Welcome to Dogs Trust Loughborough Rehoming Centre

Please feel free to visit during our opening times and talk to us about the wonderful dogs we have here at the centre.

Here at Loughborough we aim to “Exceed Expectations” in everything that we do whether it’s the care and welfare  we provide our dogs, the service we deliver to our customers or the help and support we provide to the dogs and owners after they’ve been rehomed, you can meet our friendly team here

Have you visited us recently?  Please tell us if we exceeded your expectations by completing our short survey to help us improve our services.  

Dogs Trust Loughborough has been registered with The Considerate Constructors Scheme, which is an industry initiative set up to improve the image of the construction, so be prepared to be wowed when entering our building – not only by the centre, but also the passionate staff and loving dogs looking for their forever home.  The centre was also built to BREEAM (BRE Environment Assessment Method) outstanding classification and operates with the highest levels of sustainability, which includes renewable energy from its biomass boiler, green roofs, under-floor heating, solar thermal panels, photovoltaic panels and a rainwater recycling system. You can find out more about this in a detailed BREEAM case study.

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If you have any queries about rehoming or want to ask about a particular dog, please call the centre during our open hours on 01509 880070.  Or if you have any general queries please email us.


We’re offering free tours to Dogs Trust supporters interested in learning more about the influential work that takes place here at Loughborough.  

Our welcoming volunteer tour guides will take groups on a comprehensive tour providing interesting, lively and informative commentary about our facilities and services we offer.

Tours held every month on various dates each month and we have availability on the next tour on 27th October and 24th November. The tours, which are for adults only run from 2-4pm including refreshments and time for questions.

They involve walking for approximately 90 minutes around our 14-acre site so please call in advance to discuss any mobility concerns you may have. There is no charge but donations are gratefully accepted. Outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear is advised.

There is a maximum of 12 people per tour, so booking is essential!

To book your place, please email the centre on Loughborough@dogstrust.org.uk


Dogs For Rehoming

Check out some of our lovely residents seeking homes below!



Suzie is a 6 year old lurcher, who may be a bit of a shy girl when you first meet her, but when she gets to know you Suzie has a heart of gold and will welcome gentle fuss and adoration. She loves to settle at your feet when she isn't out enjoying a brisk stroll in the autumn sunshine. She is a social girl with other dogs but prefers those who have a similar outlook to life. Suzie is looking for a family who can offer her lots of home comforts and a relaxing environment.



Sky is a 5 year old Lab Cross. Sky is an incredibly affectionate and loving girl. She would love to spend the winter evenings cuddled up with you on the settee. Sky is also an active girl who will enjoy regular and varied walks. Her walks will also give her chance to practise meeting and greeting other dogs in a calm manner. Sky was very nervous of other dogs but this is improving as she finds new friends here at the Dogs Trust. Sky is sure to make a loving and gentle addition to her new home.  





Oakley is a 4 year old Husky, he is an active and friendly boy, very keen to discover the world and go on adventures. When in the mood, he enjoys interacting with people, either for a short fuss or a game, and he also likes to do his own things, playing with toys or exploring his surroundings. Oakley likes other dogs' company, especially females, and can lack social skills, so will need to polish off his manners. Oakley is looking for an active family to share his sense of fun and adventure .  

For more information on Suzie, Sky or Oakley, please contact the centre directly on 01509 880 070.




How can you help? 

 As with any centre, we always appreciate donations of bedding and towels, as well as any treats, toys, clickers, tinned food, newspaper or similar you might have to spare. Those donations will be gratefully accepted at the centre during opening hours.

Dogs Trust is reliant upon the generosity of dog lovers. Any donations received will help us reduce numbers of stray and abandoned dogs, saving the lives of an extra 1,000 dogs every year that would otherwise tragically be put to sleep in the East Midlands. In addition, any support will enable us to further promote Dogs Trust’s key message of Responsible Dog Ownership in local communities in and around the East Midlands.

Patchwork Dogs

Patchwork dogs are those that may need a little more help. They might have a combinatin of behavioural and training needs that, together, make a patchwork of requirements for their new home and family.

Have a read about them here.


Here at Loughborough we aim to offer inspiration volunteering in a variety of roles across the centre.  Each volunteer role has specific duties and activities plus a suggested time commitment that fits into a volunteer rota which supports our work.

In 2013 our helpful volunteers have donated over 4200 hours! Click here to read the stories of two of our regular volunteers.

We ask potential volunteers to identify the most suitable role before completing an application form which can be emailed to loughboroughvolunteer@dogstrust.org.uk or posted to our Volunteer Coordinator Rebecca Broughton at the Rehoming Centre. 

If we have a suitable vacancy, potential volunteers will be invited to attend an induction to the centre before completing a buddy up session with a staff member who will cover the specific duties of the chosen role in greater detail.


Volunteer vacancies

Laundry Assistant: Any day of the week between 10am-4pm

Vehicle Cleaner: A minimum of 3 hours per week, between 8-5pm Monday - Sunday. A regular weekly commitment is preferred. 

Canine Carer: A minimum of 2 hours a week on an agreed day. Shifts are 8-10am or 8-12pm. 


Volunteer roles not currently available:

Dog Walker

Visitor Support

Fundraising Assistant



Media Support

Tour Guide



Current vacancies at Loughborough:


Unfortunately, we are only able to accept applications for the roles with current vacancies. If you are interested in our roles, please visit this page for regular updates detailing vacancies as they arise.


Team Volunteering

For 2014, we've extended our inspiration volunteering programme to include small teams. We're looking for local businesses or groups who are up for a challenge to come and help us complete various on-site environmental enrichment projects. Each project is designed to maximise our outdoor areas and enhance the dogs' enjoyment during their stay.

Full details of the range of projects available can be found here.


Work Placements

We offer 2 week work placements for students over 16 years who are completing an animal welfare course.  The role involves working alongside a canine carer completing a variety of animal care tasks.

To find out more click here for an application pack. 


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

Our Supporter Relations Officer, Ella Tonge, 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. 

Ella 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 centre. Ella also runs some local fundraising events for Dogs Trust Loughborough.

Contact Ella on 01509 882966 or email Ella.Tonge@dogstrust.org.uk

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


Download our A3 sized yearly planner

Keep up to date on all the activities that we're running at Dogs Trust Loughborough with this free calendar.

Hire of Training Barn

Here at the centre we have a multi purpose training barn which can be hired for meetings, events, seminars, training classes, etc.  Interested and want to find out more?  Email the centre now for full details on availability, cost and how to book or click here for our helpful guide and booking form.

Address and Info:

Dogs Trust Loughborough 
Hill Farm
Wide Lane 
LE12 6SE

Open for visitors: 12:00 - 16:00 including weekends

Late opening: Wednesday 12:00 - 19:30 (note: dogs can be viewed until 19.30 but visitors interested in rehoming must have completed a homefinder questionnaire prior to 19:00)

Closed: Thursday

Phone lines open 08:00 -20:00 Mon-Fri and 09:00 -17:00 Sat & Sun

Tel: 01509 880 070

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Local Events

Spook Night

29 October 2014

Cracking Christmas Fair and Santa Paws

Saturday 6th AND Sunday 7th December

06 December 2014