Dogs looking for their forever homes in Norfolk
Published date: November 2019
Britain has long been regarded as a nation of animal lovers and dogs lead the way as the nation’s favourite animal companion.
Norfolk is a very dog-friendly county, with miles of dog friendly beaches and beautiful countryside to explore, many dog friendly pubs and cafes and there are plenty of Norfolk attractions that welcome 4-legged companions. Sadly, there are far too many dogs in Norfolk in need of a special home that are currently living in a rescue centre or animal sanctuary through no fault of their own. If you think you could offer a dog the happy home it is looking for and deserves, please get in contact with one of the following organisations in Norfolk.
Meadowgreen Dog Rescue Centre - Hales
This family run privately owned non-charity funded centre helps rehome rescue dogs. Here you will find dogs in all shapes, sizes and ages looking to find their special home.
To find out more, please give them a call or visit their website.
Meadowgreen Dog Rescue Centre - Hales Hall Lane, Hales Green, Hales, Norfolk, NR14 6GZ
Tel: 01508 548216
Norfolk Greyhound Rescue
A small local non-profit organisation whose main aim is finding caring people to rehome Irish greyhounds, ex racers and dogs that never made it to the track, Norfolk Greyhound Rescue has many dogs in need of a loving home. Thousands of dogs either don’t make the grade or are discarded once they are no longer able to race and without the intervention of greyhound rescue organisations, many meet a very sad end. They also work with other charities and help lurchers looking for their forever homes too. Greyhounds make fabulous pets and don’t need much exercise and are very gentle and affectionate dogs that are calm and kind natured and great with children. Many work as PAT (Pets as Therapy) dogs and some can live happily with cats.
To find out more, please give them a call or visit their website.
Tel: 07470 931758 or 07826 847879
West Norfolk RSPCA – King’s Lynn
Eau Brink Rehoming Centre is run by West Norfolk RSPCA, an independent Branch of the RSPCA, on the outskirts of King’s Lynn in Norfolk. They try and make every animal’s stay as stress-free as possible before finding them the right forever home.
To find out more, please visit their website or give them a call.
Eau Brink Rehoming Centre - Tilney all Saints, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE34 4SQ
Tel: 01553 618889
Dogs Trust Snetterton
Go to the Dogs Trust Snetterton website to read about dogs that need a forever home, details about the centre and see what special events are coming up.
Dogs Trust Snetterton - North End Road, Snetterton, Norfolk, NR16 2LD
Tel: 01953 498377
RSPCA Mid Norfolk & North Suffolk Branch
Run by a committee of locally elected volunteers, there are no animals on site but dogs looking for a new forever home can be found on their website and can be viewed by appointment.
It costs the branch approximately £500 per dog to rehabilitate and rehome and they are responsible for raising funds locally which they do through their charity shops, fundraising, donations and legacies. They are always grateful for any donated goods to keep their shops well stocked.
For more information about rehoming, to find your nearest RSPCA charity shop or to make a donation, please go to their website.
RSPCA Mid Norfolk & North Suffolk Branch - William Frost Way, New Costessey, Norwich, Norfolk, NR5 0JS
Tel: 0303 0401565
F.A.I.T.H. Animal Rescue - Hickling
At F.A.I.T.H. animal welfare comes first, and they believe that their mental health and well-being are as important as their physical health. As dogs are sociable animals, they have kennels where it’s possible for the dogs to socialise and play together. They help as many dogs as possible, whatever age, breed and temperament, rehabilitate them which will include lots of love, hugs and cuddles. Rehoming them is the rewarding part and they strive to make sure they find the right person for the right dog.
To find out further details about rehoming a dog from F.A.I.T.H. Animal Rescue, or ways you could help out, please visit their website.
F.A.I.T.H. Animal Rescue - Stubb Road, Hickling, Norwich, Norfolk, NR12 0BW
Tel: 01692 598312
PACT Animal Sanctuary - Hingham
There are many different rescue dogs waiting to be rehomed at PACT Animal Sanctuary, some of which can be viewed on their website. PACT Animal Sanctuary rescues, rehabilitates, and where possible rehomes, neglected, injured and abandoned animals, including many dogs. They specialise in ’problem animals’, sadly those that have been the victims of physical or mental abuse, and they are gently coaxed back to health and helped to overcome behavioural distress they have suffered. If you feel you could offer one of their dogs a forever home, please visit their website or give them a call.
PACT Animal Sanctuary is open for viewing animals Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 12 noon - 3.30pm or by appointment.
PACT Animal Sanctuary - River Farm, Woodrising, Hingham, Norfolk, NR9 4PJ
Tel: 01362 820775
Hillside Dog Rescue - Frettenham
Visit Hillside Animal Sanctuary and see their rescued dogs on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays between 11am - 2pm. If you would like further details about rehoming a dog, to make a regular donation or to volunteer, please visit their website or give them a call
Hillside Dog Rescue – Hillside Animal Sanctuary, Hill Top Farm, Hall Lane, Frettenham, Norwich, Norfolk, NR12 7LT
Tel: 01603 736200
Norfolk and Suffolk Animal Trust – Great Yarmouth
The Norfolk and Suffolk Animal Trust puts the health and happiness of all their animals at the centre of all their efforts and endeavours to find each animal in their care a loving family home for life. To view the dogs looking for a forever home, please go to their website or give them a call. Visitors are welcome to view dogs by prior arrangement and by appointment only please.
Norfolk & Suffolk Animal Trust - Fremantle Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 4AT
Tel: 01502 740787 or 07803 745541
Here are some reasons why getting a dog could also be beneficial to you:
Dogs can improve heart health – they don’t just fill your heart; they actually make it stronger. Studies show that there is a link with having a canine companion and lower blood pressure, decreased triglyceride levels, (which contributes to better overall cardiovascular health and fewer heart attacks) and lower cholesterol.
Dogs keep you fit and active – adults should get around 2 ½ hours of moderate exercise per week and dog owners who walk their dogs are more likely to hit this goal.
Having a dog can help you lose weight - regular moderate exercise such as walking the dog can help with weight loss.
Owning a dog can improve your social life – those with dogs tend to talk with other dog owners, much more so than if people are walking without a dog. They have a common interest and like to talk about their 4-legged companions.
Dogs can reduce stress – there is a reason therapy dogs are becoming so popular. Spending just a few minutes with a pet can lower anxiety and blood pressure and improve mood. They can also increase levels of serotonin and dopamine, two neurochemicals that play big roles in calm and wellbeing. Studies show that those performing stressful tasks do better when there is a dog present. Dogs have also been proven to ease tension both at the office and between married couples.
Dogs can prevent allergies – research shows that dogs (and cats) lower a child’s chance of becoming allergic to pets and it is thought that they may even develop stronger immune systems through contact.
Can’t rehome a dog but would like to help in some other way?
Rehoming centres are often looking for dog walkers to help walk their dogs. If you have some spare time this can be a very rewarding activity, for both you and the dog! Handy men and women are also very welcome at rehoming centres as there is always something that needs doing and the centres would love to hear from you. Animal feed, bedding etc is always gratefully received and they are always looking for unwanted gifts, clothing, toys etc to sell at fundraising events and in their shops. These generate much needed income to help look after the animals in their care.
If you can help in any way, be it with a regular donation, a fundraising event, have items to donate or can give some of your valuable time, please contact the rehoming centre or animal sanctuary directly.