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Giving your Dog up for adoption

By 27th October 2022Uncategorised

We completely understand circumstances change and you may need to rehome your dog(s).

We are here to help and support you, we will provide help and advice without judgement, and we aim to make the process as easy and as stress free as possible. 

We always advise owners to consider all options before deciding to give up their dog, to explore if there are any alternatives that could help.

Concerns with Pet allergies

It’s upsetting and worrying when you or a loved one develop an allergy, or have an existing allergy get worse, when you own a dog. It’s even more upsetting if it means you may have to give up your dog. 

Before taking the steps to give up your dog, it’s worth speaking to your doctor, to make sure the symptoms are consistent with a pet allergy, and not caused by something else. It is also worth seeing if there are other measures available to help minimise the problem – the NHS advice guide and Allergy UK factsheet below may help. 

Allergies – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Pet Allergy | Allergy UK | National Charity

Concerns with dog behaviour

Dogs Behaviours can be challenging, and behaviour problems can develop at any age or stage in life and for various reasons. If your dog has developed a new behaviour you are concerned about, you should firstly speak to your vet to rule out any medical issues that could be causing the change in your dog.

A lot of behaviour issues can be rectified in the home with the right help and advice which may mean you can work with your dog and not have to bring your dog in for adoption. Before taking steps to give up your dog, it’s worth seeking behaviour advice from a specialist – these links below may be able to offer your help and advice before you have to make that decision.

Petsercise (petsercise.uk)

Behaviour and training (furlife.co.uk)

Concerns with lifestyle changes

It’s tough when your circumstances change and you find yourself having to make some difficult decisions about you and your dog, but help is available. 

If you are struggling to meet the cost of your vet bills, speak to your vet about it first. They may be able to offer you a payment plan or another way of spreading the cost. There are also animal charities who may be able to help, depending on your location and circumstances. 

Treat – PDSA

Veterinary Financial Assistance In Your Local Area | RSPCA

Losing your job can put both financial and emotional strain on you and your family. Before making the decision to give up your dog, we know you’ll want to explore all of the options for getting help with your finances. Speak to your family and friends who may be in a position to help and make sure you’ve explored all the financial assistance available to you through various government schemes.

Being made redundant: finding work, claiming benefits and managing debts – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

If you are struggling with the financial burden of feeding your dog there are various pet food banks in the area, many of which we support with food donations. Please contact them to see if they can help you feed your dog and keep them in your home.

Pet Food Banks | SCAS

If your housing situation is changing – whether through choice or circumstance – that might affect your ability to look after your dog. Help is available, depending on your circumstances and location. 

Dogs Trust Hope Project

If you’re escaping from domestic abuse and will be moving to emergency accommodation where they don’t accept pets, help may be available. 

Dogs Trust Freedom Project

If you feel you still need to consider bringing your dog in for adoption our Arrivals Centre deal with all new dogs arriving into our care. The first step is to give them a call on 0191 232 2878 and leave a message and one of our team will call you back to discuss the options available to you. Alternatively fill the gifted form in here and one of experienced arrivals team will be in touch, usually within 48 hours.

When you contact us to arrange to rehome your Dog(s), it can be a very emotional experience. Please make a note of the following points prior to contacting us:

  • Please be completely open and honest about your situation – the more we know, the easier it is for us to understand the best way to proceed. Please remember that we are not here to judge or criticise you, we are here to help you and your dog.
  • When you call you will be diverted to an answer machine, please leave only one message. We appreciate calls are urgent, every call we receive is logged and will be responded to, usually within 48 hours.
  • If you choose to fill the below application form in, please do not ring us to follow the application form up, we will contact you using the details you have provided, usually within 48 hours.
  • When you complete your gifted form, please provide as much information as possible, and be honest when answering all questions.
  • If you are not the sole registered owner of the dog, we will need to speak to anyone else who may have a claim to the animal. The dog(s) microchip details need to be current and correct.
  • If we are able to bring your dog in for adoption, we will add you to our waiting list and you will be contacted when space becomes available to arrange a time for our staff to meet the dog and carry out an assessment to ensure we would be able to bring your dog in for adoption.
  • Each situation is individual, and we assess each application on a case-by-case basis.
  • We will never put an animal to sleep unless they are found to have untreatable medical problems, or to have behavioural issues so severe that we believe we will be unable to safely rehome them, or if the animal is a banned breed and we are legally obliged to.