Welcome to Rescue Remedies. We mainly cover the South East of England and are home based in the Surrey, London and Hampshire area. We have been rescuing dogs since 2002 and grown from small beginnings to currently carrying around 80-90 dogs on our books. We do not have a ‘centre’ but are internet based. Our dogs are visible through their pictures with descriptions.
We are very small and don’t have ‘staff or a call centre’ just a few dedicated volunteers processing applications and liaising with families. So we can only accept dog enquiries via our Homing Questionnaire which gives us the basis to discuss appropriate dogs.
We have two satellite websites www.terrierrescue.co.uk and www.staffierescue.co.uk
We exist to respond to the desperate needs of our society’s homeless dogs. We ensure all the dogs are neutered; vax’d and chipped before homing. We currently run at a loss; we have no paid staff. All our dogs are seen by a vet. We try not to discriminate on the basis of breed, age or health. We are renowned for coming forward for the dogs which would have difficulty in finding homes.
Relax and browse our websites, they are full of information, tips and guidance to help you in finding your dog, helping your dog find its new home or offering you the opportunity to help homeless dogs.
Our Rescue Work
History: xxlynne started in 2002 by fostering for a North London Rescue and rehabilitating ex-breeding kennel dogs and preparing them for their first homes. She advertised in local papers and built up a network of contacts within the Rescue world. In 2004 me, xxlynne and Joanne (now working within wildlife rescue) flew over to Ireland to rescue dogs from death row pounds, later arranging to collect them from a volunteer transporter weekly, saving as many as we could. We also helped dogs we were approached about and began taking more and more dogs into our homes as did others who agreed to foster. We were supported by four local vet surgeries and could not have helped the number of dogs we did, without their financial support and trusting their treatment of some quite neglected, ill and disadvantaged dogs. They became part of our Team. Fosterers so often fall deeply in love with their dogs and become homers! I have always had terriers and set up specialist rescue work with ‘working type’ terriers, and a website www.terrierrescue.co.uk in 2005.
In 2006 we agreed to help four seven-month-old Staffie cross pups who were seriously ill. We founded Rescue Remedies to raise money to pay their high vet bills and we are happy to say all survived and Rescue Remedies was born. www.rescueremedies.co.uk was launched that year. We began to help Welsh dogs as they were also in great need and transport was easier to arrange to optimise rescue spaces as they arose. As time has gone by, we have focused more and more on helping local dogs as well as Welsh dogs. We work closely with Battersea and rescues around the South East, sharing good homes and always putting each dog’s needs first. We have helped many Staffies over the years and grown to know and love them. Staffies are the one breed which needs most help and are very misunderstood by the press and general public. So in 2009 we set up www.staffierescue.co.uk.
How do we find our dogs? We work closely with many rescues and are alerted to dogs needing a rescue place, or they give our details to people needing to rehome their dog. We are in the Kennel Club Breed Rescue Directory for Lakeland and Irish terriers. We are known to be there for Fell/Patterdale terriers. Many vets find us through directories. We try not to discriminate adversely in terms of age, health, disability or breed type. We will take on first and work out how to pay later. We are so grateful for the support we receive from so many people in so many ways. We have nothing in the bank … we live from month to month in hope. We do not have the luxury of time to keep in touch or follow through as we would wish, but are delighted to hear from our friends. We are always meeting the demands of the next dog needing our help.
The key principals we excel in are accepting dogs with more difficult backgrounds. We are not so interested in ‘numbers’ i.e. coming forward for the easy to home dogs. We take most of our dogs from death row, in council pounds who have run out of time and are in desperate need of a rescue place. We work with our dogs to support them in reclaiming good health, being ‘freed’ by neutering and building confidence to achieve maturation and a well-balanced temperament. We place our dogs in good homes which should provide them with stability for the rest of their lives. We apply in-depth scrutiny in vetting our homes and do not sacrifice our principals in the face of stress and adversity. We offer enduring support as required and “back- up for life” to our dogs. If you home one of our dogs you are our friend for life!