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How to adopt or rehome a dog

It couldn't be easier to rehome or adopt a dog from us. Discover how you can find the dog that's right for you, and your family, in just five simple steps.

Step 1: Find a dog or puppy online

We have all kinds of dogs in our care, from puppies to seniors, miniature dogs to large, energetic dogs and a vast array of breeds from German shepherds to Labradoodles to dachshunds.

We have dogs who have been abandoned and dogs who have experienced cruelty - who have never known life in a loving, family home. Some may have been born in our care.

Either way, each of our dogs comes with a story and a personality ready-made!

Step 2: Complete a rehoming application form

Once you've found 'the one', print and fill out an application form. Contact the centre the dog you like is being rehomed from and arrange to visit them - taking your completed application form with you.

Staff or volunteers at the centre will discuss with you the information you've provided and the needs of the dog you've chosen. If they believe that both you and your chosen dog are a good match then they'll arrange for you to meet.

Step 3: Get to know your chosen dog

If everyone agrees the dog you've chosen is the right dog for you then it's time to get to know each other! 

It's best for everyone from the household to meet the dog to rule out allergies or other issues, so you may be asked to arrange a second visit at the centre.

Step 4: Home visit

One of our adoption support volunteers will visit your home to discuss your new dog with you, and give you tips on how to proceed. For example - leaving a t-shirt or blanket at the kennels gets them used to your smell, and gives them something familiar to travel home with.

Your home visitor will give you lots of tips on caring for your dog, including any adjustments to your lifestyle that will help you and your dog to settle into a safe, secure and happy life together. This could include information on preparing your home and garden, removing potential dangers, shopping or the right collar and lead, identification tags, food, bed and toys.

Step 5: Collect your new dog!

When everyone is happy that your chosen dog is the right dog for you, and that your home is suitable and ready for its newest addition, it's time to head back to the centre to have your new family member officially signed over!

You will receive our dog adoption booklet with lots of useful information to help get your new dog settled in.

Your new pooch will be microchipped, spayed/neutered and fully vaccinated, as well as have up-to-date flea and worming treatment. This is all included in the one-off adoption fee.

Each of our centres set their own adoption fees, which will vary between adult dogs and puppies under six months. Although we can't give away our dogs for free, your adoption fees cover a lot of veterinary expenses - such as microchipping and neutering - that would usually add up after buying a pet.

Settling in

Your new dog may be nervous while they get used to you and your home but be patient and don't worry if there are a few hiccups. Your local rehoming centre is on hand for any queries you may have. Plus you already have lots of helpful advice in your dog adoption booklet on ways to help your new pet settle in.

After a few weeks, we'll arrange for our adoption support volunteer to come and see how you are all getting on. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and get extra support if needed.

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