paw-violetRescuing UK stray dogs who face euthanasia having served their statutory time in the council pound.

Stray dogs taken to the local council pound have just seven days to be reunited with their families before they become the legal property of the local authority, and can be either rehomed or put to sleep.

Due partly to the recession, local authority pounds throughout the UK are full to bursting, leaving no space for the dog on its eighth day when the newest stray comes in.

More dogs than ever are being euthanised, many simply because there is nowhere for them to go and their owners have not come forward or been found (a good reason why you should microchip your pets and keep those details up to date).

This is why rescues like Pawprints have been founded. We want to save as many of these dogs as possible and find them loving, forever homes.

Since Pawprints started, we have saved hundreds of dogs that would otherwise have been put to sleep.

All of our dogs rescued from the pound undergo an assessment before being rehomed. All Pawprints dogs are fully vaccinated, wormed, flea treated and neutered (providing age allows).

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Without the support from our donations we would not be able to continue our rescue work, you have helped save hundreds of dogs to date.

To make a donation to help us continue our work please click on the link below. 



PLEASE NOTE – we DO NOT take owner relinquishments. We have received so many calls from people wanting to “get rid” of their dogs for various reasons recently. Our purpose is to save the lives of dogs at immediate risk of being put to sleep that are on “death row” and strays that have not been claimed, namely those in the council pounds.

We do occasionally help people out via social services but unfortunately, we do not have the resources to do rehomes from homes in addition to taking dogs from the pound. If you need to rehome your dog please try and rehome via friends, family and work colleagues that you know well.  Avoid rehoming via the internet where possible as there are so many rogues out there and dogs are frequently taken from free ads or internet advertising sites by dog dealers, dog fighters and puppy farmers who will abuse your dog cruelly.  If you really have to rehome this way,  ALWAYS homecheck with your dog and ask for references.  All rescues are heaving with the amount of dogs needing rescue, but you can try contacting

Please also refer to the RSPCA’s advice on unwanted pets