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 £150. We do offer a discount if adopting an older dog, or if you adopt two doggy pals at the same time.
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.
Yogi is a gorgeous three year old JRT cross who came to Bleakholt with his buddy Doris due to his owners ill health. He is very bonded with Doris and is looking for a new home where they can stay together. They are generally ok with other dogs but are looking for a new home without cats. They have been used to visiting children but Doris is very bouncy so they may be more suited to a home with slightly older children. They are a wonderful pair who we hope can find a loving new soon.
Doris is a gorgeous two and a half year old French Bulddog cross Staffie who came to Bleakholt with her best friend Yogi due to her owners ill health. She is very bonded with Yogi and is looking for a new home where they can stay together. They are generally ok with other dogs but are looking for a new home without cats. They have been used to visiting children but Doris is very bouncy so they may be more suited to a home with slightly older children. They are a wonderful pair who we hope can find a loving new soon.
Prince is a beautiful six and a half year old black Greyhound who came to Bleakholt as a retired racer. He is a very friendly and bouncy boy who is looking for a new home where he gets his daily walks but also a couch for him to relax on. He walks well on lead and can be homed with compatible dogs of a medium and upwards size. Coming from a kennels back ground he may need help with house training, but has lived indoors at times. We would advise against a home with small furries. Being an ex racer Prince would need to be muzzled if allowed off lead.
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.
Lottie is a two and a half year old American bull dog who is a loving, bouncy and friendly girl. She came to Bleakholt through no fault of her own and is looking for a new home with owners that have either experience of American Bulldogs or large breeds. Lottie has come from a home with other pets and lived with six cats, although we will test her further here with cats. Although she has lived with dogs before she did need to be fed separately and she can be funny with some dogs when on lead so would be more suited to not living with dogs. Lottie has been around a nine year old child but is very bouncy so would be suited to a home with teenagers. A great girl who will strive in a loving home where she gets lots of exercise.
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.
Alex is a beautiful four year old light brindle greyhound who came to Bleakholt as a retired racer. He is a sweet boy but is a little anxious. He walks well on lead but is quite strong. Alex is a little unsure of other dogs but may be suited to a home with a calm dog of similar size. He does have a favourite toy which is a rugby ball which he loves so will be a must to take with him in a new home. Coming from a kennels back ground he may need help with house training. We would advise against a home with small furries. Being an ex racer Alex would need to be muzzled if allowed off lead.
Brian is a three year old Jack Russell who is looking for an understanding and patient owner. He is a very anxious dog and is scared of going out for walks. He will go but reluctantly and does show issues when trying to put a lead on him which we are trying to help him with. He is therefore looking for a new home with a garden where he can play out in as he loves the ball. An owner willing to just do little walks initially with lots of treats along the way to help build his confidence. Brian needs a new owner willing to come up on a few occasions to build up a bond with him before he goes and also allow him space during his settling in period. Brian has snapped and nipped when uncomfortable with situations so we really want to find him a quiet home where he can relax and be the amazing boy we know he can be.
Daisy is a three year old English Bull Terrier cross who came to Bleakholt due to a change in her owners working hours resulting in her being left alone for long periods. Daisy is such an adorable girl, her owners advised she would be more suited to a family with teenagers as she does jump up a lot. She has never shown any issues towards other dogs although has never lived with one. Daisy did have quite poor skin on arrival which has had treatment but this might be something that needs to be kept on top of. A fantastic girl who we hope only has a short stay with us.
Kylo-Kai is an eighteen month old American Bulldog cross Staffie. He was returned to Bleakholt as he was showing issues with the lights in the home. He has shown no issues since being back at Bleakholt and in staff members homes. Kylo is looking for a home experienced in large breeds and willing to do further training is a must. Kylo is very strong on lead but does walk better on a halti. Kylo is still only a juvenile and is very impressionable. He has a very playful side and is very much a water baby. Kylo is looking for a new home with adults only who have time to input and train him further. In particular he needs to learn not to jump up and further lead training. He is housetrained and doesn’t chew in the house, although does chew odd things in the garden. Kylo will require a good settling in period where he gets lots of exercise to use up his energy.
Takuma is a beautiful four year old Japanese Akita who joined us at Bleakholt as sadly his owner passed away. He is a big lad and we are looking for a new home that has had experience of the breed. Takuma has been around visiting children in his last home but we would be looking for an adult only home. He doesn’t show much interest in other dogs but is used to live living alone. Takuma is a great boy who loves his walks but prefers sniffing even more. He will need lengthy daily walks to keep him happy.
Boxer is a very sweet two and a half year old staffy, he is very energetic, sweet boy, he came to Bleakholt because his owner was working full time and couldn’t give him the time he needed.
Boxer would need to be the only pet in the home, and due to his boisterousness and nervous side we are looking for an adult only home.
He will need some training, he needs to learn a few manners, he can be a bit timid for the first few meetings and would require someone willing to take things slowly with him and come up on a few occasions, he is a playful boy that would do well in a home that has the time, patience and energy to give him.
If you think you could offer Boxer his forever home please speak to the dog staff.
