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Our adoption process is straightforward, yet it demands genuine commitment. While we've designed it to be clear and transparent, the heart of adoption is your dedication to the journey and the life you're welcoming into your home. It's not just about procedures, but a heartfelt promise to provide a loving environment.
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Are You Ready?

Before you apply to adopt, please take into consideration the following questions.
  • Are all family members on board and ready to adopt?
  • Do you have the time and patience to commit to adoption?
  • If you have children, do they understand the change and have the patience to allow a new dog to settle in. We only rehome certain dogs to families with children taking into consideration the dogs temperament, personality and size.
  • Are your working arrangements able to accommodate a dog?
  • Is your property and garden secure? We require a minimum 5 ft fencing, sometimes higher depending on the dog of your choice.
  • Have you considered all additional costs that come with adopting? This includes, pet insurance, vet bills, dog trainers, boarding during holidays etc.
  • Do you have the space to allow for a safe space for a rescue dog? We highly recommend that you invest in an appropriately sized crate for your new dog and give it the space and time it needs to settle in properly.
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Are you confident?
If you can confidently say “Yes” to all of the above, please begin the application process by following the link. Once completed, a member of our rehoming team will be in touch with you.

We will need to see your home and garden to view all exits and entrances, heights of fences and any potential weak spots that you may need to adjust for the safety of the dog. Further references may be required from your previous vets or evidence of previously cared for animals.

Please note: We need to understand your family dynamic and lifestyle in order to match you accordingly with a prospective dog. We will of course consider what type of dog you have in mind in terms of size, age, breed type and sex.

Together we can consider all these factors and work as a team to match you with a dog that we believe to be a good match for you.
Have you considered that you will likely need a dog trainer?
Have you considered that it could be likely that you will need trainer help and support, which would be at your additional cost? Despite having dogs before, a rescue dog will likely need specific needs and therefore a trainer may need to be appointed. We can help you choose an appropriate trainer in your area or if local to us we do have two trainers available. Please note: not all trainers are the same as this field is not governed, we recommend that you request to see videos of dogs with the same issues being shown and addressed by your trainer of choice. Remember you are employing them to help and assist you with your dog, to gain the results you are requesting.

All dogs are different and will respond to different handlers, make sure you are happy with the progress of your results or you may have to change trainers. We do recommend ‘relationship-building trainers’ to be able to work with your dogs and show ‘you’ the skills needed to achieve the best from your dog.

If you are not happy, or your trainer does not handle your dog …Then change your trainer … remember you are employing them!


Donation fees do apply depending on the origin of dogs.


Starting from £450





Preparing for Adoption

All preparation will be thoroughly discussed before the adoption of your dog. Below is a basic list of items we strongly recommend getting prior to adoption to ensure you are prepared for the adoption process and the introduction of a new dog to your home.


What Next?

Once you have an arrival date or a date for collection we will be working with you very closely to discuss your new furry friend.
Dog Adoption Process
It’s all about taking it all very slow.

Setting up a safe space for your dog and allowing time and patience. We advise you to allow the dog to show you what it is comfortable with. Remember dogs will very easily guard what becomes valuable to them which is why we suggest not allowing them free access to your full house to begin with, not going on sofas and beds, minimal interaction with other dogs and children to allow this decompression time.

It is extremely important that you understand what decompression is and what trigger stacking is to understand how your dog will initially feel on arrival. Dogs sensory overload will be high and we advise and suggest you allow at least 3 days of quiet time. Indoor leads should be attached which gives you a management tool to move your dog away or off areas you don’t want them in or on, safely and calmly without having to grab them or their collars.

Leads should remain on whilst in gardens and no walking outside of the house is permitted for at least 3 days (Defra Requirement). Some dogs coming from a rescue situation may have never
been taken out on a walk and this would be seen as a pressure on them situation. Please adhere to the advice given regarding when to walk out and start with short walks without any introductions to other people or dogs, creating a positive experience for your dog slowly. Ensure all the recommended safety equipment is on your dog fitted correctly so the dog won't get loose if spooked. Walking may feel like the “normal” thing to do when getting a dog but for a rescue dog, this can be a frightening experience.

The Three Day Rule.

For the first few days we recommend you follow the advice set out below:

Slip lead straight on and can be used as an indoor lead.

Immediately offer water to drink after getting off transport.

Allow dogs to wander around the garden on a slip lead or long slip lead sniffing out an area to toilet. TRY NOT to overwhelm the dog with attention or affection at this point, remember you are a stranger at this stage.

Allow dogs to have a sniff around your home if they seem interested, some will prefer to go straight into their safe space which should be set up prior to arrival in a quiet part of the house away from the hustle and bustle. Allow them to rest and sleep undisturbed as usually these dogs are extremely tired from the journey.

Offer some food at a later time, this can be given in the crate to build up a positive association with the crate, the crate needs to be seen as a safe place where good things happen so this is something to be worked upon for the first few days. Think of it as the dog’s bedroom.

Do not to walk your dog for 3 days as per DEFRA requirements.


3 day rule
Keep it nice & quiet.

Concentrate on toileting and resting, allow the dog to observe you and start engaging with you using eye contact. Please do not flood the dog with loads of toys at this point, again remember this could all be new for them and potentially they could guard anything that is valuable to them. Control the play time and bring a toy out to see their reaction, play a little and return the toy away from reach.

Being of value to your dog is the start of a relationship, one that needs to be built up slowly. If you go too fast or expect too much too soon, you could provoke an undesirable reaction.

Please keep your children safe at this point, do not leave them unsupervised with the dog at this stage, please prepare your children to follow your instructions and do not allow children to jump around, lie on the dog etc. The dogs will be very unsure of this behaviour to begin with. You are all strangers to each other at this point.

Do not place the crate in a kitchen area due to the increased stimuli within this area i.e. food smells, food prep, counter surfing access.

Do not walk the dog too early.

This is not the most important thing at this stage. This will come slowly and will need a slow introduction to the outside world. Dogs must be kept on a lead in the garden at all times for the first week, you can use a longer lunge rein lead in the garden but please do not allow to be loose to begin with, dogs may try to escape and can clear high fences if in flight mode.

Please think of safety at all times.

When it is time to walk out, please ensure all the safety equipment previously discussed is applied and you start with a short walk around where you live so that the dog can start to build up a route back to its home. At this stage avoid other dogs and strangers walking up to the dog. Try to keep the walks short and a positive experience for them.

Remember, for some dogs, walking is a new experience and when you have placed them on a lead, they may feel vulnerable and nervous. Walking to heel is paramount to your training and this needs to be practised firstly at home to start the engagement with your dog.

All dogs should be taught to walk to heel, leaving you as the decision maker, not the dog.

You should walk your dog, the dog should not walk you.


send us a message

If you have any questions about adoption please send us an email, and one of our team members will get back to you.