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 ).
My name is Mollie, I’m a 2 year old choc lab, I am very friendly active and full of energy.
I’ve not been around children, due to my size and clumsiness the staff here would prefer me to live with older children / teenagers,
I have lived with cats in the past but I’m a bit unsure of dogs, I do need some house training and I can sometimes chew if I get bored because I’ve been left for to long.
I am crate trained, so if I do have to be left for a couple of hours I am happy.
The staff here are looking for a home that ideally has lab or working dog experience for me, I will need plenty of exercise metal as well as physical, if you think we could be a perfect match please speak to a staff member.
Hi everyone my name is Luna (lunatic) I’m a 14 month old Weimaraner, I am very energetic and full of live. I haven’t lived with children but when I have met them I’ve been really good, but with my lack of training and how much energy I have the staff here would want me to live with teenagers or an adult only home, experience with my breed would be ideal.
I will need plenty of mental and physical exercise
This smiling girl is Karma, she is a 20 month old staffy.
She sadly came to us after her owner found himself homeless, she is a friendly bouncy girl that has so much love to give.
She has lived with children, she is very full on with other dogs, because she wants to play, she will bark at cats but has never chased one.
Karma would make a wonderful addition to any home, she does need plenty of exercise and can be very giddy, once she has bonded with you she will be very loyal and loving.
If you think Karma is the girl for you please speak to a member of the dog staff
This bundle of energy is Barney, he is a 8 month old Fox Terrier cross.
He is very playful and full of energy, sadly he came to bleakholt when his previous owners couldn’t cope with his energy levels.
Barney hasn’t been around children so we would be looking for a home with older children(10+), he is good with dogs, playful with them when he has met up with them, he hasn’t lived with any other pets.
We would be looking for a active family for Barney, plenty of exercise, physical as well as mental. If you think you could offer Barney his forever home please speak to the dog staff.
Nipper is a 10 year old + cross breed,
He was living in a care home with his owner until the owner sadly passed away.
He’s a very placid boy, he’s loving and friendly, he is good with visiting children, but we don’t know what he is like with other animals, he pulls a little bit on the lead, the care home staff said that he hasn’t been off lead outside since he has been staying there, we have noticed that Nipper is deaf, so this could be the reason.
If you think you could offer this gentle boy a retirement in your home please speak to the dog staff.
This is Butch, he is a 8 year old Rotti. he came to Bleakholt when his owner sadly became to ill to look after him any more.
Butch loves people and is very affectionate, he has been around visiting children all his life. When he was 18 months old a dog bite him and he now dislikes other dogs, he will chase cats, so we are looking a pet free home for him.
Butch loves to play ball in the garden.
If you think Butch could be the big daft boy for you please speak to a member of dog staff.
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.
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.
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.
Hi everyone my name is Bailey, I’m a 3 and 1/3 year old male mastiff x, I came to bleakholt after my owners split up and my mum couldn’t take me with her.
I’m a very friendly boy that loves cuddles and being with humans, I haven’t been around other animals apart from a gecko so the staff here are looking for a pet free home for me.
Due to my size and being boisterous the staff here think I would be better in a home with older children ( 12 years + )
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.
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 some 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 who knows about dogs.
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.
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.
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
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 gorgeous girl is Kia and sadly she has been at Bleakholt for a few years now, which is such a shame. She is ten years old and enjoys her walks but doesn’t require very high exercise levels. She needs an adult only home with experienced owners as she can be a little possessive over her toys and no other animals.
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.