About Us

Scottish Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue (SSBTR) is a registered Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation. We have no paid staff and are an entirely voluntary organisation. We are fully dependant on donations and fundraising efforts. SSBTR is a member of the Association of Dog and Cat Homes (ADCH)

Originally set up in England 1971 by Mr Vic Pounds, a branch was later opened in Glasgow in the following year by Mrs Joanna Mason. The Scottish Rescue as it is today was started in 1973 by Kay Carmichael (now the Dowager Duchess of Hamilton).

We are very proud to have the Dowager Duchess of Hamilton, as our Patron – she is the very reason the rescue exists and maintains this link with the rescue after decades of helping staffies.

The Rescue operates all over Scotland. Individual members of the Committee each take a share in the workload. They are supported by a number of volunteers.

Our Committee:


We are always looking for volunteers to assist us finding dogs their homes. That means we look for people to home check, transport and assess dogs as well as tasks such as fundraising.  Please note, we do not have kennels so we do not look for dog walkers, except in certain circumstances.

If you think you can help, please use the button below with the header “Volunteers”.


As a charity, we need members in order to operate a fair and transparent rescue.  Membership is free but we do ask for a wee bit of time for meetings and our Annual General Meeting. We are very keen to get more members on board. If you are interested, please use the button below with the subject header ‘Membership’.

The Rescue relies entirely on voluntary donations and undertakes a number of fundraising activities each year.