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 – RESERVE 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. They will fill out an adoption application and if suitable to your circumstances the dog will be reserved for you. 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. After discussing the matter with you the home visitor will almost certainly give us a ring and tell us that it is a great home for one of our friends and that we can proceed. 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 he/she 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. If you wish to collect your dog on a Saturday or Sunday you will need to arrange an appointment with reception as weekends are our busiest time and we do not want the adoption process to be rushed.
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 with effect from 1 April 2018.
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.
My name is Kara I’m a 20 month old GSD, I came to Bleakholt after my owners could no longer look after me. They gave me to there son to look after but he didn’t do a very good job, so they took me back and brought me here.
I’m a typical GSD, I like to shout but don’t mean anything by it, I have lived with older children, I’m a bit unsure about dogs but it might be possible to have a calm settled dog as a companion, I’m not good with cats.
After the start I have had the staff here would want me to go to a family that has had GSD experience and know my breed, if you would be interested in making me part of you family please speak to the staff about me.
Hi everyone my name is Benson, I’m a 2 year old black shar-pei.
I came to Bleakholt because my owner had a child that wasn’t well and they had to put him first, which I understand but I would love to have a family that could put me first.
I have lived with older children and also I have lived with another dog in the past, I haven’t been around cats so a cat free house would be best.
I am a very chilled out boy, I’m also calm and not very energetic, but I do enjoy having a ball thrown for me, if I’m left too long I have been known to have a chew on the window frame so a indoor crate would be the best thing for me when you go out.
If you think I could be your new family friend please speak to the staff.
I’m Mimi and this good looking young man is Chico, we are both 14 year old Japanese Chin.
We came to Bleakholt because the really nice lady who took us on when our first owner was going to have put to sleep couldn’t cope with us and her other dogs.
We are really good with children, not that bothered about other dogs but we don’t know about cats.
We have been together all of our lives, so the staff here will only re-home us together.
Due to our age we have a couple of health issues but the staff will go over them with you.
If you think you could be our forever home please speak to the staff, see you soon and have a Merry Christmas.
I’m Chico and the little lady and the side of me is Mimi, we are 14 year old Japanese Chin’s.
We arrived at Bleakholt when a really nice lady took us in, when our first owner was going to have us put to sleep, sadly the lady couldn’t cope with us and her other dogs.
We are really good with children but not bothered about dogs, we don’t know about cats.
We have been together all of our lives, so the staff want to re-home us together.
We have got a couple of health issues, but the staff will go over them with you, if you think you could be our new family please speak to the staff about us, see you soon and Merry Christmas.
HI everyone my name is Marshall, I came in to bleakholt with my friend Marley, just like him I’m looking for active home with older children due to my size and me being a bit daft.
I’m a really friendly boy and I love having my back scratched, just like my friend I love the car but I have to sit in the back as Marley wont let me in the front. If you think I could be the boy for you please speak to the dog staff about me.
This stunning young lady is Patsy, she is an 18 month old American bull cross, she is very friendly and full of energy, we would be looking for a home that has had A/B’s before.
Due to her size and energy levels we would be looking for a family with older children / teenagers, or just a couple. She has lived with an older dog before but we don’t know about cats Patsy has got one of her toes missing but we don’t know how that happened, if you would like to re-home Patsy please speak to the dog staff about her.
This is patch he is a 4 years old collie cross, he is a very sweet and good natured boy, he loves to be with you and getting some cuddles and tickles.
We don’t have much history on Patch so we would be looking to re-home him to a family with older children and ideally collie experience. He seems good around other dogs so if you had a calmer dog to help teach him that would be great, we don’t know about cats, so a cat free home would be better for Patch, if you think Patch could be the boy for your family please speak to a member of staff.
this little old lady is Kalo, she is a 10 year old Boxer, came in with Patsy.
We don’t have much history on her, she is a sweet old girl that love a tickle and also loves her food, we are looking for a quieter home for Kalo and she is getting on in years, she has lived with an other dog but we think she would be happier as an only pet. All she wants in life is some company and a walk and an ear rub a few times a day.
If you think you could be the right home for Kalo please speak to the staff about her.
This is Lexi she is a Jack Russell, she is 7 years old.
She came in to Bleakholt due to her being too much for the lady to handle, Lexi is reactive to animals and will redirect bite, with this knowledge we have to muzzle her when she is on a walk and her new home would have to do the same, we are looking for a home with no other animals and no children, if you think you could give Lexi a new home please speak to a member of staff
Spot is a 3 year old Jack Russell that only has three legs, he is a sweet boy but has the j/r stubbornness. He is good with other dogs but he cant live cats, as we don’t have much history on him we would prefer him to be the only pet and in a child free home.
even though he only has 3 legs he is full of energy and would love an active couple to go on adventures with.
Alfaalfa, is 4 year old cross breed, he looks like a GSD but small. Alfaalfa is a lovely boy that loves affection and would make a great forever friend.
