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With your support we can Rescue, Reunite and Rehome stray and abandoned dogs from across the Region

It costs over £2.3 million to run our two sites every year to achieve the results which we are very proud of. 

We care for up to 150 dogs 24 hours a day, every day of the year. 

It costs on average £772 to look after each dog in our care, somemuch more if they need ongoing medical care. 

In 2019 we spent over £280,000 on veterinary care alone.

On average we rescue one dog every hour.


We raise every penny of our income ourselves and are totally reliant upon the generosity of our adopters, supporters, local businesses and community groups.

Here are some of the ways you can get involved with us:

Become a Friend: For a little as £3 a month, your donation goes a long way to helping our dogs – and gets you preferential rates on various services.

Lend a Paw: Whether it is walking our dogs or helping out at an event, we always welcome volunteers to spread the load.

Become a Business Buddy: Name us as your company's chosen charity.  Your staff teams can have fun together by raising money for us by holding events, taking part in team challenges and through payroll giving.  We have countless ideas, from fun office games to active challenges and many, not surprisingly, include dogs! In return, we champion your support through all of our communication channels, support your efforts every step of the way and welcome your teams to our centres to enjoy meaningful volunteering experiences.

Make it Personal: Whether it is running a marathon, hosting a coffee morning, holding a birthday fundraiser or taking on your own personal challenge in aid of BDH, we are always happy to support you and celebrate your successes with you, with certificates, thank you celebrations and across our social media.

Make Cake: Take part in our Great Birmingham Bark Off - we supply the whole kit for you to host fun bake sale celebrations, from cake stands to recipes to bunting.

Take the Lead: Match the daily steps of our Canine Carers in our virtual walkies challenge to raise awareness and sponsorship.  Do it in your own time and log your results and share your photos and stories in our online Facebook community.

Take part in our Community Events: Enjoy a fun day out for all of the family, be it at our Family Fun Days or seasonal celebrations such as our Christmas Santa Paws event. Bring your dog too of course and come and meet some of ours.

Be part of our online Family: Take part in our online fundraising activities.  You can raise free donations for Birmingham Dogs Home when you shop online through, send us something we need for our dogs online via our Amazon wishlist or take part in our exciting online raffles, lottery and virtual dog shows.  There is always something happening on our popular Facebook pages, Twitter and Instagram.  Thanks for following!

Buy a Brick: An engraved brick is a personalised tribute in memory of a loved one, which will be placed on the memory wall at our Birmingham centre as a lasting legacy.  You are welcome to come and view your brick and visit our dogs too whenever we are open.

Leave a Gift in your Will: Some of our thoughtful supporters choose to make a gift to Birmingham Dogs Home in their wills after remembering their loved ones.  A small gift will make a huge difference to us as a regional charity working at the heart of your local communities.


Please find out  more information about all of the above here on our website or email or call our friendly fundraising team on T. 0121 643 5211 Option 3




Pawsitivity Month

August is Pawsitivity month! Our dogs mean so much to us and provide companionship and comfort, particularly during difficult times. Please join in our online celebrations to highlight everything that is pawsitive about dogs this month and help us to raise much needed funds for the dogs in our care who have been waiting for new homes during “lock down”.

Our charity does not receive any government funding and is completely reliant on the generosity of our supporters, adopters and the local community to run our rehoming centres and help tails to wag again!

There are lots of ways to join in the fun, support Birmingham Dogs Home and spread some Pawsitivity.

Pawsitivity Month Action Calendar

Click here to download the calendar

Virtual Fun Dog Show

Submit your photos in our Virtual Fun Dog Show

We have lots of fun categories to enter from Golden Oldies to Pawfect Puppies and everything in between. Starts on 1st August with our search for the “Happiest Hound” Just £1 per entry. All details will be posted on our Facebook page throughout the month. Competitions are open for 48 hours. Any entries submitted after this time will not be included (donations cannot be refunded).

Enter a competition here.

When you have entered donate your £1 entry fee by texting DOGSHOW to 70201 to confirm your entry.

Pawetry Competition

Enter our Pawetry Competition

Express your creativity and write a poem about how dogs affect our lives in pawsitive ways. There is a competition for adults and for children. Just £3 per entry. The judging panel will be lead by Birmingham’s poet laureate Richard O’Brien. Competition opens 1st August and closes midnight 31 August 2020 (UK time).

Enter competition here

To send your entry fee:

  • To send your entry donation of £3 please text BDHPAW to 70331.

