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 Trigger, a 2 year old cross breed, he came to Bleakholt when is owner found she didn’t have the time that this young man needed.
Trigger is a timid but loving boy, and likes nothing more than having his ears and neck tickled.
He has lived with older children, so we would be happy to let him go to a home with children aged 10 years +.
Trigger is good with most dogs but hasn’t lived with one, but hopefully with the correct introduction he would be fine, the previous owner doesn’t know what he is like with cats, so with this in mind we would be looking for a cat free home.
If you think Trigger could be the boy for you 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 Luther, he is a 10 year old cross breed, he came to us because his owners didn’t trust him a 100% around there grandchild. He’s not keen on other dogs, he just likes to be left to do his own thing with his humans, he is a little bit timid until he gets to know you.
Luther would make a wonderful companion for single person or a retired couple that have the time to spend with him as he’s not keen on being left and he will cry. If you think Luther could be the man for you please speak to a member of 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
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.
Hello everyone my name is Rosie, I’m an 19 month old pug cross.
I arrived at Bleakholt because my owners didn’t have enough time for me.
I’m timid around other dogs, I have lived with a cat, I have also lived with little humans, so the staff here would be happy for me to go to a home with children and other pets, but with a dog I would need to be introduced properly and slowly.
I love to play and can get very boisterous and giddy, I also love to be groomed.
If you think I could be the girl for you please speak to the staff about putting an expression of interest on me
My name is Rocky, I’m a 8 year old border terrier cross, I am at Bleakholt because my owner became ill and could no longer care for me.
I’m like a little pocket rocket, full of beans and energy, I love people and I am great around children, the staff here would be happy for me to go to a family home with older children.
I am playful around other dogs, but I haven’t live with another dog, my previous owner said that I would look at cats but not chase them, but the staff would prefer my new home to be cat free due to my breed.
If you think I might be the boy for you please speak to a member of the dog staff.
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 Blue, I’m a 13 year old staffy.
I came to Bleakholt when my human became ill and could no longer look after me.
I’m good with children but the staff here think I would be better in a home with older children or adult only home due to my age, and I’m also good with dogs and cats, I would make a great companion for someone who is at home most of the time.
The staff tell me I’m a character, so if you think you could offer me a rug and a tickle or two please speak to a staff member.
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, we would love to be re-homed together if possible.
We are both loving and friendly, we love to have a tickle and a fuss made of us,
We haven’t lived with children but have been a round visiting children, so the staff here would be happy for us 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 us a forever home please speak to the dog staff.
Hello my name is Jack, I’m a 10/11 year old Jack Russell cross.
I came to Bleakholt after my Mum could know longer cope,
I’m looking for a home that has a rug for me to lie on, a couch for me to sit and curl up on with you, and a potter to the park.
If you think you could be the family for me please speak to the dog staff.
My name is Max, I am a 2 year old Pom x J/R, I came in with my best friend Theo, he’s a
6 year old Shih-Tzu, we would love to go to our new home together if that is possible.
We are both friendly and loving, and love to sit and be tickled and fussed.
We haven’t lived with children but we have been around visiting children, so the staff here would be happy to let us 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.
If you think you could offer us a home please speak to a staff member, Thanks.
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.
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.
My name is Diesel, I came to Bleakholt as a stray, so the staff here don’t have any history on me.
My chip says that I’m 5 years old, the staff here have said that I walk lovely on my lead, I can be a stubborn boy when I don’t want to go back in my kennel, the staff are happy for me to go live with older teenagers, but they would like my new family to have A/B experience.
I would be better being the only pet in the home. I am a big daft boy that would love a new family to play with and to love.
Skye, is a 5/6 year old staffy, she was returned to Bleakholt when her owner could no longer look after her, she is not a first time dog, you will need to have experience of staff’s.
Skye is a sweet girl when she has got to know you but she doesn’t like other dogs or cats, she does have some silly habits that you would need to know, like she will pick up a branch and doesn’t like to let it go.
We would be looking to re-home Skye in a adult only home due to her habits.
She does need to have special baths and regular flea treatments due to a allergy she has.
If you think you could give Skye the home she needs please speak to the dog staff.
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 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.
Derek is 1 year old EBT cross , he came to Bleakholt as a stray so we don’t no much about him. 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 would be looking to re-home him with a family that has EBT experience, due to us not having any history on him we are looking to for a family with teenagers or adult only.
Derek is full of energy and will need plenty of exercise, if you think this cheeky young man could be for you please speak to a member of dog staff.
Lexi is a beautiful seven year old Terrier who was returned to Bleakholt due to her being too much for the lady to handle. Lexi can be reactive to other dogs when out on walks, she has previously nipped due to this. However Lexi has had a training plan with us at Bleakholt and has made a big improvement. She can still react to some dogs but is getting much better. We are therefore looking for a loving new home who are happy to continue her training. Being a typical terrier Lexi cannot be homed around small animals or cats. We are therefore looking for a home with no other animals and no children. Lexi is a fun, friendly and happy go lucky lady who will make a wonderful companion for that special person willing to put a little bit of training in.
My name is Marley, I’m a 9 year old staffy, I came in with my pal Marshall but we don’t need to go together.
I’m good with children but would be better with older children due to my size and giddiness (it’s true what they say about life in an old dog).
I like to travel in the car and I love sitting in the front, I’m very loving and will sit all day for an ear tickle, I’m not a fan of people being behind me that I don’t know, I like to be able to see them. If you think I might be the old man for you please speak to a member of the dog staff.
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.
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.
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.
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.