Billingshurst Dog Training Club
Billingshurst Dog Training Club


Charity Coordinator Sue Salisbury. email:


Charities 2021: Battersea Dogs Home and Pets as Therapy: money raised so far £1066.60


Charities 2015: Kit Wilson Aged Dog Accommodation and WADARS: Money raised £3000.
Charities 201
War Dogs Remembered and Animal Health Trust: Money raised £2100.

Charities 2017: Sussex Caring Pets and Medical Detection Dogs: Money raised £1600. 

Charities 2018: Blind Dog Rescue and Pet Blood Bank: Money raised £1900.

Charity 2019: Garbo's GSDR: Money raised £2528.30

Charities 2020: Battersea Dogs Home and Pets as Therapy: money donated £660.00

Charities 2021/22: Battersea Dogs Home and Pets as Therapy: money raised so far £1066.60 

Each year a different charity/charities is chosen by Billingshurst Dog Training Club for which we try to raise funds through various events and personal donations, and for 2020/2022, we have chosen Pets as Therapy and Battersea Dogs Home.  We will continue to support these chosen charities til the next AGM.


Please help BDTC to raise funds for these worthwhile charities.




Established in 1860, they one of just a few animal rescue centres that run a non-selective intake policy. This means we accept any breed of animal, at any age, including dogs or cats with serious medical and behavioural problems. 

Their expert team of dog trainers and veterinary staff give the animals in their care the best possible chance of a fresh start in a happy new home.

They work hard to educate the public about responsible pet ownership including microchipping, neutering and training. This includes educational talks and visits to schools and organisations, events, and publications.

Their values

Everything they do as individuals and teams, as vets and volunteers, fundraisers and foster carers, nurses, kennel and rehoming staff, is underpinned by their values:

  • Care – They are passionate about the welfare of dogs and cats, and all of their work is inspired by the needs of, and their love for, animals.
  • Excellence – They have been working tirelessly to provide shelter for animals for over 150 years. They are one of the oldest animal charities in the world and the knowledge and experience they have gained has made them credible leaders in our field.
  • Determination – They deal with some of the most challenging situations that impact the lives of dogs and cats. They seek to tackle problems at source by working actively with communities and wider society, challenging misconceptions and encouraging owners to take responsibility for their pets and treat animals humanely. They will not shy away from difficult issues.
  • Respect – They treat all animals and people with respect and dignity.
  • Integrity – They are trustworthy. They are indebted to their supporters and greatly value all the donations given to them, ensuring they are carefully spent on providing the best possible future for animals.
  • Commitment – They strive to find every dog and cat a loving home. They put no limit on the time an animal stays with them, and they will never put an animal to sleep unless significant medical, safety or legal reasons compel them to do so. Their staff and volunteers are hugely committed.




Pets As Therapy is a national charity founded in 1983 by Lesley Scott-Ordish.
They enhance health and wellbeing in the community through the visits of trusted volunteers with their behaviourally assessed animals. They provide a visiting service in hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes, special needs schools and a variety of other venues all across the UK.

Their therapeutic visits:

  • Enhance lives in our communities by providing companionship and friendship and helps to tackle loneliness.
  • Improve the lives of people suffering from debilitating mental and physical health conditions and illnesses such as Autism, Dementia and Stroke by including animal assisted interventions as part of a holistic approach to treatment.
  • Improve literacy in children by developing their confidence, interest and enjoyment in reading through our read2dogs scheme.







Despite ongoing challenges posed by the pandemic, MDD has continued to train life-saving noses to detect disease during 2021 and thanks to the hard work and dedication of staff, volunteers and supporters like you, we've had some fantastic achievements. As a scientific organisation, we live by our data and we’ve picked out some of our statistics to show the breadth and depth of our work this year.



The story of the trail


Julia Robertson wanted to do something different than create a memorial. Julia said “We felt there was a need for something more practical that dog owners and walkers could physically connect to and gain some sort of feeling for how much these dogs did, and still do, for us. We wanted to do something that people and their dogs could enjoy but had a connection to War Dogs’.

