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About Tess

Mastiff: Old English
2 to 5 Years


Tess is a shy girl looking for a quiet home to settle in and find her feet. She is large but lacking in confidence and social skills, so owners need to give her a confidence boost. She finds new faces and places worrying, so things need to be taken slowly. She has limited doggy social skills and finds some worrying, so some gentle socialisation is necessary but at her pace. She may need to be the only dog at home. Once she does know you she is a really bouncy dog who can get quite over excited and giddy, which does need to be managed in her new home.

Type of home needed

As she has quite a timid nature, Tess is looking for an adult only home with no visiting youngsters. She might take a while to settle as she has led such a sheltered life. Tess needs to learn that people are her friends and the source of all things nice. She is a big girl and can be OTT at timesand also very strong on lead, so owners need advice on how to manage this in her new home. With some patience and kindness she will blossom.

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How rehoming works

Thank you for your interest in Tess, who is based at Darlington. Please note this is not a reservation on this dog. To start the rehoming process you will need to go to a rehoming centre for a quick chat. Please find information below about what to expect during the rehoming process. We hope to see you soon.

  1. The average time between visiting a Rehoming Centre and taking your new pet home is just eight days. Every circumstance is different but this brief guide lets you know what you will experience when you decide to rehome a dog from us.
  2. The rehoming centre is your gateway to finding your new pet pooch. When you arrive at the centre you will be greeted in reception by a friendly face.
  3. During this first visit we will take a few details from you so we know what you are looking for. You will be able to visit the dogs and we'll advise you on how to find the right dog for your circumstance and that your circumstances will work for the dog too.
  4. We would like you to get to know your chosen dog before you take him home so, if you have any other dogs or family members, you may need to bring them along for a further visit to ensure the whole family is happy with the decision.
  5. The fee for rehoming a dog is £150 (£140 in Ballymena due to extra dog licence fees),for puppies its £150 adoption fee plus a £45 Dog School fee but every dog is vet checked, microchipped, and neutered as well as a very cool Dogs Trust lead and collar - so we think it's a good deal!
  6. On rehoming your new dog from Dogs Trust you can receive 4 weeks' free insurance from our partner Petplan, this covers your dog for any unexpected illnesses and injuries, for further details and to activate your 4 weeks' free trial visit the Petplan website.
  7. So now you are ready to take your new pal home, just one more step which is a pre-adoption talk. This ensures you are aware of the responsibilities of dog ownership and reminds you that we are always here when you need us!
  8. Get in touch with the centre your dog is located at to arrange a visit.
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