ADCG : Association of Dogs and Cats Homes

September 2016

Dear Colleague,

ADCH Newsletter – September 2016 

  1. Major Incident Plan
  2. Workshop Day – 29 September
  3. Member Updates
  4. Dates for Diaries (2016 and 2017)
  5. ADCH 2016 Conference Sponsors - updates


ADCH Helpline Telephone NumberWe know you know but it's always good to have a reminder of the truly amazing and bespoke Member Benefit – the ADCH Emergency Helpline or Crisis Helpline. Hopefully none of us will ever never need to use it but should a catastrophic event happen, it's comforting to know you're not alone and that help and support from the ADCH is only a telephone call away. 

Whilst help is always welcomed, it also needs to be timely and appropriate. And so with just one phone call – 01480 832820 - you can rest assured that help will be mustered and co-ordinated from within the ADCH should a catastrophic event happen.

Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, you can be confident that where you have a need for immediate help because of a fire or flood, or some other catastrophic event, the ADCH will be there to help.
Please put the number 01480 832820 into your Emergency Contacts list to be sure that you have it to hand should you need it.

Should ever you contact us through the Emergency Helpline you will be asked to provide some basic details, including your contact details. This information will be passed on to the ADCH Management Committee for their action.

Alongside the Helpline, a number of template documents have been developed, and they have been devised to help you structure a Plan should a disaster strike. These range from a 10-Minute Checklist to Emergency Contact templates. All are located on the ADCH Website in the Forum/documentation section.

The background to the Helpline and support documents can be accessed through the "Launchpad". By following the link  you'll be able to find the reasons why you should consider planning for a disaster. 

ADCH Helpline Telephone NumberThe templates and Emergency Helpline are only just the start. The ADCH would like to foster local support networks as well as develop still further more templates. Feedback is always welcome and helpful so if you have any please send it directly to

WORKSHOP DAY – 29 September 2016

Reminder, reminder ...  the ADCH's first Workshop, sponsored and hosted by 2016 GOLD Sponsor Mars Petcare/Pedigree at their Melton Mowbray site on Wednesday 29 September. There are a few places remaining so for anyone wanting to attend who hasn't yet done so, please register soonest by emailing  Attendance is free.


What makes the ADCH special is its Members. Where better to hear about them than the Newsletters. And so in this and future Newsletters we will include a 'Member Updates' feature to provide you with real-time updates of new Members to the Association. Please encourage Rescues to join by directing them to the Membership section on the website -
It is therefore with great pleasure that we welcome the following (drum roll ... claps and cheers):

Worcestershire Animal Rescue Shelter (WARS) – has transferred from Associate to Full Member
Stray Aid –  has transferred from Associate to Full Member
Greyhound Recue Wales

Berwick Animal Rescue Kennels (BARK)
Laois SPCA
DATES for DIARIES - 2016
  • 16th/17th November 2016 – November Open Meeting, hosted by Blue Cross, Suffolk
DATES for DIARIES - 2017

Open Meetings, and the 2017 ADCH Conference are confirmed as follows:
  • 2nd/3rd February 2017 - hosted by The Mayhew, London
  • 25th-27th April 2017: AGM and 2017 ADCH Conference - in association with Birmingham Dogs Home
  • 5th/6th July 2017 - hosted by GSPCA
  • 8th/9th November 2017 - hosted by Newcastle Dog & Cat Shelter


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Best wishes,
Claire Horton
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