What We Do


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