Appledown Rescue and Rehoming Kennels was established in 1999. Since that time, we have worked tirelessly in the local area to take in dogs that, for many reasons and often through no fault of their own, have ended up as strays and unwanted pets.

Appledown Kennels is licensed by Central Bedfordshire Councils to board stray dogs; licence number CB/LANW/11/032440

What do we do?

We have a simple aim: to give each stray and unwanted dog a warm bed, good food, medical treatment and love until, when the time is right, we find them a home. Our hope is that home is forever, where they can finally live the life of a much-loved pet, the life every dog deserves. We will never put a dog to sleep unless for medical or psychological reasons.

How do we rehome?

We are a small organisation, but with record numbers of dogs being abandoned or given up, it is not unusual for us to have around 100 dogs staying with us, all ages, all breeds, all shapes and sizes. If you are looking to adopt an Appledown dog, please go to the Rehoming section and ensure that you read all the information contained there. Our rehoming process works on an application basis; you will need to complete and return an application form and we will contact you if we have a dog that matches your requirements.

Further information

We have tried to include lots of useful information on our website. If you still have questions you need answering, please get in touch. See our Contacts page.

If you are on Facebook join our official page. There you can find fact files on selected dogs in our care that are looking for a home.
You can also follow us on Instagram @appledown_rescue

  • My experience of Rehoming from Appledown could not have been more positive. From the initial chat with their team, about my home life and my other dog, to the forms to be completed, it was all very easy. Our new rescue dog has completed our family and is perfect for us in every way.
    Denise, Bedfordshire
  • The Appledown team have a sixth sense in finding the right home – we could not have had a better match. Their support doesn’t end when the dog leaves for their new home. Knowing we have the support of a kind, caring and experienced team has given us confidence and reassurance when adopting our first dog.
    Kate, Bedfordshire
  • We adopted Xavie. We adore him but he has not been the easiest dog whilst walking due to reactivity. Julie and the team have provided not only an ear and advice at the end of the phone but on-going training help. There is a saying, once an Appledown dog, always an Appledown dog and this is definitely something we have found. They are an amazing rescue that put the welfare of a dog first.
    Linda, Buckinghamshire