Llanelli Dogs Home was first opened on 1st April 1980 as there were no kennels able to care for and re-home the stray dogs in the area. Hundreds of dogs were being destroyed due to irresponsible owners coupled with a lack of facilities to care for them. From the outset we always adopted a "non-destruction policy", where no dog in good health and not a danger to the public would be destroyed, no matter how long it took to find him or her a good home. Starting with initially twelve kennels in a converted barn, we soon became one of the largest rehoming centres in the country, housing more than 70 dogs per week, accepting stray and unwanted pets from the whole of South Wales. Llanelli Dogs Home at our busiest time held up to 150 dogs all looking for new homes.
Encouraging responsible ownership and education became our policy as the area was completely overrun with unwanted, poorly cared for, unvaccinated dogs, which led to severe outbreaks of distemper and parvovirus throughout South Wales.