Ukraine Appeal – 200 Tonnes of aid delivered!

Update 2023

We’re thrilled to announce that DogsnHomes Rescue has successfully reached its target of sending over 200,000 kg (200 Tonnes) of aid to Ukraine since the beginning of the war. This is equivalent to feeding 1.2 million meals to people’s dogs and cats. These were pets that were left behind after families fled the conflict. We’ve helped animal shelters across Ukraine, individuals who took in neighbour’s pets, military working dogs on the front line and supported mobile spay and neuter clinics.

This monumental achievement wouldn’t have been possible without the incredible support of generous companies, individuals and our valued partners who contributed through donations and grants. Also we have formed a network of trusted partners across Ukraine to get the aid to the frontlines. All our donations are tracked to ensure they are delivered to where they are needed most.

In the face of adversity, our small charity has demonstrated the power of compassion and unity. Each contribution, no matter how big or small, has made a significant impact, bringing hope and relief to those cats and dogs in need. 

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who believed in our mission and helped us make a difference. Your kindness has touched countless lives, and together, we’ve shown that even the smallest efforts can create waves of positive change.Let’s continue to stand together as there’s much more we can achieve. With your ongoing support, we look forward to making an even greater impact in the future. 

With grateful thanks to, HSI UK, Purrfect Pet Transport, Animal Friends Insurance, Daniel Sandford, Dan Fine, Yora, Skinners, Lily’s Kitchen, Hook Vets, Pets Corner, Pets at Home, Border Collie Rescue UK, Tweseldown, Sid & Lola, Gold Label, The Mill House, WACI Warehouse, PK Pet Supplies and all our volunteers especially Julie, Karen and Ashley, Socom Tactical, plus our fabulous local community.

Our work in Ukraine will continue in 2024 – we’re now aiming for 300,000 Kg of aid for Dogs and Cats!
Please continue to donate cat food and dog food at our donation points below. We are desperately short of cat food in particular:

Morrisons in Fleet (GU51 1GY)

Pets Corner in Fleet (GU51 4BE)

Pets Corner in Farnborough (GU14 7GL)

Pets Corner in Camberley (GU15 3SP)

Pets Corner in Wokingham (RG40 3AS)

Pets at Home in Farnham (GU9 9QJ)

Sid and Lola in Alton (GU34 3HD)

Hook Vets (RG27 9HG)

In order to transport this pet food and aid, DogsnHomes Rescue also needs funds.  You can make a monetary donation, however small, to DogsnHomes Rescue ‘Food Appeal for Ukraine Dogs and Cats’ online.  Please use this link:

Update Sept 2023

We have continued to supply food and aid to our network of partners in Ukraine and have received generous donations from, Yora, Lily’s Kitchen and Skinners, Pets Corner and Border Collie Rescue UK. Our total now takes us to over 164,000 kgs of food and aid!!

At the end of August we were also able to assist a vet in Poltava get a replacement ultrasound machine when hers broke down. This was made possible by Ewen at ReactAid!

Canicalm DS 3

CaniCalm generously donated by Border Collie Rescue

UPDATE 22 Feb 2023

Our lastest donations including the supplies from Lily’s Kitchen have arrived in Ukraine and is now being distributed by White Angels. We know in their safe hands this will all go to those most in need.

Feb 2023

We continue our ‘Winter Food Appeal for Ukraine DOGS and CATS’ to raise funds to support the abandoned companion animals left behind after people fled the conflict.

So far to date, we have delivered over 100 tonnes of food and medical aid to shelters, most recently cat food donated by Lily’s Kitchen which followed hot on the heals of 9 pallets of dog food generously donated by Skinner’s.

The winter in Ukraine is bitterly cold, down to -20 °C, and many shelters are without power due to the constant shelling.   Thousands of abandoned dogs and cats will starve to death this winter without help.

DogsnHomes Rescue works with a network of brave charity partners right across Ukraine 

to ensure that food deliveries are tracked and get to where they are most needed. 

Gary Baxter, Co-founder of  DogsnHomes Rescue says, “We urgently need funds to help us continue to send food and aid to Ukraine.  The situation for dogs and cats left behind after people fled is dire and the conditions are horrendous.  We’re also helping the military with food for their working dogs on the front line.”

“We’re committed to helping companion animals in Ukraine in the long-term including an ongoing large scale spay and neuter campaign.  It’s an animal welfare crisis on an enormous scale and the freezing winter temperatures just compound the suffering.  We know that times are hard for everyone right now but please help us if you can as absolutely every penny counts.”

