Do any of our older supporters remember Joe and Nancy Bates?
What a wonderful couple ❤️
St Francis Dogs Home was founded by Nancy Bates and 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.
We are ever grateful to our founder Nancy Bates who left us a considerable amount of her personal estate in 2003. This has helped generate a monthly income for St Francis to support our charitable work.
Our dogs have 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.
Amongst the ongoing development of our centre we have a large training hall, which will be kept as part of the new redevelopment plans.
St Francis has always been 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.