Charity information

Dogs Trust

Founded in 1891, Dogs Trust is the UK’s leading dog welfare charity and we are working towards the day when all dogs can enjoy a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary destruction.

Founded 1891

  • Mission statement

    Dogs Trust is working towards the day when all dogs can enjoy a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary destruction. To achieve this we aim to rescue, care for and rehome lost, unwanted and abandoned dogs and work to reduce and, ultimately, see the end of homeless dogs in the UK. We also aim to educate people in the UK and, within financial limits, worldwide, in responsible dog ownership and care.

    We rely on the prevention and cure approach. Our rescue and rehoming work aims to deal with the immediate needs of abandoned dogs; preventative measures such as neutering, microchipping, education and lobbying are used as longer term solutions. Whilst our immediate priority is the UK, we take the prevention/cure approach to as many countries as funds allow.

    Each year we care for around 17,000 stray and abandoned dogs at our 20 rehoming centres. Most find homes quickly but those who need extra care are always safe with Dogs Trust because we never destroy a healthy dog. We believe abandoned dogs deserve the best care. Our rehoming centres are designed to give them everything they need to get them back on their paws, including spacious kennels, plentiful exercise areas, training barns, vet suites, special puppy areas and expert staff.

  • Aims

    Dogs Trust aims to:

    • To ensure that no mentally and physically healthy dog taken into the protection of the rehoming centres shall be destroyed.
    • To protect dogs from maltreatment, cruelty and suffering
    • To establish & maintain rehoming centres for the care and rehoming of stray, abandoned, ill-treated and injured dogs and to provide a permanent home for life for all those that cannot be rehomed
  • Overview

    Established: May 1891

    Registered Charity Number: 227523

    Board members: 12

    Full time staff: 572

    Part time staff: 134

    Volunteers: 500

    Phone number: 020 7837 0006

    Address: 17 Wakley Street, London EC1V 7RQ

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