To donate to this appeal please use the Justgiving link below

If you prefer to send a cheque please contact Gary Baxter on 07800 555 863 for details.

Local donations points are at:-

Morrisons in Fleet (GU51 1GY)

Pets Corner in Fleet (GU51 4BE)

Pets Corner in Farnborough (GU14 7GL)

Pets Corner in Camberley (GU15 3SP)

Pets Corner in Wokingham (RG40 3AS)

Pets at Home in Farnham (GU9 9QJ)

Hook Vets (RG27 9HG)

Sid and Lola in Alton (GU34 3HD)

The Treehouse, 25 Sandy Lane, GU52 8LA

For pet food manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers or other UK animal charities wishing to help, Gary and his team are looking for pallet donations of any wet or dry food (for dogs and cats),  including food that has damaged/opened packaging and any food approaching or just past its ‘best before’ date.

For further info please contact Gary Baxter on 07800 555 863 or

1st August 2022

WE ARE BACK FROM UKRAINE – We did it & some!

With the support of Humane Society International UK, DogsnHomes Rescue was part of an international group working alongside the Ukraine War Animals Relief Fund (ARF) & White Angels.

The aim was to spay, neuter and vaccinate 500 companion animals and microchip a 1000 more, between the 11th July to the 27th July.

Well the great news is we did almost 3 times the number of spay, neuter and vaccinations – the total to date is 1559 with 1959 cats and dogs microchipped, photographed and uploaded to cloud. ARF has also funded more spay and neutering in Odessa, to cover a further 1000 dogs and cats!!

Many of those that we microchipped were at the Sirius Animal Shelter – the largest in Europe (and the 6th largest in the world) with over 3,000 dogs and 200 cats (an emotionally and physically difficult experience) sited near the volatile Belarusian/Russian/Ukraine border.

The combined team of veterinary professionals from around the world, teamed up with Ukrainian clinics in and around Kyiv and sterilizations were carried out in clinics and temporary clinics in surrounding villages. Somewhere in buildings that had suffered from the attacks, with no running water, broken glass in windows, with bullet holes in the walls and legs of the operating table. Old desks became makeshift operating tables.

We covered the areas of Kyiv, Gostomel, Hlevasi, Nemishaev, Bucha, Vostomel, Ivankovy, Funnel, Koranzhou and Rzhyshchevi

We also put out feeding stations, on behalf of Naturewatch in Borodyanka, Horenka, Hostomel’, Bucha, Irpin, Vorzel and Poroskoten.

We met people who lived in the areas where the fighting had taken place and had lived for five weeks under Russian occupation, until they had withdrawn. They told us many horrendous stories and we witnessed first-hand, not only the destruction of homes and buildings, but also the dogs and cats that had been wounded, beaten and butchered by the invaders.

Fortunately for one of the shelters, although the Russians searched it each day looking for Ukrainian fighters, the Russian commander confided he didn’t agree with Putin’s war and that as an animal lover, no harm would come to the animals in that shelter. Sadly, he was in the minority as many dogs that came to that shelter from adjacent villages, had had their ears and tails cut off. Many others were simply shot if they made a sound.

This international mission was a great success and is the start of many similar ones, and in time we hope our efforts in microchipping and photographing the dogs and cats, will lead to some of the pets being reunited when their owners return.

Our next trip is already being planned and we want to return with more supplies and do our best to provide aid and support before their long hard winter sets in.

I hope this gives you a flavour of what we achieved in Ukraine in a short period of time.  On a personal note, I will always remember what I experienced while I was there.

As someone who has come across awful rescue stories in the course of my charity work, I can honestly say nothing prepared me for what I saw in Ukraine.

The situation is truly dire for the brave people who are still there and those who have chosen to look after the helpless dogs and cats rather than remove themselves to a place of safety.  There are threats and dangers at every turn and the incredible spirit of those who love and care for the animals is truly inspiring.  The need is endless. 

I know I always refer to our fundraising campaign – thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who has contributed so far and those who continue to do so.

Please share this post with your family and friends – we really need every penny to help these innocent victims of a terrible war.  Everyone at DogsnHomes is a volunteer and all funds raised from this appeal go to helping the companion animals in Ukraine.

Thank you 



JULY 2022

UK charity, DogsnHomes Rescue is proud to announce its partnership with US non-profit, Ukrainian War Animals Relief Fund (ARF) to help companion animals in Ukraine.  Nearly seven million people have fled Ukraine since the Russian invasion in February 2022 and at least 30% of Ukrainians have been forced to leave their pets behind.  This means unprecedented numbers of abandoned dogs and cats are now wandering the dangerous streets without homes.

