ADCH members across the British Isles are all working continuously, to ensure that animals in their care remain properly and appropriately cared for during this difficult period. It is extremely likely that many rescue organisations across the country including those servicing our local communities, will struggle with managing the increasingly large numbers of demands being placed upon them. They could probably do with your help right now!

If you are interested in supporting your local rescue with either your time, donations of money food, blankets, dog and cat treats and toys or other things during this unprecedented national crisis, then please go to this link where you will find details of your local centres.

Please be aware that in line with government advice most if not all rescues, will be closed to visitors to ensure the ongoing health and well-being of their staff and volunteers. In order to make sure that your offer of support or help is properly received, please telephone or email first and be understanding should I reply take a little while to come back,  as everyone is really stretched and may not be checking emails or phone systems as often as they might normally. 

All rescues at this present moment are working day and night to ensure plans are in place to care for their animals whilst dealing with the severe restrictions placed on them by travel and the self-isolation requirements.

If you are seeking advice on what to do with your pet during this period please visit this page 


The ADCH promotes best practice in animal welfare for dogs and cats. Our members are dedicated to dog rescue & cat rescue.

There are some 16 million pet dogs and cats throughout the UK, the vast majority kept by responsible, loving owners. Regrettably however some 250,000 pets come into rescue centres each year where our members endeavour to place them in new caring homes. Whilst in the care of our members we expect all animals to receive the best possible attention including exercise, enrichment and appropriate basic training. Through the commitment and dedicated hard work of our members we hope to educate the public so that those considering a new family dog or cat will take on a rescue pet or purchase through an accredited breeder. The alternative is to support the irresponsible and unnecessary breeding of animals which simply increases the number of dogs and cats awaiting rehoming from rescue centres.

The membership of the ADCH includes charities and not for profit organisations of all sizes, situated throughout England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. The ADCH acts as a platform for identifying and disseminating information on best practice and for raising the standards of animal welfare.

The purposes of the Association are to:

1. Develop good practice and influence others working in the rescue and/or rehoming of dogs and cats.

2. Address common problems and issues.

3. Explore and, where appropriate, negotiate price reductions through economies of scale.

4. Exchange information and provide mutual support where practicable, which may include the movement of dogs and cats between organisations.

5. Combine resources to encourage workable, welfare enhancing legislation.

6. Exchange knowledge in construction and refurbishment of facilities.

7. Where appropriate and agreed, represent the views of members to a wider audience.

The ADCH Strategic Plan 2020-2024 was launched at the November 2019 Open Meeting

The Association will receive complaints from anyone affected by their experience of ADCH or one of its members. Complaints should be submitted by post to: ADCH Secretary (c/o Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, 4 Battersea Park Road, London SW8 4AA).  Complaints will be handled in accordance with the Association’s Complaints Policy, that can be read here.