Rehoming A Dog

This is a massive commitment of both time and money and certainly should not be undertaken lightly. Our animals give us so much and we owe it to them to make sure we are in a position to be able to provide what they need for life.

Rehoming Process

If you have seen a dog that interests you then please call the Shelter on 0191 4875858 or email [email protected]

We will ask you about your family and circumstances to see if we think you may be a good match. If your situation seems compatible with your chosen dog, we will then invite you up to the Shelter to meet them. This will be strictly by appointment and we ask that no-one travels to the Shelter without having made an appointment.

We will talk to you again on arrival and, after taking some proof of identification, we will let you walk the dog so you can start the process of getting to know each other. We will ask you to repeat this several times so the dog becomes familiar with you and everyone living in your home. Adopting a dog is a huge commitment and we have to be sure that this is right for all concerned and this will hopefully make the transition far less stressful all round, if the dog does eventually go home with you.

We will ask you to complete our re-homing questionnaire and provide photographs of all your garden/yard boundaries – walls/fences/gates. In non-COVID times checking the security of your garden would be part of our home check procedure. It is our policy that all potential adopters must have a private enclosed space for their new dog.

Once you are totally committed to your potential dog we will let you take the dog home for the day. This gives you a chance to see how the dog reacts in your home environment and gives you the opportunity to spend quality time away from the kennels.

If all goes well the adoption process can begin. We usually suggest a trial period of 7 days just to be sure that the dog is going to fit with you and your family – after which a return visit is required to complete the necessary paperwork.

Our dog adoption fee is £250. They will all be neutered, vaccinated, micro-chipped, wormed and de-flead.

We encourage all of our ‘adopters’ to keep in contact and let us know how the dogs are settling. We enjoy hearing all about the happy endings

Black and white collie dog