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February 04, 2019 2 min read 0 Comments

Stray Aid was founded by John and Sue Bielby in 2006, aiming to help local councils reduce the number of stray dogs being destroyed. Sue was a veterinary surgeon in 1983 and it came to her attention that hundreds of stray dogs were being destroyed in County Durham every year, regardless of their age or health.

About the charity

The charity became more and more busy with them going from 2 dogs a week to 1,200 dogs a year. They continued to rent premises at Coxhoe until 2015 when they bought a kennel and cattery site and started developing its new rescue centre.

The charities primary aim is and always has been to stop rehomable dogs and cats from being put down. They increase public awareness by providing the public with information on what to do if you find/lose a dog or cat, who to contact and how to get help.

If you have lost an animal visit here for more guidance on what to do:

They provide and maintain a safe and secure environment for strays until its time that they can be rehomed. They also have a veterinary surgeon who can provide the necessary treatment for the unowned animals.

The centre itself is run by a mixture of staff and volunteers who all have the same desire to save the lives of strays and abandoned dogs, to rehabilitate them and send them off to their forever homes.

How you can help

Right now, stray aid has an urgent appeal as they need to raise an entire £40,000 to cover the cost of an upgrade to their heating system. The new upgrade will make a massive difference in keeping the dogs as cosy and as comfortable as possible during the freezing cold winter months whilst they wait for new loving homes. They have already raised over half of their target with more than £25,000 in donations.


To help all you need to do is text HEAT19 £5 or £10 to 70070 (also charges standard network rate) or visit and donate as much as you can to help the dogs.

There are many different dogs with their own personalities and stories at Stray Aid who need someone to give them a forever loving home, could you be that person?


Stray aid is located: Stray Aid Rescue Centre, Cornforth Lane, Coxhoe, Durham, DH6 4EL

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