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 – 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.
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.
George is a gorgeous large cross breed who came to Bleakholt due to his owners ill health. We are unsure what he is crossed with but he looks like it might be Boxer as he also shows many boxer characteristics. George is a happy go lucky boy who is very friendly. He can be a little exuberant at times and due to this we are looking for a new home for him without children. George hasn’t lived with another dog so we are looking for a new home for him as the only pet. He is a very handsome boy with a great temperament and we hope he only has a short stay with us.
Wispa is a beautiful 5-6 month old Staffie cross puppy who came to Bleakholt through no fault of her own. She is a typical bouncy puppy who will need a new home where she is only alone for short periods. She will also require lots of training including house training. Wispa can be a little overpowering with other dogs so will really need work in this rea to ensure she develops into a sociable adult. A great girl who would be more suited to a home with slightly older children.
Mani is a gorgeous 7-8 year old Puli who came to Bleakholt as his owner was emigrating. His owner advised that Mani is ok with dogs once familiar with them but has not lived with a dog, he has however lived with cats and was great. Mani hasn’t been around children particularly so would be more suited to a home with either adults only or with teenagers. Given Mani’s breed he will need regular grooming and a person prepared to keep on top of his coat. A great boy who we hope will only have a short stay with us.
Demi is a beautiful ten year old cross breed who came to Bleakholt via another rescue after being found as a stray. She is very loving and good natured girl. Demi loves to meet new people and greets everyone she meets with a waggy tail. She pays little attention to other dogs but may be more suited to being homed as the only pet. She walks beautifully on lead and really is a pleasure to walk. As we have no background information on Demi we are looking for a home with adults only or teenagers.
Kody is a gorgeous eight year old white Staffie who came to Bleakholt due to her owners health problems. She is very friendly and loves having her tummy tickled. We are advised she is ok with other dogs when out and about. She has been used to being around children aged seven years and over so we are looking for a home with children above this age. A fantastic girl who is great on lead and loves her walks.
Kaiser is a gorgeous Shar Pei who was returned to Bleakholt as he was being dominant in the home. He is a friendly boy once he is familiar with you but is wary of strangers. Kaiser is ok with dogs when out on walks but would need to be the only pet in the home. He does have some possessive issues around food which we are working with him on.
Breed: Shar Pei X Staffordshire Bull Terrier (cross)
Male 3 years
Breed: Shar Pei X Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Age: 3 years 0 month
Biscuit is a very handsome three year old Shar Pei mix who came to Bleakholt after recently being rescued from the pound. Biscuit is somewhat of an escape artist and after escaping on several occasions and finding himself in the pound his family decided they couldn’t keep him. He is a very friendly boy who enjoys cuddles, he is a little eager on lead to begin with but does settle once the initial excitement calms. We are advised he is not keen on other dogs so will need a new home as the only pet. Biscuit is a little unsettled in the car but is improving and once more used to it we are sure he will be fine. He will need a new home with a very secure garden and lots of regular walks to ensure he doesn’t decide to take himself off on one. A gorgeous boy who will make a very special companion.
Rosie is a very sweet seven month old cross breed who came to Bleakholt due to no fault of her own. We are advised she is crossed with a Rottweiler so she may still have some growing to do yet. She can be mouthy at times so is looking for a new home without children. Being a youngster Rosie will need a new home where someone is home a lot. She will need further training including house training and socialisation to ensure she develops into a well mannered adult. Rosie is a loving and affectionate girl who loves her food!
Dudley is a gorgeous nine year old black and white Staffy who came to Bleakholt as a stray. He is a very friendly boy who really enjoys human company. We are therefore looking for a new home for him where he is not left on his own for too long. From tests so far Dudley has behaved well around other dogs. A great boy who we hope only has a short stay with us.
Pablo is a gorgeous eight year old Black and white Lurcher who came to Bleakholt as his owners landlord would not allow them to have pets. He is a very friendly and loving boy who is full of energy. Pablo has been around children of all ages so can be homed with sensible children. He is generally good with other dogs unless there is toys about but has never lived with another dog. He is looking for a new home without cats.
Oscar is a beautiful brindle Staffie who came to Bleakholt as her owner was expecting a baby. He is an excitable and bouncy boy who loves to meet new people. He hasn’t been around children and due to his excitable nature we are looking for a new home for him with teenagers. Oscar hasn’t been around other dogs so would like a new home as the only pet. A gorgeous boy who we hope only has a short stay with us.
Millie is a beautiful three year old American Bulldog who has been here with us at Bleakholt for quite some time. She is a friendly, happy and playful girl who is looking for a very special home. Millie can become very excitable and this can result in her being very mouthy. For this reason we are looking for a home without children. Millie needs an experienced owner who can further her training and keep her calm. She is generally ok with other dogs so has potential to mix with a compatible canine of similar size. Millie needs a new home without children due to her mouthing.
