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 £120.
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.
My name is Stan, I’m a 7 year old J/R.
I came to Bleakholt because I don’t get on with other animals, I’m too unpredictable around them.
I am a typical J/R, I have a feisty side, I am a sweet boy that gets excited very easily, with this the staff here wouldn’t want me going to a home with children.
I would suit a home that has had experience with J/R, and knows my breed well, I am not a first time dog.
If you think you could offer me the understanding home I need please speak to the dog staff
This little cutie is Poppy, she is a 14 month old terrier cross, she came to Bleakholt because she wasn’t getting on with the other dog in the home.
poppy has been around visiting children so we would be happy for her to go a home with children aged 8 years +, she can’t go with cats and with her history we would say a dog free home as well. Poppy would benefit from a home that has someone in a lot of the time, she needs some basic training, but she is a very sweet loving girl.
If you think Poppy could be the girl for you please speak to a member of the dog staff.
This young man is Benjy, he is a 4 year old ex-racing greyhound, he is a very sweet boy that would love to spend his days on the rug in front of a tv.
He is ok with most dogs his size but not great with smaller dogs, he can’t go with cats.
If you think Benjy could be the man for you please speak to the dog staff.
This sweet old lady is Sasha, she is a 12 year old staffy that’s looking for her retirement home.
Sasha is good with children, but due to her age we are looking for a home with older children, Sasha isn’t good with other animals so she will need a pet free home.
She has got some arthritis in her hips and legs so she isn’t as active as she was, but she is a playful happy girl that does like to be a diva sometimes.
If you think you could offer Sasha or one of our other dogs a forever home please speak to the dog staff.
My name is Henry, I’m a 4 year old silver brindle greyhound, I use to run for a living but I have retired now.
I would love a nice calm home to call mine, I am very nervous and would be better in a home without any children or any other pets.
The staff here say that I’m a good looking boy and that I’m sensitive what ever that means.
If you think you could help me find my confidence and help me become a braver young man please speak to the dog staff.
This stunning young man is Kovu, he is a 6 year old staffy, he came to us after a change in circumstances meant his owner could no longer keep him.
Kovu is a very excitable boy that loves having a tickle and a good back scratch, he is ok with other dogs but can be vocal like most staff’s, but he can’t go with cats.
Kovu has been around visiting children, so we are happy to re-home him with a family with children aged 10 years+, if you think Kovu is the boy for you please speak to the dog staff.
This is Frank, he is a 2 year old choc lab, he came to us when his owner started working away and he was too much for the lady of the house.
Frank is a very full on boisterous boy, he is very friendly some times too friendly, his previous owners have called him nuts. He has been around children but we are looking for a home with older teenagers, or adults only due to the way he is, Labrador experience is a must, Frank is lovely but he needs a lot of training and not for the faint hearted. you will need to give him physical and mental exercise.
if you think you could be the family for Frank please speak to a member of the dog staff.
This young man is Zee, he is a 1 year old x breed.
He came to us after a change in his owners circumstances, he has lived with another dog so we would consider a home with another dog, he hasn’t been around cats so a cat free home would be better.
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.
This is Sally, she is a 3 year old lurcher, she came to us after her owner could no longer care for her. She has lived with other dogs, but with her breed we wouldn’t put her in a home with cats.
Sally is very bouncy and will need training her manners leave a lot to be desired, but she wants to please so she shouldn’t take to long to learn.
We would be happy for Sally to go to an active family with older children (10+) we feel she would be too much for a younger child.
If you think you could offer Sally her forever home please speak to the dog staff.
Nell is a 5 year old chocolate Patterdale, she is very active and will need plenty of physical and mental exercise.
Nell can’t live with other animals, and she is not a great fan of young children, so we are looking for a home with teenagers or an adult only home.
She loves playing with her tennis ball, and will play all day if you let her, Nell has been crate trained and is use to going in it when she was left.
Ideally we would like a family that is use to working terriers, as they can be a handful and they are not for first time dog owners.
If you think could be the girl for you please speak to the dog staff.
Kira is a six year old cross breed, she came to us when her owner died, and the family could no longer care for her.
She is full of energy and will need plenty of exercise, we are looking for home with teenagers due to her energy levels, Kira is not keen on other animals so we are looking for a pet free home, Kira would benefit from some training as she will jump all over people, she loves to play with tennis balls in the garden.
If you think Kira could be the girl for you please speak to the dog staff.
Menice is a beautiful nine month old Border Collie who came to Beakholt as his owner was unable to meet his exercise needs. Being a young male Collie he will need a home where he gets high level of exercise, stimulation and training. He is a very friendly and loving boy who will flourish in a collie savvy home. Menice is happy to socialise with other dogs outside the home, but can’t live with them, we are looking for a adult only home for him due to his true collie behaviour. If you think you could offer Menice his forever home please speak to the staff.
This is Bear, he is a 3 year old American Akita, he came in to us with his best friend Mika, they both arrived with us because of a change in there owners circumstances.
We would love to find a home for them together but we understand that 2 akita’s is a lot and we would split them if we need to.
They are both friendly and loving, they are good with children but we would be looking to re-home them with older children due to there size and strength. They are both good with other dogs but they don’t like cats. They haven’t been off lead, Bear is really good but Mika can pull a bit.
