If you want to adopt a dog, below we’ve featured 10 of the best dog rescues in Yorkshire.
1. Good Life Dog Rescue (Leeds)
Last year, the dedicated team at Good Life Dog Rescue was responsible for helping over 300 stray and abandoned dogs across Leeds, Yorkshire. This small charity rescues dogs from overcrowded shelters and houses them in kennels where they receive medical care and food until they can be adopted.
All rescued dogs are vaccinated, spayed/neutered, and given a health check by a vet before being listed for adoption. If you’re interested in adopting, the dogs currently available can be found here. Good Life Dog Rescue relies heavily on donations to cover the cost of vet care and housing for all their dogs – consider donating here.
2. Linbee Dog Rehoming (Balne)
Located in Balne, Yorkshire, and founded in 2014, Linbee Dog Rehoming is a charity focused on rescuing stray or abandoned dogs. Their dogs mostly come from overcrowded shelters where they may face euthanasia, but once rescued they receive care and love until they can be adopted.
Between 2014 and 2020, Linbee Dog Rehoming was able to rescue and re-home more than 600 happy dogs. If you would like to add to their numbers, you can view the dogs currently available for adoption here. You can also help out by donating to Linbee Dog Rehoming here.
3. Willow Dog Rescue (Sheffield)
Willow Dog Rescue first opened their doors in 2010 and relies entirely on volunteers to rescue as many dogs from pounds and shelters across Sheffield as they can. Their rescued dogs are housed in kennels and sometimes foster care until they can be adopted.
Adoption fees for dogs at Willow Dog Rescue are £150. All dogs are microchipped, spayed/neutered, and treated for worms and fleas prior to being listed for adoption, and every adopted dog comes with four weeks of complimentary pet insurance. You can view the available dogs here, or donate to Willow Dog Rescue here.
4. Yorkshire Rose Dog Rescue (Cleckheaton)
Yorkshire Rose Dog Rescue is based in Cleckheaton, Yorkshire, and is a registered charity that rescues and re-homes dogs in need. All rescued dogs are placed in foster care (not kennels) so that their foster carers can get to know the unique personality of each pet, which helps them identify the perfect adoptive family.
Dogs are rescued usually either due to abandonment, owner surrender, or taken from overcrowded pounds. While in foster care, dogs are rehabilitated, microchipped, vaccinated, spayed/neutered, and treated for fleas/worms. View the dogs currently available for adoption here, or donate to Yorkshire Rose Dog Rescue here.
5. Jerry Green Dog Rescue (Gilberdyke)
Jerry Green Dog Rescue has many rescue centres across the country, including one in Gilberdyke, East Yorkshire. This rescue centre was first opened in 1995 and is responsible for successfully rehoming almost 200 dogs each year.
The first step to adopting a dog from Jerry Green Dog Rescue is to browse the available pets here. If you see a dog you’re interested in, visit the centre to go over some basic information and make sure you would be a good fit for the dog(s) you’re thinking about adopting. Next, meet the dog out of the kennel environment so you can get a better idea of their personality and move forward with the adoption. If you’re unable to adopt, you can also help out by donating to Jerry Green Dog Rescue here.
6. Sheffield Dog Rescue (Sheffield)
Sheffield Dog Rescue is a Sheffield-based charity that’s dedicated to rescuing as many dogs as possible. This rescue operates with a strict no-kill policy and does everything they can to find the perfect new homes for animals in their care. Before being made available for adoption, each dog is vaccinated, microchipped, spayed/neutered, and treated for fleas and worms.
If you’re interested in adopting, view the available dogs here. If you think you may have found your new best friend, you can visit the kennels to take any of the dogs for a walk and get to know them. Adoption fees for dogs are £150 or £300 for pedigree/purebred dogs. You can also learn more about donating and contributing to Sheffield Dog Rescue here.
7. Dogs Trust Leeds (Leeds)
If you’re looking for a new furry friend in Leeds, visit the team at Dogs Trust Leeds – a rescue organization that houses lots of dogs waiting to find a new permanent home. Once rescued, dogs are assessed to find out what the best home environment would be for them so that a successful adoption can be arranged.
View the dogs currently available for adoption here, then contact Dogs Trust Leeds and fill in a questionnaire to see if you would be a good fit for that animal. Adoption fees for dogs are £185 and include the cost of vaccinations, microchipping, and spay/neuter surgery. Fees for puppies are £240, and owners are required to take their new puppy to a six-week training course.
8. Whitehall Dog Rescue (Wakefield)
Whitehall Dog Rescue is based in Wakefield, Leeds, but will re-home their dogs to anywhere in the country. They do not take pets brought in by owners who cannot look after them and instead focus all their energy and resources on rescuing dogs facing euthanasia in overcrowded shelters.
If you’re looking to adopt, view the available dogs here. Before being listed for adoption, all dogs are spayed/neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, and treated for worms and fleas. There are lots of other ways you can help – consider donating to Whitehall Dog Rescue here.
9. Mayflower Sanctuary (Doncaster)
Mayflower Sanctuary first opened their doors in 2003 in Doncaster, Yorkshire. They have built their rescue facility from the ground up – it now includes two large houses for dogs with floor heating, a separate puppy area, and a cattery. Every year, the organization is responsible for rescuing over 400 dogs (and almost 100 cats) and finding new homes for them.
Before they can be adopted, each dog is spayed/neutered and vaccinated. If you’re looking for a new family member, you can view their available dogs here. You can also donate to Mayflower Sanctuary using the purple button here.
10. Rotherham Dog Rescue (Rotherham)
Rotherham Dog Rescue is a registered charity based in Rotherham, Yorkshire. Their dedicated volunteers work tirelessly to rehabilitate lost, abandoned, and homeless dogs and find new homes for them. They also educate the public regarding responsible pet ownership.
All dogs at Rotherham Dog Rescue are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, and treated for worms prior to being adopted. A canine psychologist at the rescue can evaluate each dog for behavioral issues and come up with some solutions for these. If you’re interested in adopting, you can view the available dogs here. You can also donate to Rotherham Dog Rescue here.