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Re-homing process

Re-Homing Process

Your application will be looked at within 2-5 days. If you are a positive match with the dog you have applied for, we will contact you to make an appointment to do introductions. If you don’t hear anything within 7 days, it means you have not been selected. Your application will be kept on file until the dog is legally re-homed. Dogs will change to ‘reserved’ on the website when they have been matched and if they go home, they change to ‘fostered’. If this is not successful, they will change back to rehome a dog and your application will be considered again. We can’t contact every applicant directly due to the volume of applications.

Steps to rehoming 2021

  • Do some research on the breed, age and size to see what dog might best suit your lifestyle.
  • Decide on the dog that you are interested in re-homing.
  • Complete an Application form online or download an application form
  • Have an introduction with the dog to see how the dog responds to you and vice versa. Please understand that we deal mostly with stray dogs and the information we can give you will be limited.
  • Introductions to be done with any other pets, adults or children who will live at the home. We will look at your application and if we think you are a good match we will contact you to discuss the application in detail. If we are happy that you are a good match to the dog you have applied for we will invite you to come down to do introductions and if this is successful we will allow you to foster the dog for 2 weeks to be sure that this is going to work for you and the dog! We will have regular contact with you during this period and at the end of it we will re-home the dog to you permanently. If we don’t think you are a good match for the dog you have applied for or that dog has already been matched, we will recommend another dog if we feel we have one that is a good match with you.

Our decision making will be based on;

  • The application form
  • The outcome of introductory meetings
  • The outcome of introductions to other pets and children
  • What the needs of the particular dog are and how that matches with your circumstances
  • Vet references (medical history of your current or previous dog)
  • Written permission to have a dog at your property (if in rented property)
  • Home check (if required)
  • The dog’s behavioural assessment.
  • All home checks will be done via video call and photos for the foreseeable future.


From 1st April 2022 re-homing fees will range from £200 – £500 and puppies will be £260.

This fee includes first and second vaccinations, micro-chipping and initial flea and worm treatments.

We do not provide re-funds for dogs that are returned but we may allow another dog to be re-homed free of charge depending on the circumstances of the return.


All our dogs must be neutered, we are able to offer subsidised neutering of £175 for spay and £100 for a castrate.
We will explain the process for people who re-home dogs from us before the adoption takes place.

Staff at the dogs home

We will not re-home dogs to people who have been disqualified under the animal welfare act. We will not re-home dogs to people who live at properties where they are not allowed to keep pets.

Rescue dogs need time and patience. Most dogs will take a few weeks to settle in and sometimes it can take a couple of months. If your dog doesn’t settle in their new home, we would expect the new owner to contact the Dogs Home for further advice and assistance. If this is still unsuccessful then the dog may be returned, in order to find a more compatible alternative home.

Potential owners need to choose a dog in person. For those potential adopters who live in rented or tied accommodation, we ask that the landlord provides us with written permission for the tenant to keep an animal. If this is written into the tenancy agreement that will suffice as evidence.

We don’t re-home to adopters who may be moving abroad to a country not covered by the Pet Travel Scheme. We will not re home a dog to you if you are about to go through a significant life change or disruption, e.g., moving house, having a baby, going on holiday. You will be welcome to come back to us after any of the above.


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