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Your help brings hope and happy tomorrows for abandoned dogs

Fundraising is the lifeblood of Birmingham Dogs' Home. Without it, we simply could not exist.

With no Government funding, we survive purely through the generous contributions of the general public, interested companies, groups, organisations and kind-hearted individuals who may or may not have purchased dogs from us and have remembered us in their Wills.

Legacies and other contributions are valued beyond compare and allow us to carry on providing care and protection for unwanted dogs.

This ensures that we can continue to rescue these unfortunate animals, oversee their welfare and good heath and treat any conditions with first class veterinary attention all with one aim in mind... to see them happily re-homed to loving new families.

Our highly trained canine carers do the rest with loving pastoral care prior to their four-legged friends leaving for pastures new.

There are various fundraising routes available for those who wish to donate. Whichever, we at Birmingham Dogs' Home are deeply indebted to those of you who work so tirelessly to help us help them...

Take the Lead

Take the Lead - K9 Carers Challenge
Take the Lead - Walkies Challenge

Calling all dog lovers - time to make those daily Walkies Count!

We are wagging our tails with excitement to launch a fun new online event to help you make the most of your daily exercise and support Birmingham Dogs Home at the same time.

Join together with a community of other dog lovers and help raise a wag and a smile from the dogs currently resident at Birmingham Dogs Home and their heroic carers who are still looking after them every day!

Our daily exercise is more important than ever to all of us at the moment and we all want to do our bit to make a difference in these uncertain times and make the most of our time outdoors.

The Birmingham Dogs Home Canine Carers team invite you to join them in spirit by joining in our daily walking challenge.

As key workers for our dogs, our canine carers are still walking miles every day to make sure that the hundreds of dogs we are currently looking after get their regular exercise. You can show your support and give them the boost they need and help raise money we need for our day to day operations by joining in our daily walking challenge.

We would like to invite you to share your miles with us and start logging your steps during your daily exercise, set yourself some daily goals and help to raise some money for our dogs by asking friends, family and colleagues to spur you on with a few pounds of sponsoship.

We are all missing meeting up with friends for our daily walks and chatting with other dog lovers we are used to stopping to pass the time with so by sharing our photos, step logs, doggie photos and stories we can still feel like we are a community of dog lovers in spirit as we Take The Lead Together.

So here is what to do:

Step 1 - Set Your Goal

Decide on your own personal daily challenge. Here are a couple of suggestions from us:

Walkies Challenge: Walk 1 mile a day (2,000 steps) for 50 days. Target 50 miles or 100,000 steps

K9 Carer Challenge: Walk 5 miles a day (10,000 steps) for 50 days. Target 250 miles or 500,000 steps



Step 2 - How to Do It

Simply log your steps when you are doing your daily exercise. You might want to do this by using a Fitbit or your phone or simply in a note book. Add up your totals each week. You might choose to walk around your local area, around your garden or on a treadmill, around your kitchen or up and down your stairs...don't forget to get your dogs to join in if you have one or two! Take some photos along the way of you and your dogs and your step logs and share them with us on our facebook pages.

Take the Lead - How to do it

Step 3 - How to Raise Money

Set up a fundraising page on JustGiving and select Birmingham Dogs Home as the charity you are supporting. Set a fundraising target and add some information about why you are going to Take The Lead Together for our charity.

When creating your page select "Personal Challenge". You can also add a "Sponsor Me Button" on the bottom of your email if you wish to - it shows you how to do this as you set up your page. 

You may also wish to use the text below and you can personalise your page with photos and stories about your own dogs.

Send us an email to to let us know that you are taking part and to send us a link to your JustGiving page.

Share your JustGiving link far and wide amongst your family, friends and colleagues. Just ask for a pound or two, it all adds up and makes a real difference to our charity.

Suggested information you can include on your JustGiving Fundraising page.

I am supporting Birmingham Dogs Home by taking part in a walking challenge – Take the Lead Together, to show my love of dogs and to help raise money for this charity which is close to my heart.

I am going to walk XXXXX every day and my goal is to reach XXXX in 50 days. I would be really grateful if you couple spare a couple of pounds to spur me on to reach my goal. I will be using my one hour of daily exercise to do this and I will be walking with a community of other dog lovers on line. You can follow my progress on Birmingham Dogs Home’s Facebook Page :

Birmingham Dogs Home really needs our support at this time. Normally they get support by people dropping off daily donations of food and blankets, or by taking part in marathons for them or by going along to support their Family Fun Days. They also raise money to operate by rehoming dogs and by boarding dogs for owners when they go on holiday. Currently they are operating behind closed doors and cannot raise any money in the usual ways but continue to have daily costs of looking after the hundreds of dogs that are with them at the moment.

Thank you for supporting me and my dog to help all of the dogs that need our help. Wish me luck to reach my Walkies Goal!

Step 4 - Get Walking

Now all you need to do to start is get started and walk as much as you can when you can and record your achievements.