DogsnHomes Rescue has now delivered 60 tonnes of aid via several missions since the war began.  This has been distributed to those most in need, from individuals/small shelters, to one of the largest shelters in Europe where 7 people look after over 3,000 dogs and 200 cats.

ARF has assembled an impressive team of vets and vet nurses from around the world including volunteers from Australia, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Mexico, the UK and many European countries. Our Co-founder & Volunteer Gary Baxter, met the ARF team before taking in some of the team and aid into Ukraine in July 2022.

With a unique approach, ARF, founded by US Dot Com serial tech entrepreneur Dan Fine, has built a web portal for warehouses, drivers and shelters to use.  This allows shelters to catalogue animals in their care and request food, medicines and supplies, while providing drivers the opportunity to verify their requests prior to fulfilling them.  The concept is to streamline aid for companion animals by connecting aid workers together and creating the nation’s most comprehensive database of abandoned pets in over 1,000 shelters.

The DogsnHomes Rescue and ARF partnership has a far reaching vision.  In addition to delivering aid, the team will be visiting shelters containing thousands of abandoned and stray cats and dogs.  The aim is to spay and neuter 500 animals over two weeks initially, to prevent a surge of unwanted pregnancies.

In addition to being spayed or neutered, all the animals will be photographed and micro chipped, with their details added to the portal.  This database will enable the animals to be reunited with their owners as families return or rehomed.

Gary Baxter, Co-founder of DogsnHomes Rescue says,

“We are proud partners of ARF and are delighted to be working in collaboration with them.    Working together as a team enables us not only to deliver aid for dogs and cats on the largest scale we have to date, but also to assist ARF in establishing their first mobile spay and neuter clinic and data capture for the portal.”

“We know that many Ukrainians had no choice but to either let their dog or cat loose at the station or try to find a nearby shelter that was open, overcrowded and understaffed”, says Dan Fine, Founder of ARF.  “We were wondering what we could do to help these innocent animals, so we put our heads together and formulated ARF.”

This ambitious project needs significant funding as it requires a lot of equipment, supplies and aid to make it happen.  Volunteers are giving up their time to go to dangerous places and funds are urgently needed to help the companion animals of Ukraine in their desperate need.

Donations to our current winter food appeal can be made here.

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The very first step is to fill out an application form. If you meet our adoption criteria, you will then be contacted for a video interview and home check. Assuming this goes well, you will then become an ‘approved adopter’ and be automatically considered each time a new dog becomes available for rehoming. 

Please remember, you must fill out an application form. We will not consider comments or messages made on social media, or texts / emails, for offers of homes.

All money received by DogsnHomes goes towards the rescue and care of dogs in need. No salaries are taken by our team as the charity is staffed 100% by volunteers.

Your adoption fee allows us to ensure the very best care is afforded to the dogs we save, helping to cover their medical, domestic and transportation needs as they are prepared for and undertake their journey to the UK. Examples of what this money goes towards include:

  • Food and shelter in Portugal
  • Vet visits for: health checks, blood tests, vaccinations, and to ensure they are fit to travel
  • Any necessary medications
  • Flea, tick and worm treatments
  • Spaying / neutering if the dog is over one year old
  • Microchipping
  • Behavioural assessments
  • Transportation costs to the UK on the Happy Bus, including import duties and customs charges
  • A Passport
  • Socialising visits
  • Administrative fees

Additionally, for every dog we place for adoption, we make a further donation to our partners in Portugal which is used to spay / neuter other dogs to try and break the endless cycle of unwanted litters.

For some dogs, it will never be possible to leave Portugal and they will see out their days in the shelter system. Financial donations help these dogs to have their medical and domestic needs met to ensure they lead as comfortable and happy lives as possible.

Everyone who submits an application will receive an email from us confirming that we have received their application (we aim to confirm receipt of your application within 10 working days). Sometimes our emails end up in junk/spam mail, so please check there too. If we wish to take your application further, you will receive further correspondence from us via email to arrange a home check.

However, if you do not meet our adoption criteria, we will not be able to respond to your application to confirm this. We are sorry about this but DogsnHomes is run by a small team of volunteers and we must prioritise our resources.

We understand how frustrating it can be trying to adopt a dog and not hearing back soon. We are a small, volunteer-run charity and we have to split our time between multiple activities, so we thank you for your patience and understanding.

