Stray Aid is a registered charity dedicated to the welfare of stray, neglected and abandoned dogs, and unwanted cats. The charity was set up in 2006 to prevent the euthanasia of healthy rehomeable stray dogs.
About Stray Aid
We accepted 1,092 dogs into our care in 2019-2020
Paws in the Playground
Our Community Engagement Team visited schools within a 25-mile radius of our rescue centre at Coxhoe, providing education on animal welfare and delivering the important message of how children can stay safe around dogs
A total of 681 dogs and cats were checked over by our on-site veterinary surgeon in the 12 months to 31st March 2020
The Stray Aid story
Why it all began...
Vet Sue Bielby had been around dogs all her life. Husband John has fond memories of sharing his lunch with Buster, his family’s Springer Spaniel, as he was growing up. When they discovered, in 2005, the extent of the stray dog problem, and the number of dogs being destroyed each week regardless of age, temperament or state of health, this was something that neither of them could accept
Where it started
John and Sue identified Coxhoe as the ideal location to tackle the problem across their council areas, and have worked hard over the years, eventually purchasing the old Blue Acres boarding kennels site.
How it started
By talking to people – friends, family, colleagues and clients – John and Sue gradually realised that they had enough support to start to make a difference. They needed people to get together and raise enough money to actually do something about it. John and Sue acted as a catalyst, bringing animal lovers together to fund and improve the existing facilities, bringing kennels up to date and introducing green energy heating and modern welfare practices. In 2006 Stray Aid was born. With your continued support we can achieve so much more. Please become part of the Team and make a difference to the stray and abandoned dogs and unwanted cats in the North East of England. Join Team SAFE, donate £5 a month and turn words into action. (please link to Team SAFE)
Stray Aid is now in a position to accept stray dogs from our council partners, currently Durham, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough and Darlington. If we cannot reunite stray dogs with their owners, and after the statutory 7 days, ownership transfers to the council and the dogs are donated to Stray Aid, where they are vaccinated, neutered, microchipped and treated for fleas and worms. We are constantly upgrading our facilities, to improve the accommodation for our animals, visitors, volunteers and staff. We also have a cattery, which unfortunately cannot accept strays. Cats require vaccination before admission and come from homes where owners can no longer care for them.
We are currently engaged in redesigning our site, and looking to replace some of our older kennel and cattery buildings with modern environmentally sensitive accommodation, which will provide the very best for our dogs and cats whilst we care for them during their stay, either as they await their owners, or if not collected, we find them their forever homes. We will provide additional facilities where our dogs and cats can have every possible opportunity for behavioural enrichment, continuing to provide the best care possible for our vulnerable pets.
The Stray Aid team
CEO and founder member
Veterinary Director and founder member
HRH The Princess Helen of Romania
Rehoming Centre Manager
Community Engagement Manager
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Prof Stuart Corbridge
Cllr Jan Blakey