How much does it costs to adopt an Appledown dog?
The minimum donation to adopt a dog from Appledown is £150, though many people kindly give a larger donation; there is no maximum amount!
£30 of this is a non-returnable deposit.
Do I need to book an appointment?
No. Just turn up during our opening hours which are 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm, 7 days a week. A member of staff will talk through your requirements and circumstances and if we have dogs that we think might be suited to you, you can go and meet them.
Do you have puppies?
Yes, we often have puppies but as they are very popular, we operate a “puppy waiting list”. When we have puppies available, we will contact those on our list to ask if they are still interested. Please get in touch if you would like to be added to the waiting list.
Will my dog be neutered?
If the dog is of an age appropriate for neutering, it will be done before he/she leaves Appledown. For a dog that is too young to be neutered, you will be given a voucher that can be used towards the cost of the procedure.
My children are under 7 years of age. Why can’t I adopt an adult dog?
The majority of dogs arrive at Appledown as strays. That means we have no idea of their history and some of them may have had bad experiences in the past. We feel that at 7 years of age, a child can be taught to interact in a correct manner with the dog and the risk of problems is significantly decreased.
At what age is a dog classed as “adult”?
We class a dog as adult when it has its adult teeth through. This is generally around 5 months.
Why can some dogs not be rehomed in certain areas?
As well as being a stipulation of our contract, our policy is to never rehome a dog to the area from which it came. This is to protect our dogs from what might become a confusing situation for them.
I live in rented/Council accommodation, can I adopt a dog?
You can if you can supply written proof from your landlord or your Council to say that this is allowed.
Why do you do home visits?
All Appledown dogs have been let down in their lives by at least one person, we have to take every step to ensure that doesn’t happen again. The home visit is not designed to catch you out; it is a reassurance for us that the environment that the dog is going into is suitable. It is also a good opportunity for the new owner to ask any questions or for advice.
Do rescue dogs bite?
Our dogs are thoroughly assessed before being offered for adoption. With any animal that you take into your home – not just rescue animals - there is always a risk.
I live in a flat. Can I still adopt a dog?
Yes. Some of our dogs will happily live in a flat; however, all dogs need regular daily exercise and access to outdoor space.
I work. Can I still adopt a dog?
You can at our discretion. All dogs need someone at home with them in the beginning and this is especially true of rescue dogs. After this initial period, some dogs may be happy being left for short periods of time. If you work, you must be able to prove that you have a dog walker, or dog day care in place.
My circumstances have changed and I can no longer keep my Appledown dog. Can I give it to someone else?
If you decide you can no longer keep your Appledown dog, you must call us. If we cannot resolve the issues you are having, the dog must be returned to Appledown. It may be that the person you know is a suitable new owner, but we will insist on going through the adoption process again, including a home visit.
I am having problems settling my dog in. Is there someone who can help?
For as long as you have your Appledown dog, you can call us with any questions, 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm, 7 days a week (excluding Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day).
What methods of payment do you accept?
Cash or cheque only.
Do you run dog training classes?
No, but we know some people who do. Get in touch.
Do you need dog-walkers?
We operate a waiting list for dog-walkers (week days only). Please get in touch and we will send you a volunteer application form.