We don’t have much history on him so we would be looking to re-home him with older children and a cat free home, he seems to get on with other dogs so we would be happy to consider a home with another dog. If you think Alfaalfa could be the boy for you please speak to the dog staff about him.
My name is Mya and I’m a 2 year old Husky, I’m looking for a home that has had experience with huskies, and I would love another dog to play with and help teach me some manners.
I can be destructive when I’m left for any length of time, I also will try and jump over your fence, it would need to be 6ft at least. I am good with children but due to my silliness the staff here would prefer that I go with older children ideally teenagers.
I am loving and friendly, full of life and also full of energy, I will need lots of exercise and plenty of time to settle in to my new home.
If you think you could be my forever home please speak to the staff about me
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 Bruno, I’m a 6 month old lurcher cross, I came to Bleakholt when my owner became to ill to look after me anymore.
I’m a friendly boy that loves affection and tummy tickles, I am good with other dogs but will chase cats, so a cat free house is a must.
I was good with my owners grandchildren, but I would jump up at them, I haven’t lived with any children but older children would be great.
I would a family that will take me on nice long walks and play ball with me, if you think you could be the family for me please ask the staff and they will give you more information about me.
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.
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.
Max is a 5 year old cross breed, he came to us when his owner had to go in to care.
due to this we haven’t got a great deal of information on Max.
He is timid until he gets to know you, then he’s very loving and a sweet boy, we would prefer a cat free home, and older children for Max.
He’s a active boy that does like play ball, Max would be ideal for a family or a retired couple that like walking and playing ball.
If you think Max could be the boy for you please see a member of staff.
Hi my name is Brox, I’m a 5 year old Staffy, I love being with people, so a home with someone at home a lot is my dream.
I’m ok with female dogs but not keen on male dogs, I definitely cant live with cats.
I have lived with children, so I’m looking for a nice family to be my best friends, I would be better in a home with older children due to my energy levels, or an active couple.
If you think you could give me my dream home please speak to a member of 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.
My name is Harley, I’m a 5 year old Beagle, I came to bleakholt when my owner found he didn’t have enough time for me.
I’m good with most dogs and most cats, I have lived with children, I can get a bit excited, and play a bit rough sometimes, but the staff here are happy for me to going with a family with children if they have been around dogs before, I’m not a first time dog owners dog, I need someone that has had active dogs in the past.
With me being a Beagle I will need plenty of exercise, a good run round the park every day is a must. If you think you could be my forever family please speak to a member of staff.
My name is Bailey, I’m a staffy cross, I came to bleakholt when my owner sadly passed away.
I’m a loving, excitable girl that can get very giddy sometimes, I can get a bit jealous of other animals, and I have been attacked by a dog so I’m a bit reactive with them now.
I have lived with cats in the past, but the staff here would be happier if I was an only pet, I haven’t lived with children but have been around them and I am really good with them, again the staff would be happier if I went with teenagers.
I love to play ball and like having a game of football, if you think you could be my new forever home please speak to the staff about me.
Hector is a 17 month old American Bulldog, he came to bleakholt when his owner just didn’t want him anymore.
He’s a big softy, he’s a very friendly and lively boy that doesn’t know how big he is, he’s good with children but we would be looking to home him with older children (teenagers) due to his size.
He will pull on the lead so we are working on that with some training’ apparently he love’s to go swimming, ideally we are looking for a home that has had A/B experience and know how to handle the breed.
He is good with other dogs but he can’t go with cats
Harry is a 6year old collie cross, his owner moved abroad and couldn’t take him with them.
He has lived with other dogs in the pat and also he has lived with cats, the family didn’t have any children so we would be looking to re-home Harry with a family with older children.
Harry is a very sweet and good natured boy, he loves tickles and would make anyone a very loyal and faithful family friend.
If you think Harry could be the perfect new member to your family please speak to a member of staff.
This is George a 3 year old Rotti, he came to Bleakholt with who we think is his mum, we would love to re-home them together if we can, ideally to a family with Rotti experience,
We don’t have any history on them due to the fact they were left in a yard when the owner sold it, with this in mind we would only re-home to a family with teenagers or adult only home.
George seems a bit more reactive around other dogs than Sue is, but they are very loving and love to be tickled and having a fuss made of them. they would need to be the only pets in the home.
If you think you could offer them a home please speak to the dog staff.
Hello everyone my name is Bonnie, I’m a 7 year old Collie/Shepherd mix, I am timid until I get to know you then I’m very loving.
I’m good with other dogs and have lived with cats, I will tell the vet that I’m not keen on him and the staff here muzzle me when I see the him, I can be bit hand shy so with in mind the staff here are looking for a home with older teenagers or adult only home, I would like a home that someone is at home most of the time, I would love to spend my twilight years going for walks and playing in the park.