Welcome

Based in the heart of Somerset in the South West of England, our passion is for helping dogs and owners in need.

 

Dogs Friends is run by a small group of dedicated volunteers who are totally committed and relentlessly busy. Almost all our dogs are in individual foster care in the surrounding area as we prefer them to live in a domestic setting where at all possible.

Why are we called Dogs Friends?

Answer: Dogs +

Fundraising,

Rehoming,

Information,

Entertainment for

Needy

Dogs

Dogs Friends Rehoming Charity Burnham-on-sea

Fostering

Dogs Friends Rehoming Charity Bristol

Adopting

Dogs Friends Rehoming Charity Somerset

Make A Donation

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Sponsor A Dog

Some Of Our Dogs Looking For A Home

Volunteering

We are always looking for volunteers to help us run the Charity.

For example could you help us by walking a dog or find homes for dogs that are with our Foster Carers or help with the transportation of dogs and the distribution of food and bedding?

To find out more about how you can help Dogsfriends in so many different ways, click here.

Or get in touch

Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm  ONLY

08456 014 644

info@dogsfriends.me.uk

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MEDS FOR MUTTS
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Every year we spend tens of thousands of pounds on vet bills for the hundreds of dogs that come into our care.

That’s why your participation in the lottery organised by our Meds for Mutts Club will make such a difference.

To find out how you can join our Meds For Mutts Club click here.

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Today we remember them, all of them, including those dogs who bravely worked alongside humans and horses.

This is a casualty dog - they were trained to find wounded or dying soldiers on the battlefield. They carried medical equipment so an injured soldier could treat himself and they would also stay beside a dying soldier to keep him company.
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On Sunday 1st December we're holding our very own Dog Show at Winscombe Village Hall.
If you'd like to sponsor one of our classes please let us know.
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Judy, the prisoner of war. 🎖

Judy was the mascot of several ships in the Pacific. She was captured by the Japanese in 1942 and taken to a prison camp. There she met Leading Aircraftsman Frank Williams who shared his small portion of rice with her. Judy raised morale in the POW camp giving alarm when poisonous snakes, crocodiles and even tigers approached. She was smuggled out in a rice sack when the prisoners were shipped back to Singapore. She never whimpered or betrayed her presence to the guards. The next day, the ship was torpedoed. Williams pushed Judy out of a porthole in an attempt to save her life, even though there was a 15 feet drop to the sea. He made his own escape from the ship, not knowing if Judy had survived. Frank Williams was recaptured and was sent to a new POW camp without news of Judy's survival. However, stories began being told of a dog helping drowning men reach pieces of debris on which to hold. Williams was giving up hope of finding Judy when she arrived in his new camp. "I couldn’t believe my eyes. As I entered the camp, a scraggy dog hit me square between the shoulders and knocked me over! I’d never been so glad to see the old girl." They spent a year in Sumatra. "She saved my life in so many ways. The greatest way of all was giving me a reason to live. All I had to do was look at her and into those weary, bloodshot eyes and I would ask myself: What would happen to her if I died? I had to keep going." Even if it meant waiting for a miracle. Once hostilities ceased, Judy was smuggled aboard a troopship heading to Liverpool. In England, she was awarded the Dickin Medal, "the animals' Victoria Cross", in May 1946. Her citation reads: "For magnificent courage and endurance in Japanese prison camps, which helped to maintain morale among her fellow prisoners and also for saving many lives through her intelligence and watchfulness". At the same time, Frank Williams was awarded the PDSA's White Cross of St. Giles, the highest award possible, for his devotion to Judy. Frank and Judy spent the year after the war visiting the relatives of English POWs who hadn't survived. Frank remarked that Judy always seemed to give a comforting presence. Judy died at the age of 13. Frank spent two months building a granite and marble memorial in her memory, which included a plaque which told of her life story.
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We would like to thank Rector Tim Hawkings for the donation from Ian and Rachel Hughes wedding. We would like to wish them a long and happy future together. ... See MoreSee Less

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A Bit About Dogs Friends

2005

Dogs Friends set up, acting as foster carers and fundraisers for other charities

2007

Dogs Friends took in their first dogs for rehoming

2008

First ex-breeding and Pound dogs arrived

2009

Became a registered Charity

2017

10th anniversary celebrated helping our 4,000th dog!

2018

Over 10,000 followers on Facebook!