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.
Junior is a 7 year old Staffie cross. He has been at Bleakholt for approximately 2 years. He walks great on a harness but at times can sometimes be reactive towards other dogs. Junior has been working with our behaviourist and has vastly improved. He enjoys playing ball and having a run about in a enclosed area. He is a very affectionate boy and loves lots of attention. He is great with people but would need to be re-homed to a family with older children ideally 14 years old and upwards due to his lively nature.
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.
Billy is an eight year old Beagle who has been with us here at Bleakholt for some time now. He is looking for an experienced home and would be more suited to an outdoor lifestyle. Billy did nip on a few occasions in his last home so we are looking for an adult only home for him. Being a Beagle he does enjoy his walks and being out and about. He doesn’t show any interest in other dogs but may be better as the only pet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hello everyone my name is Charlie, I’m a 4 year old Blue Staffy.
I came to bleakholt because my owner didn’t have the time to look after me.
The staff have said that I’m a gorgeous boy and very sweet natured with them, I don’t like other dogs (especially small ones) so my new family couldn’t have a dog, and will have to be careful when out and about around other dogs.
I have lived with children so the staff are happy to re-home me with a family with teenagers, as I a big daft boy I might be to much for younger children.
I’m full of energy and will need plenty of exercise, I love being around people and would love to play ball in the garden with you.
If you think I could be part of your family please speak to the dog staff about me.
Millie is a gorgeous 11 year old girl who is looking for a quiet new home. She was homed but nipped when her owner dropped something on the floor and was picking it up. Millie does have guarding issues and is protective of her food. She is looking for an experienced owner who can help her over come this issue. She is a loving little girl but is looking for a home that is fairly quiet so she has time to settle. Millie is looking for a new home as the only pet and without children.
Chesney is a seven year old black Labrador cross Border Collie who has been with us at Bleakholt for quite some time. Chesney has been homed on a few occasions but sadly it hasn’t worked out for him. Chesney does have guarding issues when he gets hold of items, he has nipped in the past when people try to take things off him including toys, towels and sticks. He is therefore looking for an experienced owner and a quiet home without children. He would be most suited to an outdoor home. Chesney is a favourite here with many of the volunteers and always loves his walks.
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.
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.
This is Winnie she is 10 years old and came to us after her owner sadly passed away. She came in with Billy and they can be homed together or separately.
She would love a new home as the only pet as she can be a bit possessive with her toys around other dogs.
She would love a home to curl up in and a garden and sun bath in her twilight years.