About us


Founded in 1892 on land made available by the late Sir Alfred Gooch Bart in New Canal Street, Birmingham, Birmingham Dogs Home has been at the forefront of animal wefare for the Midlands for over 125 years and is one of the region's oldest and best loved animal welfare charities.

Sadly the building in New Canal Street, 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 Centre houses our head office, our second site - Wolverhampton Centre - in Coven, Wolverhampton, is a showpiece 21st century home built at the cost of £2m and opened in September 2002.

Our Wolverhampton Centre 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 on the 23rd October 2015. The Centre comprises of 128 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 have been possible without the loyal long standing support of the people of Birmingham, Solihull and the West Midlands.



Charity Information


Lord Mayor of Birmingham

The Mayor of Solihull

Chief Constable of West Midlands Police

Lord Aylesford



Giles Webber - Chief Executive

Steve Wynde - Treasurer 



Areika Bickerton - Birmingham Centre Manager

Karen Doy - Wolverhampton Centre Manager


John Wheatley (Chairman)

Richard Venner (Vice Chairman)

Peter Barnett

David Johnson

Claire Powell

Catherine Taylor

Gill Wilyman

Janice Laraway

Sharon Butler 

Catherine Mawston (appointed 19/08/20)

Lisa Millard (appointed 19/08/20)


Founded in 1892, we are one of the region’s oldest charities.

We have a well defined and clear purpose and are a local charity serving the local community.

We operate the most modern, state-of -the-art dog rehoming centres in the West Midlands and South Staffordshire.

We work with nine local authorities to rescue and rehome lost, stray and abandoned dogs as well as reunite lost dogs with worried owners.

Services we provide include: - Veterinary care - Behavioural care - Educational outreach - Boarding - Grooming

We care for dogs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year. We rescue over 2,500 dogs annually.

We are passionate about dogs and dog welfare.

We are totally reliant on public support and do not receive any government funding. It costs £2.3 million every year to run our centres.

A caring community, we take in dogs, give them the best care to maximise their welfare and quality of life and we give prospective owners the best impartial advice.

Our team are loyal, engaged, enthusiastic, very much ‘hands on’, adaptable and totally dedicated. 

We ‘lead’ not follow. We tackle issues at the heart of dog care in our region and seek to ensure that all of the most deserving dogs in our community get a second chance.

We work locally with a wide variety of organisations including schools, hospices, retirement homes, scouting groups and community groups.

We have a loyal following in the West Midlands – but we take nothing for granted.

We are active in the wider rescue centre network and are members of the Association of Dogs and Cats Homes; the Charities Aid Foundation and the Institute of Fundraising.

We are registered with the Fundraising Regulator and follow the Code of Fundraising Practice.

We have committed £2.4 million to expanding our services. Join us on our exciting journey to make our vision a reality.



Birmingham Dogs Home Registered Charity No.  222436   Company Registration No. 00662947  Boarding Licence No. 105586


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Volunteers & Work Experience

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Dog Walking

We have volunteer dog walkers at our Wolverhampton 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, toys 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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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.

Canine Carer, Birmingham Centre


Are you dynamic, creative and enthusiastic?  Do you have excellent and proven experience in animal welfare?  If so this role could be for you.

Due to the continued growth in our services Birmingham Dogs Home needs another great person to join our team!

We are looking for a highly talented motivated individual, with experience in excellent animal welfare to add to our Canine Carer team.  If you share our passion for dogs and their welfare then apply for this exciting opportunity to join us as a Canine Carer at our Birmingham Centre.

This role will be a full time position of 37.5 hrs per week.  Ideally the successful candidate should have experience within the animal or charity sector.

If this is the role for you, you will need to demonstrate expertise and knowledge in all aspects of caring for dogs, with the ability to work on your own without guidance after training is complete.  You will be responsible for delivering the best service, exceeding expectations in animal welfare standards, training and behaviour assessments and assisting our vet.

You will also be responsible for promoting our services and maximising rehoming opportunities, working to Birmingham Dogs Home’s codes of practice whilst adhering to Health & Safety policies and ensure that our customers enjoy a positive, memorable and rewarding experience.

If you can work independently and confidently, carry out all aspects of working in a rehoming centre, including keeping the kennels spotlessly clean, as well as providing a high level of service to our customers and exceptional standards of care to our doggies, then we would love to hear from you.

It is a great time to be involved with Birmingham Dogs Home as we have significant plans for the future.  In return we will offer you a competitive salary, development opportunities and a great place to work.

Objectives of Role: The Canine Carer will work as part of a team with the main objective being to care for all dogs during their stay with us. Each and every dog must receive 1st class care whilst residing with us, by working to Birmingham Dogs Home’s codes of practice and Health & safety guidelines.  Also establish good customer relations.  


Post:       Canine Carer – Permanent

Responsible to:       Centre Manager

Salary:      £18,617 per annum  

Current as at:   October 2021

Start Time:   8.30 am – 5.00pm (37.5 hours per week) Flexible to cover any shifts over 7 days



  • A positive and proactive attitude.
  • Reliable and diligent.
  • Confident in handling all breeds of dogs in a safe manner.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills which will be fully utilised as you will be dealing with customers and their pets on a daily basis.  
  • Confidently be able to promote and upgrade the services we offer.
  • Flexible to cover any shifts over 7 days.
  • Be able to multi task effectively and work in a busy environment.
  • Enthusiastic, motivated and be able to work on own initiative as well as part of a team.

Please see full job description, including person specification below which can be downloaded.



  • 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. 
  • We do not accept applications over any social media platforms

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

Areika Bickerton, Birmingham Dogs home, Catherine-de-Barnes Lane, Solihull, B92 0DJ


If you DO NOT hear from us 2 weeks after 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 individual application.


Our Operational Policy

Birmingham Dogs Home cares 24 hours a day, every day of the year for stray, abandoned and relinquished dogs from across the West Midlands and South Staffordshire.  We work with nine local authorities who trust us to deliver the best possible care.

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, and 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, and if this is successful then a Home Visit is arranged, and 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 which 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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