American Bull Terrier
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Staffordshire bull terrier
Jack Russell Cross
& Candy Kisses
Please read the information below before offering to rehome
any of our dogs:
We try very
hard to make sure our dogs and puppies have the best possible
care, given that they are in a rescue environment. We hope
to give them the best start to their new lives with you,
their adopters, and our volunteers commit a huge amount
of time and resources to this. We expect adopters to match
When you take on one of our dogs, you are taking on the
responsibility for the rest of his or her lifetime. Please
look ahead to the future with your dog.
Are you really sure that you are sufficiently committed
to the time, effort, training and expense that your dog
will need, not just immediately but for a lifetime?
Are you going to be able to work through the challenges
and issues that are part of dog ownership?
Rescue dogs are no different from other dogs: they all need
to be continually trained and controlled, exercised and
looked after, and loved and cherished.
The difference with rescue dogs is that humans have already
let them down at least once.
Please do not book or adopt one of our dogs unless you are
completely prepared to work with them, come what may, and
that you are COMPLETELY determined that YOU will not be
the human who lets them down again.
ANIMALS ARE NOT AN "IMPULSE BUY"!
is absolutely essential that you view adoption as a LIFETIME
commitment before you even consider offering a home to any
of our animals, bearing always in mind that we do not sell
animals but instead seek responsible adopters
who will care for them for life; we ask only £100 adoption fee for a dog regardless
of age, sex and how much we have spent rehabilitating.
you offer a home to one of our animals, we then reserve
the animal to you while a home visit is arranged. Unfortunately,
some people do this then change their minds. Time-wasters
cost too much. Let us explain:
- This may cost the animal a chance of another home.
- It costs the time and resources of the branch which costs
- It costs the expense of keeping the animal in a kennel
at £9.00 up to £10.50 a day (depending on the size of the
dog) while we start the rehoming process all over again.
- It prolongs the time spent in a kennel whereby the dog’s
well being is affected.
- It may cost the time and resources of our home visitors,
which they freely donate as volunteers.
- It may cost the time and emotions of our fosterers and
the Dog Rehoming Co-ordinator.
- And it costs the LIFE of other animals waiting to come
into our care.
We are very disappointed when people waste our time in this
way, nearly as disappointed as we are when people take on
animals then return them after a short time without having
the compassion and understanding to work with them, perhaps
with training classes or with our advice and help.
After all, any relationship, whether with animals or people,
requires work and commitment!
So please THINK very carefully before you book or adopt
This is not a decision to be taken lightly, but it is essential
that you have done all your thinking before you offer a
home to an innocent little soul who has already faced rejection
There will be many more animals, so do not rush your choice
or compromise the chances for an individual animal.
Please also consider your ability to meet the considerable
ongoing expenses that responsible animal care represents.
All dogs that come into our care are given behavioural assessments
to the best of our ability before they are rehomed. Some
have come to us in traumatic circumstances and we work with
them to help them settle and be ready for new owners. Some
of the more common behavioural issues that can arise in
dogs are – separation anxiety, aggression and even house
training problems. You can download useful fact sheets about
some of these problems here
or email the dog rehoming coordinator for advice sheets
We are able to offer basic advice, but for persistent behavioural
problems we recommend you contact a reputable behaviourist
that comes recommended either by your vet or your local
Please remember that even though we give you accurate and
information on the dogs their behaviour can change when
moved to a new environment, behavioural problems that didn’t
show themselves whilst in our care could materialise later
We highly recommend that when you take on a rescue dog that
you do not take him everywhere, especially to busy areas
be it walks, town centres, events etc…and not to have many
visitors to the home. The first couple of weeks are crucial
in building a bond with your new dog, concentrating on building
his trust in you and vice versa, walk in quiet areas is
a must and don’t put your dog in any situations that might
put them under stress which can cause your dog to react
in a negative way. Getting a new dog is exciting for you
but for the new dog to find itself with people he doesn’t
know and starting from scratch again is a very daunting
and scary experience. Dogs quite often appear confident
and happy and signs of stress or uncertainty are not picked
up by the new owners.
Do not try and force something off the dog i.e. toys, food.
Do not get into power struggles and do not test your new
dog. He will not understand what your intentions are.
If any kind of force is used it can bring about a defensive
mechanism and can create problems that weren’t there before
i.e. toy/food possessiveness.
Do not take your dog to any form of training until at least
a couple of months bonding with him and do not bring any
trainers in to the home until the dog is fully settled after
Do not attempt to groom or bath your new dog and be mindful
that your dog may be all over the place in the new home
and may be distressed and vocal when put into a closed room,
please remember it takes time for your dog to calm down
in a new home and to trust you and your intentions.
Do not expect a ready made perfect dog; time and patience
Do read any leaflets/booklets/information as soon as you
get your dog home as we hand them out for a reason.
Adopters quite often forget or ignore our advice so it’s
paramount that we try and get new owners to follow the advice
given to them to prevent problems, to make life easier for
you and more importantly to give your new dog the best start
in his new life with you! .