About us

Birmingham Dogs Home was founded in 1892 on land made available by the late Sir Alfred Gooch Bart in New Canal Street, Birmingham. Sadly this building, which over a century later still had ‘Birmingham Home for Lost and Starving Dogs' proudly displayed above its doors, was destroyed in a fire during 2014 – but from the foundations established at this humble building, the charity continues to exist and grow.

Almost 100 years after the charities founding - in 1987 - the Duchess of York officially opened the new Bartholomew Street home, which had been purpose-built to provide shelter and protection for over 150 abandoned dogs in comfortable kennel blocks with adjacent facilities, such as its own vets' clinic, puppy unit and isolation block.

The home is a charity which can only survive through the generosity and support of the general public and benefactors from the local community. Without this we would be unable to carry on the vital work of rescuing and rehoming abandoned dogs.

The tremendous help given over the years has allowed us to improve and extend our facilities and, therefore, our ability to care for these unfortunate former pets.

While the Birmingham site houses our head office, our second site - Sunnyside Kennels - in Coven, Wolverhampton, is a showpiece 21st century home built at the cost of £2m and opened in September 2002.

Sunnyside houses 100 strays in state-of-the-art accommodation complete with veterinary consulting room and isolation unit for dogs requiring special, one-to-one care and treatment.

Our New Home

New Build

The kennels, which we believe are one of the best purpose-built homes in the UK, are surrounded by green fields and towering trees which allow for excellent exercise facilities and the opportunity for potential owners  to walk and get to know their dog of choice better.

In recent years the charity recognised that the facilities offered by our rehoming centre in Digbeth were falling behind the expected standard of a modern animal welfare establishment. With very little room to expand the existing home the Trustees decided to find a new location for the centre on the South side of Birmingham, a site that can enhance the service provided by the charity now and for years to come.

After looking at 65 potential sites the Trustees agreed to purchase a 12.45 acre site situated on Catherine de Barnes Lane, Solihull. The site is in the Green Belt, so a very detailed environmentally considerate design had to be put together if the charity had any hope of gaining the necessary planning approval from Solihull Council. Such a scheme was compiled and on the 10th July 2013 planning approval was granted for the construction of a £5.5M Animal Welfare Centre.

 

On the 22nd September 2014 work began on site with the new home opening in July/Aug 2015. The Centre will comprise of 130 large kennels with under floor heating, veterinary suite, education / community centre and superb staff facilities. The 12.45 acre site gives plenty of room, for volunteers and supporters looking to find their new companion, to walk dogs in open countryside.

 

Birmingham Dogs Home recognises that none of this would be possible without the loyal long standing support of the people of Birmingham, Solihull and the West Midlands.

 

Anyone wishing to donate to our New Build Campaign can do so by using the support us tab.

Charity Information

PATRONS

Lord Mayor of Birmingham

Chief Constable of West Midlands Police

MR D M P Lea

Lord Aylesford

OFFICERS

Simon Price - Chief Executive

R J Easton - Treasurer

MANAGERS

Areika Bickerton - Birmingham Centre Manager

Karen Doy - Sunnyside Centre Manager

Alayna Warner - Commercial Manager & Legacy Officer

TRUSTEES

Mr. R Temple-Cox CBE - Chairman

Mr. J Wheatley - Vice Chairman

Mr. R G H Crofts JP

Mr. J Anstey

Mr. D S Ellis

Mr. D Johnson

Mrs. C Taylor

Mr. P Barnett

Mrs. G Wilyman

RUNNING COSTS OF BIRMINGHAM DOGS' HOME IN 2014

Over £1.7M - That equates to an average of £465 being spent on every dog cared for in our homes

In 2014

  • We provided care and support for over 3,683 stray and neglected dogs
  • We also accepted 530 relinquished dogs from their owners
  • We found 1,727 new loving homes
  • Only 859 dogs were claimed by their owners

You can use the support tab to help us care for more stray dogs - Thank you

 

BIRMINGHAM DOGS' HOME'S VISION AND MISSION STATEMENT

Our vision is a world where every dog is a loved dog in a happy home

Our mission is to rescue, reunite and re-home the lost, abused and abandoned dogs from the streets of the West Midlands and South Staffordshire.

Birmingham Dogs Home charity registration number: 222436

 

Volunteers & Work Experience

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Dog Walking

We have volunteer dog walkers at our Sunnyside centre; however, there is currently a waiting list for these positions. We will advertise any future vacancies should they arise.

Please be aware that for insurance reasons we are unable to accept volunteers who are less than 18 years of age.

How else can I help?

There are many other ways that you can help the dogs in our care by donating items such as food and blankets, or by running your own fundraising events.

If you are interested in working for the Birmingham Dogs' Home any vacancies will be advertised on our jobs page.

