Dog Rescues in West and East Sussex

Dog Rescues in West and East Sussex

There are a large amount of dog rescues in Sussex – from small, local charities to nationwide branches.

We’ve accumulated a list of the top dog rescues in the Sussex area that offer the option to donate, rehome or sponsor a dog.

Dog Rescue Sussex Shortlist

From the Dogs Trust in Shoreham, to Rommie Rescue and Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare, have a browse through the different types of dog rescue charities located around Sussex.

Dogs Trust Shoreham

The Sussex branch of Dogs Trust can be found in Shoreham, West Sussex, just off the A259.

Dogs Trust Shoreham Rehoming Centre is open to the public on Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday from 12PM – 4PM if you want to take a look at the current dogs available for adoption. It’s always best to ring in advance (0303 003 0000) to double check the adoption centre will be open that day.

You can view all the dogs available for adoption in Sussex on the Dogs Trust Shoreham site.

There are also options to donate, sponsor and volunteer on the Dogs Trust website. The most common types of volunteering opportunities are dog walking, fostering and events volunteers. Occasionally canine assistant roles become available too.

RSPCA Sussex North Branch and Sussex West Branches

The RSPCA is the largest animal welfare charity in England and Wales. As a result, it has two branches in Sussex – RSPCA Sussex West Branch located at Mount Noddy Animal Centre in Eartham and RSPCA Sussex Brighton & East Grinstead Branch located in Patcham, just north of Brighton.

There are a number of RSPCA charity shops dotted around West Sussex too, located in towns such as Worthing, Littlehampton and Chichester.

The charity’s headquarters are based in Southwater, West Sussex, just outside of Horsham. However, there’s not an animal centre adjacent to the HQ.

If you’re looking to specifically adopt a dog from the RSPCA, adoptions are by appointment only and you will need to fill in an application form beforehand. The phone number for the Brighton branch is 01273 554218, while the phone number for the West Sussex branch is 01243 773359.

Dogs currently available for adoption at the RSPCA Sussex North Branch (Brighton) can be found here. While dogs up for adoption at the RSPCA Sussex West Branch can be found here.

There are a number of ways you can donate to the RSPCA and its branches. Either by visiting their website directly and making an online donation, leaving a gift in your will, sponsoring a dog, taking part in a local event or heading to a local RSPCA charity shop.

There’s also the opportunity to volunteer for the RSPCA at its charity shops, or if you would rather work directly with animals, volunteering options can sometimes become available. Make sure to regularly check the different branch websites or register your interest at the RSCPA’s volunteer website.

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Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare

Raystede is located on the B2192 in Ringmer, which is located just outside of Lewes in East Sussex.

This Sussex-based animal charity is not just limited to dogs, the charity also takes in cats, horses, donkeys, alpacas, ducks, geese, small animals and farm animals such as sheep and chickens.

If you want to specifically adopt a dog, you can head to this page, which requires you to fill in an application form. Successful applicants will then be invited for a rehoming appointment at the rescue centre.

The Sussex-based animal rescue offers a variety of ways to donate, including a charity shop in Lewes, an on-site shop, café, pet shop, as well as the option to sponsor an animal or donate online.

Raystede offer pre-booked tours of their fantastic facilities. You can either call 01825 840252 or visit their website to book online.

Clymping Dog Sanctuary

Clymping Dog Sanctuary is located down Ford Road, close to Arundel in West Sussex.

You can enquire to adopt a dog from this small rescue and rehoming centre by filling in their online application form or calling 01903 883116.

There are a variety of ways to donate to Clymping Dog Sanctuary, including making a donation online or playing their lottery where you have a chance of winning £25,000!


Wadars Animal Rescue Charity is located down Hangleton Lane, off the A27 between Ferring and Worthing.

This West Sussex animal charity not only offers the option to adopt a dog or cat, but also rescues local wildlife.

As of 2022, Wadars states on its website that it has temporarily removed its online application form due to high numbers of enquiries. However, you can still call the rescue centre on 01903 247111 to find out if any dogs are available. You can also view current dogs to adopt in Sussex on their website.

There are a variety of ways to donate to Wadars, including donating online, ordering gifts from their online Christmas shop or leaving a gift in your will.

Sussex Pet Rescue

Sussex Pet Rescue are a small animal charity registered in Storrington, West Sussex.

The charity mainly rehomes dogs in the Sussex, Surrey and Kent areas, but they occasionally rehome older ponies too.

You can donate, volunteer, enquire to adopt or foster a dog through their website.

The charity also offer support to local owners that need help with vet fees and neutering.

Rommie Rescue Sussex

Sometimes it can be difficult to adopt a dog from the UK, due to long waiting lists and certain criteria that needs to be met in order to be approved.

Rommie Rescue specifically rehomes unwanted and stray dogs from Romania to the Sussex area.

Sadly, as their website highlights, Romania has a huge problem with stray dogs. As a nation of dog lovers, many stray dogs from Romania and the rest of Europe will be shipped over to the UK for new, loving forever homes.

You can view Rommie Rescue’s latest dogs up for adoption in Sussex on their website. The dog rescue centre also requires prospective adopters to fill in their online application form.

There are a number of ways you can support the local charity such as making a donation on their website or purchasing a calendar from their online shop.

Dogs up for adoption in Sussex

Many dog rescue and rehoming centres in Sussex have experienced high levels of intake due to lockdown dogs being given up, as well as the cost of living crisis. This has resulted in a large amount of dogs up for adoption in Sussex.

There used to be two popular dog rescues in the South East – Allsorts Dog Rescue and Small Dog Rescue Sussex. Unfortunately, after researching online and enquiring both of these charities seem to have closed down.

If you would like to nominate a local dog rescue charity in Sussex to be featured on this page, please send us a message using our contact form.

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