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About Us

St Francis Dogs Home is a dog rescue and rehoming centre for dogs and puppies who are in need of their forever home. In the absence of their own loving family, the team at St Francis nurture and love each animal and strive to find each one a new and loving family. Rehoming dogs is the ultimate aim and our success rate is high – take a look at some of the success stories.


St Francis Dogs Home was founded by a group of animal enthusiasts in 1955. At that time there were very few rescue and rehoming facilities, and the original founders wanted to stop unwanted pet dogs and strays being put to sleep when they could be happily rehomed.

With this in mind St Francis was founded on its existing site, and became a Charitable Trust in 1961. In 1999 the staff and trustees decided the efforts of St Francis were best directed towards dogs, and since then the centre has been rehoming up to 200 dogs every year.

Our dogs come from all over Cornwall, including strays taken from local dog wardens to pets which can no longer be cared for. The original buildings consisted of basic kennel blocks and wooden field shelters. Over the past twenty years these basic facilities have been much improved, and today St Francis offers 30 kennel spaces in modern buildings, many have under floor heating and all have runs.

Amongst the ongoing development of our centre we have a large training hall, which offers the chance for indoor training when the Cornish weather is inclement! This is also an excellent facility for our more reactive dogs, who can play somewhere quiet and without distractions to commence their rehabilitation.

St Francis is a dog rehoming charity focused on the needs of the individual dog, helping to set them up for successful rehoming and striving to ensure that they receive the very best of care while they wait for their new home to come along.


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Vicky’s fond farewell

Trustees, Staff and Volunteers recently said their farewells to Vicky Raby, St Francis longest serving member of Staff.  Vicky...

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