Welcome to Canine Concern

We provide care dogs to the whole community. We are a charity that specialises in bringing joy and reassurance into the lives of the elderly, vulnerable and many others who may benefit from our service.

Our care dogs, along with their trained volunteer owners, can visit a range of locations and these visits can be incredibly beneficial to people experiencing a variety of situations. For example, our care dogs can visit care homes to help the elderly combat loneliness; hospitals to help patients’ mental health and recovery; companies and offices to reduce stress levels in staff; and many more.

Our care dogs can even visit secure units, such as prisons, helping to break down barriers and bring a sense of normality into the lives of the people living there. In addition to this, schools are also benefiting from our care dog service, through our Read to Dogs programme, and we are proud to be officially recognised by The Kennel Club for our work.

There are many ways you can get involved: you could join us as a Canine Concern care dog volunteer, make a valued donation, become a supporter of our charity or book one of our care dogs for a visit.

Become part of a winning team

Our charity relies on our valued team of volunteers and we always encourage enquiries from new volunteers and their lovable furry friends. All dog breeds, crossbreeds, shapes and sizes are welcome; the all important factor is temperament, which we will thoroughly assess before making an offer of membership. Care dogs should be friendly and outgoing, highly obedient and calm, healthy and well-groomed – and love to be fussed. Because we are a charity who believes in being inclusive and we welcome people from all walks of life, we ask for just an £11 a year donation for membership.

Donations to our charity ensure the future of our work

We always appreciate and welcome donations of any size to our charity. We actively seek support from the public and corporate bodies, as without their help we could not survive. The more funds we generate, the more we can put straight back into the community with our Canine Concern care dogs and related schemes.