Dogs Trust

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About Dogs Trust

About: Dogs Trust is an animal welfare charity and humane society in the United Kingdom which specialises in the well-being of dogs. The charity rehabilitates and finds new homes for dogs which have been abandoned or given up by their owners.

The National Canine Defence League (NCDL) was founded in 1891 at a meeting during the first Crufts show chaired by Lady Gertrude Stock. In 2003, the National Canine Defense League was rebranded as Dogs Trust.
Dogs Trust has 20 rehoming centres across the UK, its first international rehoming centre in Dublin and two large mobile rehoming units known as Dogmobiles.

Dogs Trust never euthanises healthy dogs, however some dogs may have had a particularly bad start in life and would not be happy living in a normal home environment. The charity takes care of these dogs under its popular Sponsor a Dog scheme.

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Fun Facts

  • Dogs Trust was formerly known as the National Canine Defence League
  • Celebrity supporters include Deborah Meaden, John Barrowman, Jilly Cooper, Johnny Vegas and Elizabeth Hurley.
  • The charity is best known for its slogan "A Dog is for Life, not just for Christmas", which is used either in full or shortened to "A Dog is for Life" in advertising. More recently it has adopted another slogan: "Dogs Trust Never Put a Healthy Dog Down".