There are some common themes with applications that aren’t successful:

  • The dog you have applied for is extremely popular, like most of our dogs. We receive many applications for puppies and young dogs in particular, and it’s our job to pick the strongest application for each dog.
  • Your circumstances do not meet our dog’s requirements. This is not a reflection on your ability to care for a dog but it may mean that you are not a good match for the dog you applied for. This may be because they need a resident dog, a quieter household or environment, an experienced adopter, amongst other reasons. 
  • Your application form is not detailed enough. We receive hundreds of applications and have to make a judgement on which to take forward to the next stage based on your answers, so we recommend that you include as much detail as possible, much like a job application. Also if you have any physical or mental health issues that may help us decide on the most suitable dog, please include this in the application.

Please bear in mind that we receive between 150 – 300 applications a month and rehome between 10-15 dogs a month. With these numbers in mind, we hope you understand that it’s simply not possible to keep up with demand and some people will sadly be disappointed.

We prefer to adopt within a 60-minute drive of our base in Fleet, Hampshire so we can continue to offer support and guidance if required, after a dog has gone to his/her new home. 

Additionally, local adoptions mean adopters and their dogs have the opportunity to meet up and socialise, keep siblings in contact, attend DogsnHomes events and support local businesses, all of which contributes to a thriving and sustainable canine community near to DogsnHomes HQ.

Approximately 75% of the dogs available for adoption are puppies, but we do sometimes rehome older dogs too.

At present we do not have premises where you are able to visit the dogs as most go directly out to their adoptive homes on arrival from Portugal, straight off the Happy Bus! 

Sometimes, some will go to local foster homes, in which case there may be scope to meet them, should you be considered for adoption for the pup in question.

The majority of the dogs we rescue come from Portugal. 

We have formed close relationships with the fosterers and private rescue shelters there, who provide us with lots of information about the nature of the dogs they have rescued and how they are developing. They continually assess the dogs as they grow, and those that are most suitable will make the journey to the UK when they’re approximately 4 months old (or older if a dog is rescued at an older age). 

Whilst in Portugal, the dogs are introduced to lots of different people, other dogs, other animals (e.g. cats) and sometimes children. They’re also often taken to public spaces such as the beach, the local villages, and cafes too, which means they generally come to us as well rounded dogs with a high level of positive socialisation (although please be aware they are in a rural part of Portugal and the places they visit will not be as busy as they are in England).

No, we will keep your application in our files. This means we can contact you directly if we think we have found a dog that meets all of your requirements (and if you meet theirs too!). 

However, if anything changes on your application, including the type of dog you are looking for, please let us know and we will update your application. Alternatively, you can submit a further application.

Please be assured that, in line with GDPR, we will not share your information with any third party and we ask that you email us if you decide you don’t want further contact from us.

Most of our dogs are rescued from Portugal where they may have been handed in, found as strays, abandoned, or born in our private shelters. What we know of their backgrounds will vary, but every dog will be assessed so we can match them up with the best family for them, and ensure you are the best match for each other.

It depends entirely on the dog.

None of the dogs come to us directly from the public kennels. Most are in foster homes in Portugal or live in what we call ‘private shelters’, where people have numerous dogs at their homes. so there is no need for them to be in foster in the UK and they can go straight to their forever families. However, some are placed in foster local to DogsnHomes HQ, to be given additional time to decompress from travel.

We do not currently have premises or kennel facilities, so when the dogs arrive they are either placed into foster homes or go straight to their adopters. If a dog goes into foster, it may be possible to meet them prior to adoption. 

At DogsnHomes, priority is given to households where all members are over 10 years old, or where another dog(s) is already in residence if the children are under 10.

Children and dogs can often be a fantastic combination and our aim is always to try and match the right dog with the right home, ensuring both the children and dogs’ welfare is carefully considered. In our years of experience in dog rescue, we have found the most successful pairings are with households with slightly older children.

When you submit an application form to us, this is where you should provide details about the people in your household, including children, so we can take this all into account when making rehoming decisions.

Please note: unless you already have a dog in the home, we are not able to consider households with children under 10 years old

Absolutely. Another doggy buddy to play with and learn the ropes from can be a great thing. Before we place a dog with you, we would invite you and your existing dog(s) to meet your prospective new pup, where they could be introduced to see if they’d be happy to live together. We would also need to ensure your existing dog is fully vaccinated and neutered if of the opposite sex.

Many of our dogs are cat tested before they come to the UK. If they haven’t been cat tested or they’ve shown aggression during the cat test, we will not allow them to be rehomed with other cats or small animals. However, many of our dogs pass their cat test with flying colours so don’t be put off from applying if you have a feline friend!

Please bear in mind that, even if the dog has passed their cat test, there is no guarantee that your cat will like the dog and vice versa. They are animals and not all will get along, just like humans!

