How to apply to adopt

Thank you for your interest in adopting one of our lovely rescue dogs and puppies.  The majority of our dogs live with foster carers (rather than in kennels).  This allows us to really get to know them and understand what type of home they need to enable them, and their new owners, to live happily together, for years to come.

This means that we do not re-home on a first come first served basis, instead we take time to assess all applications and find the best match possible.  Each dog’s profile on our website outlines their ideal home.  Please take time to read these carefully to make sure you are a great match for each other before applying.  

When you’ve found your ideal new family member, click on the ‘Apply to Adopt Me’ button on their page to find out more about the adoption process and, of course, to apply to adopt him or her.

Please note:  If there is no ‘Apply to Adopt Me’ button on your chosen dog’s profile this means that they are not currently available for adoption.  Although it may be tempting to try to complete an application (or contact us direct to express an interest), please be aware that we can only accept and assess applications for available dogs made on their own Adopt button.   

What happens next?

We assess and shortlist all applications against the specific needs of the dog applied for.

We then contact shortlisted applicants by email/telephone to talk in more detail about

  • their chosen dog,
  • the home being offered,
  • the minimum adoption donation required (this contributes to but rarely covers our costs in relation to caring for and re-homing the dog).

This also gives shortlisted applicants the opportunity to ask any questions they may have and confirm that they want their application to continue to the next stage.  Please note; as our dogs are fostered in private homes it is not possible to arrange for you to meet the dog unless you are the successful applicant.

Our trustees then make a final decision about which applicant is offering the best possible home.  If that is you, we will contact you to arrange a home check.  If this is passed, we will send you a copy of our legally binding adoption contract and make arrangements for you to meet your new dog and hopefully re-home her or him.

The time limit on the above process will vary from dog to dog.  We know how excited you will be to welcome your chosen dog home but if like us, you love dogs, we know you’ll agree that finding the right new companion will be worth the wait!