Health, welfare and breeding

The Kennel Club was founded in 1873. It campaigns for and offers advice on dog welfare, health, training and breeding. It runs the world-famous Crufts dog show and also Discover Dogs. The website offers information on canine activities such as agility, flyball, heelwork to music and obedience.

 Rescue organisations

If you are thinking of getting a new dog, please consider a rescue dog first. Nothing could be more rewarding than offering a happy and secure home to a dog that has, through no fault of her own, been placed in rescue. Not all rescue dogs have problems and many of them have been reluctantly let go because of a change in the owner’s circumstances. All the rescue centres listed below have a wide variety of dogs, both pure-bred and crossbreed, so you are sure to find your perfect match!

The Blue Cross is one of Britain's oldest animal welfare charities. It rehomes unwanted and rescued animals and provides veterinary care for the pets of people who cannot afford private vets' fees.

Dogs Trust is the largest organisation in the UK devoted entirely to rehoming dogs and has centres throughout the UK.

The world's oldest animal welfare organisation, the RSPCA rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes hundreds of thousands of animals every year, and enforces the law in relation to animal welfare. RSPCA Cruelty Line: 0300 1234 999.

Based in Bearwood, Rover Rescue is a small, local rescue rehoming unwanted dogs, run by Lesley Hill (0121 420 1703).

Wonky Pets Rescue is a small rescue specialising in helping animals with physical, medical or behavioural problems.

The National Animal Welfare Trust evolved from the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection. Its provides care and shelter for stray, neglected and unwanted animals of all kinds.

The Wellcat Centre is run by committee member Pauline, and does sterling work in rescuing and rehoming the many hundreds of cats that come to her base in Quinton. Please help if you can.

Many Tears Animal Rescue specialises in ex-puppy farm and council pound dogs.

Help with veterinary care

PDSA vet care services are available to pet owners who receive housing benefit or council tax benefit, and live within a defined area around each PDSA PetAid hospital or practice.

As well as rehoming unwanted pets, the Blue Cross provides veterinary care for the pets of people who cannot afford private vets' fees.
 Wood Green Animal Shelters offer veterinary care and rehoming, for all kinds of animals including dogs. They have an overseas presence to set standards for animal welfare. 

Dog health and fitness

We recommend regular soft-tissue massage to maintain the condition and comfort of your dog. This is especially important if you have a very active or older dog, or your dog takes part in sports such as agility or flyball. Contact the Canine Massage Guild to find a qualified therapist in your area.

You can even learn to help your own dog by attending one of the brilliant workshops run by Natalie Lenton at the Canine Massage Therapy Centre. Nalatie offers a Beginners Guide to Canine Massage and Canine Massage for Agility and Sport. Natalie also offers the two-year Diploma in Therapeutic Canine Massage, which is accredited by Ascentis (formerly the Open College Network). This will give you a thorough professional and practical grounding in the field and could  even lead to a new career with dogs.




 Grooming and coat care

We are delighted to be able to recommend the lovely Sian at Groomco for all your dog's grooming and coat care needs. Sian grooms dogs from a beautifully appointed 'Zen Den', where she prioritises your pet's comfort and security. Dogs in her care are gently accustomed to grooming procedures with no harsh handling. They are given breaks and rest periods between procedures, allowed access to a secure garden to relieve themselves and have access to fresh water. As owner, you will be invited not only to see the salon but to stay with your dog if you wish - and you can't get a higher level of trust than that. Visit her Facebook page and join the Groomco community!

Dog sports and activities

If you are considering taking up a sport or activity with your dog, there are lots to choose from, from formal obedience to agility. Whatever sport you decide to do, please remember to first go (without your dog) to observe the club you are thinking of joining. Watch some classes and make sure you and your dog will be happy with the training methods used. You can also find advice about choosing a club on the Kennel Club website.

Husky sledding

A personal visit to Arctic Quest in Gloucestershire convinced our instructors that if you love 'snow dogs', this is the place to find your inner 'musher'. Vickie and Chantelle are your hosts and will introduce you to their pack and give you plenty of hands-on time with them.