Downward Dog Yoga Challenge

Downward Dog Yoga Challenge

Take time for yourself and take part in our Downward Dog Yoga Challenge. Thirty days of yoga, starting with just 5 minutes and building up each day to help your whole body to become stronger and more flexible. We all deserve some “me time” particularly now so join our virtual daily sessions – make sure you include your dogs, they love a good stretch too!

Daily videos will be available on our Facebook page and

To get involved:

Share your photos and videos with us on social media

Other Ways to Help

Raffle Tickets
  • Make a donation
  • Raise some sponsorship money on Just Giving
  • Or Become a Friend of Birmingham Dogs Home – just £3 per month (Friendship includes a lovely pack and you will benefit from BDH discount offers too!)
  • Try your luck in our online Raffle launching 10th August. Fabulous prizes donated by our amazing supporters include hampers, experience days out, shopping vouchers and much more. Winners will be drawn and announced on 17th August. From £3 per entry.
    • You can enter here
  • T Shirts

    Buy a Limited Edition Stay Pawsitive T shirt - Show your support and love of dogs with our fabulous Stay Pawsitive T shirts. Ethically sourced and produced by the fabulous team at Goodstitch who are making a donation to BDH for every order. We’d love to see your photos when you receive your order!
    • Order here while stocks last
  • Share some Dog Selfies – We would love to see your photos with your dogs showing a paw of support for BDH. Tag us using #ShowAPaw
  • Become a Friend today
  • Or simply make a donation and spread the pawsitivity.
  • Thank you so much from all of the team here at BDH who have continued working behind closed doors, caring for all of our dogs during lock-down.


The Great Birmingham Bark Off

Join us in raising much-needed awareness and funds for the stray dogs in our care by holding your very own ‘Great Birmingham Bark Off’!

You can hold your ‘Bark Off’ at your place of work, in your home or at your local club – where ever it is, you can be certain that it will be helping thousands of stray dogs in need. We provide you with all the essentials to help get your ‘Bark Off’ started with a bang.

The Great Birmingham Bark Off
Bark Off Creations

Your pack includes

  • Bunting
  • Balloons
  • Cake Decorations
  • Recipe Cards
  • Pop-ups money box – for all those generous donations
  • Human and doggie cake signs
  • Money return form
  • Social Media ‘Save the Date’ digital image (provided upon request)
  • A4 & A3 size posters
  • Table announcer
  • Price labels

All you need are the delicious cakes!

Bark Off Pack
Cody and Rosie enjoying some cake
Reeva and Cody
Rosie, Reeva and Evie

Get your friends, family, and colleagues together to help unfortunate dogs in your area, a simple bake sale or ‘Bark Off’ as we like to call it, will go a long way in helping us to ensure the safety and care for thousands of homeless dogs that need your help every year.

To get your ‘Great Birmingham Bark Off’ event started simply fill in the form below and we will send you out a pack in the post. If you have a date in mind for your event please do let us know too.

Tips for getting your ‘Great Birmingham Bark Off’ started

Pick a date and time to best suited for your guests (Lunch time for work or Sunday morning for friends) Share on social media and set up an event Talk to your friends, work colleagues or even the neighbours Put your posters up in your office, at your school or at your local club Get friends and family to share your social media posts Clearly price up your creations – remember you can always download more on our website Get friends and family to bring baking creations with them – the more the merrier Make the donation pot visible for all your guests
  • Pick a date and time to best suited for your guests (Lunch time for work or Sunday morning for friends)
  • Share on social media and set up an event
  • Talk to your friends, work colleagues or even the neighbours
  • Put your posters up in your office, at your school or at your local club
  • Get friends and family to share your social media posts
  • Clearly price up your creations – remember you can always download more on our website
  • Get friends and family to bring baking creations with them – the more the merrier
  • Make the donation pot visible for all your guests

Sign up to receive your FREE Bark Off Pack now!

Your pack will be sent out to you within 7 – 10 days

Your Details

How can we contact you?

Your Address

Where should we send your pack?

Your Event

When are your holding your Bark Off event?

If you are a UK taxpayer, the value of your donation can increase by 25% under the Gift Aid scheme - at no additional cost to you! Simply tick the box below.

Yes I agree that Birmingham Dogs Home can treat all the donations I have made in the last 4 years (prior to this year) and all future donations as Gift Aid donations


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Become a Friend

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By becoming a Friend of Birmingham Dogs Home, from as little as £3 per month you can make a big difference to the many stray, abandoned and relinquished dogs from across the region that come into our care.

Regular support means we can plan ahead and know we can continue to rescue, reunite and rehome dogs, even through difficult times. 

