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Our dog rehoming process

You’re just a few steps away from giving a rescue dog a second chance at a happy life! All you need to know about our rehoming process and the steps you need to take can be found here.

Please note that all rehoming of dogs is by appointment. Please apply via our website and our rehoming team will get back to you if your application is successful.

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How to apply for a dog

The first step to meeting your new best friend is to have a look at the dogs currently looking for new homes on our website. If you think any are right for you, simply click on the green ‘Apply to rehome me’ button on the dog’s page and complete our rehoming questionnaire.

Once we’ve received your application and have all your details, our kennel team will get back to you if you and the dog in question are a suitable match.

You will then be invited to come in and meet your potential new dog for a series of walks around our local area before making your final decision. At this time the dog would be introduced to your family members, including children and any other dogs in your home. Finally you will be asked to come in for an assessment interview before taking your new best friend home with you!

Please be aware that we often have a huge number of applications for each dog, and if you don’t hear back from us following your application, it isn’t because you don’t have a lovely home for a dog. It’s simply because of the sheer number of applications we get and because our kennel team is so busy taking care of the dogs we don’t have the time to reply to everyone.

Don’t see the dog you’re looking for?

If you are looking for a specific type or breed of dog and don’t see a suitable dog on our website, you can always register by filling out a general application form. To do this, simply go to any dog’s page on our website, click the green “Apply to rehome me” button and fill out the form, but state on your form that it’s a general application and say what you are looking for. Then should a suitable dog become available, our team will contact you. We keep general applications on file for 3 months, after which time you would need to re-apply if you have not heard from us.

Visiting the rescue centre

For welfare reasons, our kennels are no longer open for general public viewing. You can read more about the reasons for this here.

Access to the kennels is by appointment only, following a successful application for a dog.

Rehoming dogs with children

Every dog reacts differently to children so it’s vital that we assess each match on an individual basis. This is to ensure the best, and safest, possible relationship between the dog and the children.

Where possible, we will say if a dog can potentially be rehomed with children, however this may depend on the child’s age and whether they have lived with dogs before as well as the individual dog’s character.

Once you’ve enquired about a specific dog, we can talk through all of their needs and how children fit into this.

Adoption fees

Our adoption fees for dogs are as follows:

Dogs 6 months and older: £300

Puppies under 6 months of age: £475

We reserve the right to increase our adoption fee appropriately depending upon the breed of the dog.

When you rehome from Animals in Distress, you will take home a dog who has been fully assessed by our expert animal welfare staff as well as our veterinary surgeon.

Every dog at the rescue centre is:
  • Vaccinated, microchipped and neutered
  • Given worming and flea treatments
  • Examined by a vet and given any necessary treatments
  • Given a training plan where appropriate, designed to meet their specific needs

Each dog goes to its new home with a free Pet Remedy Starter Pack.