Friends was established in 2011 by volunteers to support and promote the unwanted, stray and abandoned dogs in Cardiff Dogs Home, the local authority pound. In 2016 we were asked by a neighbouring local authority - Newport City Council- to set up a similar support infrastructure, to enable them to commit to keeping safe their dogs until suitable homes could be found.
Every local authority has a statutory obligation to house stray and abandoned dogs for a period of seven days. After seven days, under Section 149(6) of the Control of Dogs Order 1992 the local authorities may 'dispose of' the dog.
Friends exists to ensure that no rehomable dogs in our communities are destroyed under this legislation; that they are cared for, that they receive funding for veterinary care and where necessary behaviourial support, that they are loved, exercised daily, and provided with enriching environments and activities until suitable homes are found for them.
With hundreds of dogs passing through council pounds and dog rescues every year, their paws really are in our hands as they embark on their journey of finding a new home. We promote and champion the dogs to give them the best chance of finding their forever home as quickly as possible.
Alongside our long term aims to modernise the kennels and facilities, we have developed an innovative and ambitious Kennel & Environment Enrichment Program to improve and enhance the welfare and well-being of the resident dogs whilst they are waiting to be re-homed.
We have a strong focus on community inclusion, and have developed a vibrant and dynamic voluteering program.
We have no paid staff, nor do we pay expenses. Most of our volunteers have full time jobs, their own dogs, children, and other responsibilities and commitments, yet somehow they find time in their busy lives to do something amazing for lost, abandoned, and homeless dogs.