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.
This is Scooby, he is a 8yr old cross breed, he came to Bleakholt when his owner had to move and couldn’t take Scooby with him.
Scooby is a very friendly boy, he likes children as long as they mess with him to much, so we would be looking for a family with older children (10yrs+), Scooby hasn’t lived with an other dog but he just wants to play when he meets them, he has lived with 2 cats in the past, so he could possibly be able to go with cats if introduced properly.
If you think you could give Scooby or one of his friends a forever home please speak to the dog staff.
Hello my name is Jess, I’m a 6 year old staffy, I came to bleakholt because my family didn’t have enough time for me.
I’m not great with other dogs, I will walk past them I just don’t want them to near me, I can’t go with cats.
I have lived with children so the staff here are happy to re-home me with a family.
The humans say that I’m very loving and like cuddles, I hate it when they don’t talk to me.
I have been allowed to sleep where ever I want in the house because I don’t make a mess or do any damage (I’ve been told that’s really good)
Please to speak to the staff about me or one of my friends here if you are interested in re-homing one of us.
Kiki is a five year old Shar Pei cross who arrived at Bleakholt as a stray. She was rehomed but sadly returned as she showed issues with a visiting child to the home.
Kiki is therefore looking for an adult only pet free home. She is great on the lead and walks really well and really enjoys adventures out. Kiki is a fantastic girl and will make an amazing companion.
If you think Kiki could be the girl for you please speak to a member of staff
This young man is Shiner, he is a 2 year old ex racing greyhound,
Shiner is a very loving boy, he would be a loyal family member, we are looking for a cat free home for him, he could potentially live with another dog.
We would be happy for him to go to a home with older children (10yrs+) if you think you could offer Shiner or one of his friends a forever home please speak to the dog staff.
This young man is Rocco, he is a 7month old staffy cross, he is very loving and loves being with people, he arrived at bleakholt because his owner didn’t have the time to give him what he needed.
Rocco is good with both dogs and cats, he wants to play with them, we would be happy for him to live with a dog savvy cat, and a dog that is use to a full on puppy.
Rocco has been around children, so we are happy to consider a family with children.
If you think you would like to re-home Rocco or one of his many friends at bleakholt please speak to the dog staff.
Jeremy is a very sweet 9 year old Beagle, he was returned to Bleakholt after a change in circumstances with his family. He has a few fatty lumps and bumps, and his front leg isn’t as straight as he would like but we all have our quirks don’t we.
Jeremy is looking for his forever home in his latter years, he has lived with children, but with his age we are looking for a family with slightly older children (10yrs+), Jeremy has never lived dogs and so a pet free would be ideal for him,
If you think you could offer Jeremy or one of the many dogs at Bleakholt a home please speak to the dog staff.
These 2 cuties are Jai (tan) 9 years old and Xena (black) 6 years old, they came to us due to a change in the owner living arrangements meant he couldn’t keep them, we are looking to re-home them together, they are both very sweet loving girls, they enjoy having plenty of cuddles.
They are good with children and would make fantastic family pets, they are friendly with other dogs but we don’t know about cats.
They lived together since Xena was a puppy and they don’t cope well if they are separated,
they enjoy playing ball and having a game of tug, if you think you could offer them the home they deserve 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.
Jai (tan) 9 years old and Xena (black) 6 years old, they came to us when their owner had a change in living arrangements which meant he couldn’t keep them, we are looking to re-home them together, they are both very sweet loving girls that enjoy having plenty of cuddles.
They are good with children and will make fantastic family pets, they are friendly with other dogs but we don’t know about cats.
They have lived together since Xena was a puppy and they don’t cope with out each other, they enjoy playing ball and having a game of tug, if you think you could offer them the home they deserve please speak to the dog staff.
Lady is a 5 year old staffy x, she came to Bleakholt when her owner didn’t have the time for her anymore.
She is a loving girl that will make a very loyal friend when she has built up the trust, she is good with children but due to a habit of trying to bite the lead which she is in training to try and stop, we are looking for a home with older children. She is good with other dogs.
Lady is a energetic girl that would best suit an active family or adult only home, that has the time to spend helping lady get over this silly habit.
If you think you could give Lady the time and love she needs please speak to the dog staff.
