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Flatcoated Retriever Society Rescue Rehoming & Welfare Scheme Information

Our Objective

This Scheme was set up in 1988. The Objectives of the Scheme are to place in loving, caring homes, Flatcoated Retrievers who, due to unfortunate circumstances, require rehoming and to assist where possible with welfare matters concerning Flatcoated Retrievers.

The Scheme will assist any Flatcoated Retriever and its owner/breeder in confidence, whether or not they are a member of the Flatcoated Retriever Society.  

The scheme operates on its own merit and is self supporting through fund-raising and donations. Our Code of Practice also allows for funds to be donated for worthwhile canine causes that benefit the welfare of Flatcoated Retrievers.

For information on how to make a donation towards the worthwhile work that the Flatcoated Retriever Society Rescue carries out, please contact the Rescue Treasurer Heather Harley on [email protected] or 01789 400501

For all Rehoming enquiries please contact the Schemes Rescue Secretary/co-ordinator Jan Egginton. , Tel: 07780 798461

How the Scheme Operates


The Scheme, although part of the Flatcoated Retriever Society operates on its own merit and is self supporting through fundraising and donations.

Breed rescue and health are two of the most important aspects of any breed club and we are proud to be in association with not only the Society but also The Northern England Flatcoated Retriever Association, The Flatcoated Retriever Club of Scotland and The Southern Flatcoated Retriever Club.

The Scheme operates through a National Co-ordinator with Area Representatives throughout England, Scotland, Wales, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Annual registrations for Flatcoats average around 1400 per year and the number of dogs we rehome varies between 35 to 45 a year although we have some years rehomed over 60.

In the main Flatcoated Retrievers are rehoused for very genuine reasons; Owners ill health, death, divorce and associated problems with the dogs such as over boisterousness. However not all of the cases we deal with are what you might call genuine. In the past we have taken Flatcoats from commercial breeders whose dogs usefulness have come to an end, dogs with some of the worst neglect you could imagine in a Flatcoat and puppies for want of a better word ‘miss sold’. Some of these dogs had to undergo long periods of rehabilitation and in some cases extensive veterinary treatment to get them to the stage where they could be successfully rehomed.

Our policy on rehoming when two dogs from the same family need to be rehoused is to home them together unless there is a good reason to separate them even if one of the dogs is not a Flatcoat. This can sometimes be a problem finding a suitable home but the benefit for the dogs is usually worth the extra effort.

The scheme normally rehouses dogs in one of two ways either assisted rehoming when a dog is rehoused directly from one home to another, this very much depends on the owners circumstances and that of the dog, or the dog will come directly into the Scheme. All new homes are assessed for their suitability.

The scheme is very well supported by our own fundraising and donations which not only funds rehoming expenses but also gives us the opportunity to divert spare funds  if available to welfare cases, these have to be carefully assessed and must benefit the Flatcoated retriever. We are also able to donate funds for worthwhile canine purposes that benefit the welfare of Flatcoated Retrievers. In the past we have donated to:

The Langford Trust, Bristol University Veterinary School towards Throscopy Equipment.

The Queens Veterinary School Hospital, Cambridge to purchase computer software to study Flatcoat Pedigrees (Flatcoated Retriever Tumour Survey)

The University of Glasgow Veterinary
 School for the Purchase of a Tonometer used in the diagnosis of Glaucoma.

 to purchase a digital camera to connect to their Oncology department microscope for the study of tumours.

 to purchase a freezer to store Flatcoat blood and DNA samples. A fund was set up to help finance a Genome Scan and medical research for Flatcoats. This fund now stands at £6,000.

The Royal Veterinary Collage
to help cover the cost of a Heart By-pass operation on a young Flatcoat.

 appeal to help purchase a Endoscopic Cyvlophotocoagulation (ECP) to help in the treatment of Glaucoma.