Gables Dogs & Cats Home is a non euthanasia rescue & rehoming centre that has been helping the region’s unwanted & abandoned dogs & cats since 1907.
We take in & care for up to 1000 dogs and cats every year. We either rehome them or re-unite them with their owners if they are lost.
The majority of our animals are unwanted pets, given up by their owners for numerous reasons.
We take in stray & lost cats that are found wandering the streets, some in a very poor condition & in desperate need of help, & unclaimed stray dogs from local councils.
We also take animals from the RSPCA that have sadly been neglected & abused by their owners or injured in road traffic accidents.
We provide a temporary boarding service for local councils, taking care of dogs & cats for people in difficult situations, until their owners are in a position to reclaim them. Sometimes they are signed over to our care once it is established the owner is unable to provide for them anymore.
Most of our animals are rehomed within a few weeks but some dogs & cats stay in our care much longer than others. It can just be a case of being overlooked, disability, or appearance, but more commonly it is because they have specialised behavioural needs that a lot of people don’t have the time for or experience to cope with.
Some dogs & cats have not been socialised when young so develop defensive & inappropriate behaviours towards strangers & other animals. Others have experienced a trauma, neglect or abuse in their past, which has knocked their confidence with people.
We never put a healthy animal to sleep & never give up hope of finding them a new loving home, no matter how long it takes or how much it costs!
It can take a long time to gain the trust of these animals to be able to rehabilitate them so they can start to enjoy life & look for a new home. We believe that there is a special someone out there for every dog & cat, it is just a case of finding them.
All of our animals are health checked by a Vet, neutered, microchipped, vaccinated & treated for fleas and worms before going to a new home. Dogs are also assessed by a qualified dog behaviourist to establish what sort of home they need.
We rehome animals all over Devon, Somerset, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
We totally rely on the generosity & support of the public through donations and legacies, as we don’t receive any Government or other funding.