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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 Essex

WestHertfordshire NorthSuffolk SouthKent
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.

AA Dog Rescue Latchingdon, Essex
Looking after and caring for 75-80 dogs can take up a lot of time! Whether it be walking or just playing, it is always great to have help on board and the dogs certainly appreciate the extra attention and fuss that we can provide when there are more people about. If you can offer some time or a dog a home, please contact us.

AA Dog Rescue,
Oldfield Lodge Farm,
Burnham Road,
Essex CM3 6EZ
Tel 07779 588 735
Tel 07779 593 129

NAWT Clacton Little Clacton, Essex
NAWT Clacton formerly Clacton Animal Aid is a re-homing centre for cats and dogs looking for caring, loving homes in Northeast Essex and Southeast Suffolk. We usually have 50-60 cats and up to 12 dogs requiring homes. The dogs are given to us by their owners so we should know something about them. All our cats and dogs are vaccinated and neutered before adoption. Dogs needing homes.

NAWT Clacton Cat and Dog Rescue
The Street,
Little Clacton,
CO16 9LG

Tel: 01255 860062 (Calls taken from 10am - 5pm daily)
Phone first for an appointment.
Viewing hours: CATS: 10.00 - 12.00 DOGS: 1100-12.00 and 13.00-14.00 7 days a week (except Christmas Day & Boxing Day)

Suffolk and Essex Small Animal Welfare (S.E.S.A.W.) Leavenheath, Suffolk.
S.E.S.A.W. is a registered charity No. 1124029, devoted to the rescue, care and rehoming of any needy animal, wild or domestic. Those who cannot be rehomed are either fostered or cared for at the sanctuary. We do not put any animal to sleep due to its age, ill health or otherwise, unless advised to by our vet and only then, in the best interests of the animal.

Many animals pass through our doors - cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, ducks, geese, peacocks, foxes, pigs, sheep, even a llama! We work independently, but assist other charities if required. The animals we take in come from many sources, local vets, social services and members of the public.

Suffolk and Essex Small Animal Welfare (S.E.S.A.W.)
Stoke Road (B1068),
Leavenheath, CO6 4PP.
Tel: 01787 210888

SESAW is open to the public from 10am to 1pm Wednesday to Sunday - closed Monday and Tuesday.

Clarks Farm Greyhound Rescue Little Totham, Maldon, Essex
All our Greyhounds are neutered, micro-chipped, innoculated and have 4 weeks free pet insurance. We also supply a leather collar and lead, muzzle, bowl and 10% discount voucher for Pets at Home. 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.

Clarks Farm Greyhound Rescue
Wash Lane,
Little Totham,
Tel: 01621 788315

The kennels are open Tuesday - Sunday 10.30am - 4pm (closed Monday) We would appreciate a call if you are planning to visit the kennels. Directions to Clarks Farm Greyhound Rescue

Castledon Greyhound Rescue Wickford, Essex
Castledon Greyhound Rescue provides a sanctuary and re-homing service for Greyhounds in need in the UK. Greyhounds come to us as retired racers, as strays, and from owners who give up their dogs due to changing life circumstances such as: relocation, financial hardship, divorce, illness, or death. Castledon Greyhound Rescue provides the dogs with veterinary care, spay/neuter, vaccinations, good quality food, love, and placement into a home for life under a contract that dictates their humane care. Greyhounds are now becoming very popular pets - people are more aware of their plight and of course, what fantastic pets they make.

- Contrary to popular belief, they don't require much exercise - two 20 minute walks per day is sufficient.
- Greyhounds have the most fantastic temperaments
- They adore human company
- Are extremely affectionate
- Are gentle, docile and loving
- Excellent on a lead
- Quiet dogs that rarely bark
Greyhounds are commonly referred to as 40 mph couch potatoes!

We do not have as many dogs as other kennels which means that we can really get to know our dogs personalities, likes and dislikes. Because of this, we like to think that we can offer you a more personalised homing process. Should you decide that a Castledon Greyhound may be the dog for you, we will arrange to meet you and do a home-check BEFORE you meet the dogs.

Castledon Kennels
181 Castledon Road
SS12 0EG
Telephone: 01268 733293
Viewing by appointment only.

Acresway Kennels Southend on Sea, Essex
Great Burches Lane,
Phone: 01268 770402
Click here to see photo's of the dogs needing homes

If you have seen a dog you like, and think you might be able to offer it a home you need to visit the dog at the kennels. You can take it for a walk and see how you get on. If you have children, or another dog, we recommend that you bring them with you, to make sure that everyone will get on. Although we make every attempt to keep this website up to date, if you're interested in a particular dog, we recommend phoning the kennel before you leave to check the dog has not already been rehomed. Please be aware, however, that we are unable to reserve a dog over the phone.

