Membership Categories and Criteria

 
The Association offers two categories of Membership: –
 

Full Members

Full Membership is available to individuals, registered charities or not for profit organisation with an appropriate and relevant status and objectives in their country of origin.  They must meet the following criteria: –

  • 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.
  • Comply with all current animal welfare related legislation in the jurisdiction within which they operate.
  • Operate on a non-commercial basis.
  • Only import dogs or cats from other territories if these have been legally 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.

 

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.

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.

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