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Jobs

Working at Birmingham Dogs Home can be a very rewarding experience in the knowledge that you are helping to make a real difference to the stray and neglected dogs in our care. We encourage personal development and offer a variety of staff training courses.

CV's are NOT accepted as a form of application.

Job Vacancy - K9 Carer, BIRMINGHAM

A new and exciting job opportunity has become available at our Birmingham Rehoming Centre - Canine Carer, 12 month contract.

To apply for the job please read the full Job description below then complete and return the application form attached to jobs@birminghamdogshome.org.uk (which can be scanned) or post to:

Areika Bickerton, Birmingham Dogs Home, 10 New Bartholomew Street, Birmingham, B5 5QS

APPLICATION FORMS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5PM ON TUESDAY 31ST MARCH 2015

Job Description

Post:                       Canine Carer – 12 Month Contract 

Responsible to:         Home Manager

Salary:                     £13,635 per annum starting salary

                               Increasing to £14,122 after probation period

Objectives of Role:    To provide love, care and protection for the homeless dogs

                                brought to Birmingham Dogs’ Home.

Current as at:            March 2015

Start Time:                8.30 am – 5.30pm (40 hours per week)

                                Monday – Sunday (5 days per week)

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

Feeding -   All dogs to be fed at 3pm every day unless under Veterinary instruction. Thin dogs must be fed twice a day. Feeding and water bowls must be washed every day and fresh water placed in water bowls.

Exercise - Whenever possible dogs on your designated block must be exercised either in one of the enclosed areas or on the field in front of the Home. (Sunnyside only)

Health -    Any injuries or signs of ill health displayed by any dog must be reported immediately.  Dogs prescribed medication by the vet must be given this treatment as instructed.

Aggressive behaviour - Any aggressive behaviour demonstrated by any dog MUST be reported immediately to protect the public and other staff.

Dealing with the public – You will be required to meet members of the public and to talk to them about the dogs that you are caring for in order to get them a home. You must be friendly, polite and above all, professional at all times.

Uniform & equipment - Uniforms must be worn at all times. Any damage to equipment issued to you must be reported immediately and, if found to be due to negligence, may necessitate you to pay for a replacement.

Breaks times – All breaks must be taken promptly and it is imperative that you return to your designated kennel block on time

Cleanliness -   

 1. All areas within kennel block assigned to a Canine Carer, including service points and sluice rooms, must be kept clean and tidy at all times.

 2. Dogs must be bathed when dirty/smelly at the earliest opportunity.

 3. Bowls and bedding should be removed daily with dirty sheets replaced and placed in laundry room for washing.

 4. Floors, coving, walls and beds to be scrubbed to remove stains and residues.

 5. Prior to kennel cleaning all dogs must be locked into the outside run by use of the dividing hatch. Water, bleach and detergent should be used in the cleaning process.

 6. Any solids or urine in the kennels must be removed with a scoop, placed in bucket and flushed away in sluice as soon as possible and the area mopped with bleach and water.

 7. The windows in the kennels must be cleaned regularly to remove stains and residues and, in addition, kennel fronts should be scrubbed inside and out daily and sponsorship plaques wiped.

 8. Once the inside kennels have been cleaned the dogs must be let in and the hatches locked down with the same process of cleaning then used on the outside kennels.

Additional duties - You may be required to carry out other duties for which you are trained in order to assist in the smooth running of the Dogs’ Home.  

PLEASE NOTE

  • As a charity, in order to contain costs, we are unable to acknowledge individual applications.
  • If you DO NOT hear from us within 2 weeks of the closing date, please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.
  • Due to the large volume of applications that these positions receive, we are unable to answer individual queries into why any application was unsuccessful. 

Job Vacancy - K9 Carer, SUNNYSIDE

A new and exciting job opportunity has become available at our Sunnyside Rehoming Centre - Canine Carer, 12 month contract.

To apply for the job please read the full Job description below then complete and return the application form attached to sunnysidejobs@birminghamdogshome.org.uk (which can be scanned) or post to:

Karen Doy, Sunnyside, Dark Lane, Coven, Wolverhampton, WV10 7PN

APPLICATION FORMS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5PM ON FRIDAY 3RD APRIL 2015

Job Description

Post:                       Canine Carer – 12 Month Contract 

Responsible to:         Home Manager

Salary:                     £13,635 per annum starting salary

                               Increasing to £14,122 after probation period

Objectives of Role:    To provide love, care and protection for the homeless dogs

                                brought to Birmingham Dogs’ Home.

Current as at:            March 2015

Start Time:                8.30 am – 5.30pm (40 hours per week)

                                Monday – Sunday (5 days per week)

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

Feeding -   All dogs to be fed at 3pm every day unless under Veterinary instruction. Thin dogs must be fed twice a day. Feeding and water bowls must be washed every day and fresh water placed in water bowls.

