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About Dogs Trust

About Dogs Trust


Founded in 1891, Dogs Trust (formerly the National Canine Defence League) is the largest dog welfare charity in the UK. Our mission is to bring about the day when all dogs can enjoy a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary destruction. Here's what we do in a nutshell…

Each year we care for nearly 15,000 stray and abandoned dogs at our network of 20 Rehoming Centres across the UK. We never put down a healthy dog.
We run subsidised neutering campaigns in areas of the UK with the most acute stray dog problems.
  • Our Education Officers give thousands of classroom presentations every year. Free teaching resources are made available to all schools in the UK.

  • Our FREEDOM Project helps pet owners who are fleeing domestic violence by fostering their animals while they start a new life.

  • The HOPE Project gives preventative veterinary care to dogs belonging to homeless people.

  • We advise government on any matters concerning dog ownership and dog welfare.

  • We have established a charity in Ireland that runs a rehoming centre in Dublin.

  • We assist overseas animal welfare charities by training their staff in best practice.

  • Dogs Trust Dog School is established in 12 locations around the UK, offering affordable dog training classes in order to reduce the number of dogs given up for rehoming due to behavioural reasons.


We receive no government funding and we rely on the kind generosity of the public to make this possible. So, if you love dogs, please make a donation today.