Canterbury Centre

All the staff at Dogs Trust Canterbury would like to welcome you to our rehoming centre. In the 10 years this centre has been open, we have made lots of kind and generous friends and supporters who we need to say a massive thank you to. To anyone who we have yet to meet, we would like to invite you to visit us and see for yourselves the work that we do.

Canterbury's History

Dogs Trust has been in Kent since 1999 when we took over the site in the small village of Chestfield outside Canterbury. We refurbished the site in 2000 and opened to the public with 24 kennels allowing the centre to care for up to 40 dogs at any one time. In 2009, we expanded the centre and now have 38 kennels and can care for up to 70 dogs and puppies on site. 

Dog of the week: Scott

Scott is a lively 18 month old Jack Russell Terrier who loves his toys!! He enjoys a game of chase and ragger but he can be a little obsessed at times. Scott is ok with dogs out on walks but can be naughty around his toys in the home. He enjoys his food and likes a fuss and a cuddle with people once he knows them.

Scott is looking for an active, predictable home. He can live with older children 14 plus and can be left for a few hours. Scott has to be the only dog in the home as he can be naughty around toys and he would much prefer to be the centre of attention.




Smudger is a 6 year old greyhound who is a laid back boy. He loves to spend his days sleeping on a comfy duvet and having cuddles. Smudger is great with everyone he meets and likes his leisurely walks in our woods. He is ok with other dogs but will have to be muzzled when out as he likes to chase small furries.
Smudger is looking for a family home. He can be left for a few hours and can live with children as young as 6. Smudger can live with another dog but may not do well with cats.

Please contact the rehoming centre for more information about Scott or Smudger on 01227 792505 or visit him at: Radfall Road, Chestfield, Nr Whitstable, Kent, CT5 3ER. Opening times are 12pm-4pm everyday except Wednesdays and we are now open late on Thursdays until 7.30pm.


Sponsor a Dog - Amelia

Meet our sponsor dog, Amelia. She is our permanent resident at Canterbury and she has lots of friends here. She is a Terrier Cross who loves cuddly toys and her bouncy ball.  She enjoys being the centre of attention and going for long walks.

If you'd like to sponsor Amelia or see who lives at our other centres, visit Sponsor a Dog.

The Team

Canterbury has a team of staff and volunteers who are passionate about our furry friends and are dedicated to Dogs Trust's mission. Roles within the centre range from management and fundraising to canine care, maintenance and reception. Every role is vital to our cause and together we improve the lives and welfare of 500 dogs on average every year. Why not meet the team?



Do you ever wonder who would care for your dog should something happen to you?

Our Supporter Relations Officer, Lara Murphy, can let you know about our free Canine Care Card Scheme, to make sure your four-legged friend’s future is safe.  

She can also help with information about leaving a gift in your will or donating in memory of a loved one.

Lara is here to spread the word about the work we do at Dogs Trust.  She is very happy to come out and talk to groups or can arrange a tour and talk at the newly refurbished rehoming centre.

She also runs some local fundraising events for Dogs Trust Canterbury.

Contact Lara on 01227 792898 or email

For further information about the Supporter Relations Team at Dogs Trust click here.

Education Officer - Jo Questier



"Hi, I'm the Education Officer for Dogs Trust in the South East. Did you know that Dogs Trust delivers educational workshops on Responsible Dog Ownership and Safety around dogs? Find out more on our dedicated Education Officer page."






About Our Charity Shop

We have a charity shop in Herne Bay which helps to raise vital funds for our centre. The shop was kindly donated to Dogs Trust in 2001 and we have a dedicated team of volunteers who have been with us since its opening. We are also able to promote the local Canterbury centre at our charity shop


If you are interested in the rehoming process and are keen to adopt your own furry friend from us please pop into the centre or call us on 01227 792505.

If adopting a furry friend from us isn't an option, there are plenty of other things you can do to help.

Address and Info:

Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre
Radfall Road
Near Whitstable

Open: 12.00pm – 4.00pm, Monday to Sunday, late opening until 7:30pm on Thursday

Closed: Wednesday

Tel: 01227 792 505

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