2. Giving up your dog – our process
What to expect if you give up your dog
We know that life can change and that might mean you can no longer care for your dog.
This is a tough decision – and we won’t judge you for needing to find your dog a new home. Asking us for help is the most responsible thing you can do for them.
Giving up your dog – what happens when I get in touch?
We understand what a difficult call this might be. Our staff will listen without judgment and help you make the right decision for your dog. We may be able to give you advice on managing the issue that has led to you considering rehoming.
Your assessment call
Someone from your nearest rehoming team will call you to talk through all your options. We'll listen without judgment and help you make the right decision for your dog.
If we agree that rehoming your dog is the right thing to do, we’ll ask you to fill in our …
Your assessment meeting
If we decide together that giving up your dog is best for both of you, we’ll arrange a meeting.
When you meet the rehoming team, we’ll ask you more about your dog’s likes and dislikes. We’ll usually take them for a short walk to see how they react around other dogs …
How much does it cost to give up a dog?
Giving up your dog to Dogs Trust is free. It won't cost you a penny. If you'd like to donate to support our work, we'd be grateful, but it's not required.
Will you definitely take my dog?
Our aim is to find a new home for every dog that needs one. But in some situations, we may not be able to take your dog.
Our kennels are often full, and many dogs need special support and training from our staff to help them overcome their fears and worries. This limits …...
I want to give up an aggressive dog. Can you help?
Our aim is to find a new home for every dog that needs one, and we take in all kinds of dogs. As we have an experienced behavioural team, we can support dogs with specific needs. However, there is a limit to the number of dogs with behavioural issues that we can take at any one …...
Would you take back a dog adopted from Dogs Trust?
We’ll always take back a dog adopted from us, whatever the reason and however long it is since you first adopted from us. If you’re experiencing problems with your dog’s behaviour, we’d first recommend that you contact us for support on 0300 303 3738.
If the problem isn’t …...