Forever home needed for a very special boy. Archie came to Bleakholt along with two other dogs as sadly their owner passed away. We were initially looking for home for them together but sadly they had a fall out so Archie was looking for a home with his buddy Squeak. When Archie came to Bleakholt he only had one eye which was very infected and gave him very little sight. His eye had to be removed and poor Archie had to wait some time for it to begin to heal. He went home with Squeak, but sadly Squeak decided he didn’t want Archie there and kept going for him. So gorgeous Archie is now back with us and hoping his luck will change and his forever home is out there. Archie is 5-6 years old and is the most loving and adorable boy. He is great in the home and has adapted so well to being blind. If you think you can offer Archie a new home why not pop in and meet him. We are open every day between 10-4 and no appointment is needed.
Bruno is a small one year old cross breed who came to Bleakholt through no fault of his own. He has not had much input in his short life and is a little nervous of having his lead put on. He is getting better with this but he will need further training. He is a very sweet boy but is a little timid to begin with. Bruno has lived with another dog so can be homed with a compatible buddy. A very handsome boy who we doubt will have a long stay with us.
Cilla is a beautiful ten year old Staffie who came to Bleakholt as a stray. She is such a softy and is very loved by all here at Bleakholt. Sadly no one has come in to adopt Cilla so she is looking for sponsorship during her stay with us. She is full of life, loves people, cuddles and walks and is very well behaved. She is an older girl so has fairly low energy demands is very happy to amble along with you. Sadly she isn’t too keen on other dogs so is looking for a new home as the only pet. Cilla is great on lead and is more than happy to amble along next to you. She has been at Bleakholt for way too long and we just can’t understand why. She has so much love to give and has such a wonderful temperament.
This cheeky young man is Milo, he is 4 years old. He needs an adult only home with no other pets. He walks beautifully on a lead but can be reactive with other dogs. He is currently having some advanced training to overcome this issue and is doing well. He will need his training to be continued when he is rehomed. He loves playing with a kong, he can pop a tennis ball just by looking at it
Benji is an adorable fourteen year old Doberman cross Lab who was recently returned to Bleakholt due to a family breakdown. Benji is described by his owners as being kind, loving and happy and we really hope we can find him a forever home where he gets to show all of these qualities off. Benji has so much to offer, he is an older boy and gets a bit stiff but he doesn’t let this bother him. He has lived with children of a variety of ages and has always been great. He isn’t keen on other dogs and will have a little woof at them from time to time when passing. Benji really is the most loving and loyal dog and we really hope he doesn’t have a long wait for his forever home.
Winnie is a beautiful fifteen month old black and tan Terrier who came to Bleakholt due to her owners ill health. She is a very friendly and loving little girl who we are confident will only be having a short stay with us. Winnie has never been around children so we are looking for a new home for her with sensible older children. She could potentially live with a compatible dog but we would advise against a home with cats.
Bentley is a beautiful six year old Beagle who came to Bleakholt due to a change in his owners circumstances. Bentley is a wonderful boy who we would describe as an all rounder as he has lived with children of a variety of ages and gets on well with dogs. His owners also advised he is generally good with cats too. Bentley does suffer with a skin irritation which can cause him to have itchy skin and paws. Bentley is such a wonderful boy who really deserves a loving home where he gets lots of attention.
Merlin is a beautiful six month old merle lurcher who came to Bleakholt as he was barking when left alone. He is still very much a puppy and will need his time left alone built up. He therefore would not suit a home where he is left alone for long periods. Being a youngster he will require further training and stimulation to ensure he develops into a well mannered adult. He is used to children and we are advised he is great with other dogs so a home where he has canine company may suit him well. A gorgeous boy who with a little input will make a wonderful companion.
Trent is a gorgeous eighteen month old lurcher who was returned to Bleakholt as he was too strong for the female owner. He would at times mouth the ladies and was reluctant to stop. He is however looking for a new home with firm owners who can help train this out of him. Trent gets on well outside the home but has never lived with one. He isn’t too keen on cats though. Trent is still a juvenile and is very impressionable so would benefit from training classes and things to occupy his mind. Trent is very loving and has potential to make a wonderful companion.
Roxy is a beautiful 20 month old wiry lurcher who came to Bleakholt as her owners couldn’t manage her and didn’t have enough time for her. Roxy is a very active girl and will need a new home where she gets very high exercise levels. Roxy will need further training as can be destructive when left and does have poor recall. She has been around children but would be more suited to a home with older children.
