Our mission is to bring about the day when all dogs can enjoy a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary destruction.

Today Dogs Trust (formerly the NCDL) is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and cares for over 17,000 dogs each year through its network of 20 rehoming centres in the UK – and one in Dublin. We have been involved in every piece of legislation affecting dogs over the past 125 years.

Dogs Trust is now active in ten countries around the world and has moved from being just a rehoming charity, to one that also works within the community and alongside the Government to deal with a range of issues in society from dangerous dogs, so called “status dogs”, puppy farming and the online sale of puppies. Over £6 million a year is invested in important preventative work.

The charity continues to advise government ministers at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and has been heavily involved in all the major animal welfare legislation over the last 30 years. Most notably we have been crucially involved in legislation on the animal welfare act, breeding, dangerous dogs, greyhounds and currently microchipping.

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