Once you have visited the dogs, and hopefully found one that matches your lifestyle and expectations, a member of staff will arrange a convienient time for a home check. These are usually carried out within 2 or 3 days of your visit and take about half an hour. Once the home check is complete, you will be able to collect your dog. You will need to bring with you some identification showing your current address, and the adoption fee. It may also benefit you to bring a lead and collar, but if you do not have one, we do have a number available for sale at the kennels.

At Acres Way, we are sometimes able to take these dogs into our kennels, and find new homes for them. This gives the dog a greater chance of finding a new home - we are visited by a large number of people each week looking to adopt a dog, and are often able to match dogs to new owners within a short period of time. This is far less stressful on the dog in the long run.

Our ability to take in dogs for rehoming is dependant on the number of kennels we have available at the time - space is limited, and we are required to keep a number of kennels free for any strays that may be found by the council. That said, we will always endevour to do our best to help you, should you find yourself in this difficult situation. Please note, that due to limited kennel space and resources, a fee is charged for this service. If you feel you may need to rehome your dog, please call the kennels on 01268 770402 between 10AM and 3PM and ask to speak to Sue, Cheryl or Vikki.

Wagtails Dog Rescue Stanford le Hope, Essex
Wagtails Rescue is a small dog rescue centre based in Essex, dedicated to rehoming any dog given up by people unable or unwilling to care for them any longer. We do not have our own kennels but use Crystalvale Kennels in Stanford Le Hope or foster homes until a suitable home can be found. Since we are based in Essex we try to rehome dogs from and to this area or nearby counties but will if necessary rehome further afield. We rely entirely on donations and whilst we do not have fixed donations for people adopting our dogs we will always ask for something. Money received from donations is used for boarding and veterinary bills. We never destroy a healthy dog as we believe that even a dog suffering from a physical disability or a behavioural problem deserves a chance of a happy carefree new start in a warm loving home!

Phone: 01277 229739
Click here to see photo's of the dogs needing homes

Lea Valley Dog Rescue Harlow, Essex.
Lea Valley Dog Rescue is a volunteer run Dog Rescue in the Lea Valley Area re-homing dogs throughout Herts, Essex, North London and the Home Counties. We always have dogs that are in need of a forever loving home.

Tel: 0781 554 7667

Wallace Kennels Dog Rescue Brentwood, Essex.
Established as a family-run concern in the 1970s, Wallace Kennels Dog Rescue have been working hard to protect and care for vulnerable, abandoned or unfortunate dogs in the Essex area for over four decades. With your help we continue to offer shelter to hundreds of dogs each year, matching them with loving homes willing to offer new and exciting lives, lived securely in safety and in comfort at last.

We are well-known for the outstanding care we take of our residents while they are with us, and while we hope their stay will be a short one, we do our very best to make sure their stay in kennels is the best it can be. All the dogs are exercised and socialised regularly, and we take pride in making sure the right dog is matched with the right home.

Wallace Kennels Dog Rescue
Chivers Road,
Stondon Massey,
CM15 0LH
Tel: 01277 821032

Our opening hours are:
Monday – Friday 9.30am – 2.30pm
Saturday 9.30am – 12.30pm
Sunday 9.30am – 1pm

If you need to drop of useful items, dog food etc. this can be done between 8.45am-3pm weekdays and 9am-1pm at weekends.

Essex, Lincolnshire and Trent Boxer Rescue Wickford, Essex
There are many reasons why boxers come into rescue, often through no fault of their own. Most Boxers come to us due to marriage break ups, the rest are because of a mixture of ignorance, death of owners and misunderstanding of the breed. Whatever the reason we are only to happy to help as the welfare of boxers is our only priority. We always do our homework first and match the dog to thier new forever family.We never have dogs to view! Every home is thoroughly checked out and once anyone adopts a boxer from us they become part of this ever increasing boxer family. We never lose touch. We ask for photos and updates from every new home periodically, and we send out news letters once a year. We have a Funday once a year when all new owners and their beloved dogs are invited to take part in a super day out. This is our main fund raising event of the year thus enabling us to continue the good work. We are solely funded by donations and administered entirely by voluntary helpers, without whom LETBR would not be what it is today.

