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Stray Aid welcomes Middlesbrough Dogs

Sadly Waterfall Kennels were asked to relocate earlier in the year, as their kennel site was needed for redevelop...More

Pause for a Cause

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Soul gets a new coat!

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Stray Aid's 9th Birthday!

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Donation gratefully received

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50s/60s/70s Duo at Hartlepool Catholic Club

Hartlepool Catholic Club are holding a 50s/606/70s night on 6th Feb to raise funds for Stray Aid. These nights are great fun, £7.50 per ticket, please come along and have a fab night


Singer Sam Taylor at the Gilesgate Moor Hotel

The wonderful Sam Taylor has kindly agreed to perform at the Gilesgate Moor Hotel on Friday 26th February, to raise funds for Stray Aid. Only £1 per ticket, a real treat not to be missed!


Darts Night at Bearpark Working Mens Club

Bearpark Working Mens Club are kindly holding a Darts Night on 5th April to raise funds for Stray Aid. Why not come along and show us your skills! £5 to enter


70s Night at Tythe Barn Club, Durham

The Tythe Barn Club, Durham are holding a 70s night on Friday 29th April to raise funds for Stray Aid. This should be a fantastic night and at only £5 a ticket it is well worth coming along


Gala Day and Dog Show at Sedgefield Racecourse

We are delighted to announce that our ever-popular Gala Day and Dog Show is expanding! We are moving to Sedgefield Racecourse to allow for a Companion Dog Show ring to be added to the day. This is ...


Sponsored Sleepover

Our volunteers love the kennels so much, they just can not get enough of them! They will be holding a fun barbecue on Saturday 11th June, and not going home! All welcome at the barbecue. Lights out...


10th Anniversary Party at Simonside Farm

Hard to believe but Stray Aid rescued its first dog in 2006! Something well worth celebrating. One of our lovely volunteers has kindly agreed to host a 10th Anniversary party, with live band The Re...


80s Night at the Tythe Barn Club, Durham

The Tythe Barn Club will be holding an 80s Night on Friday 9th September, to raise funds for Stray Aid. £5 a ticket, should be a great evening, please come along and support our charity 

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Found Dogs

These dogs, pictured below, are in the care of the local council. Dogs shown in this section have been found straying by a dog warden or a concerned member of the public. Your dog has been brought to the County Pound at Coxhoe because:

  • It was out unaccompanied, not wearing an identity disc (which is required under the Environmental Protection Act 1990), or,
  • It was not possible for the finder to contact you on the details available at the time, or,
  • Your dog has been collected as a stray before.
All dogs brought to the charity’s kennels are photographed on arrival and given a unique reference number. Please use this number when contacting the charity. Please see images below.

They are checked for any obvious injuries and held by Stray Aid on behalf of the council for at least 7 days. During this time we will attempt to find the owner of the dog. An owner should collect his dog from the council’s facility as soon as possible. The kennels are open every day between 9am and 9pm for returning of stray dogs to owners. Although the council and the charity will try to locate the owner no responsibility will be accepted if the dog is not collected during this period.

The council operates a non-destruct policy and in accordance with the Environmental Protection Act 1990 all dogs seized as strays by the council will become the property of the council after they have been kept for a mandatory period of 7 days and remain unclaimed by the owner. The dog will be rehomed on behalf of the council by the charity and the previous owner will have no legal claim to it. Any proceeds from the sale of this dog will be used by the charity to subsidise the service provided to the public on behalf of the council. Stray Aid makes every effort to rehome as many dogs as possible and will not destroy a rehomeable dog.

If you believe you are the owner of one of these dogs, please contact the charity on 0300 9994247, quote the dog’s unique reference number and leave your contact details. To assist us in returning your dog, please bring with you any proof of ownership you may have i.e. pedigree papers, receipt for purchase, vaccination or vet record, microchip details, photograph etc. Please also bring with you one proof of your identity i.e. passport, driving licence etc. together with one proof of your address i.e. rent book, utility bill, bank letter etc.

The following charges will be made and have to be paid in full, in cash, together with any veterinary fees incurred during your dog’s stay before the dog can be returned to the owner:

  • 0-1 day: £25 mandatory council fine + 1 x £7.00 kennel fee               Total fee: £32.00
  • 2 dates: £25 mandatory council fine + 2 x £7.00 kennel fee                Total fee: £39.00
  • 3 dates: £25 mandatory council fine + 3 x £7.00 kennel fee                Total fee: £46.00
  • 4 dates: £25 mandatory council fine + 4 x £7.00 kennel fee                Total fee: £53.00
  • 5 dates: £25 mandatory council fine + 5 x £7.00 kennel fee                Total fee: £60.00
  • 6 dates: £25 mandatory council fine + 6 x £7.00 kennel fee                Total fee: £67.00
  • 7 dates: £25 mandatory council fine + 7 x £7.00 kennel fee                Total fee: £74.00

 Please note we do not accept credit or debit cards, and no longer accept cheques.

If you feel that the fine has not been applied correctly by the charity, and you wish to appeal against the council fine, please contact Dave Riseley, Education and Enforcement Manager, Durham County Council on 03000 260000, or Helen Beaman, Team Leader, Waste and Environmental Services, Hartlepool Council on 01429 523358.Upon collection of your dog it will be entitled to the following:

  • Free neutering, supported by Dogs Trust.
  • Free microchipping, supported by Dogs Trust.
  • The above services are only available to be done by the charity free of charge at the Stray Aid Rescue and Rehoming Centre, Coxhoe. You are welcome to make a donation towards supporting the work of the charity.

NB. It is an offence under the Control of Dogs Order 1992 for a dog to be in a public place without a collar and tag with the owner’s name and address on it, even when the owner is in charge of the dog. If your dog does not have a collar and tag, you can be prosecuted and fined up to £5000. The owner commits this offence even if the dog has a microchip.

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