Thursday, 24 June 2010

Frequently asked question: how do I rehome a dog?

We quite frequently receive emails and Facebook posts from people wondering how to start the process of rehoming.

There are various reasons for this. Often people have been told that we have a policy that we don't have, or that it's difficult to adopt a dog, or possibly they've been informed of something that's actually a misconception, so before they get invested in the process, they want to ask what's expected of them.

To help get the information about rehoming from Dogs Trust (and obviously it's slightly different depending which organisation you go to) out there as widely as possible, I thought I'd flag these key places to get information from that might help. Of course we're always here to help, no matter what, so please don't feel that any question is too small.

1. Rehoming Step-By-Step Guide

Our 'How Rehoming Works' page lists the ten key steps in rehoming from Dogs Trust, from filling in the rehoming questionnaire (note: it's not an application, it's a starting point!) to going through a home check to picking up your new best friend.

2. Rehoming FAQs

Here's where to find the answers for the questions around the process, for example:
  • Are dogs ever transferred between centres?
  • What if I'm looking for a particular breed?
  • How long will the process take?
...and many more. We keep updating this section when it becomes apparent that more information is needed, so if you can't find the answer you're looking for, do contact us through the website and this crucial feedback will help us keep it up to date.

3. First Time Dog Owner / Experienced Dog Owner Info

If you're new to the whole dog owning experience, it can seem daunting. We have some advice for first timers, and you're also free to go through the huge A-Z which covers all things dog.

Not so (or at all) new? Prepared to take on a dog that could do with your extra experience and knowledge? There's information tailored to you, too.

4. Factsheets and Downloads

We have a wealth of free downloads that can be read online or printed for reference. Some of the key ones that can help potential owners are linked below, but you can find all of them listed by subject matter under the A-Z section.

Note: all the below links open a PDF document.

I hope that helps! Questions are, as I said, always welcome, so if you can't find what you're looking for online then dog contact us for further assistance.

Good luck in your search!
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