National Animal Welfare Trust Thurrock and South West Essex
The Thurrock and South West Essex branch of the NAWT was formed in 1977, originally as a fundraising group, but within months the volunteers realised that there were many animals in the area needing homes. Since those early days the branch has found homes for thousands of unwanted cats and dogs besides helping many animals. The dogs are vaccinated, neutered and micro chipped, wormed and had flea control before being re-homed. All the cats we re-home are neutered at six months, micro chipped and have been wormed and had flea control. We ensure that all kittens homed from us are also neutered at the appropriate age. There are always more cats and dogs in care than we can show on the website, and invariably we have a list of cats waiting to come into care. Dogs needing homes.

Contact Phone: 01375 376682

RSPCA Danaher Animal Home Wethersfield, Braintree, Essex
The RSPCA Danaher Animal Home, whilst being affiliated to the RSPCA, is run by an independent Trust and has been helping unwanted, badly treated, neglected and abandoned animals since 1990. The Home takes in and re-homes around 1,400 animals per year (400 dogs, 450 cats and 550 others - mainly rabbits, hamsters, and other 'small furies') although there is an approved euthanasia protocol for any animal that does not have any chance of a quality life. The number of dogs shown above will increase when the new kennels (see below) are opened. However the Home needs to be adaptable as in 2007 a raid by police and the RSPCA meant around 500 small animals and birds plus over 500 terrapins arrived in one day. Accommodation had to be found for these both at our Home and other Homes in the area. The home now consists of a new modern kennel block built in 2007 and a second modern block is currently under construction. With the isolation kennels this will give accommodation for around 70 dogs. The cattery gives accommodation for 36 cats with a new isolation block being built, hopefully in 2008. A small animals barn, rabbit house, surgery and reception area complete the site. Funding comes from re-homing fees, donations, fund raising, grants and legacies. Dogs needing homes.

RSPCA Danaher Animal Home
Thorley Farm
Hedingham Road
Wethersfield nr. Braintree
Essex CM7 4EQ
Tel: 01371 851201

RSPCA Havering Romford, Essex
RSPCA Havering looks after many animals. It helps to treat them with medical care and attention but what many of our animals need more than anything is a new owner to love and look after them. If you would be prepared to consider giving a new home to an unfortunate dog, presently being cared for by RSPCA Havering in a local Kennel, then please consider one of our dogs. We are in great need of volunteers to help us with the re-homing of cats and dogs. Help with cats is especially needed. oluntary work is very rewarding and any reliable volunteers who also have transport would be much appreciated. If you are interested in more information about any of our dogs please contact us at 01708 381 822. Area: Havering, Harold Hill, Romford, Upminster.

RSPCA Essex South & Southend Branch Rayleigh, Essex
The Essex South & Southend branch of the RSPCA, in common with all local branches is separate and independent from the parent charity, i.e. the National RSPCA. The easiest way to understand this structure is to think of it in terms of a Franchise. There are over 160 Branches of the RSPCA and every Branch is slightly different from its neighbours. They operate their own animal welfare programmes, which run 'in tandem' with the National Society. Each branch raises its own funds and manages its own affairs. The branch has five paid staff to run our three shops and our van service. This is backed up by a number of volunteers. We raise funds to continue to pay for the private boarding and veterinary care of animals brought in by RSPCA Inspectors which are then re-homed by the Branch. Please visit our cat and dog adoption pages if you would like to consider adopting one of the rescue animals in our care. A home visit is always undertaken by our volunteer home checkers to ensure a good match is made between the animal and its potential adopter. Branch volunteers also work hard raising funds to support our assisted neutering scheme which enable people on low incomes to meet expensive veterinary bills. Towns/villages in the Branch area include: Asheldam, Bradwell on Sea, Burnham on Crouch, Canvey island, Castle Point, Cold Norton, Eastwood, Hadleigh, Hawkwell, Hockley, Hullbridge, Latchingdon, Leigh, Maldon, Maylandsea, Mundon, Prittlewell, Purleigh & District, Rayleigh, Rochford, Shoeburyness, South Benfleet, South Woodham Ferrers, Southchurch, Southend on Sea, Southminster, Steeple, Thorpe Bay, Thundersley, Westcliff. Dogs needing homes.

Dog Rescues in Gloucestershire

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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.

Starfish Dog Rescue Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Starfish Dog Rescue is a small non profit organisation which rescues and re-homes dogs. We help people who are no longer able to keep their pets to find an alternative home for them, where they will be loved and cared for just as much as they have been in their original home. We also take in abandoned and unwanted pets and work to find a permanent loving home for them. If you need help in finding a new home for your pet, or if you can offer a dog or other animal a new, loving home then please use our contact form to get in touch.