The idea for an activity trail came originally from a friend of Julia’s, Caroline Kisko. Caroline introduced Julia to Stephen Jenkinson, who is an expert at building these trails and the project begun. From that original inception, to competition of the first (they hope of many) activity trails, has taken 5 years.

That idea was truly inspired, it ticked every box! It was just the perfect message, to create something that people can take their dogs to, have fun, and then to have each of the trails dedicated to a specific dog with a plaque telling that dog’s story of how they served us during the war.

Julia also wanted people to gain further respect for their own wonderful dogs, to hear about what these incredible, often pet dogs, did for us then, and now! “The whole trail is based on fun and learning as a way of honouring these dogs and to make us realise how lucky we are that our lovely, gentle companions have given so much to keep us safe. And that some have paid the ultimate price for their service.”

They launched the first of many trails in Windsor, which is right in the heart of the Broom Farm Army Estate in 8 acres of wonderful parkland, so it will be an enriching place for soldiers and their families to go. It’s open to the general public and their dogs to enjoy as well. Following the trail and trying out the obstacles will provide a great opportunity for owners to really connect with their dogs.

For more details go onto WARDOGS REMEMBERED site.

Below are some pictures of the Activity Trail at the Windsor site.


Here is Eunice presenting the cheque for £1500, raised by the club, 2014/2015, to Kit Wilson Trust for their Aged Dogs Accommodation, at the BDTC AGM.

Below is a picture of Eunice presenting Andrew Simmonds from AHT with the cheque for £1050 raised by BDTC in 2015/2016 with a copy of the letter sent by AHT.

Here are Eunice, Pat and Graham presenting Stef Ransley from Wadars Animal Sanctuary, with the cheque for £1500 raised by BDTC in 2014/2015 with a note from Wadars.

Your donation has been reserved for current dog care.

This means it will be used for kennelling and veterinary fees for a number of our four-legged friends in our care, as you will know some treatments can be costly (scale and polish, neutering etc) and this is not always covered by the adoption fee.



"Dear Eunice

It was a pleasure meeting you at Crufts on the Sunday and to have received the wonderful cheque from Billinghurst Dog Training Club’s fundraising in 2016.  What an honour to receive your valued funds in this our 75th Anniversary year!! 

With our sincere thanks again for supporting our canine work and I shall look forward to updating you on how the funds were utilised in due course.  We will ensure they provide a huge benefit towards furthering the health and welfare of dogs.

Very best wishes.


Above Is a picture of Eunice presenting Esther Vanoostrum who is a local volunteer for Medical Detection Dogs, with a cheque for £800 raised in 2016/2017. The presentation took place at the BDTC Agility Show 2018 at Cranleigh Showground.


Above is a picture of Maureen at Crufts 2019 presenting Cath from Blind Dog Rescue UK with a cheque for £950.

Above is a picture of Pat at Crufts 2019 presenting Pet Blood Bank with a cheque for £950.


Above is a picture of Eunice presenting Garbo with the cheque at Crufts 2020 for the money raised by BDTC


Below is the plaque and kind words from Garbo.


"Dear Eunice and all you wonderful members of the Billingshurst Dog Training Club.


We have put this plaque on one of the kennel doors.  I do hope you will all be pleased and approve of the design.

What you have done for us in Val’s memory is amazing and wonderful. 


Love and with gratitude,   Garbo ."

Below are some letters from Medical Detection Dogs Fundraising Manager Frankie Hockham for money raised by BDTC IN 2017.

Below is a letter of thanks from GARBO'S GSD Rescue for the £400 donated to them from the surplus from 2016/2017 fundraising year.

Below is a letter of thanks from Blind Dog Rescue UK for the £950 raised by BDTC in 2018.

Below is a thankyou  letter from Katrina Wilkinson, MD of Pet Blood UK for the £950 raised by BDTC in 2018.


Below is a thank you letter from Sheena Kennedy at Pets As Therapy for the £330 raised before BDTC sadly had to postpone all section activities due to Covid 19. We will be continueing to support this years charities Pets As Therapy and Battersea Dogs Home over the forthcoming year.


Below is a letter from Poppy Billinge (fundraising assistant) at Battersea for the £330 donation raised before the lockdown. We will continue to support both of this years charities over the forthcoming year.

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