Open Daily: 12noon - 4:00pm

Telephone: 01387 770210

About Us

Dumfries and Galloway Canine Rescue Centre was opened in March 2003 on the site of rescue kennels formerly run by another charity. 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.

Rehoming Block

Our purpose-built rehoming block has individual covered runs, underfloor heating, piped music, and a grass exercise enclosure with a sandpit which is very popular!

Welcome to Dumfries & Galloway Canine Rescue Centre

Our rescue centre services the whole of Dumfries and Galloway but, when space permits, we take in dogs from pounds in England and from Northern Ireland to save them from destruction.

Welcome to Dumfries & Galloway Canine Rescue Centre

Our rescue centre services the whole of Dumfries and Galloway but, when space permits, we take in dogs from pounds in England and from Northern Ireland to save them from destruction.

Free Play in the Paddock

During the day, the dogs may have walks, play with other dogs or humans, training, grooming, health checks and veterinary treatment - so it's all go!

The driveway at Dovecotewells
The driveway at Dovecotewells

Office-bearing Directors 

Patron - TBA following the death of Lady Mary

Chairman and Director of Operations - Geoff Lewis

Treasurer - Douglas McGuffie

Shops - Gerry Campbell

Events Co-ordinator - Angela Sinyard

Publications  - Sheena Pate

Marketing/Promotion - Diane Craven


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 provide 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 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 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 we are proud to be full members of the Association of Dog and Cat Homes.

Happy Endings


Letter from Elektra

Well it seems our Elektra has not only fallen on all four paws, but she can use a computer too!! Read her letter to us here - we are so very happy for her 

See how I'm doing

Dog Advice


Chewing

Dogs like to chew, but sometimes it becomes inappropriate! What can be done to control it?

Chewing Advice

Support


Support Our Work

You can help support the work of Dumfries & Galloway Canine Rescue Centre in lots of ways; become a registered member of the organisation, volunteer your help at fundraising events, become a foster carer, you can volunteer at one of our shops or at the kennels themselves and you can, of course, donate online.

Support Our Work