Christmas is our busiest time of the year and throughout the winter months we expect to see more than 150 stray dogs come into our rescue centre. Sadly, less than half of these dogs will be claimed by their owners. 

Hope Rescue commits to care for all unclaimed strays from RCT, Bridgend, Vale (west), Merthyr, Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent. We don't pick and choose, we take every dog so that no-one gets left behind, even if they are old, sick or an 'unfashionable' breed.

So why not start collecting some much-needed treats for a Christmas Shoebox and drop it into our rescue centre or charity shop over the next few weeks?

You could include

Fleecy blankets and towels - to keep the kennels cosy. No duvets or pillows please.
Tinned dog food – to make mealtimes more exciting. No dry dog food please.
Tinned hot dog sausages - great for hiding medication or for fussy eaters. You could also add sardines or tuna in oil.
Meaty or long-lasting treats - as a special treat or delicious training reward. Schmackos or dried sausages are the dogs' favourites.
Tough dog toys and balls – to keep the dogs occupied in kennels or for a game of fetch in our exercise paddock.

Or if you'd prefer to make a donation you can buy a Virtual Shoebox on our Rescue Dog Wishlist

For more information about our Shoebox Appeal or to get your school, office or club involved, please contact us on 01443 226659 or email

Drop off locations


Hope Rescue Centre

Cynllan Lodge, Old Llanharry Road, Llanharan CF72 9NH 

(CF72 9RA for Sat nav)

Open 9am-5pm every day

Hope Rescue Charity Shop and Cafe

77 Taff Street, Pontypridd CF37 4SU

Open 9am-5pm Mon-Sat

Pets at Home, Llantrisant
Unit 6 Glamorgan Vale Retail Park, Pontyclun CF72 8RP
Open 9am-8pm Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm Sat and 10.30am-4.30pm Sun


Chapelrow Architecture

3a Penybont Road, Pencoed CF35 5PY

Open 9am-5pm Mon-Fri

Porters Estate Agents

75 Nolton St, Bridgend CF31 3AE
Open 9am-5pm Mon-Fri and 9am-4pm Sat

VALE OF GLAMORGAN Zero waste store, Barry

74 Holton Road, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan CF63 4HE
Open 8am-6pm Mon-Sat and 10am-5pm Sun


Lloyds Pharmacy, Griffithstown - please mark your box "Hope Rescue"

6-7 Windsor Rd, Griffithstown, Pontypool NP4 5HY

Open 9am-6.30pm Mon-Fri and 9am-1pm Sat

Pets at Home, Cwmbran

Cwmbran Retail Park, 6, Cwmbran Dr, Cwmbran NP44 3JQ

Open 9am-8pm Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm Sat and 10.30am-4.30pm Sun

Heritage Hounds Dog Grooming, Blaenavon - please mark your box "Hope Rescue"

38 Broad St, Blaenavon, Pontypool NP4 9NF

Open 10am-5pm Mon-Fri


Grooming Marvellous, Machen - please mark your box "Hope Rescue"

1 Oak Lane, Machen, Nr Caerphilly CF83 8SQ

Open 9am-5pm Mon-Wed and 9am-5pm Fri  


Bettapets, Newport - please mark your box "Hope Rescue"

52A Duckpool Rd, Newport NP19 8FL

Open 9am-5.45pm Mon-Sat


If you would be happy to add your location to the list above, please email us.