Also please visit our Facebook page to see new dogs and cats looking for homes.

If you are interested in any of our dogs please e-mail us at for our questionnaire.

Teckels Animal Sanctuaries Whitminster, Gloucester
Teckels is a animal welfare centre Registered Charity No. 1108726 based in Whitminster. We were established in 2003 after a merger with the Swindon Animal Sanctuary who also provided a fantastic donation to improve our premises. We rescue abandoned dogs and cats and find them happy homes. What we do when you wish to adopt a Teckels dog or cat If you interested in adopting a dog, a member of staff will chat with you and ask questions designed to identify the type of dog that is right for your home environment, work situation, children, other pets, secure garden, lifestyle and so on. Questions successfully completed, we introduce the dog to you in the presence of Teckels staff. We will give you an honest assessment of the chosen dog. These assessment are on going for the entire time that animal is in our care, making sure we can get as much information about that animals as possible. If all seems well, you will be invited to take the dog for a walk to observe its behaviour outside of a kennel environment, always a more natural behaviour. If you already have other dogs, we respectfully insist that they have the opportunity to meet each other prior to adoption. If that spark is there, the adoption can be progressed. At this point, you will complete the adoption paperwork and pay the adoption fee and take your dog home.

Dogs Needing Homes at Teckels Animal Sanctuaries

Teckels Animal Sanctuaries
Bristol Road,
For non-boarding enquiries please call our reception between 9am - 4pm on 01452 740300. In the event that your call is unable to be answered due to our busy reception, please leave a clear voicemail with your name, contact details and a short message, A member of staff will aim to get back to your within 24 hours.

Cheltenham Animal Shelter Cheltenham, Gloucester
Cheltenham Animal Shelter is a charity that has been helping animals since 1926. We rescue and re-home unwanted and abandoned stray cats, dogs and small animals from across Gloucestershire. Read more about the early days of the shelter. We also take in rescue dogs from Gloucestershire Constabulary as well as rehoming dogs, cats and small animals from owners who can no longer look after them for a variety of reasons. Small animals we often have in our care include rabbits, gerbils and guinea pigs. We rely on the support of members of the public to help us look after approximately 1000 dogs, cats and small animals which pass through our doors each year. At present Cheltenham Animal Shelter is not eligible for National Lottery or Government funding. Instead we rely on the generosity of our supporters to meet the £500,000 annual running costs. As the shelter has its own on-site Veterinary Surgery, all the animals receive the veterinary treatments they require immediately. Your support ensures that this level of care can continue, giving homeless animals that arrive at the shelter the best possible care until loving new homes are found.

Dogs Needing Homes at Cheltenham Animal Shelter

Cheltenham Animal Shelter
Gardner’s Lane,
GL51 9JW
Telephone: 01242 523521

Dog Rescues in Hampshire

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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.

German Shepherd Rescue South Fareham, Hampshire
We are a small rescue that re-homes unwanted German Shepherd Dogs throughout the home counties. The rescue is a non-profit organisation and is run entirely by unpaid volunteers, we rely on donations from sponsors and the general public to keep the rescue running. Our aim is to keep dogs in their own home, if possible, until a suitable new home is found or to place a dog in a foster home.

All dogs that come into our rescue are fully assessed before they can be put up for adoption, this involves an experienced volunteer visiting the dog in his home and assessing the dogs temperament. This allows us to match and place a dog in the correct environment.

We also take dogs from the pounds that are in danger of being euthanised. Generally these dogs have to go into private kennels to be assessed before they are placed in foster/permanent homes. Our funds for caring for the pound dogs are very low, please help by making a donation. Big or small, every penny counts.

Dogs needing homes. To adopt one of our dogs a homecheck will be carried out by one of our volunteers and certain criteria must be met, please see our adoption page.

German Shepherd Rescue South
48 Edward Grove,
PO16 8JA
Phone: 02392 221485

Second Chance Animal Rescue Mansbridge, Southampton, Hampshire
We are a small rescue for dogs, cats, horses and other abandoned animals in Hampshire. Dogs needing homes. If you feel that you might be able to offer a home to one of our dogs or would like further information then please give us a call on 023 8055 9552.

