Dog Samaritans: The ASMT shops have closed in Bishop's Castle and Church Stretton and that means we've no facilities to take in material donations. We are changing our focus in how we help our four-legged friends and are hoping that the charity itself will continue to help pooches in the region in the same way we've provided it over the years - we just won't have a shop anymore.

Stay safe, do the right thing, keep your digger-dogs cool, get the jabs and the world isn't flat

We STILL have occasional Pop-Up sales in BC - so keep watching ! We started up the B.C. Dogsbodies shop in Sept 2000 and its closing has left a big gap in the fabric of Bishop's Castle life. It was fabulous for clothing and bric-a-brac as well as being a much needed social drop-in centre - lonely people and dogs were all welcome. We would like to continue our work - helping out with vet bills for our rescue / rehomed & elderly dogs - and so we will CONTINUE to support them with your donations: see our help & donations pages.

Here at Dog Samaritans, we have a dedicated team of unpaid volunteers who rescue and foster dogs that need help from various situations.  We're undergoing changes of focus, so you can STILL support us with donations - email [email protected]

REGARDING COVID-19 (Coronavirus)  and your DOG.

Please be sensible and responsible - the government are updating instructions daily and this leaves pet-owners needing some answers to questions about their animals. 

PLEASE go to:

for some great information and procedures - especially is you need to self-isolate.


W A S H   Y O U R   H A N D S,   S T A Y  A L E R T and if you need to  S T A Y   A T   H O M E.

Our dogs and website information seem to be getting continually listed  in other sites - particularly FACEBOOK pages of Do-Gooder groups and individuals. PLEASE BE AWARE that we have NOT AUTHORISED this - we are getting inappropriate enquiries from all over the UK and it is over-taxing our limited resources. Phone calls have to be answered and enquiries dealt with. This activity is EXHAUSTING our volunteers. If you want to help us - ASK US .......  See the bottom of this page  .... (Thanks, admin)

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 over 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 have been using kennels in south Shropshire. 

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.

Once the dog is in our charge – we ensure that it is vet-checked and prepared for the new owner; older dogs are micro-chipped, vaccinated, worm and flea-treated whereas puppies are treated separately for their onward family. 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. We do our very best for the dog.

Our shops in both BISHOP'S CASTLE and Church Stretton have now closed.

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.


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 and sadly our long association with Nipstone kennels, near The Stiperstones in south Shropshire has drawn to a close. These wonderful kennels have had to call it a day and have decided to close in 2020. Needless to say it has been an honour being associated with them and they have been steadfast in their care for the dogs with them. We are proud of the help and care they have given to us and the dogs.

Barking Mad

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

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.

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