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There are thousands of dog rescue organisations around Europe and the world. Some are very large, such as the Dog's Trust in the UK, which rehomes up to 16,000 dogs a year, while some are tiny, comprising just one person caring for unwanted dogs and seeking new homes through friends and family.

Most dog rescue groups are small, with less than ten active volunteers involved in rescuing, fundraising and rehoming. This often places those volunteers under intense pressure, as the needs of the canine community where they are based usually outstrips their resources, whether that is space, money or simply time. Some volunteers take unwanted dogs into their own homes, and almost everyone involved in dog rescue has at one time or another used their own money to save a dog's life.

Dog Welfare Network recognises the enormous efforts, sacrifices and investments made by these dog rescue groups. We believe that by bringing the dog rescuing community together, sharing information, pooling resources, and building upon each other's successes, we will have a greater impact than if we all continue to work alone.

To this end, Dog Welfare Network wants to build enduring partnerships with multiple dog rescue organisations, allowing us to eventually lead a bid for European Union funds that will be used to build the capacity of our partner organisations to rescue, neuter, rehome and educate.

Our objectives in this area are to:

To support existing dog rescue organisations in their work

1) To support existing dog rescue organisations in their work

Aim: To build the capacity of dog rescue organisations so that they have the resources necessary to continue and further develop their work

2) To develop large scale population management programmes of dogs within selected communities

Aim: to reduce the number of unwanted dogs by organising large scale neutering programmes

3) To fund education programmes, including through the arts, which change people's behaviour and attitudes towards dogs

Aim: To reduce the suffering of dogs due to neglect, ill-treatment, illness, ignorance and injury.

4) To develop our organisation

Aim: All staff and partners embody our core values of professional competence, excellent communication, teamwork, effective use of resources, and personal effectiveness, so acting as valuable ambassadors for The Dog Welfare Network.  

Our Strategic Plan focuses on four areas: