Registered Charity no: 1152935

First they came for the communists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.

Then they came for the socialists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.

Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me.

 Martin Niemöller, 1946

About us

Each year, around 8000 healthy dogs are killed in the UK. They die afraid and alone - unclaimed strays, tossed aside like unwanted toys. Britain's throw away society has gone mad.

When a dog is picked up stray, local authority are legally obliged to keep the dog for just 7 days. Unless a rescue intervenes, dogs which remain unclaimed after this time are often destroyed.


What we do:

Safe and Sound is a Registered Charity (No: 1152935) working to save the lives of U.K. pound dogs (or 'poundies').  As unclaimed or abandoned strays, these precious poundies would face destruction without our help.

Safe and Sound is quite unlike more traditional rescues.  We are very much on the front line of death row dog rescue: specialising in short term crisis management and trouble-shooting for homeless dogs at imminent risk of losing their lives.

Primarily an emergency relief organisation, we concentrate on addressing immediate welfare issues: this includes providing emergency accommodation, urgent veterinary care, safe transportation and behavioural support/rehabilitation.

Our aims and activities:
To fund ‘emergency boarding’ accommodation for dogs at imminent risk of death. In some areas, we have just 7 days to find safe places for unclaimed stray dogs before they are put down; without our intervention, unplaced dogs are typically destroyed to make room for incoming dogs. So, for strays without a confirmed 'rescue space' and who are at imminent risk of destruction, we provide lifesaving emergency boarding - temporary kennelling at our Safe Havens across England. Emergency boarders can remain in the care of Safe and Sound for as long as is necessary: for some dogs, securing a kennel at a rehoming centre may take six weeks, for others it can be six months, perhaps even a year. With empty kennels at rehoming centres becoming increasingly rare, a growing number of strays are reliant on our 'emergency boarding' facilities to bridge the gap. Year on year, we see a sharp rise in demand. Although we are offered heavily discounted rates by very charitable kennel owners, the cost of hiring kennels can still be as much as £3000 per month, depending on the time of year. It costs us around £270 per month to keep a dog in emergency boarding. Addressing any medical issues comes at an additional cost.

To provide rehabilitation & retraining to dogs which are not yet ready to be rehomed. As a responsible rescue, we strive to ensure that we set all our dogs up for success. While many strays are suitable to go straight into a new home, some are assessed as needing additional support and training before they can move on to a rehoming centre and begin their search for a new family. These dogs may be victims of serious physical assaults or have suffered prolonged and deliberate neglect. We provide one to one behavioural rehabilitation and long term residential care to traumatised dogs in need of specialist support to overcome their difficult pasts. The vast majority of rehoming centres have neither the space nor staffing to be able to commit to meeting the needs of such animals, leaving them at serious risk of destruction. By taking these dogs out of the rehoming system temporarily, we not only save their lives but prevent them from "kennel blocking" and preventing other, more settled and confident dogs from meeting potential adopters. It costs us a minimum of £360 per month to offer intensive support to a traumatised dog, more if they have a high level of need. With the help of specially trained kennel staff and highly experienced trainers and behaviourists, we have seen great results and have prevented the destruction of some truly fabulous dogs, who have overcome great suffering and who have gone on to become exemplary pets.

To secure rescue placements with reputable, established rescue organisations for stray dogs at risk of destruction. Many of the dogs we assist are deemed suitable to begin their search for adopters immediately and so are placed directly into the care of a rehoming centre which has been carefully vetted by Safe and Sound. However, with resources stretched, many rehoming rescues would be unable to offer sanctuary to some of our strays without financial assistance from Safe and Sound. We support rescues offering placements to strays coming into their care via Safe and Sound, by offering donations towards urgent surgical procedures or kennelling costs as required. Where funds allow, we also offer neutering donations to rescues able to accommodate our bullbreed and sighthound poundies.

To coordinate and finance the safe transportation of such dogs from council pounds to their rescue placements. We often have to transport dogs over long distances in order to get them to safety. To do this, we provide an extensive, fully funded volunteer transport network to get death row dogs to places of sanctuary; our experienced transport volunteers work seven days a week moving dogs from council pounds to our partner rescue centres or our own emergency boarding facilities - we cover all fuel costs and other expenses (such as toll fees).

To finance essential veterinary treatment for pound dogs refused treatment by other agencies. Ordinarily, dogs who arrive at the pound with serious medical conditions are at grave risk of euthanasia. With no owner, there is no-one to pick up the tab if they require veterinary care. Local authorities are only obliged to alleviate suffering and with huge budget pressures, most will only fund the most basic of care. For poundies refused assistance by the local authority, we will fund essential vet care such initial vaccinations, worming and microchipping as well as emergency surgical procedures which cannot wait until a permanent rescue space is found (e.g. dogs suffering from a life threatening illness or injury). The vast majority of our 'emergency boarders' (those with us for more than a few weeks) will also be fully vaccinated, neutered and have other essential veterinary work (x-rays, investigations and surgical procedures) carried out by us in preparation for their transfer to a rehoming rescue.

To offer sanctuary to any former Safe and Sound poundie, which is rejected by the receiving rescue on behavioural grounds and which would face euthanasia without our intervention.  We commit to our poundies for life and will welcome them back into our care at any time in the future, should they need our lifesaving support again. Any dog which returns to us from a rehoming centre is re-assessed on arrival and where appropriate, given training and rehabilitation under the direction of an APBC certified behaviourist, to resolve any training issues before beginning the search for an alternative placement when ready.


Some notes about how we work:

WE DO NOT REHOME UNASSESSED POUND DOGS DIRECT TO THE PUBLIC.

We specialise helping in stray dogs that have been abandoned or unclaimed.  By definition, stray dogs have little or no history when they come into the pound; they are essentially an unknown quantity, so for safety reasons all dogs need to be properly assessed by an experienced rescuer in safe, controlled environment, before being introduced to the general public.

All dogs must also be vaccinated, neutered and microchipped before they can go into new homes. Rehoming unvaccinated, unassessed dogs can potentially put dozens of unsuspecting pets and owners at serious risk.  
With Britain's stray dog problem as it is, we do not want any of our dogs ending up as breeding machines so neutering is a must.  We also ask that potential homes are very carefully vetted and matched up to the individual dog's needs, so that the dog never finds itself without a home again.

The most important thing is that our dogs will never be on their own again - they have rescue friends for life.

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