionally looking for foster homes for elderly but fit hounds whose owners may not be able to keep them due, possibly, to their own ill health. Is there a spare place by your fireside?

Stray Dogs Sanctuary Poole area, Dorset
Stray Dogs Sanctuary was set up in Dorset in September 1999 to provide kennelling for local stray dogs, and to re-home them if they were not claimed. The dogs that are rescued by the dog wardens are kept in the care of the council for 7 days. If they have not been claimed at the end of that period, we take them into our care and look after them until they find homes. We also take dogs from homes where they can no longer stay, e.g. because of a marriage break up or the death of the dog's owner. We take dogs of every breed, and our area covers Purbeck, East Dorset, Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch and the New Forest, although we will always consider homes further afield, and have re-homed dogs over a very wide area.

Dorset Greyhound Rescue Weymouth, Dorset
Dorset Greyhound Rescue is based in Weymouth, however we are a sister branch of Clarks Farm Greyhound Rescue
in Maldon, Essex. All our dogs go to Clarks Farm in the first instance where they will be assessed and recieve all/any veterinary treatment required (including neutering, vaccinations and microchipping). All dogs featured on this website are available for rehoming from both Clarks Farm Greyhound Rescue and Dorset Greyhound Rescue.

All our dogs are neutered, micro-chipped, innoculated and have 4 weeks free pet insurance. They also come with a leather collar and lead, muzzle and bowl. All our greyhounds are assessed prior to being homed and we always try to ensure that we match the right dog to the right home environment. At any time after you take your greyhound home we are available for advice and any queries by phone and e-mail. For more information call us on 01305 834841.

Dorset Retired Greyhound Rescue Dorset and Somerset
Retired Greyhound Trust is a registered charity, numbers 269668 and SC044047. Greyhounds do make great pets: they are gentle and affectionate and require very little exercise - just a couple of short walks a day will suffice. Most ex-racers like nothing better than to curl up on something soft (the settee will do nicely) or snuggle down on a duvet for a snooze. Come and find out for yourself. For more info telephone Susie on 01823 480835, or drop us an email via the Contact form


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Page updated: November 1st 2018
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