Milo is an adorable two year old Husky cross who came to Bleakholt due to a relationship split. Milo is looking for a new home with experience of the breed and where he gets very high exercise levels. Milo is quite a nervous boy and is therefore looking for a home with older or no children. He is not used to other dogs so may be more suited to a home as the only pet.
Polly is a very sweet but timid j/r. she is about 10/11 years old, she came to us after her owner sadly passed away, she went to live with the son of the owner on a farm but she had a run in with a couple of chickens, so knowing this we wouldn’t allow her to go to a home with cats or small furries (ie rabbits or hamsters).
With her owner passing away we don’t know that much about Polly, she likes to potter about and would suit a couple that are at home all day and have the time to spend with her.
This is Juicy, she is a 7 year old staffy cross, she came to us because her owners were working full time and felt her needs weren’t being met, she has lived with children so we would be happy for her to go into a home with older children (10+).
She is timid of dogs and can’t live with cats, she is very sweet and has plenty of love to give.
Juicy is active so will need a home that love to walk and play with her pull toys, she is a happy go lucky girl that needs her forever home, if you think you could give her that please speak to the dog staff.
Bella is a 2 year old x breed, she came to us because she didn’t get on with the other dog in the house, mainly over food, so we would be looking for a pet free home for Bella.
She has lived with children, so we are happy to re-home her with a family, due to her being a very excitable girl we would be looking for a family with children aged 12years +.
Bella is a very loving girl but can sometimes be a bit timid around men until he has got to know them. Bella doesn’t like being left alone, so we are looking for a home that someone is home or someone that could take Bella to work with them. Bella would be a very loyal girl given time and training, she wants to please, if you think you could be the family Bella needs please speak to the dog staff.
Lulu is a wonderful ten year old Staffie who came to Bleakholt through no fault of her own. She is a very sweet older girl who is looking for a quiet forever home. Lulu would like a new home as the only pet and without children. She really is such a loving girl and adores having company. She is also great on lead and enjoys getting out and about.
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
Columbus is a gorgeous ten year old Border Collie who came to Bleakholt through no fault of his own. He did spend a lot of his time on a farm but did live in a house in his younger years. Columbus is looking for a quiet and loving new home without children as he is wary of youngsters after being taunted by children when he was younger. He can live with teenagers though. He gets on well with other dogs and has been around farm cats so could be homed with compatible pets. Columbus is such a friendly and sweet boy and will make a fantastic companion.
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.
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.
Sooty is a male Cockapoo who is nearly four years old. He is looking for a very special quiet home with an owner happy to continue his training. He is ideally looking for a single person and an adult only home is a must. Sooty is highly intelligent but also a nervous boy. He is nervous of strangers and has learnt that if he barks and snaps they keep away. We are working with him to try and help him overcome this. Sooty did bite in his previous home so does need a very calm and quiet forever home. He is a very loving lad once he knows you. Sooty gets on really well with other dogs so would be great in a home with compatible pals.
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.
Suzie is a 2 year old J/R, she is timid at first then very sweet when she has got to know you, she does shout at dogs when she is on a walk, she will also bark and try to jump at cars as they pass her, but with some training this should be sorted out.
She has lived with children so we are happy for her to be re-homed with older children (10+), she has been around cats so as long as they are introduced properly she could possibly live with a cat.
Suzie is an active girl and loves to play and run around with you.
If you think you could offer Suzie her 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.
Dexter is a beautiful eight year old Lab cross Shar-Pei who came to Bleakholt due to a change in his owners circumstances. He did find a new home but was returned as he nipped the child in the home, this was totally out of character for Dexter and he was very bonded with the child. Dexter is a little shy at first, he is very friendly and boisterous once he knows you. He is looking for a new home as the only pet as he isn’t keen on cats and isn’t used to other dogs. Dexter can’t live with children, we are looking for a adult only home that has had experience with Shar-Pei’s, great boy who would love a home where he gets lots of walks and adventures.
Roo is a gorgeous three and a half year old Staffie who was returned to Bleakholt as he was showing issues towards his owner’s boyfriend. Roo was very attached to his female owner. Roo is slightly timid when he meets you but then very friendly. He is looking for a quiet home with experienced adult only owners where he can learn to relax as he is an anxious boy. Roo shows little interest in other dogs but would prefer a new home as the only pet. He responds really well to reward training and this will need to be continued in the home. He does frighten very easily with load noises so really does need a quiet and tranquil home.