Being able to rely on regular support means we know we can afford to give all of the dogs that are brought to us, the shelter, medical treatment, nutrition and love they need to help them to rehabiliate and recover on their journeys to find new forever homes. 

Regular support is essential for our development too and empowers us to plan ahead to deliver the very best services possible and achieve our vision to ensure that every dog in our care receives everything that they require to maximise their welfare and quality of life.


How your support can help

 £3 a month will help buy toys so all of our dogs can play.

£5 a month will help pay for daily meals for the 2,500 dogs we care for each year.

£12 a month will help us to microchip all of our dogs.

£18 a month will help towards the medical cost of neutering.


You can become a Friend of Birmingham Dogs Home from just £3 per month.   We will send you a welcome pack with some special gifts as a thank you and we will keep in regular touch with you to keep you updated on how your donations are being put to good use, through our e-newsletters and magazines.

If you have any questions please contact us on 0121 643 5211 Option 3 or please sign up today using the link below.

Thank you for your friendship - and for helping us to help tails learn how to wag again.

Buy a Brick Campaign

Our Buy a Brick campaign was launched in 2015 when we were raising money for our new Birmingham Centre, where our head office and largest rehoming centre in now located in Catherine-de-Barnes.   

This popular scheme has evolved to become a personal and lasting way to support our charity's work.  Supporters can make a donation to have a brick engraved with a personal message, often as a tribute to the memory of loves ones.  Bricks are placed on our walls of memory for visitors to enjoy.

Buy a Brick today

Please select a two line brick (34 characters) for £50, or if you’d like a longer message - a four line brick (64 characters) for £100.

Please note, all brick wording will be displayed in capitals, and each line centrallised. If you wish for spacing between your chosen words then please leave a space as wording will be laid out exactly as you have written it. You can include symbols on your brick wording, but only symbols that are noted on a keyboard can be used.



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When can I see my brick?

Once you have purchased your brick a confirmation letter will be sent out to you. It usually takes approximately 4 - 6 weeks for the brick to be completed and displayed within the Centre.

You will receive a confirmation letter and a brick style certificate once the brick is on the walls at our Birmingham Centre.  You are very welcome to visit to see your brick in position during our opening hours.

If you would like to discuss your own special requests please contact our friendly fundraising team on T. 0121 643 5211 Option 3 or email

For further details about our 'Buy a Brick' Campaign, contact our fundraising team on 0121 643 5018 or email them using the details found on our Contact Us page.

Donations and Gift Aid

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You can support Birmingham Dogs Home today by making a donation online.  You can click the link here to make a one off donation or set up a regular donation.

Your support means so much to us.


Just £3 can help us to buy toys for traumatised dogs to find comfort and learn how to play again.

£10 can help us to buy coats to keep dogs dry as they enjoy their daily exercise. 

£20 can help towards essential medical care .

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Shop and Donate

Do you shop online? You can support our dogs with every purchase with no extra cost to yourself. 

Simply sign up to Easy Fundraising which has over 4,000 retailers from Asos, Argos, M&S, Just Eat and many more who all donate to our stray dogs with every purchase you make through this website. 

Sign up today and make a big difference to our stray dogs when you shop online! 

Sign up here - Easy Fundraising


Gift Aid!

Don't forget, if you are a UK taxpayer you can Gift Aid your donation, allowing us to claim back the tax - currently 25p for every £1 you give.

Corporate Support

There are many benefits for your business as a supporter of Birmingham Dogs Home.

We are fortunate enough to enjoy the support of larger organisations such as Pets at Home, the Co-op and Dains Accountants, as well as smaller, independent businesses in our local communities. Staff help to raise money for us by holding events, taking part in team challenges and through payroll giving. In return, we champion your support through all of our communication channels, support your efforts every step of the way and welcome teams to our centres to enjoy meaningful volunteering experiences.

Business Buddies

Choose Birmingham Dogs Home as your chosen charity and enjoy taking part in a range of fun team building, fundraising activities with the support of our enthusiastic fundraising team.

 There are lots of ways to get involved:

·         Take part in our virtual walkies Take the Lead Together team challenge

·         We can help you to run your own baking competitions or host cake sales with all of our fun Great Birmingham Bark Off resources, including recipe ideas , bunting and cake stands!

·         Join us for our sponsored activities including our very own Walk in the Park and be part of the BDH team and join us for regional runs and big dog walks.

