Dog Rehoming Process

I’d like to rehome a dog – what do I need to do?
How long does it take to rehome a dog?
I’d like a specific breed of dog – can you contact me when you have it?
I’m interested in rehoming a puppy – do you have any available?
How much does it cost to rehome a dog?
View our dogs looking for homes

I’d like to rehome a dog – what do I need to do?

  • We are always pleased when people come to offer a new home to one of our dogs. Our Godmanchester Centre is the only one of our centres to rehome dogs and is open Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day) from 10.00am until 4.00pm.

    Alternatively if you have seen a dog that you are interested in then please take a note of its name and reference number and contact us on 0300 303 9333. We will be able to discuss the rehoming requirements of individual dogs with you and if the dog proves to be a good match place a temporary reserve on the dog to allow you time to make your way to the centre. Please note we cannot reserve dogs via email.

  • When you first arrive at the centre you will be asked to complete a Homefinder Form so that we know a little bit about your lifestyle, and we like to meet the whole family. To make things easier you can download the Homefinder Form and bring it with you.

  • The next step is to have a chat with a member of the rehoming team who will take your homefinder form and have a look for any dogs that may potentially be suitable for you. If you have come to the centre with a particular dog in mind please make the member of staff aware so they can see if the dog might be a potential match.

  • You will then be able to go to the kennels to have a look at the dogs that the rehomer has suggested to you. Please bear in mind that the member of the rehoming team has suggested these dogs as they appear to match your lifestyle, you will see other dogs in the kennels but these may not suit your situation. Please also consider that the behaviour you see here may not be a true reflection of the dogs character.

  • Once you have decided on a dog, a member of staff will go through your chosen dog’s character assessment and outline its medical history. We may ask you further questions at this point, to make sure we’ve found a good match for both parties.

  • If you and the dog you have chosen are compatible then you can take them for a walk to get to know them a bit better. If he or she doesn’t seem to be the one for you that’s no problem, we just start the process again with any others that you might be interested in. As security we ask for your car keys and two forms of identification, one of which should contain your current address.

  • After walking, if you feel the dog is right for you, we will reserve them for 48 hours while you arrange for the rest of the family, including children and existing dogs, to meet if they have not already done so.

  • If you rent your home we ask for written consent from your landlord, council or housing association stating that they’re happy for you to have a pet on the premises. If this is noted on your tenancy agreement we are happy to accept a copy of that. Sadly we have a lot of dogs brought in from owners whose landlords won’t allow pets, seeing written consent helps ensure you won’t be faced with this situation. 

  • We will either arrange to visit your home or invite you back to the centre for an in-depth chat. This helps you and us ensure that the dog is a good match you, during this appointment we give you help and information to ensure your first few weeks with a new companion go smoothly. This is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions that you may have. If all goes well we will then make you an appointment for you to take the dog home.

  • If you are unsuccessful on your first trip, or feel that the dog you have walked is not for you, don’t give up hope! We take in around 40 dogs every week, so it’s worth visiting our website as often as you can to find your new companion. We will keep your Homefinder Form on file for two months.

How long does it take to rehome a dog?

  • The longest part of the process is finding a dog that is suitable for your home. Once you have found your ideal canine companion we aim to get them home with you within the week. In the meantime, you are welcome to come along and take your new friend for a walk every day to get to know him or her better!
  • If you are moving, changing jobs or going on holiday within two months we ask that you come back after this time to look for a dog. This way both you and the dog will be more settled and relaxed. Most boarding kennels will not accept a rescue dog for 6-8 weeks after homing because of the increased risk of kennel cough.

I’d like a specific breed of dog – can you contact me when you get one in?

  • Unfortunately we do not have the resources to contact people on an individual basis; you will need to visit us or keep checking our rehoming pages.

  • If you are looking for a specific breed of dog you could also try breed rescue via The Kennel Club on 0870 606 6750.

I’m interested in rehoming a puppy – do you have any available?

  • We do sometimes have puppies available and advise that you telephone us to find out. The majority of puppies we have that are looking for homes are crossbreeds.

How much does it cost to rehome a dog?

  • The rehoming fee is £120 for a dog and £150 for a puppy. Your new pet will be microchipped, and if old enough will have been neutered.

  • Adult dogs will be up-to-date with their vaccinations, flea and worming treatments, while puppies will be as far through their treatment as their age allows. Any outstanding treatments will need to be carried out by your own vet.

  • Every animal will also receive four weeks complimentary pet insurance through Pet Plan.

For further information on rehoming or to enquire about a specific dog, please contact a member of our Dog Welfare Team on 0300 303 9333 or by emailing dogenquiries@woodgreen.org.uk

You can find out more about dogs by visiting our dog advice section.

Download Dog homefinder form