Stokenchurch Dog Rescue (SDR) is an independent and self-financing charity. We are able to care for up to 50 dogs at any time in our facilities in South Buckinghamshire and although we are a relatively small autonomous charity we are typically able to rescue and rehome approximately 250 dogs a year. Our dogs are cared for 24 hours a day by a hard-working team of 8 staff, supported by a band of loyal animal-loving volunteers.

Formerly known as the High Wycombe & District Dog Welfare & Rescue Society SDR was set up by local residents in 1963 to save the lives of stray and unwanted dogs. We are registered as a charity in England and Wales (274589).

SDR is a member of the Association of Dogs and Cats Homes (ADCH) and our staff and trustees have excellent working relationships with a variety of national and local dog rescue centres and breed rescue centres to ensure we find the most suitable homes for our dogs as quickly as possible.

SDR is self-financing

In terms of its annual running costs and overheads - we receive no statutory funding of any kind. Funds are received from the following sources:

  • Fund-raising activities (street collections, open days, table top sales, etc)
  • Legacies
  • General donations and monies received from new owners when dogs are re-homed
  • Grants from charitable trusts and foundations
  • SDR membership
  • Corporate sponsorship

The objects of SDR are ...

  1. To rescue, board and place in good homes unwanted dogs and strays in the Wycombe District area and surrounding areas and, subject to available kennel space, other areas as deemed appropriate by the Trustees.
  2. To care and protect as outlined above, dogs in need of attention by reason of sickness, maltreatment, neglect, poor circumstances and similar causes.

A loving home for life

We are proud of our non-destruction policy, which means that healthy dogs are not put down, and we believe that somewhere there is a kind and permanent home for every dog. We also take in and care for the sick, the old and the traumatised. If we have room, we offer them all a home and do everything within our power to rehabilitate them whenever possible, both physically and psychologically.