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.

2016  2017  2018

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

Rose 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 which 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.

Dogs Friends VICKI KAYE
Vicki Kaye

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 maintain the website – having been very involved in its creation. I also answer our dedicated phone line, contribute to our Facebook page 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.

Claire Batchelor

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 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!

Dogs Friends BRENDA RUST
Brenda Rust

I’ve been a volunteer for Dogs Friends for about seven years. It all started with an Appeal in the Bristol Evening Post for funds for an operation for a very sick dog. I have had many tasks over the years but currently I liaise with our foster carers, do home checks, assess dogs to be handed in and take donations of e.g. food and bedding to the Rescue. I am thrilled when a dog gets a new home, especially a long-timer. I am angered and saddened by some peoples’ casual attitude to their responsibilities as a pet owner. I have three lovely Dogs Friends’ dogs – two intended but number three was a failed foster dog as I couldn’t let him go!

Jackie Leiper

Volunteering for Dogs Friends is very rewarding. To be able to make a difference to so many dogs’ lives is the best job in the world.

Hannah Leiper

Working with the dogs and changing their lives is such a rewarding job. To see the transformation from when they came in to when they leave is so fantastic.

Lizzie Wosniack

I have been helping out with posting updates for the Facebook page for a couple of years now. Desmond, the chihuahua cross and I have also fostered several dogs over the years.

Chris Morris

I joined Dogs Friends just over three years ago when our Jack Russell, Ozzy, died and we decided not to have another dog. This was a big mistake because we now have three Dogs Friends dogs! As a volunteer there are a lot of varied roles to fill. In my case I chose dog walking, kennel cleaning and transportation – collecting new arrivals or delivering dogs to their new homes. The hard work is rewarded by seeing how your efforts have improved the lot of the dogs in our care especially when you have collected a dog from the pound who was on borrowed time.

Dogs Friends JILL ILES
Jill Iles

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!!

And Many More…

Including Fosterers, Volunteers and Donors without whom our work would not be possible.