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.
Luther is a 10 year old cross breed, he was returned to us because of his separation anxiety,
he is a very sweet boy but he really hates being left, and sadly the longer he’s in kennels the worse it will be when he does get a home.
We are looking for a home that ideally he will not be left, he would suit a person or couple that don’t go out much, which we know is very rare. Luther loves going for walks, he would make an ideal companion for someone that has the time and patience to build the trust up with him and slowly get him better with his problem ( sadly separation anxiety can’t be sorted out in kennels ).
Kym is a 7 year old cross breed, He is friendly and lively once he has got to know you.
He came to bleakholt after his owner died, and he went to live with a family member but it didn’t work out as they have a young child and Kym was anxious around the child and they felt it wasn’t fair on him. Kym would be better in a calm home with teenagers or a child free home, he’s not keen on other dogs but he seems to good around some cats.
Kym will play and like a bit of ruff and tumble, he will give nibbly kisses.
My name is Duke, I’m 13 months old golden lab, I came to bleakholt because the other dog in my home didn’t like me and kept having a go at me.
I am a bit timid until I know you, but great once I get used to you. Due to my size and shyness I am looking for a home with no children or older only children (12+). Duke has lived with cats and does have potential to live with another dog but can be overly playful. We are currently taking applications for Duke whilst he is still being assessed.
Derek is an adorable one year old EBT cross, he came to Bleakholt as a stray so we don’t know his history. He loves everyone he meets but sometimes he will a little bit naughty with other dogs, he wants to play but he doesn’t know how to greet them. We are looking to re-home him with a family that has EBT experience, due to us not having any background on him we are looking for a family with teenagers or adults only.
Derek is full of energy and will need plenty of exercise, if you think this cheeky young man could be for you, call into Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary any day between 10-4.
Hello my name is Alfie, I’m a 19month old A/B that’s as daft as a brush.
I’m a big lad that doesn’t know my own strength, I play hard and I can sometimes be a bit rough.
The staff here are looking for a an experienced A/B owner, with no children in the house.
I was brought back to Bleakholt due to being over protective of my female owner, the staff here would need to talk to anyone who was interested in me about my behaviour, it can be a bit much, but I don’t mean anything by it, I am still a young dog and will need to be given some training and learn a few manners. If you think you could be the couple or person for me please speak to the staff.
Hi I’m Harvey a 2 year old staffy, I’m a loving boy but can be overly protective, I went out to a home but the family didn’t feel they had the experience to look after me.
I need to be in an adult only home, and it would be better if I was the only pet. I haven’t had the best start in life so I’m looking for the right forever home, I need someone with experience and patience to help me be the best boy possible, if you think you could be that person please speak to the staff about me.
This is Charlie, he is a 4 and 1/2 year old lurcher cross.
Charlie is a bit timid and anxious until he gets to know you, he will also get a bit anxious when he feels out of his comfort zone.
Charlie is good with most dogs but can’t go with cat, due to his timidness we will be looking for a child free home. If you would like some more info on Charlie please speak to a member of the dog staff.
Lucy 2 as she is known here (due to us having 2 Lucy’s) is a 3 and 1/2 year old ex racing greyhound, she came to bleakholt when her owner became too ill to look after her.
She is ok with dogs the same size as her but she can’t go with small dogs, CATS or small FURRIES.
We don’t have much history on her only what we have learnt since she has been with us, if you think Lucy 2 would make a perfect companion to your home please speak to a member of the dog staff.
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.
Riley is an 18 week old shepherd cross.
He came to us after his owners found that they couldn’t cope with him and also that didn’t have the experience to train a strong willed dog like Riley.
We are looking for an adult only home, that has had experience with shepherds before.
Riley is a sweet boy but he does have a stubborn side to him, we feel another dog in the home would be of great benefit to Riley.
If you feel you have the time and experience for Riley please speak to a member of the dog staff.
Hi name is Gus, I’m a 5 year old collie cross, I came in to Bleakholt with my best friend Brodie, we would like to go to a forever home together if possible.
I’m a friendly and lively boy that loves attention, but unlike Brodie I’m not a fan of other dogs I get defensive but not aggressive when I’m around them, I can’t live with cats.
I have lived with children, and the staff are happy to re-home me to a home with children,
if you think you might be the family for me or even us please speak to the dog staff.
This is Cassie, she is a sweet 6 year old staffy cross.
Cassie is a good jumper and can jump over a 5ft fence, she is very sweet and loving, she like nothing more than being tickled and getting some attention.
