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About the Association of Dogs and Cats Homes

About the Association of Dogs and Cats Homes

The Association of Dogs and Cats Homes (ADCH) is the umbrella group for dog and cat rescue and rehoming groups across the British Isles and Ireland.

We exist to promote best practice in animal welfare for dogs and cats.  Our priority is to ensure that rescue dogs and cats get the best possible chance of new loving and caring homes.

Membership incorporates registered charities and not-for-profit organisations of all sizes, from the largest national and international charities, to the smallest volunteer-run organisations.

Whilst in the care of our Members we expect all animals to receive the best possible attention including exercise, enrichment, and appropriate basic training. The ADCH Minimum Welfare & Operational Standards aim to raise standards amongst animal rescue organisations that care for dogs and cats. High standards for the animals will also enhance the respect from the public for our members. Members are expected to meet these standards, and where the standards are not currently met members should be working to meet them, receiving support from ADCH wherever possible.

Through the commitment and dedicated hard work of our Members we hope to share knowledge and understanding with the public so that those considering a new family dog or cat will take on a rescue pet or purchase through an accredited breeder. The sad alternative is to support the irresponsible and unnecessary breeding of animals which simply increases the number of dogs and cats awaiting rehoming from rescue centres which ADCH would not advocate.

Our Vision and Values:

Our Vision

Where dogs and cats are free from abuse, neglect and abandonment, and where
people recognise the joy that giving a rescue animal a second chance of a happy life and a new home can bring.

Our Mission

To improve the lives of dogs and cats by creating a welfare sector that rescues and
rehomes to high standards, giving every lost, abandoned and unwanted dog and cat the care they deserve and the chance of a happy life.

Our Values

ADCH is committed to being:

Collaborative – Sharing knowledge for excellence
Respectful – Of animals and people
Inclusive – Together for dogs, cats and people too
Supportive – Helping Members to grow and develop
Proactive – Tackling issues, facilitating solutions

Our Purpose:

The Purposes of the Association are to:

  • Develop good practice and influence others working in the rescue and/or rehoming of dogs and cats.
  • Address common problems and issues.
  • Explore and, where appropriate, negotiate price reductions through economies of scale.
  • Exchange information and provide mutual support where practicable, which may include the movement of dogs and cats between organisations.
  • Combine resources to encourage workable, welfare enhancing legislation.
  • Exchange knowledge in construction and refurbishment of facilities.
  • Where appropriate and agreed, represent the views of members to a wider audience.

A copy of our Constitution can be found here

Our Strategy:

ADCH is committed to ensuring we deliver exceptional services to support our members in their vital work with animals.  The 2020 – 2024 Strategic Plan focuses on Three key Strategic threads:

Animal Welfare and Standards

Our primary focus remains on improved standards of care for our animals and supporting new and existing members to meet the provision requirements and grow their own services and rescues, to be the best they can be with the resources they have.

Member Engagement

Engaging and supporting our members is why we are here.  This Strategic thread focusses on developing stronger communication links and offerings for members.
It seeks to build on our online platform ‘ADCH Know-How’ and facilitate access to other learning and networking opportunities, which we know from our members’ feedback is most important to them.

Finance Governance and Risk

Ongoing robust and efficient financial, governance and risk management is a necessity for all organisations and ADCH is no different. With ever-increasing compliance and governance requirements, ADCH must ensure we have appropriate formal processes and policies in place and that our finances and operations remain legal, well-managed and that the Association is delivering value for our members.

Download the ADCH Strategic Plan 2020-2024

Annual Report and Accounts

Download a copy of our Annual Report and Accounts below:

ADCH Annual Report and Accounts 2020