Fatcat salaries at Dogs Trust revealed as it rakes in more than £100 million a year

The charity Dogs Trust has seen its income swell by £8million in the last year to £106m.

So you might think that means it’s been caring for thousands more dogs.

Sadly not. In the same year, the number of dogs that it cared for rose by just 103.

Higher salaries and other staff costs gobbled up £4.8m of that extra income and the charity now has 18 members of staff on more than £60,000 a year. An extra two directors have been taken on, pushing the total pay of the executives from £930,000 to £1,090,000.

An extra £3m spent on fundraising campaigns swallowed most of the rest of that extra income.

Since 2009, Dogs Trust income has increased by 73% but the number of dogs it cares for has gone up by less than 10%.

At the other end of the charity spectrum there’s All Dogs Matter, based in Waltham Abbey, Essex.

No fatcat pay here – the highest salary is around £12,000 and its annual income is just £252,000.

Yet All Dogs Matter still managed to care for 430 dogs – and not just any dogs.

Most were Staffies, Lurchers and even the Japanese hunting dog Akita, all breeds that can be difficult to re-home.Put another way, it needed only £585 in donations to help a dog.

In contrast, Dogs Trust needed £6,415 per dog in its care.

The reason I mention all this is because it is Small Charity Week, which aims to highlight the great work by organisations that you may never hear about, often because they’re struggling in the shadow of charity behemoths.

“They often don’t have the resources, both physical and financial, to focus efforts on marketing and awareness raising activities,” says Pauline Broomhead, chief executive of the Foundation for Social Improvement, which is behind Small Charity Week.

Small charities, those with a turnover under £1million, account for 96% of all charities but they receive just 20% of donations.

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  1. Jayne
    Jayne 3 years ago

    Well done all the small rescues…money goes direct to helping the animals…I know so many of you struggle.

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      Sharon Ive 1 year ago

      We rescued a German Shepherd called Sasha from All Dogs Matter who was in Foster care at the time. If they are able dogs are fostered to avoid kenneling. We lost her in August and she is so missed. They are a wonderful charity truly dedicated to the welfare of the dogs that come in.

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    mistynsashasmum 3 years ago

    Hats off to all small animal rescues who some I personally know.

    Some that work tirelessly 7 days a week 365/366 days a year volunteering ….NO PAY…. and rely on people like us to help them care for their rescued animals

    They all deserve a medal

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    Stephen 3 years ago

    Wow! That’s a bit of an eye opener!
    The little guys need more support!

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    Wayne may 3 years ago

    WOW… our rescue dogs only cost on average £260.00 from rescuing to rehoming. I’m a bit shocked at these figures.
    Its my choice to run a charity, and a privilege to serve the community.
    I wouldn’t dream of taking a salary.

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      Lex C Burbury 1 year ago

      It is clear to me that you do indeed deserve one due to your ongoing involvement. Dogs can’t help themselves. God watches over them,, you find them homes.

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    nicky brooks 3 years ago

    not forgetting amazing dog lover organisations like our very own doglost.co.uk which i believe is manned entirely by volunteers and i dont think even topdog Jayne gets a salary.the site relies solely on donations from grateful dogowners

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      Linda kelly 1 year ago

      Once upon a time, I sponsored 2 dogs at Dogs Trust.
      When i started to support smaller charities instead, i stopped my DD and Dogs Trust didn’t even notice – that is how much they needed my support! Oh and not one word of ack owledgement for the years of support i gave to them.

      Got too big for their paws me thinks!! Taken over by greedy humans!!

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    Stephen 3 years ago

    Totally scandalous! But why should we be surprised given the curtain is now being pulled back on so many “charities” these days?

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    Jacques Coffier 1 year ago

    This seems to be true of a very large number of “so called” “charities”. We need, we need , we need, they say, but a large goes to the “fat cats” at the top.

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    Georgie 1 year ago

    I don’t support the ‘big boys’ anymore when I found out what was going
    out in salaries to those at the top. I only support the small charities

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    Margaret Gray 1 year ago

    All the money raised goes into our animals and there care but we do need to spend some to fundraise more, all of our time and effort is giving freely no wages here

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    Julie Deschamp 1 year ago

    This is disappointing, it’s a charity the greedy people running these charities need to remember they run a charity. Therefore, it’s about the dogs and carers. Makes me livid

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    Les Longstaff 1 year ago

    and the dogs at dogs trust probably aren’t looked after any better than a small rescue. When we rescued our Staffie X jess 10 years ago she was 10 weeks old. Dogs Trust gave her to us knowing she had Parvo. they must have known because the rest of the litter plus a few more puppies sharing a cage all died of it, and our Jess was very ill, something they assured us was kennel cough and rehoming stress. Jess almost died as well after only 3 days in our home. but Dogs Trust did do the decent thing by paying for her care which included a week at the vets on a drip. In order to raise the money needed you need the best people for the job and with Dogs Trust being a national charity you need to keep the money rolling in. You wont do that using volunteers, you need to attract top talent. To attract top talent you have to wages equivalent to that of business. Seems a lot when you work it out per dog though.

