Dog Samaritans: What we do

Here at Dog Samaritans, we have a dedicated team of largely unpaid volunteers who rescue, recover, foster and re-home dogs that need help from various situations.


TIMELY REMINDER:  PLEASE DON'T GET A DOG ESPECIALLY FOR CHRISTMAS - it will become part of your family and may be unaccustomed to party life. 


The small charity was set up almost 30 years ago to help those who could no longer care for their dogs – whether through ill-health or domestic upheaval. The dogs are our number-one priority and while we have no kenneling facilities of our own, we use commercial boarding kennels in south Shropshire. Some dogs and puppies are unsuited to kenneling and we have wonderful foster homes for them to stay in while waiting to be re-homed.


We help all dogs of all ages, breeds and character – and some of them are REAL characters! They all have a story to tell - some pleasant and benign, some woeful and some downright disgraceful. We take care of them all and, with a very careful selection process, we match prospective owners to the right dog. Take a look at our Happy Endings page to see the results ! If you'd like to be considered for one of our dogs, try and visit the kennels or we can arrange a foster-home visit. Please remember, though that we know the animal's character and match the candidate owners to the dogs.


As you are already here, reading about us, you’ve obviously thought about ADOPTING a dog from us – but if you cannot directly adopt – you could SPONSOR a dog already in kennel-boarding; we also have several elderly dogs in foster-care, seeing out their days in kind and loving homes. Have you thought about FOSTERING ?

Once the dog is in our charge – we ensure that it is vet-checked, micro-chipped, vaccinated, worm and flea-treated. Any of our dogs in foster homes have their food supplies and vet care paid for by Dog Samaritans. Further than that, we can also financially assist owners with the cost of spaying and neutering. All prospective owners have to be home-checked before we release the dog to your care.


As you can imagine – it is a costly affair with kennel boarding fees, vet charges, food bills and occasional advertising. The financing of the charity is partly offset by our two small charity shops: one in Church Stretton and one in Bishop’s Castle; donations of clothes, bric-a-brac and books are always welcome and money donations are significantly welcome especially if they are Gift-Aided. We have kept our suggested minimum donation astonishingly low for a number of years but our sundry costs have all increased to the point where we have to suggest a more realistic £150 if you decide to take on a dog from us; it will go some way to offset the overheads and investment we’ve made in your dog.


Here’s something to think about too: 95% of the money we raise goes to the help of the dogs – not many charities can match that.


Thanks for visiting us – please look at the various pages to get the full picture of what we do and how we do it.

Our Dog Shop in Church Stretton

Directly opposite the market square - our shop is a key source of our fund-raising efforts and is packed with all the good things that high quality charity shops have; clothes, bric-a-brac, books, DVDs, something for her, something for him, something for them and of course something for the digger-dogs. Bargains of quality everywhere inside.

The staff are always pleased to see you come through the door - DOGS ARE VERY WELCOME  - and guaranteed to be made a fuss of. In the window is a board with some of the current dogs that need your help - have a look in the window.

Church Stretton Staff - always a welcome !

Marion & Helena (here) and our other helpers are always pleased to see you walking through the door to contribute in any way you can. The constant fund-raising that we have to do to provide for the dogs in our care is relentless - you can help , even in small ways. It can be buying something - dropping off goods for sale - dropping coins in the charity boxes or just having a great chat - and if you have a dog with you - please expect a lot of fuss and attention, you won't escape !

Nipstone Kennels

Dog Samaritans is the dog rescue arm of the Animal Samaritans Midlands Trust. We are a registered animal charity based in South Shropshire in the West Midlands region.


As a small animal charity we do not have our own kennels. Most of our dogs are boarded at Nipstone kennels, near The Stiperstones in south Shropshire. These wonderful kennels have an open policy and are open from 10am to 4pm every day; we do, however, ask that you make an appointment to visit the dogs.


The Nipstone kennels are having to reduce their intake of dogs at the moment - so we're doing what we can to ease the burden by trying to foster out as many as we can - please help if you can - just pick up the phone and talk to Carol or drop us an email.

Barking Mad

We also have a few rescue dogs at other kennels in Church Stretton and some of our rescue dogs are in foster homes around the area.

We have some other great associated centres that we use: 

For Barking Mad General Enquires: 0845 862 3845 / 01524 220202 / [email protected] 


Please call Carol on 01588 676106 or email: [email protected] for any details you require about the dogs.