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 Coco, he is a 5 year old staffy cross, he came to Bleakholt with his much older sister,
when there owner had to move and couldn’t take them with her.
Coco is timid until he gets to know you then he loves you with all his heart, he has lived with another dog but he is nervous of dogs he doesn’t know, he can’t live with cats.
Due to Coco’s timidness we are looking for a family home with older children (10+) or an adult only home,
Coco will make a wonderful addition to any home, if you think Coco could be the boy for you please speak to a member of the dog staff.
Winnie is a beautiful 1 year old female Patterdale who came to Bleakholt through no fault of her own. She is a bundle of fun and has a lot of energy. She is definitely not for those looking for a low energy dog and will require very high exercise levels to keep her happy. We don’t have a lot of background history about Winnie but she hasn’t shown any problems towards other dogs since being with us, we will test this further during her stay. We are currently taking applications for Winnie.
Rosie is a 6 year old J/R cross, she came to us because her owner didn’t have the time for her and couldn’t walk her everyday.
Rosie is a very loving girl, and full of energy so she will need an active family that loves being out and about.
Rosie can’t live with other pets, she doesn’t like cats and she has had a run in with another dog, we are looking for a family with older children (10+) due to the run in with the other dog.
If you think Rosie could be the girl for you please speak to a member of the dog staff.
Max is a 3/4 year old cross breed, he came to us after his owner sadly died.
Max is a very bouncy boy that loves cuddles and tickles, he arrived here with his friend Tess, so it might be possible to re-home Max with another dog, he can’t live with cats or any small furrier’s.
Max could live with older children ( 10+ ) or teenagers, he would be a wonderful family pet, if you think Max could be for you please speak to the dog staff
Nelly is a four year old Jack Russel who came to Bleakholt due to a change in her owners circumstances. She is a very timid girl who is looking for a quiet home without children. Nelly has lived with another dog so could potentially be homed with a compatible companion. Nelly is very affectionate once she knows you but will need a quiet and calm house and time for her to adjust in a new home.
Dexter is a beautiful eight year old Lab cross Sher Pei who came to Bleakholt due to a change in his owners circumstances. Dexter is a sweet boy who 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 would be more suited to a home without children as he does jump up and hasn’t been around children much. A great boy who would love a home where he gets lots of walks and adventures.
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.
Gus is a 5 year old Blue Staffy, he came to bleakholt when his family had a change in circumstance’s and didn’t have the time for him any more.
He is a friendly, giddy boy that loves to be with you, he’s ok with other dogs will play with them but he has never lived with another dog, he will chase cats but if he catches up with them he just sits down or walks away.
Gus has been around visiting children all his life but only lived with them the last few months.
He love to play tug with his rope toy, he will play with his toys by himself.
If you think Gus could be the boy for you please speak to a member of staff about putting an expression of interest on him
Pom is a 1 year old pom x chihuahua, he arrived at Bleakholt when his owner was moving house and couldn’t take him with them.
He’s good with both dogs and cats, he has lived with children. Pom is a very friendly happy go lucky boy that loves attention, he is also crate trained, so when he goes in the car he will be happy in the crate.
He is full of energy and loves to play with his toys and also will want you to play with him and his toys.
If you think you could be the perfect family for Pom, please speak to a staff member about putting an expression of interest on him.
My name is Sox, I’m a 9 month old lurcher, I came to Bleakholt when my dad had to move back home with his parents and their dog didn’t like me.
I’m a loving but boisterous and I get vert excited to see people, I will chase cats (what lurcher won’t) but I’m friendly with other dogs but sometimes I get to giddy.
I haven’t lived with children but I have been around visiting children, the staff here think I would be better with older children (10+) due to my giddiness, I loved to go for a run while my dad rode his bike, I also like to play fetch with my ball.
If you think I could be for you please speak to the dog staff.
Peppie is a 4 year old staffy, she came to us when her owners had to move and couldn’t take her with them.
She is a very friendly girl but she isn’t a fan of children, so we would be looking for a home with older teenagers or a adult only home.
Peppie isn’t great with other animals so we would also be looking or a pet free home.
She loves going for walks, she hasn’t been in a car that much so she might need some trips to the beach to help her over come this, Peppie loves to have her tummy tickled,
If you think you be the home for her please speak to the dog staff.
Flash is a 5 year old lurcher, she came in with Lass, she came to us when her owner could no longer look after hier
She is a bit timid when she first meets new people, then she’s very friendly. Flash has lived with other dogs, a lurcher and westies, she can’t live with cats.
Flash has been around children, but never lived with them.
If you think Flash could be the girl for you please speak to the dog staff.
Lass is a 7/8 year old lurcher, she came to us when her owner could no longer look after her, she came in with her friend Flash.
She is good with most dogs ( she likes smaller dogs best ) but can not go with cats, so we are looking for a cat free home.
Lass has been around older children, but she hasn’t lived with children.
She can be a little bit timid until she knows you then she is very friendly.
Duko is a 2 year old Akita x GSD, he arrived at Bleakholt because the other dog in the kept attacking him.
Duko is good with other dogs and has lived with cats, he gets giddy and loves to play with them, Duko is full of energy, and he is very excitable.
He has been around children but never lived with them, with this and his energy levels we would be looking to re-home him with a family with older children (10+).
Duko will need an active family that loves playing ball and charging around, he would also benefit from some mental exercise and training.
If you think Duko could be the boy for you please speak to a member of the dog staff.
Shadow is a 2year old cross breed, he came to us when his owners had to move and couldn’t take him with them, he isn’t the biggest fan of children so we are looking for a home with older teenagers or adults only.
Shadow would be better as an only pet, as he’s not keen on other animals, Shadow can be a bit anxious and timid until he knows you then he’s very loving and loves tickles and going on long walks,
If you think you could offer Shadow his forever home please speak to the dog staff.
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
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.
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.
Pip is a 5 year old cross Lhasa, he has quite a few funny little ways, due to this we are looking for a calm child free home for him.
Pip is good with dogs, his best friend is a sheltie that use to live at bleakholt. He adores his Minnie Mouse toy and if you take pip home you would need to adopt Minnie as well.
If you think you could offer Pip a home, you would need to speak to Sarah and she will go though his funny little ways with you, Pip is not for a first time dog owner, he needs someone with experience. Pip would be ideal living on a small holding or farm where he could run around during the day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Leon is a 8 years old poodle cross, he came to us with his best friend Nadia who is a 8 year old lab cross, we looking to rehome them together, they aren’t the best with other dogs and can not live with cats, so we are looking for a pet free home for these two.
They have lived with children, so we would be happy for them to go in a home with children, they do enjoy going for walks and would make great family pets.