Wellingborough Dog Welfare (Wellidog)



Thinking about Fostering a Dog?

we very rarely foster our dogs out, only if they need a major operation or are really not coping in kennels. however there are times like when a dog suddenly needs an operation where we are in desperate need of one. we like them to be short term fosters if we can :).

Fostering is extremely rewarding for both you and the dog. You can help them adjust to a loving home environment and provide basic training ready for them to move on to their forever home.

If you’re thinking about fostering a dog for us you would need to come along to kennels and meet us and our dogs first.

The next step would be a home check by us to make sure that your home is safe and does not pose any risks to your chosen dog. Please don’t be worried about this, but at this stage we know the dogs better than you and can identify any potential risks. Our aim is to keep both our dogs and your family safe, and once you have passed you are welcome to foster a suitable dog.

We will provide food, bedding etc and any help that may be needed until the dog has found their forever home.

You will be expected to keep the Kennel Manager or fellow fosters up-to-date with the dog’s progress. You will also be required to help advertise the dog and help find him/her a suitable home, which will include allowing potential adopters to meet your foster pup at a mutually convenient time.

Fostering can be an emotional roller coaster, but it’s always extremely rewarding when our much loved dogs finally settle into the perfect family and get the love they very much deserve!

We wanted to share with you these comments from our current Foster Mums and Dads…

“We love fostering dogs, seeing them come in from the stray block or handed over because they’re unwanted, and watching their little characters develop. You get to see the change from when they come in to when they leave. Each and every one has different characteristics which makes them special, and so lovable!! It’s a really enjoyable thing to do and it gives the dogs and second chance to be happy!!”

“Fostering allows me to do a more in depth assessment in a home environment and social setting, enforce basic training, manners and ensure that the dog is house trained and settled; improving the dogs chances of a forever home, and any issues that arise can be worked on effectively. It also means that we can suitably match a dog and his/her new home accurately. It is very rewarding and can also be very challenging, but to see the improvements and willingness of the dog, and to see the dog happy in a forever home makes it all worthwhile.”

“Fostering gives the dogs a chance to learn trust, love and boundaries and helps them see that life isn’t too scary. As a fosterer it’s good to know that for a short while you are making a difference to these confused pooches, and you are helping them prepare for their forever homes; giving them the best chance for a happy, secure future.”


Rescues Pull Together to Ensure the Safety and Future of Four Horrifically Malnourished Little Boys…

A few days ago we was asked if we could help one of 4 extremely malnourished pups. Not one of us expected to see such forgiving dear little souls on the brink of complete starvation! Many tears have been shed but now with the help and support of 5 different rescues these boys have a much happier future ahead.

Pablo - One of four horrifically malnourished puppies rescued
Pablo – One of four horrifically malnourished puppies rescued

Reds Rescue is currently caring for Pablo, a little boy of approx 9mths old weighing only 6kg! Pablo is quite poorly but he has every chance in the care of Red’s. Once fit and healthy he will be going to Nearly Home Crusaders for re homing.

Pablo - One of four horrifically malnourished puppies rescued
Roman – One of four horrifically malnourished puppies rescued

Animals in Need are caring for Roman, a very sweet boy weighing 6.9kg.  He will do very well in the care of Annie and will be looking for a home once he fighting fit, neutered and vaccinated.

Hugo - One of four horrifically malnourished puppies rescued
Hugo – One of four horrifically malnourished puppies rescued

Here at Wellidog we are caring for Hugo and Buttons. Both boys are in separate foster homes getting the very best care and love. Hugo weighs 6.3kg and Buttons a tiny 5.9kg, the smallest of the 4.

Buttons - One of four horrifically malnourished puppies rescued
Buttons – One of four horrifically malnourished puppies rescued

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What a Difference Love Made for Hilda

Hilda had been terribly neglected before she came to us at Wellidog. We were horrified that somebody could even do this to such a dear sweet soul…

HILDA was so badly neglected when she came to us...
HILDA was so badly neglected when she came to us…

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Wellingborough Dog Welfare 20 Years Dog Show


To celebrate 20 years of our Charity, we decided to hold an Anniversary Show at Scott Bader – and how successful it was!

We were overwhelmed by the support and the warmth and friendship, and would like to thank everyone involved who played such a part in making it so successful. The weather was extremely kind to us and of course, we were fortunate to be allowed the use of the truly beautiful grounds at Scott Bader.

The Wellingborough Dog Welfare Charity was founded in 1993 by Sue and Sandra with others to try and alleviate the growing problem of stray dogs which were invariably euthanised if unclaimed.

SB20Years2Since then the Charity has grown and a legacy in
2010 meant we were able to modify a building at Country Kennels to house our dogs. Last year it became obvious that we needed dedicated, constant care for our dogs and our volunteer Naomi became our Centre Manager and you only have to look at our happy, healthy dogs to see what a difference that has made.

We are also lucky to have several willing volunteers to help exercise and motivate the dogs and there is not room on this page to thank everyone. But thank you we do!

We also have wonderful foster parents who look after our dogs with such care and many of them now belong to the Failed Foster Mums’ Club, having decided to adopt their charges!

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Geri the Hero

This is Geri with fellow volunteer Faith accepting her community hero award for the volunteering she does for Wellidog.  She is one of our dog fosterers and has taken on some very difficult cases.  Well done Geri from all of us at Wellidog, you did us proud xx

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