Sheeba is a beautiful nine year old Border Collie who came to Bleakholt due to her owners ill health. She is a very friendly girl who loves her walks and being outside. We are advised Sheba gets on well with other dogs when out and about but we will test this further during her stay. Sheeba hasn’t lived with children so may be more suited to a home with no or older children. A gorgeous girl who we hope has a short stay with us.
Theo is a gorgeous red and white Staffie cross who was recently returned to Bleakholt. He is still very young and hasn’t yet reached his third birthday. Theo suffers from agoraphobia, this results in him being very reluctant to go on walks. This stemmed from him not being walked as a juvenile and the fear has continued into adulthood. He will go very short distances but does shake and will stop and lie down. In the home he adored being in the garden and house so is very happy in situations he is familiar with. Theo also loves going in places such as pets at home and even the vets so it is really a fear of walking that he has. Here at Bleakholt Theo enjoys being in the run as he is familiar with this, he loves to run up and down. Theo had improved in his last home but something did set him back and he growled on three occasions when his owner was trying to get him out of his crate to take him for a walk.
Theo is looking for a home with a big garden where he can run around and play. He excels at training and loves to learn so a home who perhaps is not looking for a dog that will need lots of walks but is happy to spend time with him using his brain would be ideal. He does tire pretty easily and will settle given this. He gets on well with other dogs too and has spent lots of time in a family members home with two other dogs.
Theo is crate trained and is used to being left for periods of up to four hours. Any new home will need to use a crate for him as he can chew if left to his own devices. Theo is affectionate, keen to learn, very loving and a tad needy but has so much to offer. Theo is extremely friendly with strangers and just loves being around people. He is looking for a specific home and a big garden would really be a must so he can stretch his legs. He is looking for an adult only home. Life time training, support and time with our behaviourist will be available for Theo. We really hope we can find that special person for him.
Lizzie is a beautiful two year old female Staffie who came to Bleakholt due to her owners ill health. Once she knows you Lizzie is a very friendly girl but she is nervous with new faces. For this reason we are looking for an adult only home for her who are experienced with nervous dogs. Lizzie needs a patient owner who can help build her confidence.
Chico is a gorgeous nine year old English Bull who came to Bleakholt through no fault of his own. He is very friendly with people but does not like other dogs. He is therefore looking for a new home with owners who have experience of the breed. Chico is looking for a new home with no other pets.
Jess is about 12 years old she will be best suited in a quiet home with adults only. She loves to mess around and play and as you can see she loves her toys! Please come and meet her – you’ll fall in love!
Rocco is a beautiful fifteen month old Lurcher who was recently returned to Bleakholt as he was showing signs of separation anxiety and his owners didn’t have enough time to give to him. He is therefore looking for a new home where he is not left alone for long periods. He has been around children so can be homed with sensible older children. Rocco gets on well with dogs but cannot be homed with cats. A gorgeous boy who we hope has a short stay.
Jess is a 10 year old Jack Russell who has been with us for some time. She did find a home but sadly it did not work out for her.
Unfortunately Jess shows fear aggression which can make her quite wary of new people. Despite this she is very loving when you get to know her and bond with her. She loves going out on walks and running in the field. Jess is very settled at Bleakholt but would dearly love to find her forever home. Jess is best suited to a single person home with no other pets or children.
Alfie is a very handsome five year old Shar Pei who has been with us at Bleakholt for quite some time. Alfie is a nervous chap who lacks confidence.
Alfie needs an adult only home and experience of the breed is essential. He can be very nervous to begin with so needs a calm and patient owner. Once familiar with you he is a great boy. Alfie needs a quiet home where he can learn to relax. He is quite a fearful boy so needs an owner who can help build his confidence. Alfie tends to ignore other dogs but has lived with cats.
Millie is a gorgeous ten year old girl who is looking for a quiet new home. She was homed but nipped when her owner dropped something on the floor and was picking it up. Millie does have some guarding issues and is protective of her food. She is looking for an experienced owner who can help her over come this issue. She is a loving little girl but is looking for a home that is fairly quiet so she has time to settle. Millie is looking for a new home as the only pet and without children.
Scamp is 12 yrs old, he has kidney trouble and may only have a few years left. He loves going for walks and is quite active. He came to Bleakholt as sadly his owner died. Although not destructive he doesn’t like being left alone (he howls ). At night Scamp had settled and got out of this if a light was left on for him. He does need a new home where he is only left alone for very short periods. He is good with dogs so could probably live with a dog and may be better when left if living with another dog. Scamp has also lived with cats. He looks grumpy (its the eyebrows!) but he is very friendly. He loves his walks and despite his age still really enjoys long walks. Scamp loves being brushed and rubbed down and really enjoys human company.