Take the Lead - Get Walking!

Step 5 - Celebrate

When you have reached one of your walking milestones, download one of our award images from our website and share your success. You can download awards for reaching the following distances:

Walkies Challenge - 10 miles, 25 miles, 35 miles, 50 miles

K9 Carer Challenge - 100 miles, 150 miles, 200 miles, 250 miles

Share your achievements with everyone on Facebook.

Join us for a real celebration when we are all able to see each other in person.

Come and meet the canine carers and our dogs of course. Date TBC

A huge thank you to our loyal supporters Ancol Pet Products for their continued friendship and support of this new event.

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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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Our FRIENDS provide the lifeline for our abandoned dogs at Birmingham Dogs' Home. We are deeply indebted to all those who have donated to the home during the years, as our survival has depended on it. 

We continue to thank every donation, no matter how small. Every penny counts. 

How do I become a FRIEND?  (Becoming a friend involves making monthly donations to help all the stray dogs in our care)

To become a FRIEND of Birmingham Dogs' Home, simply donate from only £3 a month to give hope to the thousands of strays that are placed in our protection every year. 

FRIENDS can look forward to receiving a welcome pack containing:

  • Our lively 'Fetch' magazine three times a year, with lots of information about the Charity and our strays.
  • The latest copy of our annual review 
  • A special, personalised FRIENDS' certificate 
  • A FRIENDS' keyring
  • A BDH pen
  • A BDH mini Notebook
  • A BDH paw print pin badge 

What does my donation help pay for?

  • Caring and regular attention given by BDH staff
  • Complete medical examination by our vets
  • Treatment prescribed including vaccination and precautions against fleas and worms
  • Full assessment to gauge dog's temperament
  • The renewal of facilities and vital equipment
  • All dogs micro-chipped
  • Nutritious meals, warm bed and lots of cuddles

If you're interested in being a FRIEND, please call 0121 643 5018 or go to our contacts page to email us and request a leaflet and application form. 

Or click the button below! 

Buy a Brick Campaign

'Buy a Brick'

Our new Birmingham Centre opened on 23rd October 2015, and we all look forward to a bright new future for Birmingham Dogs’ Home.

And you can be a part of it!

Buy a brick today with your name or that of a friend, relative, company or pet and create your very own legacy. Your named brick will feature on a wall at our new centre for posterity – the words you choose will literally be set in stone forever as a lasting memory.

Our new Dog Rescue and Welfare Centre is set in the beautiful countryside on Catherine de Barnes Lane in Solihull.

See the progress we have made by looking at our Photo Gallery.


Here’s how you can help

Buy a brick now and give positive help to the homeless dogs of the West Midlands and South Staffordshire - and take them out of the misery that has been their life to date, that of an unwanted, abandoned stray.

All you have to do is purchase 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.

But you must hurry! We only have a limited amount of bricks and they’re selling very fast!


New Build

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.


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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A lot of work goes into raising funds for the Birmingham Dogs' Home sites. Without donations and gift aid, everything would cease.

We appeal for funds, on a daily basis to help maintain our services of caring for the unwanted and sick dogs of Birmingham, West Midlands and South Staffordshire. Every single penny is valued and we cannot give enough praise to the individuals,

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groups and companies who put their hands in their pockets for this needy charity. It is well recorded that we receive no Government funding for our work. Everything that has been achieved, built and developed is the direct result of generous people who care about animals and in particular, dogs.

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

Supporting Birmingham Dogs’ Home has its clear benefits – helping thousands of stray dogs stay warm, well nourished and clean, whilst also helping sick dogs to receive that all-important veterinary care.

The benefit that is less obvious is the impact that corporate support with Birmingham Dogs’ Home will have on your business.

Companies who have supported us in the past report on increased sales, improved customer loyalty, reduced staff turnover and most of all, an overwhelming sense of pride.

If you’re not sure how your business could help us, here are a few ideas:

  • Payroll giving - Encouraging your staff to donate straight from payroll. This is an efficient, tax-free way to regularly donate to Birmingham Dogs’ Home. Donations are tax-free as they are deducted directly from the employees’ salary before tax. Donating in this way means that the value of donations can be increased by 41%.

  • Company sponsorship for marathons, fun runs, walkathons, as well as UK and overseas challenges

  • An organised dress-down day , where all employees pay a small donation to dress informally at work

  • The old classic bake sale is a proven way to raise money, by selling straight to your colleagues and collectively raising a potentially large total

  • Hosting a JustGiving page online works for a lot of businesses that want to help raise money

For more information about our corporate support packages with Birmingham Dogs’ Home, or if you’d like help generating fundraising ideas, please get in touch with us using our Contact Us page.

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

We have been working with Petplan for many years to provide comprehensive insurance to all our rehomed dogs. Petplan have 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.

Birmingham Dogs’ Home believe pet insurance is part of being a responsible pet owner and we recommend 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.

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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