Dog Rehoming Information

You will meet your potential new companion with a member of our team.

We will request that there are further meets and greets with all family members and any other dogs in the household.

A home check will be necessary and one of the team will need access to your house and garden; arrangements to do this will be made with you.

All successful adopters will be asked to pay an adoption fee which covers veterinary costs, microchip and licensing.

You will need to bring a lead and collar/harness on the day of adoption.

All our processes are in place to ensure your dog gets the best home possible and that everyone is ready for the responsibility pet ownerships requires.

We offer the following rehoming advice in order that your new dog gets the best start in their new home:

  1. Start with the routine you mean to continue with – this gives the dog confidence which is vital in the early stages of rehoming.
  2. Ease the dog gently into family life with very little stimulation in the first few days.
  3. Restrict visitors to the home in the first few days.
  4. Be aware of anything that might frighten or worry the dog and try to desensitise the dog in a calm and patient manner.
  5. One of the most common issues we see in relation to adopted dogs is reactivity towards other dogs. Keeping this in mind you should consider when and where you exercise your dog; we advocate they are walked in a quiet area where there are less stressors, for example a high number of other dogs, people and traffic.
  6. Dogs need time to adjust to their new surroundings and decompress from sanctuary life. To assist with this, we recommend you consider introducing enrichment activities such as filled kongs, snuffle mats/boxes and slow feeders. The dogs would have had experience of these while resident in the Sanctuary so continuing with familiar activities can be useful in helping the dog to settle.
  7. Adopters often think that a trip to the groomers or a bath is a pamper session for the dog, however, this is a stressful event for the dog. It is advised that the dog be allowed to settle into the home before any attempt to bath or groom takes place.

Should the dog require any grooming every attempt will be made to do this in the Sanctuary before the dog is adopted so that a trip to a groomer is not required for some time following adoption.

Our staff are happy and here to offer advice and all new adopters have the opportunity to attend our socialisation event hosted by our behaviourist.  This gives the opportunity to address any issues or concerns you may have about your new dog – our aim is to ensure our dogs have found their forever home.

Please feel free to contact us on 028 9446 3993 or email should you have any concerns.



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