STEP 1 – REVIEW THE DOGS ON THIS SITE 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. We always recommend that you take a dog you like for a walk so please bring address ID with you so you can register with us. 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 could 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 – EXPRESSION OF INTEREST /RESERVING THE DOG
Once you have decided that you have found a dog that may be right for you, a member of the Dog Staff will ask you a series of questions relevant to the care of the dog. Dogs that are new arrivals are under assessment for seven days and during this time expressions of interest may be made. Once the dog has completed the assessment days, the home that matches best with the dogs needs may be selected and a reservation placed on the dog. Dogs that have been at the rescue for longer than seven days will be reserved for you once an adoption application is completed and if the dog is suitable to your circumstances. The application will then be passed to the home visitor for your area.
STEP 4 – THE HOME VISIT
The home visitor will phone you to make an appointment to visit you at a mutually convenient time. Should the home visit be successful the home visitor will contact the Sanctuary to let us know. 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 CHECK
After receiving the call from your home visitor we will determine when you want to collect the dog. The dog will have had a vet check during their stay with us and if this is not recent they will be checked again. 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.
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 adoption donation is £150. We do offer a discount if adopting an older dog, or if you adopt two doggy pals at the same time.
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.
This young lady is Lady, she is a 4 year old staffy, she arrived at bleakholt via a vets when she was handed in by her owner, the children in the home had been teasing her and she is now nervous around young children. We are looking for home that is calm and quite, we are looking for a family with older children 13yrs + or even adult only home.
We don’t have much history on Lady so we don’t know what she is like with other animals, so we would be looking for a pet free home, if you think Lady could be the girl for you please speak to the dog staff.
This is Megan, she is a 5 year old Chocolate Lab, she came in with her best friend Maggie, we are hoping to re-home them together.
Megan is a typical Lab, full of energy and full of fun, she has lived with children, so we are happy to re-home her to a family with children aged 7 years+ this is due to the size and the boisterousness of Megan. She is good with other dogs and has lived with a cat, but she does bark at any other cats that come near her home, she will pull on the lead and could do with some training. If you think you could be the forever home for Megan and Maggie please speak to the dog staff.
This is Maggie, she is a 6 year old Lab/Spaniel, she came to Bleakholt with her best friend Megan, we are hoping to re-home them together.
Maggie is a boisterous girl with plenty of energy and is full of fun, she is good with other dogs and has lived with a cat, but this does not always mean she would be good with all cats. She has lived with children so we are happy for her to go to a family home, with children aged 7years + due to her size and her being boisterous, she like Megan will need some training, both girls would make a wonderful addition to any family.
If you think you could offer both girls a loving forever home please speak to the dog staff.
This pretty young lady is Bella, she is an 11 month old Bulldog, she came to us because her owner found she didn’t have the time Bella needed.
Bella has been around children, so we are happy re-home her to a family with children aged10 yrs+, Bella can be very excitable at times and loves attention, she has lived with a cat but that doesn’t guarantee that she would be good with all cats, she is very friendly with dogs and loves to play with them, we are happy for her to live with another dog.
Bella is crate trained as if left for too long she will have a chew.
If you think Bella could be the girl for you please speak to the dog staff about placing an expression of interest on Bella.
This is Oscar, he is a 7 year old Shih-Tzu, he is a typical Shih-Tzu that like his owner way.
Oscar went out to a home but sadly was returned to us after he nipped, we have since found out that he has a limp and is waiting to go for x-rays to see what is the problem and could he have nipped because he was in pain. If you think Oscar could be the little man for you please speak to a staff member
This young lady is Jess, she is a 2 year old EBT, she came to us when her owners new job meant she was out of the house for long periods of the day and Jess was being on her own most of the time.
Jess is a fun loving girl that does enjoy having cuddles, she has been around children, so we are happy to re-home her with children aged 13yrs +, Jess would be better suited to a home that has had EBT experience.
Jess is unsure of big dogs, but she doesn’t like small dogs, she hasn’t been around cats, so a pet free home would be better for Jess, if you think you could be the family for Jess we are taking Expressions of Interest on her, so you will need to speak to a member of the dog staff.
