Adopting a rescue dog is, in our opinion, one of the very best things in the world – however, it requires hard work, dedication, and patience. Before you adopt there are some questions we think you should ask yourself.
Are you ready to adopt a dog?
- Are you ready to adopt a dog?
- Are you allowed to have pets? (We require proof of permission)
- Do you have sufficient time to give the dog the exercise it needs Can you afford to feed a dog good quality food twice a day?
- Can you afford unexpected vet bills which can run into 4 figures, if not, can you afford pet insurance (we are a PDSA insurance affiliate, click here for a quote)?
- Can you afford to purchase all the essentials? (Crate, bed, bowls, lead, long lead, slip lead, collar, harness, toys, treats etc.)
- Where will the dog stay when you are on holiday?
- What will you do if you need to go into hospital?
- Are you home enough? If not, can you change your lifestyle?
- Have you selected a vet?
- How would you get to the vet in an emergency?
- Can you access car transport if you don’t drive at very short notice?
- Do you have the patience for training? Even if you’re not adopting a puppy, all rescue dogs need lots of patience and lots of training.
- Do you have a balcony? If so, can you secure it?
- Have you got a garden? Is it secured with fencing over 5 feet in good condition?
If you’re interested in adopting with us, the first step is to fill in our application form. Once complete, a member of the team will be in touch with you within a few days to guide you through the process.
What happens next?
Once your application is in, we will send our information pack which will tell you everything you need to know about adopting with us. Please make sure you read it before your homecheck, its full of useful information about what we look for in a home for our dogs. Your admin will guide you through the process and help match you to a dog if you have not yet seen one you’d like to adopt. Meanwhile, one of our home checkers will get in touch to arrange your appointment.
NOTE: Some dogs have additional needs and therefore can only be homed in certain environments. Your admin will help you find your perfect match and give you as much information as possible.
Who can adopt?
Almost anyone can adopt! Our prerequisites are below:
- You must be over the age of 18
- Someone in the household must be fit, willing and able to give the dog adequate exercise
- There must not be any dogs that are covered by the Dangerous Dogs Act in the house
- There must not be foster dogs from another rescue in the house
- We cannot place dogs in households where dogs are being privately sold
- You must have landlord permission to have another/a dog
- You must not have been prosecuted for any animal cruelty or neglect
If you are ready to adopt, head over to our application form to start the process.
Choosing a Dog
We believe there is a suitable home for every dog. To help us match the perfect dog to their perfect home, we have an extensive application questionnaire and a very detailed home check process – please don’t be alarmed by this. The more information we have, the easier it is to support you and find your new family member. Sometimes, we will discourage you from reserving a dog that we feel is not the right fit for your family, if this is the case, we will explain why and support you in finding a better-suited dog.
Preparing to Adopt
Your Shopping List
Once you have decided you are ready to adopt, you will suddenly be faced with the challenge of trying to prepare yourself, your house and your cupboards! We have put together a full-length article listing all the things you need and why. This can be found in the Useful Information area of our site. Below is a short version of that list:
- Slip Lead
- ID Tag
- Bed or bedding
- Longline (not an extendable lead)
- Collar and/or harness (best bought after the dog has arrived for sizing)
- Food and water bowls
- Dog food (Harringtons dry and/or Chappie wet are recommended)
- Poo bags
- Grooming tools (eg. brush, dry or normal shampoo, pet wipes)
We now also have starter packs full of the essentials in our online store.
It is important that everyone in the family is not only on board with the adoption, but also that they have realistic expectations of what is to come. Adopting a rescue dog is a wonderful experience, however, only if you put in the time and dedication needed to help your new family member to settle. It is best to give your dog about 48hrs to settle before you start training – although you can start using keywords you want them to learn straight away, for example, tell them ‘sit’ and reward them when they’re sitting, or tell them ‘weewees’ whilst they are toileting so they start to learn your language.
Further Support and Information
Our team are always on hand to help you bond with your new family member so please reach out if you need advice, support or even just a friendly ear. You can also check out our useful information section of the website where there are sheets on many common challenges.