Major Dog & Cat Charities In The UK

There are many fantastic charities in the UK that work with Dogs & Cats.

These charities exist to rescue and care for dogs & cats that are neglected, need help or need to be re-homed. Dogs & cats are amazing animals and they can make a huge difference to peoples lives. If you are a dog & cat lover then you might want to know a little bit about the major canine charities in the UK. You can help these charities in lots of different ways, from simply making a donation to volunteering, fostering and raising awareness.

Support dogs

Support Dogs is a registered national charity dedicated to increasing independence and quality of life for people with various medical conditions. They provide, train and support specialist assistance dogs to achieve this.


The RSPCA are a huge charity in the UK that rescue all sorts of different animals including dogs. They are the UK’s leading animal welfare charities and they are very well known. The RSPCA stands for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Their aim is to ensure people live in harmony with other animals and treat them with respect.

Dogs Trust

The Dogs Trust is also a major canine charity in the UK. They focus on re-homing, rescuing, dog welfare and educating the public about caring for dogs. They are the largest dog welfare charity in the UK. The Dogs Trust was founded in 1981, each year they look after around 18,000 dogs at their re-homing centres around the country.

Battersea Cats & Dogs Home.

Battersea aims to ‘rescue, reunite, rehabilitate and re-home lost and abandoned dogs and cats.’ It’s the oldest cat and dog re-homing charity in the UK and it’s been running since 1860. Battersea relies on voluntary donations and is based in Battersea, London.

Blue Cross

The blue Cross helps to rescue cats, dogs, horses and small animals around the country. They also focus on educating the public and working hard to match the right owners to the right pets. They have animal hospitals throughout the UK and can also provide support for pet bereavement.


The PDSA is a veterinary charity that helps to provide free vet care for the pets of owners who are in need of assistance. They have helped look after the pets of owners in need for 97 years.

Medical Detection Dogs

Our aim is to train specialist dogs to detect the odour of human disease.

Canine Partners

Our canine partners provide practical day to day assistance for people with physical disabilities with tasks that may be difficult to perform. They also provide increased confidence, independence and social interaction.

Dogs for Good

Our assistance dogs support adults (age 17+) and children (age 7 – 16) with a range of disabilities and also children with autism (age 3 – 10).

Our Family Dog service gives advice and support to help families with a child with autism get the most out of their relationship with their pet dog

We train and support community dogs and their specialist handlers to work in activity and therapy in communities and schools.

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

Hearing dogs for adults with a hearing impairment (aged 17+) and hearing dogs for children with a hearing impairment (ages 7-12).

Qualified hearing dogs wear a burgundy jacket. 

Dog A.I.D

Empowers our clients to train their own pet dog to assist them with daily tasks – tailored to the individual.

The Seeing Dogs Alliance

Training dogs to guide blind and partially sighted people.