Marley is a three year old Staffie cross who came to Bleakholt as he wasn’t getting on with the other dog in the home. He doesn’t show any issues with other dogs though He is a friendly, intelligent and loving boy who would need to be homed as the only pet. Marley has been used to visiting children but hasn’t lived with children so may be better suited to a home with no or older children. He is used to being left alone for short periods and was housetrained in his home. Marley will make a fantastic companion.
Ruben is a staffy cross, he was returned to us after he nipped a couple of the family members, Ruben is a very nervous boy that can’t handle a busy home, we are looking for a home that is quite and has not got a lot of people coming and going.
He would be better suited to an experienced staffy couple or single person, he is a sweet boy, he needs a understanding home that can put the time in and has got the patience to help him. If you think you could be that person please speak to the dog staff.
Rocco is a beautiful one year old tri Border Collie who is looking for a collie experienced home. He is very friendly but came to Bleakholt as he would growl at his owner for no apparent reason, at times his owner could be in the other room and Rocco would walk in growling at him. He did also do this to other family members.He has never taken it further than growling though, however would need a new home who could either overcome this or work around it as in every other respect he is fantastic. Rocco is a little fearful of other dogs as he was attacked as a puppy but we are working with him and he has shown huge improvements in just a few days so we wouldn’t rule out a home with other dogs. He is looking for a new home without children though. A brilliant and intelligent boy who will be fantastic in the right home.
Roxy is a beautiful nine year old white female Staffie who came to Bleakholt with her buddy Taz as they were being left for too long on their own. They would love a new home where they can stay together as they are very bonded. They have both been around children and would be happy in a family home with slightly older children, they are very used to visiting children of a variety of ages though. Roxy does not like other dogs so they are looking for a pet free home. They really are such a loving pair and will make fantastic pets.
Amber -Poppy is a nine month old lurcher who has had a very poor start to life, she has been passed from pillar to post and has had four homes already. At nine months old this is obviously very confusing and she has picked up a few bad habits. She is a very lively girl who can be very mouthy with both people and other dogs when excited. She is therefore looking for a new home with adults only and as the only pet. She would suit and experienced home who can help train her further. She would benefit from training classes too. Poppy Amber does have a nervous side to her too so does really need a home without children. She is a very loving girl who enjoys cuddling on the sofa and does sleep through the night.
Teddy is a beautiful sixteen month old Chihuahua who came to Bleakholt due to having possession issues. Teddy is a friendly boy but does show guarding issues around items he has managed to get hold of. This can range from dropped items or food, and he cannot have items taken out of his mouth. Items can be swapped for tasty treats and he is doing well this. He is therefore looking for a new home without children and where his training can be continued. Teddy is generally ok with other dogs but would need to be kept apart around food. We are currently taking expressions of interest on Teddy.
Suzie is a beautiful bulldog who came to Bleakholt through no fault of her own. Suzie is used to a quiet home and although has a fantastic character hasn’t really been around children so would be more suited to older or no children. She is very sweet and will make a wonderful companion. Suzie hasn’t had much experience with other dogs so would be more suited to a new home as the only pet. We are currently taking expressions of interest on Suzie.
Ozzy is a gorgeous eight year old Staffie cross JRT who sadly joined us at Bleakholt as his owner passed away. Ozzy would really suit a quiet home where there is someone around a lot as he is not used to being on his own for very long. He has no experience around children so is looking for the quiet life. We are advised Ozzy does not like other dogs and really does not like cats so he would need to be the only pet. He is a playful little guy who loves lots of attention and will make an amazing companion.
Rex is a 2 year old Staffy, he is a loving boy but also very full on, he will need a experienced staffy owner.
Rex is not good with other animals so we are looking for a pet free home, due to his behaviour we want a home that is adult only or older teenagers. Rex will need some training, he is very energetic. If you think you could have the time for this young man please speak to the dog staff.
Opie is a gorgeous three year old Husky who came to Bleakholt through no fault of his own. He is very typical of the breed in that he needs very high exercise and must be kept on lead at all times, he is also an escape artist so will need a secure garden of at least six foot. Opie has lived with other dogs but his owner was unsure how he would find living in a new home with other dogs. Opie is looking for a new home with experience of the breed.
Taz is a beautiful eleven year old brindle male Staffie who came to Bleakholt with his buddy Roxy as they were being left for too long on their own. They would love a new home where they can stay together as they are very bonded. They have both been around children and would be happy in a family home with slightly older children, they are very used to visiting children of a variety of ages though. Roxy does not like other dogs so they are looking for a pet free home. They really are such a loving pair and will make fantastic family pets.
Pancake is an eight year old Springer Spaniel x Jack Russel. She has special dietary requirements where everything she eats has to have a special enzyme powder on her food which the new owner would get from us, she is best suited to an adult only home and being the only dog as she can be a possessive with things she finds and takes to her bed. Pancake does need an understanding home who will give her quite a lot of space when she is settling in. She is a friendly girl but was rehomed and returned the next day as she bit when the lady tried to stroke the back of her neck so she will need a patient owner willing to give her a lengthy settling in period. At the sanctuary Pancake has behaved really well and we hope with guidance she will continue this in a new home.
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.