Appledown Rescue & Rehoming Kennels
Registered Charity No. 1116848 01525 220383

The Rehoming Process

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I’m thinking of giving a home to a rescue dog ...

That’s great news! Please consider the following points:

  • Dogs can live up to 15 years, and if you’re lucky, into their 20’s! That is potentially 18 years of commitment from you in terms of training, exercising, food bills, vet bills, holiday boarding fees, etc.
  • All dogs, but especially rescue dogs, will need settling in to a new environment. This means someone needs to be home for much of the day in the beginning. Some may suffer from separation anxiety, many will need house-training, and remember that puppies can be destructive.
  • The majority of our dogs are brought in as strays. This means that often we do not have their full history. Our dogs are thoroughly assessed and we will only put up for adoption a dog that we consider to be of the right temperament to settle into a home environment.

Please bear in mind that many of the dogs here at Appledown have already been let down by at least one owner. But if you still think a rescue dog is right for you, the rewards are huge and you will have a wonderfully loyal and loving companion, hopefully for years to come. And we will provide support to you and your new addition for as long as you need it.

Ok, what do I do next?

You can telephone us and talk to one of our very well-informed members of staff who will listen to your requirements and answer your questions. Or come along and visit. Your requirements will be noted and you will have a chance to view the dogs currently available for rehoming. We are open 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm, 7 days a week. We will make every effort to match you with your ideal dog, but if he/she is not currently with us, we will keep your details and call you when we think we have a dog that is suitable. If you do not hear from us within 2 months please call us to let us know that you are still looking for a dog.

When you come to look at the dogs, please bear in mind the following:

  • We will not rehome a dog back into the area where it was found.
  • For peace of mind and to minimise all risks, we do not rehome an adult dog (5 months +) into a home where there is a child or children under the age of 7 years living or regularly visiting
  • If you live in rented or Council accommodation, you will need to bring with you written proof that you are allowed to keep a dog/an additional dog.
  • For people over retirement age, we may only allow you to adopt a dog 5 years of age or above. This is not about questioning your current health or activity levels but thinking ahead and trying to minimize the risk of a dog that may have already had multiple homes, being returned to us.
  • Where there is an existing dog at home, we may ask you to only consider a dog of the opposite sex in many circumstances
  • The kennels can be a stressful environment for dogs – many will appear very bouncy and excitable when you visit
  • We do often have puppies at the kennels, but as they are popular, we operate a puppy waiting list. Please ask for more details.
  • We do not “cat test” any dog until there is a firm interest in it.

If you see a dog you like and we feel you might be the right owner for that animal, you will have the chance to take him/her out for a walk on the lead in our on-site field. If you already have a dog, please bring him/her with you so that they can be introduced. It is important that they are accepting of each other.

I’ve seen a dog I like, I’ve walked it and I meet all the criteria to rehome it, what happens next?

We ask for a deposit of £30 to reserve a dog. Please note that this deposit is non-returnable.  There is then a period of 7 days during which time you are encouraged to come and visit your dog as often as you wish, and you may take it home for short visits. Please note that these visits must take place between kennel opening hours, 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm. During the 7 days, one of our trained staff will carry out a home-check. They will visit you in your home at a mutually convenient time and then report back to Appledown where a final decision will be made.  Assuming everything is satisfactory, you will be asked to pay the remainder of the minimum donation for adoption. Our minimum donation for each dog is currently £150. For this, your dog:

  • is neutered (or if too young for neutering, has a voucher for £50 toward neutering costs)
  • is micro-chipped
  • has at least the first part of its vaccination course
  • is treated for fleas and worms
  • has 4 weeks free insurance

At the end of the 7 days and at a time convenient for both you and us, you will be able to take your new addition home. Don’t forget to be prepared for your new dog – you will need the basic equipment (collar and tag, lead, bowls for food and water, bedding) but also, you may need to increase the security of your garden to avoid escapes!

6 weeks later, we carry out a second home check to make sure that everything is working out for you and your dog. And remember, if you have any questions, or you need help with any issues that may arise, you can telephone us any day between 10am and 4pm for as long as you have your dog.

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