How You Can Help:   Foster - Adopt - Volunteer - Sponsor



Here, at Dog Samaritans, we occasionally have rescue dogs that are unable to be homed due to age or ill-health so we manage to get these dogs into long term foster-care with wonderful, dog-loving people.

The following dogs are currently looking for sponsorship to go towards the cost of their long-term care.

Scruffy: Our latest addition is a delightful wire-haired terrier, full of bounce and playfulness who suffers from epilepsy and requires life-long medication to enable him and his owners to enjoy life to the full. Already re-homed with some fabulous folk in South Shropshire, he's found his happy home at last.

Darcy: A recent dog to us requiring palliative care is a female a Newfounlander / Mastiff cross (we think) with a severe degenerative condition in her back legs. The medical prognosis is poor for her so we would love her to be provided with as much devoted care and attention as possible in her last days. Things are Looking UP for Darcy - A very kind local person fostered her for a short while - and fell in love with her - so she's staying put !!!!! BUT she'll need with food and medication costs. LET US KNOW IF YOU CAN HELP !!

Mickey: a Yorkshire terrier who was diagnosed by a specialist vet in Gloucester as having an inoperable throat tumour. He was given only 6 months to live, so a wonderful couple grew to love him dearly and looked after him to his end. He was on permanent and rather expensive medication which we covered. Mickey died after 5 Years in the family foster-care. They have since taken on another Yorkshire terrier, who again has health problems. We give a massive "Thank You" to Liz and Margaret, who have given such wonderful care for us.

Harry: an old blind Collie, we paid the carer £25 a month for food and covered any vets bills incurred. Harry has since died but the foster-carer has since taken on an elderly Labrador from us.

Ben: an old farm Collie who has thyroid problems is on long term medication with regular blood tests. We pay the carer £25 a month for food and all vets bills.

Tikkanne: an Alsatian, we pay the carer £25 a month for food and all vets bills.

Toby: an elderly dog who was just left in a garden, he has gone to one of our volunteers, he has a lot of health issues and it cost £100 a month just for special food! He also has dry eye syndrome which is expensive to treat.

These are just a few of our dogs we have in long term foster care. We also get rescue dogs who need specialist (expensive) vetinary care or sometimes an operation. DONATIONS are a great help.

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If you can DONATE, or can SPONSOR one or more of the dogs in our care, then please email: [email protected]

or to make a donation online, go to:

If you'd like to donate with a standing order (and can Gift-Aid) please contact the [email protected] with your details and we'll get that organised. Local charities make a local difference !

Fostering a rescue dog - WE NEED YOUR HELP 

At Dog Samaritans, we are always looking for kind and loving people to foster rescue dogs for us. You will not be out of pocket either, as all expenses are paid for their food and care. The older dogs and puppies do not do well in kennels and some dogs just find it too stressful.

Occasionally, a rescue dog requires surgery and therefore needs a quiet, loving home environment in which to convalesce, recuperate and recover.

Old dogs are often looking for a "rest of life" foster, where we would cover the vets costs for the remainder of the dog's life.

... and it's so rewarding !

Fostering for Dog Samaritans is a highly rewarding experience; you will make such a big difference and many of the new owners keep in touch with anecdotes of adventures and photo updates and even bring the dog on return visits.

If you are interested in fostering a rescue dog and wish to discuss what it involves.......

email: [email protected]

Volunteering in dog rescue

We have two charity shops:     in Church Stretton and in Bishop's Castle

The Animal Samaritians Midlands Trust charity shops provide one of the main incomes for Dog Samaritans. Both shops are run entirely by volunteers, the aim is to aid all animals in need. We appreciate donations of all pre-owned clothing, books, ceramics and house-wares - and if you have got something brand-new to donate we often run a raffle.

We always need volunteers for other activities that are crucial to our work:

1. Tin shakes at various supermarkets across the West Midlands.

2. Carrying out home-checks across the region and mid-Wales.

(Training will be given, to help re-home rescue dogs)

3. Transporting people without cars to the kennels to view rescue


4. Transporting rescue dogs to the vets from the kennels.

5. Recovering rescue dogs in the region and taking them to the


6. Volunteer dog walkers at Nipstone kennels.

For more information about volunteering:

telephone Carol on 01588 676106

or email:  [email protected]