The centre was originally opened in March 2003, taking over from a separate rescue kennels charity. With strong support of locals, the local media and residents of Dumfries and Galloway, sufficient funds were raised to keep a rehoming facility in the region. A registered charity was set up (SCO31991) and later the organisation became a company limited by guarantee.
Our rescue centre covers the whole of Dumfries and Galloway but, when space permits, we will take in dogs from pounds in England and from Northern Ireland to save them from destruction.
We also have a contract with our local council to look after stray dogs while they wait to be reclaimed by their owners. If they are not claimed, we will rehome them. We are licensed by the local authority for the care of dogs.
Alongside this, we take in welfare cases, on referral from our local social services department and other agencies. This means that we provide temporary care for pets during a time of personal difficulty for their owners. We microchip all our rehomed dogs and provide this service for others.
In 2018, the 4000th dog was rehomed from our centre. We are very proud that there are so many people whose lives have been enriched by the companionship of our dogs. Our website has enabled us to reach out beyond Dumfries and Galloway and we have rehomed dogs from as far afield as Orkney to Dorset!
As if looking after and rehoming dogs, running the centre and raising the funds wasn’t enough, our wonderful team also like to tell others what they do. And rightly so! We visit local organisations and schools. Groups of college students, schools and other interested people arrange to come to visit us too.
Our Behaviourist Sarah uses and promotes positive reinforcement techniques. Dog adopters are offered support throughout, for the lifetime of the dog. Sarah will also offer behaviour consultations for dogs that came from elsewhere, in order to help them remain in their homes, for a small fee if the owner can afford it. Incoming dogs are assessed by trained staff members and training plans are put in place where appropriate in order to overcome potential problem behaviours.
If a dog finds difficulty in coping with life in kennels, we will try to place them with an experienced foster carer until a permanent home can be found. Our Supported Adoption Dog (SAD) scheme allows us to provide ongoing support for elderly or chronically sick dogs in a home environment where they can thrive.
We strongly believe that we are here to serve both our human and canine friends in Dumfries and Galloway. This means we can offer a personal service, responding to individual needs. We believe this sets us apart from nationally based organisations. We are proud to have the quality of our service recognised by Association of Dogs and Cats' Homes.
Whatever your enquiry, we’re happy to help.
Please give us a call today: 01387 770 210