Kennel Club Breed Rescue: supporting rescue dogs

Kennel Club breed rescue organisations re-home approximately 10,000 dogs each year. Click here to find a rescue dog near you.

Our commitment to rescue continues to grow as we work ever more closely with breed rescue organsations to support the work that is done to find the right homes for pedigree dogs in the UK. Breed rescue organisations have specialist knowledge about their particular breeds and can advise on the type of environment and care that the dogs require.

Rescue directory

For over twenty-five years we have published a rescue directory to list the many general and breed rescue organisations that exist around the country. This has proved to be a useful tool for anyone looking to adopt a dog or wanting to re-home a pet in a home that is appropriate.

The rescue directory is a valuable source of information for the general public, veterinary surgeries, dog wardens, police, dog clubs and other welfare organisations. Please contact Hayley (hayley.swann-ross@thekennelclub.org.uk) if you would like a copy of the directory.

Find a pedigree rescue dog

Consider giving a home to a rescue dog as long as you are prepared to put in extra work if it is needed but it can be an immensely rewarding experience. The Kennel Club Find a Rescue Dog service provides contact details for breed rescue for your chosen pedigree dog breed in your area.

Kennel Club Charitable Trust

Kennel Club Breed Rescue is supported by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust which offers financial assistance to many dog welfare programmes throughout the UK.

It is the principle objective of the Kennel Club to 'promote in every way the general improvement of dogs', this is achieved through ensuring that we are the first port of call on all canine matters and recognising the importance of canine health and welfare. We are firmly committed to safeguarding the welfare of all dogs.

Shout About Your Work - We need your stories!

Breed Rescue volunteers are the unsung heroes of the dog world and we need your stories about the dogs whose lives have been turned around in dramatic ways and about dogs who are still looking for loving homes. We want to feature some of these stories in the press or the Kennel Club Charitable Trust blog,

Bear in mind that things that are dramatic or sad, novel or funny tend to make great news stories. For example, if you have a dog looking for a home, ask whether it fits any of the categories below – if so, tell us about it, because we could publicise it and help find that dog a home (as well as promoting your great work):

  • Looks like a celebrity/famous/infamous person
  • Has unusual markings or features, such as markings in the shape of a heart
  • One of your ‘most unwanted’ having been looking for a home for years
  • The youngest or oldest dog looking for a home
  • Has a funny facial expression - a particularly goofy ‘smile’ or a grumpy face

Please remember that photos are essential for these stories so if you have a dog come to you, remember to take a shot of it when it comes to you, as well as after you’ve helped it.

We are also looking for great stories about some of the unsung heroes of the rescue world.

 

The Association of Dogs and Cats Homes Conference 2017

The ADCH conference took place in April and speakers included Ben Wilkes (Border Collie Trust (GB), Pen Farthing (NOWZAD) and Trevor Cooper (Cooper & Co. Solicitors).

The Kennel Club’s Health & Breeder Services Manager, Bill Lambert gave a presentation on breed rescue organisations and the work they do. Particular emphasis was placed on collaborative working with general rescues. 

Bill highlighted the specialist knowledge of KCBRs which could assist ‘all breed’ rescues who may require support and information about unfamiliar breeds. He also encouraged collaborative working by welfare organisations in order to enhance:

  • Access to breed rescue expertise
  • Pooling of resources and two way communication
  • Helping increase public awareness about all types of rescue and the work they do
  • Comparison of data, statistics and trends

The talk was well received and, to continue to encourage communication between all rescue organisations, the Kennel Club is now asking for your help. In the last edition of the newsletter, breed rescues were asked to submit information on their breed, written specifically from the rescue perspective, which could be added to the Kennel Club website as a resource for general rescues.

The general rescues may not have access to the same knowledge and information about the breed that the breed specific organisations have. All rescues are working together to achieve the same end – happy, healthy dogs placed in loving forever homes – so with this in mind, the Kennel Club would like to ask breed rescues to submit information on their breed which might assist ‘all breed’ rescues.

It could be useful to include:

  • How well the breed copes in a kennel/foster environment and settles into a new home
  • Personality / behaviour traits
  • Suitability for multi-pet households
  • Type of lifestyle that best suits the breed
  • Any other relevant information

Please submit this information to Hayley.Swann-Ross@thekennelclub.org.uk or call us on 020 7518 1048 if you have any questions.

Kennel Club Breed Rescue Calendar 2017

After sifting through many great entries for the calendar, the 12 winners have now been chosen to feature in the 2017 calendar. Each month of the year features a different dog that has been rehomed by a Kennel Club Breed Rescue organisation. To accompany the heart-warming images, a short story about each dog features alongside.

The calendar is a great opportunity to raise funds for Kennel Club Breed Rescue which will help us to promote and support breed rescue organisations across the country in any way we can.

The calendar is available to purchase through our online shop, click here to buy it.

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