Rehoming a Dog: The Adoption Process


There are many benefits to rehoming a dog. They are usually house-trained, neutered, and will have been vaccinated and micro-chipped. You will also get the opportunity to offer a rescued dog a loving home, which is a reward in itself. Here is our basic guide to typical processes when rehoming. Every individual rehoming centre will have their own procedures regarding dog adoption, but there are a number of typical elements to prepare for.

The Adoption Process

Step 1: Online Research. Find out where your local rehoming centre is, and see what dogs they currently have available for adoption. You could also search for any special appeals.

Step 2: Visit the Centre. Arrange to meet a dog you have seen online, or drop in to review other dogs at the centre. New dogs will arrive regularly, so it is important to visit with an open mind.

Step 3: Introductions. Many rehoming centres have a special room where you can spend time playing with the dog, and you can sometimes be given the option of taking them for a walk. You may find it necessary to have two introductions, especially if you already own a dog, so the two canines can also get to know each other.

Step 4: Sort Documentation. If you decide you would like to adopt a dog, you will need to fill out a short questionnaire. It is also important that you bring a form of ID with you, and if you live in rented accommodation you will need to bring a written letter of permission from your landlord.

Step 5: The Home Visit. This is not an inspection, but they do need to check that your home is appropriate for the adoptee. Often they will bring the dog with them so you can see directly how it will fit in with your lifestyle.

Step 5: Take your new dog home. Usually you will need to return to the adoption centre for a final time to collect your dog. That is the end of the formal process, although the rescue centre will offer on-going advice if you need it.

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