If you think you could offer one or both of these 2 a forever home please speak to the dog staff.
This gorgeous girl is Mika, she is an 11month old American Akita, she came in with her best friend Bear, they arrived when their owner had a change in circumstances and could no longer keep them, as much as we would love to re-home them together we understand that it might not be possible, and we would split them if we have to.
They are both friendly, loving Akita’s, they are good with children, but due to the size and strength of them we are looking for a home with older children (teenagers).
They are both good with other dogs but can’t go with cats, Mika can pull a bit on the lead and Bear is good on the lead, they haven’t been off lead.
If you think you could offer either one or both these a forever home please speak to the dog staff.
Buddy is a beautiful seven year old boy who we are advised is a Collie cross GSD. However you can definitely see his Collie side he doesn’t show much resemblance to a GSD and looks slightly more terrier. Although Buddy is 7 years old nobody told him this and he still thinks he is a big puppy. He came to the Sanctuary due to a change in his owners circumstances and he wasn’t being walked. He was quite vocal in his home when people came into the home and also when they left but this is just exuberance and he is a very friendly boy. Buddy would be ideal in a home where he gets nice long daily walks and playtime. He has been around children and is very used to them so can be homed in a family environment. He can occasionally bark at other dogs when on walks and has not ever had any contact with other dogs so is looking for a home as the only pet. Buddy will also occasionally react to cars coming from behind him but again this has only been minor. Buddy is such a wonderful boy and will make such a loving companion.
Tidus is a beautiful cross breed who was sadly returned to Bleakholt as he suffers with separation anxiety. When left he would toilet and raid the bin. He is looking for a new home who are happy to work with him to help him overcome this and where he will only be left alone for very short periods. Tidus is a very sweet boy who can live with cats and is normally ok with other dogs. He is not used to children so would need a home with no or older children. A gorgeous boy who really deserves a chance.
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 Dylan, he is a 13 year old Jack Russell, Dylan has been with us over 2 months now so we are hoping someone will give him his forever home, he’s not a fan of other animals so we are looking for a pet free home.
Apparently he loves to give cuddles and loves getting cuddles and tickles back.
We are looking for a child free home for Dylan, with his age and the fact he can sometimes be possessive over his things.
Dylan would be a perfect companion for a retired person or couple.
If you think you could have the home Dylan is looking for please speak to the dog staff about him
Sox is a 9/10 year old chihuahua cross, he came to Bleakholt after his owner had a baby and they didn’t feel they could trust him around the child.
Sox is a typical old chihuahua, wants his own way and can be grumpy.
He is ok with dogs and he is meant to be good with cats, we would be looking for a family with teenagers or an adult only home, sox can get very nervous when people move suddenly.
If you think Sox could be the boy for you please speak to a member of 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.
Hello everyone, my name is Bodie, I am a 2 year old foxhound cross.
I have been homed once and sadly I was return because I was being a bit bossy and I was being grouchy when being told what to do.
I like dogs but I wont go out of my way to be with them unless I’m off lead then I go deaf when you call me back, in my old home I made friends with a cat that live a few doors down, but I haven’t lived with any other animals.
The staff here are going to take expression of interest’s on me, I will need a family that has had experience with working breeds and understand my needs as I need a lot of exercise.
I am strong and will pull when I’m on my lead, so I could do with a bit of training. I would be fantastic in a working role such as mountain rescue as I like to use my nose!
If you think you could be the humans for me please speak to the dog staff.
Maddy is a 6 year old J/R, she is a timid little thing, that sadly will try and nip until she knows you.
She will need to be they only pet, and we wouldn’t want any children in the home.
She would make a lovely friend for a couple or single person, that has the time to work with her and build the bond that Maddy needs.
Chesney is a seven year old black Labrador cross Border Collie who has been with us at Bleakholt for quite some time. Chesney has been homed on a few occasions but sadly it hasn’t worked out for him. Chesney does have guarding issues when he gets hold of items, he has nipped in the past when people try to take things off him including toys, towels and sticks. He is therefore looking for an experienced owner and a quiet home without children. He would be most suited to an outdoor home. Chesney is a favourite here with many of the volunteers and always loves his walks.
Billie is a beautiful boy who is looking for a new home with experienced owners. His owner rescued him from abroad as he was in a very dangerous situation but unfortunately could not permanently. He was very timid initially but has had work done with a behaviourist and has improved greatly. Billie is looking for a new home with adults only but can be homed with other dogs, not cats though. He can mouth when excited so needs a home happy to do further training with him. Billie will need time and understanding.
Hello everyone my name is Charlie, I’m a 4 year old Blue Staffy.
I came to bleakholt because my owner didn’t have the time to look after me.
The staff have said that I’m a gorgeous boy and very sweet natured with them, I don’t like other dogs (especially small ones) so my new family couldn’t have a dog, and will have to be careful when out and about around other dogs.
I have lived with children so the staff are happy to re-home me with a family with teenagers, as I a big daft boy I might be to much for younger children.
I’m full of energy and will need plenty of exercise, I love being around people and would love to play ball in the garden with you.
If you think I could be part of your family please speak to the dog staff about me.