A group of local people, supported by the local media and residents of Dumfries and Galloway, set out to raise sufficient funds to keep a dog rescue and rehoming facility in Dumfries and Galloway. A registered charity was set up (SCO31991) and later the organisation became a company limited by guarantee.
Our rescue centre services 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 have a contract with our local council to look after stray dogs while they wait to be reclaimed by their owners and to rehome them if they are not claimed. We are licensed by the local authority for the care of dogs. We take in around 350 dogs a year and have consistently rehomed about 300 during each year of our operations to date. We are very proud that there are a great many people whose lives have been enriched by the companionship given by one of our dogs. Our web site has enabled us to reach out beyond Dumfries and Galloway and we have rehomed dogs from Dorset to Orkney.
As well as rehoming dogs and raising the funds to run our centre, our team carries out visits to talk to local organisations and schools as well as receiving visits from schools, colleges and other groups. On referral from our local social services department, we take in welfare cases, providing 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.
We use the services of a trained dog behaviourist to augment the skills of our staff. We have recently begun a pilot project ongoing support for dog adopters when the behaviour of their pet is challenging. Our staff are trained to assess incoming dogs and to implement training plans to overcome any potential problem behaviours. If a dog finds difficulty in coping with life in kennels, we try to place them with foster carers until a permanent home can be found. Our sponsor a dog (SAD) scheme allows us to provide ongoing support for elderly or chronically sick dogs in a home environment where they can thrive.
We believe strongly that our function is to serve both human and canine members of our community in Dumfries and Galloway. This gives us the flexibility to offer a personal service, responding to individual needs and sets us apart from nationally based organisations. However, we aspire to equal these organisations by adopting best practice in running our rescue and rehoming service and were proud to become members of the Association of Dog and Cat Homes.
The direction of the charity is undertaken by a board of up to seven volunteer directors who are elected by the charity's membership at an annual general meeting held in the Autumn.
Anyone who wishes to contact the board should write to:
The Secretary, D&GCRC Board of Directors, Dovecotewells, Glencaple, Dumfries. DG1 4RH.