Adopt a Dog
Here is a selection of our dogs that are available for rehoming, but we have many more to choose from. If you see an animal that you think you might like to adopt, your next step will be to visit us. Our staff will be pleased to meet you and help you with information and advice about any of our dogs.
Please bear in mind that although this gallery is updated on a regular basis, you will need to check that the animal you are interested in is still available when you visit us.
Adoption of Dogs
You can see a selection of our dogs that are available for adoption on this site and get some basic information about them. You may also see a ‘home profile’ where we outline the kind of home that would be suitable for that dog, e.g. older children only, no other animals etc. In these cases they are not merely recommendation as it is important for us to ensure that we do not put dogs into homes that are inappropriate and also that you get the dog that is right for you.
STEP 2 – VISIT THE SANCTUARY AND TAKE THE DOG FOR A WALK
If you see a dog that you think you might like to adopt, your next step will be to visit us any day between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The dog staff will be pleased to meet you and help you with advice and information about the dogs. At this stage we recommend that you book in for a training class so you can take the dog for a walk and get to know each other. The class is a simple instructive session for correct use of the lead and handling of the dog and also ensures consistency with the training we give all our dogs here at Bleakholt. Please note that dog walking is only possible between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
This site is kept as up to date as possible, but you will need to check that the dog has not yet been reserved when you visit the sanctuary.
There are a few situations that would cause us to decline the offer of a new home for one of our dogs and these are:
we do not re-home rescue animals to homes with children under five years old
we do not re-home young dogs to homes where they will be left alone for over four hours or five and a half hours for a dog who is four years old or more
we do not re-home rescue dogs to homes that do not have a secure garden or yard
STEP 3 – RESERVE THE DOG
Once you have decided that you have found a dog that will be right for you you should ask the dog staff to reserve the dog for you. After asking you a series of questions relevant to the care of the dog they will fill out an adoption application that will be passed to the home visitor for your area.
We do also recommend that you do a training class with the dog before you take him/her home.
STEP 4 – THE HOME VISIT
The home visitor will phone you to make an appointment to visit you at a mutually convenient time. After discussing the matter with you the home visitor will almost certainly give us a ring and tell us that it is a great home for one of our friends and that we can proceed. Please note that occasionally we may have to decline an offer of a new home for one of our animals. We do not do this lightly or without good cause. The home visitor’s decision is final and cannot be appealed to the sanctuary management.
STEP 5 – THE FINAL VET CHECK
After receiving the call from your home visitor we will determine when you want to collect the dog and arrange for the dog to be seen by our vet on the day prior to collection, or the following morning. Assuming the vet is happy you will then be able to collect your new best friend.
STEP 6 – COLLECT YOUR DOG
You can then collect your dog any time between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. You should allow time for the adoption process which usually takes about 30 minutes. If you wish to collect your dog on a Saturday or Sunday you will need to arrange an appointment with reception as weekends are our busiest time and we do not want the adoption process to be rushed.
Before they leave us, all our dogs are de-flead, wormed, vaccinated, neutered and microchipped. If the dog is less than six months old it will not yet have been neutered and will come back to us at six months of age, or we will issue a voucher for the procedure to be done at Vets4Pets in Bury who are the Bleakholt vets. The neutering is not discretionary as all our animals are neutered before adoption.
The donation that we currently ask for is £95, or £120 for a pedigree dog.
We include 28 days free pet insurance from PetPlan with an adoption.
We recommend the ‘Vacs for Life’ plan from Vets4Pets. This costs just £99 and covers your dog’s vaccinations for life.
If you need any further information you may find it in the FAQ’s on this site otherwise you may phone between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day on 01706 822577 or visit during these times.