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Our Work With Dogs

Our dog section provides kennelling for the stray dogs that we admit and care for as part of our work with selected local Councils. As part of that work we attempt to find homes for those dogs that are unclaimed or deliberately abandoned, subject to a range of checks and tests.

Scrappy the dogOur dogs have a brand new kennel block designed to make them feel safe and secure, essential for dogs which arrive from difficult and distressing situations.  The kennel block has a soft play room, where the dogs can cuddle up with our staff and volunteers on the sofa, in front of the telly, just like they would at home. This doesn’t just help settle the dogs but, also, it tells us a lot about them and the things they are and aren’t used to. This is important information given that a stray or abandoned dog comes with little or no history whatsoever.

Sandy and vetsOutside, we have a secure exercise area where our dogs can see what’s going on in the park and meet dogs passing by. We have a sheltered viewing area and a range of toys and agility equipment, kindly donated to us by one of our loyal supporters. We take the view that our dogs have had their share of hard luck already so we want to make their time with us as rewarding and stimulating as possible…and, of course, we want them to find loving homes, where they can be looked after properly for the rest of their lives. We’ve already homed over 200 dogs and some of the follow up stories have been truly heart-warming.

We regret that our limited number of kennels are allocated specifically for our stray dog care and rescue work and, as such, we are unable to accept dogs for re-homing from the general public. If you have a dog of your own that you need to re-home, please contact Battersea Dogs Home or The Dogs Trust.


Nelson and vetsOur Work With Cats

We have a small Cat Unit, mostly intended to support our PET LIFELINE Scheme, whose members rely upon us to help them with their pets in the event of an emergency. You can find out more about the scheme, which is free for people living alone over the age of 65, by clicking here.

Where resources allow, we also intervene in cases of stray kittens which are living wild and who may be vulnerable to predation or attack as well as in emergency cases such as when the police discover a cat in premises where the owner has passed away. However, our space for cats is limited and we will normally have to refer callers to larger organizations such as Cats Protection.

Frankie the catSadly, we have no further space available here at Beddington to expand our Cat work and, as such, no opportunity to increase the size or scope of our work with cats, much as we would like to do so.

We regret that we are unable to assist in cases of routine rehoming owing to house moves, allergies etc and we can only respond to calls from within our local area eg Carshalton and Wallington. We are not involved in the rescue or rehoming of small or exotic pets such as rabbits, hamsters, reptiles or snakes. We have no facilities for these species and no expertise in their care.



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