·         Have some fun in the office/branch/shop floor (or virtually!) with our dog themed office quizzes

·         Set up a payroll giving scheme and make a regular tax free donation

·         Join in our weekly online lottery – there are big cash prizes to win!

·         Come along and meet us at our Birmingham or Wolverhampton rehoming centres for photos, cheque presentations, tea and a tour to meet the dogs that you have helped to support.


Corporate Companions

We also work in strategic ways with businesses.  We tailor partnerships to work with you in mutually beneficial ways, be that to meet your marketing or CSR objectives.

We have a range of exciting sponsorship opportunities from community projects, to events, to exciting brand awareness and product placement opportunities at our rehoming centres and online. 

Through our hugely popular and ever growing social media channels, publications and various communications with our supporters and adopters we can offer targeted marketing opportunities and collaborate in a range of ways including joint campaigns, launches and industry networking.

We can offer a unique range of benefits to our partners including:

 ·         Lunch time learning sessions for your staff – our team are often accompanied by wagging tailed companions

 ·         Meaningful volunteering at our rehoming centres and at our Family Fun Days and community events

 ·         Bespoke Team challenges from inter-department challenges and virtual leader-boards to "Kennel Sleep Ins" 

 ·         Christmas Dinner speakers

 ·         Meeting room space at our Birmingham Centre

 ·         VIP tours of our centres and corporate hospitality with a difference

 ·         Media support including press releases and social media promotions to share stories of our journey together.

To find out more about how your business can benefit from supporting Birmingham Dogs Home please call T. 0121 643 5211 Option 3 and ask to speak to Fi Harrison, Head of Fundraising or email

Gifts in Memoriam

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Losing a loved one is so difficult. It can help to honour their lives and their contributions to their communities, families and pets by making a donation in their memory. 

You can choose to help their memory live on and support our charity by:

- Making a personal donation in their name

- Letting family and friends know that funeral collections will be donated to Birmingham Dogs Home

Donations can be made online in the name of a loved one. This can be an important way for friends and family who are unable to attend a funeral to feel involved and offer some comfort. 

Memorial Donations and Funeral Donations can be made HERE

Petplan Insurance

Insure your pet and help Birmingham Dogs’ Home in the process

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Insure your pet and help Birmingham Dogs Home in the process

Birmingham Dogs Home has been working with Petplan for many years to provide comprehensive insurance to all our rehomed dogs. Petplan has a range of policies to choose from, including their Essential 12-month plan and signature Covered For Life™ options.

Petplan’s Covered For Life™ policies renew the amount of money you have for Veterinary Fees each year which provides continuous cover for ongoing illnesses and injuries right into your dog’s old age, providing you renew your policy each year and there is no break in cover.

At Birmingham Dogs Home, we believe that pet insurance is an important part of being a responsible pet owner and work in partnership with Petplan, the UK’s favourite pet insurance provider, to provide you with reliable insurance cover. Whilst adopting a rescued or stray dog is an exciting and rewarding time for both you and your new pet, it is also important for you to consider the financial implications should your dog suffer from any unexpected illnesses and injuries.

Our charity recommends Petplan who are committed to keeping pets healthy and owners happy.  Many pet insurance policies exclude cover for ongoing conditions after a set period of time or once you have used up a set amount of money. This often leaves the pet owner or adopter facing veterinary bills they weren’t expecting. With a Petplan Covered For Life™ policy, you can rest assured knowing that your dog is covered year after year. In addition to the peace of mind that insurance may provide, by choosing a Petplan policy through Birmingham Dogs’ Home you are also helping to save the lives of dogs less fortunate than your own. 10% of your premium will go directly to Birmingham Dogs Home and a further 10% again EACH year you renew the policy.

To get a quote visit the Petplan website or contact us using our contact page.   

Thank you for helping to support dogs still waiting for their forever homes, whilst caring for your own.

Terms, conditions and excesses apply and may be varied on renewal. Birmingham Dogs’ Home (Registered Charity No. 222436 is an Appointed Representative of Pet Plan Limited. Petplan is a trading name of Pet Plan Limited (Registered in England No.1282939) and Allianz Insurance plc (Registered in England No. 84638). Registered office: 57 Ladymead, Guildford, Surrey GU1 1DB.

Pet Plan Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Financial Services Register No. 311969. Allianz Insurance plc is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Financial Services Register No. 121849. Pet Plan Limited is a subsidiary of Allianz Insurance plc. Petplan's trading address is: Great West House (GW2), Great West Road, Brentford, Middlesex TW8 9DX. Birmingham Dogs’ Home is not part of the Allianz (UK) Group. Email:

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