ABOUT

Dogs Friends was started in the Spring of 2005 by a group of friends who, at the time, were working with a number of different dog charities.

 

Whilst recognising the need for funds to finance a wide range of services for the welfare of dogs, they decided to concentrate their efforts on direct re-homing work in the vicinity of where they all lived and that is what they are now doing as a team – finding better homes for unwanted and unloved dogs in the Bristol, Bath and Somerset areas.

Dogs Friends is now well established and to help with fund raising it was registered as a Charity on 5 April 2009 based in the heart of Somerset.

Board of Trustees

Rosemary Peacock Chairwoman
John Thurmand Secretary
Lyn Dunn

Latest Report & Accounts

Download our latest Report and Accounts.

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As can be seen, our largest cost by far, is vet bills and that is why we set up the Meds for Mutts Club.

Meet Some Of The Team

Rosemary Peacock (Trustee & Chairwoman)

I have never ever not lived closely with pets. There were always cats then guinea pigs, rabbits, later on ponies then horses and sheep. I can remember them all. I am so grateful to my parents for their love of animals which they definitely passed on to me. We never had dogs though. I was rather scared of them till I was an adult. Ponies and pony rescue was my passion for many years. As soon as I was old enough and qualified, I ran a riding school that subsidised my sanctuary for old ponies and donkeys. After a few years, my first dog arrived. Tally. Absolutely special. A big black and white collie cross stray. He was followed by other unwanted farm collies. Then, in 1998, I met another dog who appeared at the yard – Gnasher, a Chocolate Labrador puppy. Oh my goodness, he started my total passion for ‘Chocolates’. He was the most fantastic dog. I will be eternally grateful to him. He changed my life.

John Thurmond (Trustee)
I have been involved with the Rescue from the first dogs, which came in the spring of 2005. Five of the dogs from that spring are still with me. I was appointed a Trustee when the Charity was formed in 2009. Over the years my activities have included collecting dogs from pounds mainly in Wales but also in England. At one time I was crossing the Severn Bridge so often my car was recognised by the toll collectors. Meds for Mutts, pet Insurance, documentation and procedures, obtaining grants and claiming gift aid have been some of my admin activities.
Lyn Dunn (Trustee)

I have been involved with Dogs Friends from the beginning. Prior to that, I was a foster carer for Westie Rescue and Many Tears which is how I met Rosemary and her family. Over the years my husband and I have fostered over a hundred dogs, some of which we adopted. The two we have at the moment were originally called the blue Westie and the pink Westie. I am a huge Westie fan. My role currently is on the admin side.

Caroline
My role is admin support so I deal with adoption applications, random questions and issues that arise and help to support foster carers, adopters and other team members as needed. Tim and I also help with collecting donations and general running around.
I’ve only been doing this admin role since the beginning of 2021 but have fostered dogs and helped out generally for a few years now.
My favourite part of my role is probably helping match people with dogs and assisting people through the adoption process. I enjoy chatting on the phone and get to speak to lots of different people and helping with a variety of issues.
We have 5 dogs and 2 cats and foster cats too. In our spare time, we love to go for walks, particularly to the beach and enjoy spending time in our caravan.
Isabella
I manage the website and Facebook page. I also do the odd few admin jobs such as organising transport – shout out to all of our wonderful volunteer drivers! I joined the team early 2021 having started my volunteering with Dogs Friends by fostering. My favourite part of my role is being able to meet lots of dogs from different backgrounds with different personalities. In my spare time, I enjoy taking my own dogs out for walks. My family have recently become “failed foster carers” so now we have three Schnauzers running the joint!
Sophia

I’m the volunteer Fostering Trainer and I also assist in fostering support and adoptions. I recently began this role, having started my volunteering with Dogs Friends by walking dogs at the kennels and assisting with the transportation of dogs. In 2018 I adopted my wonderful companion Tegan from Dogs Friends, and our journey to find our happiness together inspired my passion for dog rescue. My favourite part of my role is introducing new people to the wonderful experience of rescuing – I’m in complete awe of our wonderful foster carers who go above and beyond to support the dogs when they need it the most.

