Paw 2 Door

Paw 2 Door is a scheme designed to enable us to rehome dogs without them having to come into kennels. They are rehomed from their home which can often make the process a lot less stressful for the dog.

 How the process works

After the initial contact, we will require you to complete a questionnaire to tell us more about your dog. This will give us a better picture about how your dog behaves in the home and some useful information for their new owners.

The next step is for us to come to your home and assess your dog’s suitability for the scheme.

If your dog is suitable for the scheme, you will then be expected to bring your dog to our Godmanchester Centre on a pre-arranged date to be checked by a veterinarian and for any further assessments.

We will then start to look for a new home for your dog using all the information we have gathered.

During this whole process your dog will stay in your home. Once we get suitable people who are interested in meeting and potentially rehoming your dog, we will contact you to arrange a date within a few days for you to bring your dog on site.

Initial assessment

Are there any exclusions?

Wood Green has to be confident that they can find new owners for your dog. Animals with severe aggression, stranger issues and some chronic health problems may not be suitable.

Please contact us to discuss your animal in more detail if you are unsure.

How long might it take to rehome my dog?

Once your dog is accepted onto the scheme, it can take time to find the right home so please be patient.

Wood Green find potential new home

Who owns the dog during this time?

You own your dog until the acceptance form (agreeing to hand the dog over for rehoming) is signed, at which point ownership transfers to Wood Green. Once the animal is rehomed, legal ownership is then transferred from Wood Green to the new owner.

What happens if I want to continue with Paw 2 Door but cannot keep my dog at home?

Please keep us updated if your circumstances change or if you can no longer care for your dog. We may be able to help but if your dog is not suitable to take into our centre and rehome on site or if we don’t have adequate space, this may not be possible. We have a waiting list for dogs that are needing to come into kennels and if this is the case for your dog you will be required to wait until it is their turn to do so.

Do I have a say in where my animal goes?

No. If you agree to the Paw 2 Door scheme, you must trust in our experience and knowledge that we will look for a suitable new home where your dog will be well taken care of. If you refuse a potential new home, you will not be able to continue on the scheme.

Can I meet any potential new owners?

No, we do not allow this. We ask that you place your trust in us just as you would do if you brought your dog into our centre to be rehomed. We have very experienced and fully qualified staff as well as various vetting processes which we can fully explain to you during the rehoming process.

Will I have to take my dog to one of Wood Green’s centres?

Yes, to see our vet and for any further assessments we deem necessary. We also ask that you make yourself available within a reasonable time frame if anyone is interested in potentially rehoming your dog.  However, if you have transport issues, we may be able to help.

Will people be visiting my home?

Yes, our staff will have to visit you and your dog at home to assess suitability for the scheme. After that, we may visit again if we feel we need to e.g. to see how you and your dog are progressing with any recommended training.

Who pays for the dog’s veterinary costs whilst waiting for it to be rehomed e.g. in the event of accident or illness and third party insurance?

As the owner of the animal, you remain liable for all costs associated with the care and upkeep of your dog up to the time you sign the acceptance form. You also remain legally liable for any accident or injury your dog causes to third parties.  We strongly advise you keep your dog insured against veterinary and third party risks until we have found it a new home.

What if I find a home for my dog myself?

You are free to rehome your dog yourself but you may wish to consider referring your choice of home to us. If they rehome your dog through our scheme, we can reassure you that they are right for your dog and they will benefit from our full rehoming package.

After your dog has been rehomed

How will my dog change hands? How and where will this take place?

You will bring your dog to our centre on an agreed date where you will sign your dog over to Wood Green. We ask that you leave your dog with us and you will not be able to meet the new owners on or before this date. On the same day, the new owner will sign and take legal ownership of the dog. This ensures that the charity is able to offer all the rehoming benefits to the new owner.

What is included in the rehoming package for the new owner?

People who rehome from us get an animal that is health checked by a vet, microchipped, vaccinated, wormed, flea treated, behaviourally assessed and matched to their needs. Everyone who rehomes an animal from Wood Green, The Animals Charity will have the support and guidance of the Charity for the life of the pet and all animals are rehomed with four weeks free Petplan insurance. 

Is there a trial period?

No, rehoming is permanent.

Can I reclaim my dog?

No, once an animal has been rehomed legal ownership will have transferred from you. It is very important that you understand this before signing the acceptance form.

Can I get my animal back if the new home doesn’t work out?

No matter how much we try to match animals to owners, there are sometimes circumstances where the rehoming doesn’t work. In this instance, ownership transfers back to Wood Green so any decision about returning it to you would be ours. We would not unreasonably refuse to do so but would look at the reasons why the animal was given up and would always make the animal’s welfare our main priority.

Can I keep in touch?

We do not recommend this, although it is at the discretion of the person rehoming the animal. We are able to pass on initial information about how the animal has settled into its new home.

Will it exclude me from getting another pet from Wood Green?

No, we understand that people’s circumstances change. Giving a pet up for rehoming is often a responsible choice for people who can no longer keep them so this would not necessarily prevent you from rehoming from us in future.

We understand that giving up your pet is a very difficult decision to make and we are here to support you to make the right choice for your dog.

If you have any further questions you feel we have not covered, please do get in touch. Call 0300 303 9333 or email Pet.Support@woodgreen.org.uk