Cassie would be better as an only dog, as she really doesn’t like other dogs
Cassis had lived with children and although great with them would require a home with older or no children
If you think Cassie could be the girl for you please speak to a member of the dog staff.
Mercy is a 2 year old GSD, she came to us with a really bad flea allergy, she is having treatment for it and hopefully she will be fine very soon.
She came to us after her families circumstances changed, Mercy is a friendly girl that loves to be around people, she has been around children but she has got a little stressed being in kennels so would be more suited to a home without children. Mercy is usually ok around dogs, she has been around cats but takes awhile to get use to them, Mercy can’t be around rabbits.
She is full of energy and loves to run, and will need some training,
Mercy loves to play ball and will play with you or on her own.
If you think you could be Mercy’s forever home please speak to the dog staff.
Hello my name is Theo, I’m a 6 year old Shih-Tzu and I came to bleakholt with my best friend Max, a 2year old Pom x J/R, .
I am loving and friendly, and love to have a tickle and a fuss made of us,
I haven’t lived with children but have been a round visiting children, so the staff here would be happy for me to live with older children or visiting grandchildren.
We have only been around each other so the staff here don’t know how we would be with other dogs, but they do know we can’t go with cats.
If you think you could offer me a forever home please speak to the dog staff.
This is Finley, a 3 year old Greyhound, he came to bleakholt after he injured himself on the track at Belle-Vue.
Finley is ok with big dogs but can’t live with little dogs and definitely can’t live with cats or small furries (ie rabbits, hamsters).
As we know he hasn’t been a family pet as such we are looking to place him in a home with older children (10 years +).
If you think he could be the boy for you please speak to a staff member about placing an expression of interest on him
My name is Max, I am a 2 year old Pom x J/R, I came in with my best friend Theo, .
I am friendly and loving, and love to sit and be tickled and fussed.
I haven’t lived with children but we have been around visiting children, so the staff here would be happy to let me go with older children or visiting grandchildren.
We have only been around each other so the staff aren’t sure how we would be with other dogs, we can’t go with cats. I’m currently having treatment for my poorly hips and knees, If you think you could offer me a home please speak to a staff member, Thanks.
Marlie is a 4 year old Shar-Pei cross, He came to Bleakholt a few weeks ago as a stop gap, sadly this has now become a full hand over.
He’s a timid boy until he gets to know you, then he’s very loyal,
Marlie is not keen on other dogs and can’t live with cats, and as we haven’t got much history on him we would be looking to re-home Marlie with older teenagers or adults only
If you think Marlie could be a good match for your home, please speak to a staff member about putting an expression of interest on him.
This is Winnie she is 10 years old and came to us after her owner sadly passed away. She came in with Billy and they can be homed together or separately.
She would love a new home as the only pet as she can be a bit possessive with her toys around other dogs.
She would love a home to curl up in and a garden and sun bath in her twilight years.
Princess is a beautiful six year old Presa Canario who has been with us at Bleakholt for some time. She is a big girl and we are looking for new owners who are experienced in large breeds. Princess is a very loyal and devoted dog; she can be a little timid with some people on first meetings but is fantastic when she gets to know you. Princess is looking for a new home as the only pet as she is not keen on dogs. She can at times lunge towards certain dogs when passing on lead so she will require an owner who can manage her strength. She is currently having training for this however it is only the occasional dog and not all. Any new owner will be provided with this training. Princess would be fantastic in an adult only home where she gets nice long daily walks. A home with a suitable garden for her size would also be a must.
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.
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.
I’m Sasha, a 4 year old bull lurcher cross, I am a big strong girl, but ‘m such a big softy with people.
I don’t like other animals and will have to be walked with a muzzle and harness for the rest of my life.
The staff here are looking for a home that have had experience with bull breeds before and also ones that are dog reactive.
I’m having training at the moment and you would have to come up and meet the trainer and he will go though everything so you understand what are my triggers, and also how to carry my training on.
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 and home. She needs a confident and experienced owner who can help her get past this, as she may at times growl and show her teeth. So an owner who will not be fazed by this is a must. 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.
Billy is an eleven year old black and white Staffie who came to Bleakholt as sadly his owner died leaving nobody able to care for him. He came in with his Buddy Winnie and they are very bonded. Billy is a very sweet boy who just adores being around people. He is used to children and can be homed in a family environment with teenagers. We really hope he doesn’t get passed by due to his age as he has a lot of love, fun and affection to offer any potential new home.
Junior is a 7 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.