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Autumn Walk

Sunday 23rd September 2018.  

5 mile Sponsored Autumn Walk. 

Our annual sponsored walk starts at the Rescue Centre with registration at 2.30 for a prompt 3pm start.

All two and four legged friends are welcome!

Sponsorship forms available from the Rescue Centre or alternatively pay £10 on the day to register and take part.

Cold drink & biscuits on return plus Christmas Cards, CDRS gifts, blankets, dog toys, and purchase a hot drink and a doughnut for £1.



We have been monitoring the weather forecast for Sunday and have taken the decision to change the focus of the day from a dog show to a fete. There will be NO DOG CLASSES on Sunday due to the predicted heat. While this may be disappointing news for some, as a Rescue Centre we must live by our motto of Putting Dogs First. It will be a fun afternoon and we plan to have the following stalls available for people to enjoy:

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CDRS Dog Show

Sunday 8th July 2018

Our annual Dog Show is approaching and we would love for you to join us.

Stalls and registration for the dogs how will open at 1pm on Sunday 8th July.

The Dog Show will begin at 2pm.

There will be a selection of stalls including CDRS information, merchandise, tombolas, lucky dips and a raffle etc as well as third party stalls including:

Imogens Luxuries

Kooler Bandanas

Wendover Heights Veterinary Centre

Arden Grange

Flamingo Cards


and of course The English Tea Tent will be returning to provide BBQ & refreshments.

We hope to see you there.  Parking £2 per car.

Open Days

Sunday 27th & Monday 28th

May 2018


The Trustees & Staff at the Chilterns Dog Rescue Society cordially invite you to attend our Open Days to showcase our new facilities and plans for the next phase of development.

We will be giving guided tours throughout the day and will be selling refreshments including tea, coffee, cakes, sausage rolls & cheese and onion rolls.

Sara Abbott will be joining us on Sunday to showcase her pet portraits, do some live painting and take commissions.

Monday we will be joined by All People Photography and Arden Grange.

You can also meet the staff, volunteers and CDRS dog ambassadors to talk about adoption and other ways to get involved with the Rescue Centre.




We currently have a couple of fundraising pages which are raising money for CDRS.  If you’d like to make a donation to the Rescue Centre why not consider doing it via JustGiving

or ViginMoneyGiving?  See the links below for our current fundraisers.

Chris is cycling 100 miles for the Prudential London-Surrey 100.  Visit his page to sponsor him.

Chris Stapley

Stephanie is doing a 6km open water swim in the Bantham Swoosh.  Visit the link below to sponsor her.

Bantham Estuary

Are you inspired by either of these to complete your own challenge?  We are registered with both VirginMoneyGiving and JustGiving making it easy for you to set up your own fundraising page for anything you like and all the donations will come directly to the Rescue Centre.  You can climb Everest, have a sponsored silence or anything in between – it’s up to you!

40 Dogs in 40 Days – All People Photography

Raise money for Rescue Centre and get a beautiful portrait of your dog

Donate £25 and claim your portrait voucher worth £175 today!

Simply Donate £25 on the just giving page below and then claim a Pet Pawtrait Experience gift voucher from All People Photography

Every gift voucher includes a beautiful framed desk portrait wort worth £175 in total!

Once we have received your donation one of the team at All People Photography will contact you to arrange your Pet Pawtrait Session.

If you have any queries, call APP on 01296651788 or email

Spaces are limited so be sure to book soon!

Thank you for supporting The Chilterns Dog Rescue Society.

What’s included:

  • A chat with a photographer to sort out your individual requirements
  • A full photoshoot
  • A personal preview of your images approximately one week later
  • Including a 7″ framed desktop portrait (no obligation to buy more)

Sara Abbott – Renowned Portrait Artist Supports CDRS

On Tuesday 23rd January Sara Abbott, a renowned artist, displayed some of her work at The Berkeley Wine Bar & Gallery in Berkhamsted to officially launch her collaboration with Chilterns Dog Rescue Society.  During the first half of 2018 Sara will donate £100 to the Rescue Society for every Pet Portrait commission she receives.

An official portrait painter for the Kennel Club and Harrods artists in residence for two years her work is recognised as among the best in the world today as even a quick glance will confirm.