Second Chance Animal Rescue
4 Mansbridge Cottages,
SO18 2NH
Tel: 023 8055 9552
Registered Charity Number: 1002511

Next Chapter Animal Rescue Farnborough, Hants and Guildford, Surrey
Next Chapter Animal Rescue

Next Chapter Animal Rescue gives animals a fresh start. Animals come from many different backgrounds, our job is to help them move onto a new life of love and safety in a new home. We can home within Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire areas but could home all over the UK if you are willing to travel. Please get in touch, no matter where you are, if you are interested in fostering an animal for the short or long term or adopting into your home forever.

Click here to see animals needing homes

Next Chapter Animal Rescue
Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire areas
Phone: 077633 56338

Dog Rescues in Herefordshire

WestPowys NorthShropshire SouthGloucestershire NorthWorcestershire
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.

Hereford and Worcester Animal Rescue Hamnish, Nr. Leominster
Dogs featured on our website are predominately stray and abandoned dogs, let go by their owners for whatever reason. Young, old, weak, strong, we see them all. They have one thing in common, they all deserve a second chance of a happy home, a warm bed, enough food and responsible owners who will cherish them for the rest of their lives.

Click here to see the dogs currently looking for new homes. Just click on the the dogs photo, this will take you to their forum page where you will find lots more information and photos. Should you be interested in adopting, please complete our Application Form and e mail it to or you can call the kennels on 01568 760033.

Hereford and Worcester Animal Rescue
Meadowbank Kennels,
Nr. Leominster
Phone: 01568 760033 (11.00 – 3.00)

Dog Rescues in Hertfordshire

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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.

Mutts in Distress Little Hallingbury, Hertfordshire
Mutts in Distress is an animal shelter located in Little Hallingbury on the Herts/Essex border. We rescue dogs from local pounds that would otherwise be destroyed, and offer these for rehoming. PLEASE NOTE: We only re-home dogs within the Harlow, Bishops Stortford, Saffron Walden, Haverhill, Cheshunt, Cambridge, Hitchin, Stevenage, Broxbourne, Ware, Epping, Baldock, Royston, Sudbury, Romford, Colchester and Clacton areas. We have difficulty in making home checks further afield and we will not re-home a dog without one.

Volunteers Urgently Required! Can you spare an hour morning or afternoon? Volunteers to help us with the rescue Mutts kennel cleaning would be helpful during the busy period. Mondays, Tuesdays , Thursdays and Friday mornings from 8.00am. Or Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons starting at 2pm for about an hour. It can be longer if you would like to walk the dogs etc. Please contact us if you can help.

Mutts in Distress
Normandale Boarding Kennels
New Barn Lane
Little Hallingbury
Nr Bishop's Stortford
CM22 7PR
Tel: 01279 656633

Chilterns Dog Rescue Society Chilterns Dog Rescue Society Chivery, Nr Tring, Herts.

Registered Charity No 257557. Would you like to help dogs in need or are you thinking about getting a dog? Chilterns Dog Rescue Society will not only help you try to find the dog of the age and temperament to suit your home but will assist with care and training advice to make the dog you choose a real success. Whether you are looking for a cross breed or a pedigree dog, a puppy or a more established dog then please see the information and application form on our Re-homing a dog page.

Chilterns Dog Rescue Society
Bromley Heights
St Leonards Road
Chivery, Nr Tring
HP23 6LD
Tel. No 01296 623885
Fax no. 01296 623813

Enfield Dog Rescue Palmers Green, London N13
Enfield Dog Rescue have foster homes in the North London and Hertfordshire areas. All dogs have had at least their first vaccination, are neutered (if old enough) and are, on most occasions, microchipped. If applying to rehome a puppy you will need to agree to neuter the dog at the appropriate age. For homechecking purposes it is preferred that potential adopters live within London and the Home Counties. Enfield Dog Rescue are always on the lookout for caring and committed fosterers, if you think that you might be able to help, or would like to offer a dog a home, please contact by emailing or call 0208 482 9372 (before 8 pm).

Lozzas Lurcher Rescue Lozzas Lurcher Rescue Hertford, Herts.

I will normally have only 2-3 dogs in at any given time (in the house under going assessment) and this is so that I can give them the TLC and attention they require and more importantly because of their past, deserve. It is my own personal choice not to have a network of fosterers, instead, just using a couple that are local and extremely experienced and this obviously limits me to the amount of dogs I can have. Each dog is treated like one of the family and is thoroughly assessed in different situations so that I have a good idea of overall character traits and points requiring further training, enabling me to find the best match possible, home wise.

Dogs Needing Homes

Telephone: 07956 349337

E-Mail If you see an error or know of a rescue that should be added to this list please e-mail the details to

Page updated: 14th February 2017
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