Charlie is a beautiful ten year old Staffie who has been at Bleakholt for several years. Charlie has so much to offer and is such a great boy. Charlie is a loving boy, who is lively, funny and sometimes boisterous. When he was younger he had a naughty habit of biting through leads. He has grown out of this, but some times still likes to have the odd nibble. Charlie is a playful chap and although has calmed as he has got older he still has a fun loving and bouncy nature. Charlie is still looking for that special person but does need an adult only and pet free home.
This is very handsome boy is Biff, he is approximately 11 years old and has been at Bleakholt for a long time. He needs an adult only home or one with older children.
He walks beautifully on his harness, he loves to run and play in a safe enclosed area.
He can be reactive towards other dogs but is amazing with people.
Experienced owners are preferred but not essential.
Biff would make a great companion.
Charlie is a gorgeous two year old black and tan collie who was returned to Bleakholt as he was having issues being left alone. We don’t have much background information on him so we are looking for a new home for him with no children or teenagers. Due to Charlie’s separation anxiety we feel he may benefit from a home with another dog so he has company. Charlie is very high energy boy so will require a new home where he gets lots of exercise
Kai is a beautiful six year old Staffie who was recently returned to Bleakholt. Kai was being rather stubborn when the female owner tried to get her to do things. She would also answer her back barking at her. Kai is a wonderful girl and with a confident owner will be amazing. She did live with another dog but we are looking for a new home for her as the only pet.
Herbie is stunning 9 year old lurcher and he has been at Bleakholt for four years, having originally come in as a stray. He is a friendly, loving and intelligent boy who is sadly being over looked. Herbie only has one small issue in that he can take a dislike to some but not all dogs. Due to this he is walked on a muzzle which he is very used too. He walks well on the lead and has good recall when in an enclosed field. Chasing a ball is his favourite game. He also loves his food and will do anything for a treat. Herbie is looking for a home without children or other pets. Herbie has so much to offer and never gets enquired about, could he be the boy for you?
Junior is a 6 year old Staffie cross. He has been at Bleakholt for approximately 2 years. He walks great on a harness but at times can sometimes be reactive towards other dogs. Junior has been working with our behaviourist and has vastly improved. He enjoys playing ball and having a run about in a enclosed area. He is a very affectionate boy and loves lots of attention. He is great with people but would need to be re-homed to a family with older children ideally 14 years old and upwards due to his lively nature.
Mona is a beautiful fourteen year old Staffie cross who came to Bleakholt after being found as a stray. She is a sweet girl but can be a little nervous to begin with. She would love a quiet home without children. Mona tends to pay little attention to other dogs but would prefer to be the only pet in the home. Being a little older she will only require fairly low exercise levels. Mona is such a sweet girl and given a calm and quiet home will flourish.
Sasha is a beautiful ten year old wiry lurcher. Sadly Sasha has been at Bleakholt for quite some time now after being returned for being over protective in the home. Sasha is a very loving and affectionate girl. She is looking for an experienced owner who can give her time and space she needs to settle into a new environment. She is looking for a new home without other pets as although out and about she pays no interest in other dogs she wouldn’t like to live with one. In her last home Sasha became protective over the couch. She needs a confident owner who can help her get past this. In every other respect Sasha is a wonderful girl. She is a favourite with several of the volunteers and can often be seen in the café at the weekend watching the world go by.
This very handsome young man is Disney. Disney is looking for an experienced quiet home. In his last home he was very bonded with the gent but would not listen to any other members of the family. He could at times be snappy with the teenage daughter. He is a friendly little guy and is great most of the time. He needs a firm owner and further training.
Marley is a beautiful three year old black and white Border Collie who is looking for a special home. Marley is very much an outdoor dog and is looking for a new home on a farm or small holding where he can run around. He is a friendly boy but did nip in his last home so is looking for a new home without children. A typical collie he loves to chase balls and run around the field.
Booboo is a beautiful cross breed who came to Bleakholt as sadly her owner passed away. Due to this we were not given much background history on her. She is a very friendly girl and has a very sweet nature. She can be quite anxious and fearful toward other dogs which can result in her being reactive on walks. She would need a home as the only pet due to this. We are looking for a home for Booboo with adults only or teenagers.
Max is a gorgeous white Staffy who sadly has been with us for quite some time. He is a very friendly boy but does like to push his luck with new people. He has been known to try and heavily chew people’s shoes…. Whilst they are wearing them. He needs a firm experienced owner who can further his training. We are specifically looking for a home who has experience of more challenging dogs. With guidance, input and lots of walks Max will make a fantastic friend.
This gorgeous girl is Kia and sadly she has been at Bleakholt for a few years now, which is such a shame. She is ten years old and enjoys her walks but doesn’t require very high exercise levels. She needs an adult only home with experienced owners as she can be a little possessive over her toys and no other animals.