“I’m very grateful that my work not only brings joy to me and pleasure to my clients but that it is also able to support animals not so fortunate. I rescued my little dog ten years ago and from the moment I understood the plight of dogs in rescue in the UK I was determined to do something to help.  I couldn’t work at the sharp end of rescue but I can financially support those that do.”

Abbott visits her clients nationally for a gentle photo shoot with her subject as she feels meeting the dogs and getting a feel for their nature and character is an important ingredient in her work. Her recent move to Berkhamsted means that she is now very local to us and why she has chosen to support our work.

If you’ve ever thought about a portrait of your dog, as a gift for a loved one, a family heirloom or as a delicious self-indulgence now is the time to do it. Abbott’s work has featured in Elle Deco, Dogs Today, Hong Kong Tatler, Dogs Monthly, Beautiful Homes and many other publications and we can’t wait to see whose portraits she paints here in the Chilterns.

Why not talk to Sara about your own pet, visit her website

Vacancy – Canine Carer Level 1

Part-time Canine Carer Level 1 required to join a small friendly team to help care for and exercise rescue dogs and assist with their re-homing.

Training provided.  Includes physical outside work.  No accommodation available and own transport essential.

To request an application form please contact Chilterns Dog Rescue Society on 01296 623885 or email

Completed application forms, CV and written letter of introduction required by 9am on Friday 2nd February 2018.

Hours are alternate weekends 8.30am to 5.30pm and alternate Wednesdays 8.30am to 2 pm. There will also be frequent opportunities to provide holiday cover.

Pay is £7.50 per hour.  Start date as soon as possible.

Sara Abbott – Animal Portrait Artist – Supports CDRS

Artist Sara Abbott is raising funds for us through her animal portrait work.  Mention us when ordering a commission of your dog and she will donate £100 of her fee to the Rescue Centre.

In addition, you could WIN a 60 x 60cm oil on canvas portait in our raffle – all funds raised from this will go towards helping the dogs at CDRS.

Tickets are £5 a strip – available here and at The Berkeley, Berkhamsted where the raffle will be drawn in an evening exhibition and informal talk by the artists on January 23rd 2018 from 6:30pm.




Moving into the new Rescue Centre was a huge milestone in the Society’s history.

It is hard to explain how wonderful it is to see the dogs in their new kennels in an environment which helps to make their stay with us, for however long, as comfortable and fulfilling as possible.

Of course, the kennels themselves formed Phase One in our vision to create a Centre of Excellence for our rescue and rehoming work. As we settle into our new surroundings we have already turned our attention to, and indeed commenced work on, Phase 2. This includes landscaping, car parking areas and the demolition of the old kennels to give us room for additional training facilities.

As well as calm and comfortable surroundings in the kennels themselves it is also important to offer training, socialisation and relaxation areas for the dogs. Essentially a dog play zone!

With this in mind, one of the key elements of Phase 2 will take the form of creating and building two enrichment and sensory paddocks. These paddocks will not only provide the dogs with the space to socialise together but by adding different plants, scents and textures as well as other features we can provide the mental and physical stimulation they also require.

Features such as a sandpit for digging, water feature for paddling, log tunnels and raised platforms will enable dogs to put their natural skills to the test. Caves, trees and shrubs will provide additional interest as well as natural shade. Plants such as lavender, yarrow, St Johns Wort and valerian add scent and can offer beneficial properties for dogs. The paddocks can also be used to provide quieter surroundings for training as well as a good place for potential owners to meet a dog for the first time.

In essence the paddocks will not only provide an exciting and stimulating area for the dogs but will highlight certain aspects of their personality, helping us to evaluate their progress and aid the rehoming process.

Initial costings for two 25m paddocks plus the cost of the features is estimated to be £20,000 and to help us achieve this next chapter we are excited to announce the launch of a new campaign to raise funds to create our DogZone.

It is because of your incredible generosity that we have already achieved so much and with your continued loyalty we can achieve so much more.

We are building a better future for rescue dogs and you can help us by donating to our DogZone campaign in one of the following ways:

Text ZONE20 £20 to 70070 to donate £20


Text ZONE20 £10 to 70070 to donate £10

Complete and return the attached donation form

Or donate online at