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      RODNEY ABEL 1 year ago

      From my own experience in the past, Dogs Trust use a third party company to sign up new donors to pay monthly to ‘adopt a dog’. These companies employ pushy salesman who usually target vulnerable members of the public and I have heard of wages over £3,000 per week being earned by these salesman.

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    Mona 1 year ago

    This should be fully investigated and rectified. It’s nothing short of scandalous

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    Jim Lindsay 1 year ago

    About time the big charity organisations gave to the smaller ones.

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    Pat Price 1 year ago

    I wonder, does the word “donations” include the money given when the dog is handed over to its new owner? It would be very interesting to find out.

    I approached Dogs Trust to adopt a dog. I was not fussy, I just wanted a medium sized, fairly active dog. My credentials, without wishing to blow my own trumpet, were impeccable (veterinary field and behaviour field). My local Dogs Trust took all my details and I went several times (because they like that 🙂 ) without finding a suitable dog there. I found the right dog at another charity. Dogs Trust never contacted me to offer me any of their new intake of dogs. I have found that they are very selective over their intake. They refuse to take dogs with behaviour (aggression) issues and tell people that they are “full”. They then accept a nice, small, friendly dog that would easily find a home without their help.

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    Tommi Townsend 1 year ago

    This is sadly true of all the larger so called ‘charities’. It’s the small charities/ rescues that do the majority of the work and usually they are all volunteers like West Yorkshire Animals In Need. It’s the smaller charities that need the funds not the larger ones.

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    Janine S 1 year ago

    So they invested £4.8million in people to gain an extra £8million.
    How is this wasting money?

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      jayne 1 year ago

      Thank you for your feedback …A very relevant point! will put something on site later…

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    Chris Clark 1 year ago

    It’s shocking,And something needs to be done, our rescue is run by unpaid dedicated volunteers and all our donations go on our dogs,

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    Mary Joe Moloney 1 year ago

    I think it is a shame that people expect animal welfare workers and childcare workers to live on no money or minimum wage. As a volunteer cat fosterer for over 200 cats in the last 5 years and an animal worker much of my life both voluntary and paid , I think workers should earn enough to get a mortgage and raise children. It doesn’t mean they are less sincere! Dogs Trust have a system where they pay vet bills for life for adopted senior dogs over 8 years old. They also have a system where you can sign up to have a dog taken in by them if you are elderly or sick and can’t care for them any more. Your post is destructive and undermining. You should be focussing on puppy farms and cruelty and neglect rather than this rivalry! Shame!

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      jayne 1 year ago

      Thank you for your feedback …A very relevant point! will put something on site later…

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    Rena 1 year ago

    I stopped giving donations to Dogs Trust a few years ago.
    I know of 2 couples who had telephone interviews, NO HOME CHECK. Then given a dog. First time they met the dog, was when they went to collect. The couples could have been anybody.

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    jayne 1 year ago

    Gosh…What can I say? This post was put up 2 years ago… as I have been running a blog to let people know what is in the news about dogs…It originally came from the Daily Mirror…So legitimate to share! However probably not on their search engines anymore? Yesterdays news?

    So you all come together with your view points…This is the way forward!

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    Caroline 1 year ago

    I am shocked to find this attitude on a dog blog “look how amazing I am and what I’ve done and how shi* everyone else is” call yourself dog lovers?
    A charity comes up with a way of raising genuine funds, of caring for dogs, of running campaigns for the welfare of dogs and their companions, of means to educate and attract the best people for the job and all you can do is berate them? A lot of the posts above are lies, to pick one; no dog ever went to a home with one phone call, that’s actually verging on slander.
    And why is their turnover of dogs so low? Because they’ll only give to the right people and they’ll not put a healthy dog down.
    I am disgusted at the comments and at the lack of foresight and expectation that everyone should volunteer. Would you expect qualified NHS staff to volunteer? Would hospitals run on good will? I’ve seen the dedication of the workers there, and it isn’t the money that drives that, it’s their love for dogs. How do you expect them to feed their families? Lucky you if you can afford to volunteer, and genuine kudos, but don’t use the amazing thing you do to put down those who can’t.
    This is a well set up and loving charity and it saved my beautiful dog’s life, I will be eternally grateful to them. Thank you Dogs Trust!
    Blog poster don’t bother posting a reply to this later, I will never visit this page again, I have no interest in jealousy, hatred and misrepresentation, only to love and good will of animals. Terrible.

    1. Will Bennett
      Will Bennett 1 year ago

      On behalf of the team at DogLost, all news we share is from legitimate sources. This is a story from the Daily Mirror, and is not about hatred, just shedding the light on what really goes on behind closed doors. Kind regards, Will.

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    Godfrey 1 year ago

    Well, this is no surprise. I volunteered with a charity for 18 years, no pay and paying my own expenses/travelling to and from places like Argentina, New Zealand and central Pacific and there was a sudden need for £1million pounds in a week with the CEO on £100k and others £80k plus. Things did not add up.

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    Sue 1 year ago

    60,000 for a Dogs Trust executive! That’s more than double the salary for a teacher, a midwife, a social worker and many more in the caring professions. Doesn’t say much about our priorities!

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    Tony Griffiths 5 months ago

    I always check the salaries of officials before donating to a charity. Anything over £35,000 and it’s a no-go.

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