Jill

I have been volunteering with Dogs Friends for many years, sometimes fostering and helping out in general. What I find most rewarding is spending time with the new dogs that arrive with behavioural issues. It’s great to see them become happy, well-balanced dogs, ready to find their forever homes. The only downside is you wish you could take them all home!

Laura
I am a fostering coordinator and my job is to assist the rest of the team in looking after our amazing foster carers and their dogs through their fostering journey. I love getting to know all of our fantastic foster carers and enjoy watching their dogs develop into confident and happy characters ready to find their forever homes.
I joined the Dogs Friends team having been a failed fosterer myself and adopting our foster collie in December 2019. I have learnt so much on our journey with our reactive boy and I’m delighted to be able to help fosterers overcome any hurdles and make a difference in the dogs’ lives.
Cat
Jack of all trades, master of none? I foster the floofers, as well as try and support other fosterers, but also put my name forward for home checking and being a point for dropping off donations. I’ve only been volunteering since March 2020, after having my first foster dog placed with me. Since then, I’ve fostered 10 dogs and only been a failed fosterer with one of them my lovely Frenchie Winnie. My favourite part of Volunteering is all the dogs. So many different personalities that you see blooming and changing (for the better) either over days or sometimes months. However long, it’s worth the wait. I got involved following adopting my little Frankie (was Hope) from Dogs Friends.
Hannah
I’m the kennel manager and I run the Instagram page. I have been at Dogs Friends for 9 years and I enjoy looking after the animals and seeing the transformation in the dogs. I got involved as I love working with animals. In my spare time, I like to read and look after all my own animals. 
Becky

I work at the kennels caring for all the animals up there. I started working nearly 3 years ago and my favourite part of joining the team is learning new things every day, from working with dogs with all different backgrounds and needs is so rewarding and seeing the outcome after putting in the work with them is amazing. I got involved because of my love of dogs, and being able to work with all different breeds of dogs has been amazing and I’ve learnt so much. In my spare time, I help at home with the cattle and horses, and also enjoy walking my dogs.

Jacqui

My roles include running fundraising stalls and helping in the office, vets and kennels. I have been volunteering for 9 years and I’ve always loved dogs and this was a great way to be able to help dogs in need. In my spare time, I like knitting, crafting and word puzzles.

Clare
I’m a paramedic for a living but I also volunteer as a fosterer and fundraiser as much as I can. My own dogs are Indie the German Shepherd, Archie the Staffy and Rita the Mini Schnauzer (all rescue dogs) I have grown up with big dogs and rarely been without at least one for any length of time. I wasn’t sure how I would cope with giving up a foster dog but it has become one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. Such a great feeling to work with a homeless dog, to show it love and affection, gain its trust and socialise it with my own dogs, to then see them go off to a new forever family happy and more confident, knowing they will have a life they deserve. I did however fail with Rita, she was a foster dog that just had to stay!
Vicki

I have been a volunteer with Dogs Friends for over five years and it has been a pleasure and a privilege to contribute to the safety and happiness of so many unique and beautiful animals. I answer our dedicated phone line and otherwise help out where I can. Many people who hand in their dogs for re-homing are devastated and I often hear their stories which can be heart-breaking. However, there are some people who own dogs and expect them to behave like toys – cuddly and playful when required but otherwise silent. I cannot understand these people. The pleasure of owning a dog is in appreciating their character, intelligence and individuality.

Carrie

In one way or another, I have volunteered with Dogs Friends for around 7 years. I have cleaned kennels, walked dogs and fostered quite a few dogs, which is hugely rewarding. For a number of years now I have been responsible for setting up the free insurance, which every newly adopted dog is entitled to. I feel privileged to work for this amazing charity that achieves so much with very little money.

And many more…

Including foster carers, volunteers and donors!