Should you be approved as an adopter and you have small furries in your house, we ask that you ensure introductions are done as soon as possible after adopting and that you use positive, reward based methods when managing the introductions.

Unfortunately, if you don’t have a garden then you are not eligible to rehome a dog from us. 

Prior to making the journey to the UK, our dogs have enjoyed lots of access to outdoor space and this is something we believe is important to their continued wellbeing.

Additionally, if adopting a puppy, we ask all adopters to take them outside every 30 minutes to ensure they are properly toilet trained.

If your motivation to adopt is based on a desire to improve a health condition, or you’re not sure about how having a dog would affect a particular condition, please do not submit until you have very carefully considered the impact of dog ownership.

Dogs are wonderful companions and family members but can also be hard work, especially during the early days as you get to know each other and adjust to your new lives together. Many compare the demands of having a new puppy with the demands of a newborn baby (think sleepless nights, constant vigilance and cleaning up!).

We ask that you only submit an adoption form if your desire to adopt is based on wanting to provide a first-class home for a dog, primarily for the benefit of that dog, for life.

We acknowledge there are many dogs abandoned and neglected in the UK. Fortunately, we live in a country that prides itself on being a nation of animal lovers and, as a result, there are a large number of dog rescue organisations that focus solely on rehoming dogs located in the UK. 

We have worked with the local dog warden and have dogs surrendered to us, but these dogs typically come with issues.

Whereas in Portugal, there are significantly fewer animal welfare rights and protection for dogs and they just aren’t treated with the same level of care. Every dog deserves a chance at living a happy and healthy life, regardless of its origin, and so it’s our passion to rescue these dogs and give them the opportunity to live a happy and fulfilling life.

Before we are allowed to export a dog from Portugal they have to pass a rigorous process, which includes

  • A minimum of two vet visits prior to arrival, the last within days of leaving checking they are fit to travel
  • Microchipping
  • A full course of vaccinations
  • Treatments for fleas, worms and ticks
  • Screening for infections with a blood test
  • Dogs over a year of age will also be spayed or neutered

Of course, you will need to register your dog with a local vet to ensure their vaccinations remain up to date and health needs are met (as with any dog).

Once you have adopted your new dog, you are their legal owner, trainer and carer, responsible for meeting their daily needs and addressing any issues as they arise, as you settle into your new life together.

We do however love it when our adopters stay in touch so we can see how you’re getting on, and we will always provide advice and guidance where needed.

We also have a private Facebook page where you can ‘meet’ other adopters, become a part of the DogsnHomes Rescue online community and discuss your pups!

As a condition of adopting, you are required to insure the dog and train them to be well behaved inside and outside of your home, seeking professional advice to help you do so if ever required.

Whilst we also rehome UK dogs too, in our experience the majority of UK dogs that we’re asked to rehome tend to have behavioural or health issues. For any UK dogs we do rehome, we carry out a full behavioural assessment, attain all medical records from the vet and request proof of ownership from the individual surrendering the dog.

Please be aware that the dog will need to remain in the owner’s care until we have found them a new home.

We are not able to rehome aggressive dogs.

As a non-profit organisation run wholly by volunteers we are always grateful for offers of support. You can help us in the following ways:

Donate money. You can find out how to donate by clicking here . We are grateful for every penny, but regular monthly donations are extra special as this provides greater financial security; if you sign-up to a monthly donation you will become a DogsnHomes Top Dog and will receive a certificate from us. Every penny donated goes to help the dogs and support our rescue operations.

Fundraise. It can be as simple, quick and easy as doing your online shopping via EasyFundraising or get creative and do a cake sale, sponsored silence, charity walk or run, or you could even jump out of a plane!

Donate old or unused doggy items (must be clean and in usable condition please). If you have spare dog toys, leads, harnesses, collars, bowls or food, please consider donating to us at one of our drop off points. Unfortunately, we cannot accept duvets, pillows or quilts.

Become a volunteer. If you have spare time and skills you think could assist us, get in touch! We are always on the lookout for people who can use WordPress and Photoshop. We sometimes have practical roles available for events such as Happy Bus arrivals (i.e. when the dogs arrive with us from Portugal), as well as at fundraising events, such as manning the DogsnHomes stall at community events. Please email to find out more and register as a volunteer. Regrettably, we are unable to accept volunteers under 18 years of age for insurance reasons.

Promote our social media pages. We are active on Facebook and Instagram, so please give us a follow and spread the word! The more you share, like and comment, the more engagement and support we receive.

Our adoption fee varies depending on the dog, further information is provided as applicants progress through the rehoming process.

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