Exercise - Whenever possible dogs on your designated block must be exercised either in one of the enclosed areas or on the field in front of the Home. (Sunnyside only)

Health -    Any injuries or signs of ill health displayed by any dog must be reported immediately.  Dogs prescribed medication by the vet must be given this treatment as instructed.

Aggressive behaviour - Any aggressive behaviour demonstrated by any dog MUST be reported immediately to protect the public and other staff.

Dealing with the public – You will be required to meet members of the public and to talk to them about the dogs that you are caring for in order to get them a home. You must be friendly, polite and above all, professional at all times.

Uniform & equipment - Uniforms must be worn at all times. Any damage to equipment issued to you must be reported immediately and, if found to be due to negligence, may necessitate you to pay for a replacement.

Breaks times – All breaks must be taken promptly and it is imperative that you return to your designated kennel block on time

Cleanliness -   

 1. All areas within kennel block assigned to a Canine Carer, including service points and sluice rooms, must be kept clean and tidy at all times.

 2. Dogs must be bathed when dirty/smelly at the earliest opportunity.

 3. Bowls and bedding should be removed daily with dirty sheets replaced and placed in laundry room for washing.

 4. Floors, coving, walls and beds to be scrubbed to remove stains and residues.

 5. Prior to kennel cleaning all dogs must be locked into the outside run by use of the dividing hatch. Water, bleach and detergent should be used in the cleaning process.

 6. Any solids or urine in the kennels must be removed with a scoop, placed in bucket and flushed away in sluice as soon as possible and the area mopped with bleach and water.

 7. The windows in the kennels must be cleaned regularly to remove stains and residues and, in addition, kennel fronts should be scrubbed inside and out daily and sponsorship plaques wiped.

 8. Once the inside kennels have been cleaned the dogs must be let in and the hatches locked down with the same process of cleaning then used on the outside kennels.

Additional duties - You may be required to carry out other duties for which you are trained in order to assist in the smooth running of the Dogs’ Home.  

PLEASE NOTE

  • As a charity, in order to contain costs, we are unable to acknowledge individual applications.
  • If you DO NOT hear from us within 2 weeks of the closing date, please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.
  • Due to the large volume of applications that these positions receive, we are unable to answer individual queries into why any application was unsuccessful. 

If you DO NOT hear from us 2 weeks or submitting your application form, please assume you were unsuccessful on this occasion. Please note that as a charity, in order to contain costs, we are unable to acknowledge every indiviudal application.

Policies

Our Operational Policy

At Birmingham Dogs Home our core mission is to take in and care for stray and abandoned dogs found in the West Midlands area.

Regardless of condition or temperament these dogs are housed in safe warm facilities and looked after by our dedicated and caring staff until they can be reunited with their owner.

We work in partnership with local authorities and assist them in providing a first class stray dog service to the community they serve whilst also supporting them in the outreach campaigns they run in an attempt to educate the public in the importance of micro-chipping and responsible dog ownership.

Although kennelled by Birmingham Dogs Home all stray dogs remain the responsibility of the local authority finding the dog for seven days, after this responsibility through ownership is passed on to the charity. This is done regardless of condition and temperament as Birmingham Dogs Home does not pick and choose which dogs to assist. The only exception to this is any dog identified as an illegal breed i.e. Pit Bull Type, these remain the responsibility of the local authority as it is illegal (under the Dangerous Dogs Act) for such dogs to be rehomed.

Working with our veterinary partners all dogs cared for by Birmingham Dogs Home receive professional veterinary treatment, this is judged on a case by case basis with some dogs requiring very little whilst others need months and months of intensive daily care.

Our rehoming policy is open and transparent and aims to match dogs available for rehoming with suitable loving owners. Our rehoming teams will begin the process by asking a few relevant questions, arranging a meeting with a prospective owner and the dog they are interested in, if this is successful a Home check is arranged, if passed a date for rehoming will be agreed.

Unfortunately Birmingham Dogs Home is unable to rehome dogs that are aggressive or unpredictable as these pose a threat to staff and public alike. Dogs are also received that are in extremely poor condition this may be due to a serious ongoing illness or age, if a reasonable quality of life cannot be guaranteed for these dogs Birmingham Dogs Home will arrange for our vets to painlessly put these dogs to sleep.

All dogs that are available for rehoming will remain at one of our centres until a suitable home is found, our aim is to rehome all dogs within six months of their arrival. Birmingham Dogs Home recognises that dogs that are onsite longer than six months may become institutionalised and therefore find it much harder to re-adjust to a normal home environment.

Birmingham Dogs Home understands its role in the community and to its supporters and as such undertakes various outreach programmes with schools and other community groups, these aim to educate young people and promote responsible dog ownership within the areas we serve.

Fundraising is vital if we are to keep delivering the charitable service we provide and as such we operate various fundraising campaigns throughout the year, these involve both the general public and commercial organisations.

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