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.   Can you help in some way ?


*** Tip of the Month: FIREWORKS !!! .... it's THAT season once again and all animal lovers, especially our doggy doters, know that the little and not so little mites can get extremely stressed with the loud bangs and flashes associated with Bonfire night. Those with new recruits can be fortunate in that they haven't experienced it previously - so for YOU - ACT NORMALLY and try NOT to transfer your anxiety to them. Sooth them but don't overdo it - you CAN get oil-sprays to calm them further. If your pooch is already an experienced stress machine at this time - again don't overdo the comforting - use the calming spray if you have it. Make sure the water bowl is topped-up and that they've been fed late afternoon - if it's stressed it may not wish to eat. Take it for a walk before the activities and make sure they can access their "special" place or blanket. Having the TV on (a little louder than normal) can help. Give your dog good vibes - not negative ones. ***

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 use a rather fabulous commercial boarding kennel 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 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.


As you can imagine – it is a costly affair with kennel boarding fees, veterinary 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. Puppies are listed with their suggested donation - this reflects their (sometimes difficult) recovery and foster care.


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. (SY5 0NJ) These wonderful kennels have an open policy and are open from 10am to 4pm every day; we do, however, ask that you phone to make an appointment to visit any of the dogs. 

Call:   01743 791 701


The Nipstone kennels are having to reduce their intake of boarding 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.