ADCH Membership – Why join us?

The ADCH promotes best practice in animal welfare for dogs and cats. Our members are dedicated to dog rescue & cat rescue. ADCH Members have access to a range of exclusive benefits that include discounts on products and services and regular Members-only training, events and conferences – here is just a flavour of the benefits available to ADCH Members.

Membership is open to charities and not for profit organisations of all sizes, regardless of scale or turn-over.

Being a member of the Association of Dogs and Cats Homes (ADCH) is a unique way of networking with like-minded organisations, large and small.

Membership of the Association

The Association offers two categories of membership, with criteria as follows:

1.Full Members

  • Available to individuals, registered charities or not for profit organisation with an appropriate and relevant status and objectives in their country of origin.
  • Resident and working in the British Isles.
  • Involved in, or actively supportive of, the rescue and/or rehoming of dogs and/or cats.
  • Comply with the Association’s published Minimum Welfare and Operational Standards (as determined by the initial external assessment and subsequent internal or external assessments as required).
  • Comply with all current animal welfare related legislation in the jurisdiction within which they operate.
  • Operate on a non-commercial basis (some indicators to show that the operation is not commercial could include that any compulsory donations or fees received are reasonable and comparable with those requested/charged by similar charitable establishments; that no payment was made by the animal welfare establishment to acquire the animal)
  • Only import dogs or cats from other territories if these have been legally imported, imported in a manner that meets all applicable transport and health requirements; have had the relevant vaccinations including those not necessarily mandatory by the exporting or importing country; ensure all dogs are behaviourally assessed as suitable and safe to rehome to a British Isles environment; and have a plan in place in case the rehoming of an animal is not successful.
  • Sympathetic to and compatible with the values of ADCH.

Full Members must pay the required membership fee on an annual basis and complete an Annual Return summarising their activities in the preceding year.

A Full Member is allowed to vote at the AGM, introduce resolutions for discussion at the AGM and vote for the Chair and Trustees of ADCH. Full Members are allowed free access to the ADCH Online Forum and Know-How platform, attend the ADCH Annual Conference at the required delegate rate and attend Open Meetings, Workshops and other events.

2. Affiliate Members

Affiliate membership is intended for not-for-profit organisations that have an interest and expertise in dog and cat welfare but are not eligible for Full Membership and do not directly sell related goods or services into the sector.

Affiliate membership is also available to individuals who sell goods and services into the sector and can demonstrate a gross annual turnover at or below the current UK VAT threshold at the time of application.

All Affiliate Members must:

  • Be resident and working in the British Isles.
  • Be involved in, or actively supportive of, the rescue and/or rehoming of dogs and/or cats.
  • Comply with all current animal welfare related legislation in the jurisdiction within which they operate.
  • Only import dogs or cats from other territories if these have been legally imported, imported in a manner that meets all applicable transport and health requirements; have had the relevant vaccinations including those not necessarily mandatory by the exporting or importing country; ensure all dogs are behaviourally assessed as suitable and safe to rehome to a British Isles environment; and have a plan in place in case the rehoming of an animal is not successful.

Affiliate Members must pay the required membership fee on an annual basis.

Affiliate Membership does not confer any voting rights but Affiliate Members may attend the AGM as well as the ADCH Online Forum and Know-How Platform, attend the ADCH Annual Conference at the required delegate rate and attend the ADCH Open meetings, Workshops and other events.

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