Rex is a 2 year old Staffy, he is a loving boy but also very full on, he will need a experienced staffy owner.
Rex is not good with other animals so we are looking for a pet free home, due to his behaviour we want a home that is adult only or older teenagers. Rex will need some training, he is very energetic. If you think you could have the time for this young man please speak to the dog staff.
Alex is a beautiful four year old light brindle greyhound who came to Bleakholt as a retired racer. He is a sweet boy but is a little anxious. He walks well on lead but is quite strong. Alex is a little unsure of other dogs but may be suited to a home with a calm dog of similar size. He does have a favourite toy which is a rugby ball which he loves so will be a must to take with him in a new home. Coming from a kennels back ground he may need help with house training. We would advise against a home with small furries. Being an ex racer Alex would need to be muzzled if allowed off lead.
Champ is a beautiful three and a half year old black greyhound who came to Bleakholt as a retired racer. He is a very friendly and bouncy boy who likes his food! He walks well on lead and can be homed with compatible dogs of a medium and upwards size. Coming from a kennels back ground he may need help with house training. We would advise against a home with small furries. Being an ex racer Champ would need to be muzzled if allowed off lead.
Prince is a beautiful six and a half year old black Greyhound who came to Bleakholt as a retired racer. He is a very friendly and bouncy boy who is looking for a new home where he gets his daily walks but also a couch for him to relax on. He walks well on lead and can be homed with compatible dogs of a medium and upwards size. Coming from a kennels back ground he may need help with house training, but has lived indoors at times. We would advise against a home with small furries. Being an ex racer Prince would need to be muzzled if allowed off lead.
Roxy is a beautiful nine year old white female Staffie who came to Bleakholt with her buddy Taz as they were being left for too long on their own. They would love a new home where they can stay together as they are very bonded. They have both been around children and would be happy in a family home with slightly older children, they are very used to visiting children of a variety of ages though. Roxy does not like other dogs so they are looking for a pet free home. They really are such a loving pair and will make fantastic pets.
Lottie is a two and a half year old American bull dog who is a loving, bouncy and friendly girl. She came to Bleakholt through no fault of her own and is looking for a new home with owners that have either experience of American Bulldogs or large breeds. Lottie has come from a home with other animals, but we feel she would be better being the only pet in the home. Although she has lived with dogs she can be funny with some dogs when on lead. Lottie has been around a child but is very bouncy so would be suited to a home with teenagers. A great girl who will strive in a loving home where she gets lots of exercise.
Ozzy is a gorgeous eight year old Staffie cross JRT who sadly joined us at Bleakholt as his owner passed away. Ozzy would really suit a quiet home where there is someone around a lot as he is not used to being on his own for very long. He has no experience around children so is looking for the quiet life. We are advised Ozzy does not like other dogs and really does not like cats so he would need to be the only pet. He is a playful little guy who loves lots of attention and will make an amazing companion.
This gorgeous girl is Bailey she is a 8 year old GSD, she is the loving girl with people, she doesn’t like other animals, she was bitten when she was a puppy and now she is nervous. We are looking for a active family with teenagers as Bailey has never lived with children, she is very active for her age, she will play ball all day if you will let her, she can pull on the lead sometimes. Bailey just needs a loving understanding home, if that could be you please speak to a member of the dog staff.
Opie is a gorgeous three year old Husky who came to Bleakholt through no fault of his own. He is very typical of the breed in that he needs very high exercise and must be kept on lead at all times, he is also an escape artist so will need a secure garden of at least six foot. Opie has lived with other dogs but his owner was unsure how he would find living in a new home with other dogs. Opie is looking for a new home with experience of the breed.
Oscar is a Shih-Tzu, we think he is around 6 years old, he came to us as a stray.
Oscar is a sweet boy once he gets to know you, before that he can be a bit snappy, he has a big attitude in a small body.
He is ok to walk with most dogs but we don’t know about living with them, we have no idea about cats.
We are looking for an adult only home for Oscar, as we don’t think he would cope with children or teenagers and all the comings and goings that happens in a family home, he would make an ideal pet for a retired couple or single person.
If you think you could offer him his forever home please speak to the dog staff.
