Bleakholt became a member of the ADCH in November 2014 and we were very proud to be selected to join this wonderful organisation by being granted Full Membership after a very thorough vetting by the Association.

The ADCH promotes best practice in animal welfare for dogs and cats and the members are dedicated to dog and cat rescue.  The membership of the Association includes charities, or not for profit organisations of all sizes, situated throughout England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.  The Association acts as a platform for identifying and disseminating information on best practice and for raising the standards of animal welfare.

The purposes of the Association are to:

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

To qualify for membership, an organisation must comply with all of the following:

  • Be a registered charity or a not for profit organisation, or have an appropriate and relevant status and objectives in their country of origin.
  • Be involved in, or actively supportive of, the rescue and/or rehoming of dogs and/or cats.
  • Conform with, aspire to, or actively promote, the Association’s Code of Practice and any future ‘good standards’ publications produced.
  • Comply with all current animal welfare related legislation.
  • Have its own premises, rent premises or aspire to have its own premises; or use or promote facilities, or premises, which meet the standards required by the Association.

You can find out more by visiting their website at

It’s a wonderful organisation and we are very proud to be a part of it.