Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) is by far the most common health problem in UK Dachshunds: around 1 in 4 may be affected at some stage in their lives. Whilst many recover well in time, there is significant risk of permanent damage so severe it is life changing or threatening. On this website, you can find out more about the causes, symptoms, treatments, expense, how to reduce the risks, plus details of our IVDD screening initiative. We endeavour to ensure the content is based on the most up-to-date scientific and veterinary information. You can find details of our veterinary contributors here.
UK Boston Terrier Rescue
The UK Boston Terrier Rescue was founded in 2014 by Beth Bartlett, who after rescuing an ex-breeding Boston, realised there was not a breed specific rescue for Boston Terriers. The rescue is a registered charity (no.1163435) and is dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming Boston Terriers, Boston Terrier crosses and other small brachycephalic dogs. Support and advice is also offered to owners with the back up of experienced behaviourists. The rescue has grown considerably since it's establishment and now has 5 Trustees and many volunteers who help with fostering, transport, dog assessments and fundraising.
West Country Dobermann Rescue
West Country Dobermann Rescue is based in Cornwall and helps Dobermanns and their owners across the U.K. Our aim is to help with the rehoming and protection of Dobermanns in need, as well as the education of the public as to the humane and correct treatment of the breed including the common health problems and how to identify reputable breeders. We not only take in and safely rehome the dogs but also provide support to struggling owners in hope that their dog doesn’t have to enter into the rescue system which is more beneficial to the dog and it’s welfare.
The Edward Foundation
The Edward Foundation was founded in March 2011 when a group of people on a Bulldog Owners Forum were made aware of a Bulldog who was being advertised at stud and later for sale on the internet. We could see from the advert photos that he was in a terrible condition. After receiving no help from reporting to the relevant authorities it was decided to raise the funds and get him out of a dire situation. He inspired us to start this Foundation in his honour, to help the bulldogs at risk of abuse being and used as a commodity. We also help families who have to give up their beloved pets for whatever reason and simply want to know they're being rehomed sensibly and responsibly. We have helped over 1500 bulldogs find loving forever sofas. The Edward Foundation is run by De Randall, Marion Beardall, Samantha Morris and Margaret Cassidy in Scotland on a day to day basis and our Trustees are De Randall, Marion Beardall and Margaret Cassidy. We rely totally on our wonderful volunteers that run our auction page to raise money & our Area Co-Ordinators that are invaluable. We also have a huge network of foster homes and volunteers that are available at the drop of a hat to help a bulldog in need. We cannot thank them enough for their time, their dedication and their kindness along with our loyal bunch of supporters without whom this Foundation could not exist. The Foundation is now well supported enough to require no help from any outside organisation. We cover all veterinary costs for each bulldog and have forged relationships with many trusted vets around the country that help us with any bulldog requiring medical attention. We work with other rescues [when asked] to take into foster care any bulldogs they may have come into their shelters.
We find loving homes for beagles in our care. Our goal is to re-home the beagles in our care and provide advice, guidance and to encourage responsible ownership of beagles throughout the UK.
The Pug Dog Welfare & Rescue Association
PDWRA is a registered charity in the UK – number 276067. Strict rules are followed regarding the welfare, rescue and rehoming of all pugs. No profits are made and everyone gives their time and talents freely. PDWRA was first formed in 1973 and was known as the Pug Dog Welfare Association. In 1978 the Association became a registered charity and a separate legal entity under the sole control of the Trustees. In 2000 with the approval of the Charity Commission the name was changed to its present name.
Bassett Hound Welfare
Basset Hound Welfare is an independent rescue and re-homing charity for all Basset Hounds. We were the first breed-specific rescue group to achieve charity status in 1997 and are the only breed-specific rescue group that is recognised by the Kennel Club and the Basset Hound Club.
Border Collie Trust GB
Our work can be summed up in a few words - Rescuing and rehoming Border Collies and collie crosses thoughout the UK, but of course there's much more to that simple phrase. On average we have between 30 and 40 dogs at our centre and unfortunately always have a waiting list for dogs needing our help. The calls can come from other rescues who may be finding it difficult to home a collie in their area, to those rescues who take in strays and may have anything from one to ten collies needing help quickly. And of course individual owners contact us who for a vast array of reasons can no longer care for their collie. Details of dogs from their own homes are recorded. We try to prioritise, often giving a little advice so the situation can be 'managed'. We also have to try and have a space or two for emergencies or any dog we have homed who may need to be returned. New owners are asked to read and sign a contract agreeing several points. Our dogs leave us micro chipped, vaccinated wherever possible, with four weeks free insurance or an insurance voucher and also a pack of useful information including vaccination and worming records. The rehoming fee we request includes the Trusts promise to try to help with any difficulties and to always take dogs back if the need arises. Follow up calls are usually made within a couple of weeks and previous owners are informed that their dog has a new home.
DAS Dalmatians Sanctuary
DAS Dalmatians can offer sanctuary space for problem, elderly, end of life, at risk of being PTS and dogs refused help by others. We are the only UK Dalmatian sanctuary offering a safe place to spotty botties who can live their lives in comfort in a kennel free environment while receiving the help they need. They have the best food, vet care and as much love as they want for the rest of their lives. There are usually 20 dalmatians in our care at any one time plus Great Danes, Sarplaninacs and an American Bulldog. Happy kids in our care.
Westie ReHoming is a charity established in 2002, dedicated to the welfare and rehoming of the West Highland White Terrier. We take in westies needing a new start in life for whatever reason and place them into a suitable home where they will be loved and have their needs met. We have a holistic approach to rehoming, encompassing many perspectives, although the westies’ needs always come first.
French Bulldog Saviours
French bulldog Saviours (FBS) originally started in 2013 when Lindsey Scanlon, the founder, saw a very badly abused French bulldog. It was on one of the many websites, that allow the sale of dogs with no regard for their welfare. She paid for the dog (Dolly) herself, just so that she could take her far away from what was obviously a life of hell. It was Lindsey's mission to love her and mend her. She set up a Facebook page to help raise funds for Dolly's huge medical need,s and was blown away by the generosity of the Frenchie-loving public. Not wanting to turn her back on other French bulldogs in need, Lindsey made the decision to set up Dolly's Angels, and,with the help of the public, raise funds to rescue other Frenchies from a life of turmoil and neglect. Fast-forward to 2014, and Lindsey realised that the breed was in deep crisis due to over-breeding, celebrity endorsement and the illegal importation of huge numbers of French bulldog puppies. The rescue needed to expand and rebrand in order to apply for charity status and by the end of the year Dolly's Angels had become French bulldog Saviours. In 2015 FBS was awarded Charity Status, giving us a platform to inform, educate and spread the word about the dangers faced by this beloved breed.