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.
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!
Dennis is a 7 year old crossbreed, who has to live with no other pets. The first thing you will notice about Dennis is that despite his age he is still a pup at heart!
He loves to bound about exploring new places and he makes you laugh with his silly antics. He is full of fun and curiosity about people and the world but certain things can worry him.
Dennis' new family will need to understand both sides of his personality and be able to provide the time, training and security that he needs.
Sam is a 1 year old collie who can live with another dog.
With what appears to be little worldly experience Sam is keeping his paws crossed for a family to come along who can give him confidence and stability. Collie experience would be preferable for this sweet little chap but not essential if his new family are willing to learn all about the Collie breed.
He is a handsome boy who has struggled with life in kennels but is bonding more and more to the staff here every day. Now he is looking for that home which can help him progress to the next steps.
Fennel is an 18 month old GSD, who can not live any other pet. If Fennel were human she would be a super model due to her regal looks and elegant way of moving. People won over by her looks need to be aware that underneath there is a sensitive personality (not unlike those diva-like supermodels!).
Fennel struggles making new friends due to some unrest in her past. She needs slow, steady introductions to new people and dogs which is something her new family needs to be able to continue. Once Fennel feels relaxed enough to play with new people you really see her cheeky and fun personality shine through.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Gardener: (x2) 2 hour weekly shift anytime between Monday - Friday between 10am - 4pm.
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:
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.
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.
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.