This is Taz, she is a 7 year old Patterdale, she came to us after a man had only had her a week, he was an older gentleman and he found her to energetic for him. She will bark at other dogs as she goes past them, she can’t go with cats or other small furries (ie rabbits, guinea pigs). She is very sweet and loving with people, but as we don’t have any history on her we are looking for a home with older children (10+)
If you think you could offer this girl a loving forever home please speak to the dog staff.
Theo is a five year old (approx.) Mastiff who came to Bleakholt through no fault of his own. Theo has had a very poor life prior to coming to us and had been passed around from home to home even spending some of his life on a chain. Despite this he is a super friendly boy who does not realise his size. He has lived with children but we would be looking for a home with older children only due to his size. We are looking for a new home where he has a big garden to run around in and gets the love and care he deserves. He is a big lad and a tad strong on lead so someone used to big breeds would be ideal.
Kylo-Kai is a three year old American Bulldog cross Staffie. He was returned to Bleakholt as he was showing issues with the lights in the home. He has shown no issues since being back at Bleakholt and in staff members homes. Kylo is looking for a home experienced in large breeds and willing to do further training is a must. Kylo is very strong on lead but does walk better on a halti. Kylo is still only a juvenile and is very impressionable. He has a very playful side and is very much a water baby. Kylo is looking for a new home with adults only who have time to input and train him further. In particular he needs to learn not to jump up and further lead training. He is housetrained and doesn’t chew in the house, although does chew odd things in the garden. Kylo will require a good settling in period where he gets lots of exercise to use up his energy.
Takuma is a beautiful four year old Japanese Akita who joined us at Bleakholt as sadly his owner passed away. He is a big lad and we are looking for a new home that has had experience of the breed. Takuma is looking for an adult only home without any children. He can occasionally take a dislike to certain bill He doesn’t show much interest in other dogs but is used to live living alone. Takuma is a great boy who loves his walks but prefers sniffing even more. He will need lengthy daily walks to keep him happy.
Ruben is a staffy cross, he was returned to us after he nipped a couple of the family members, Ruben is a very nervous boy that can’t handle a busy home, we are looking for a home that is quite and has not got a lot of people coming and going.
He would be better suited to an experienced staffy couple or single person, he is a sweet boy, he needs a understanding home that can put the time in and has got the patience to help him. If you think you could be that person please speak to the dog staff.
Boxer is a very sweet two and a half year old staffy, he is very energetic, sweet boy, he came to Bleakholt because his owner was working full time and couldn’t give him the time he needed.
Boxer would need to be the only pet in the home, and due to his boisterousness and nervous side we are looking for an adult only home.
He will need some training, he needs to learn a few manners, he can be a bit timid for the first few meetings and would require someone willing to take things slowly with him and come up on a few occasions, he is a playful boy that would do well in a home that has the time, patience and energy to give him.
If you think you could offer Boxer his forever home please speak to the dog staff.
Taz is a beautiful eleven year old brindle male Staffie who came to Bleakholt with his buddy Roxy as they were being left for too long on their own. They would love a new home where they can stay together as they are very bonded. They have both been around children and would be happy in a family home with slightly older children, they are very used to visiting children of a variety of ages though. Roxy does not like other dogs so they are looking for a pet free home. They really are such a loving pair and will make fantastic family pets.
This young man is Zee, he is a 1 year old x breed.
He came to us after a change in his owners circumstances, Zee is looking for a pet free home.
He can be a bit timid until he gets to know you, Zee hasn’t been around children so with this information we would be looking to re-home him to a home with children aged 13+ years, or a adult only home.
If you think Zee would make a perfect new family member please speak to the dog staff.
Lexi is a beautiful seven year old Terrier who was returned to Bleakholt due to her being too much for the lady to handle. Lexi can be reactive to other dogs when out on walks, she has previously nipped due to this. However Lexi has had a training plan with us at Bleakholt and has made a big improvement. She can still react to some dogs but is getting much better. We are therefore looking for a loving new home who are happy to continue her training. Being a typical terrier Lexi cannot be homed around small animals or cats. We are therefore looking for a home with no other animals and no children. Lexi is a fun, friendly and happy go lucky lady who will make a wonderful companion for that special person willing to put a little bit of training in.