Please read the information on this page very carefully and ensure that you are your family are ready for the commitment of adopting a dog. 

  

Once you have, please fill in the Potential Owner Enquiry Form as your first point of contact. CLICK HERE to view the form.


Adoption policy

Our aim is to ensure that all unwanted dogs which come into our care should be found loving new homes, where a lifestyle appropriate to their breed and temperament can be reasonably assured:

  • The new owner must live within 50 miles of West Yorkshire. Under exceptional circumstances this can be extended. 
  • Prospective owners must be aged 21 years or over.
  • We will not re-home to potential owners who are likely to leave a dog alone for long periods of time (over five hours).
  • We welcome owners with families but will not re-home where there are children under five years' old.  In each dog advert there is a statement of the age of children suited to that dog.
  • All dogs must be neutered. Should the dog be offered for adoption before being neutered (for example bitches who have only just finished a season and cannot be neutered for three months as this may compromise their health) then the new owner MUST neuter the dog. Follow up by West Yorkshire Dog Rescue will ensure this happens and if the dog is not neutered within three months of the adoption date, West Yorkshire Dog Rescue will take the dog back into our care.
  • We will not re-home to where a dog is kept outside the home i.e. in a kennel or run.
  • The new owner is responsible for veterinary treatment and third-party liability from the moment the dog leaves the West Yorkshire Dog Rescue foster carer, irrespective of whether an Adoption Contract has yet been signed.
  • We expect new owners to give the dog a reasonable amount of time to settle in and adjust to a new life, however if an incompatibility arises the dog MUST be returned to West Yorkshire Dog Rescue at the owner’s expense. West Yorkshire Dog Rescue cannot accept responsibility for the temperament of any dog once it has been re-homed. All our dogs are given thorough health and temperament assessments. However once a dog has settled into a new home his or her behaviour can sometimes change. We can only advise on the temperament of any dog while it is in our care or, on rare occasions, based on the information provided by previous owner.

 

Adoption procedure

  • We will interview to discover what you want from owning a dog, your lifestyle and home circumstances so that we can match the right dog with the right owner.
  • We go through a process of checking your suitability for a particular dog that you are interested in - you may be turned down for one particular dog that you are interested in but offered one that is better suited to your lifestyle and needs.
  • We may take up references from a veterinary surgeon.
  • All family members must meet the dog and demonstrate commitment to owning a rescue dog.
  • All owners are asked to sign an Adoption Contract - CLICK HERE to view.
  • We do not sell dogs, however we ask for a Charitable donation to be provided on adoption to help towards running costs.  Adoption donations do not fully cover all our costs  which is why we also do fundraising.  The dog is not fully adopted until the donation is paid.
  • Every new owner is encouraged to take out insurance - we recommend PetPlan - CLICK HERE for more information.
  • Once the dog is adopted and donation paid, the ownership transfers to the new owner and we transfer microchip ownership details to the new owner. 

Please read the information on this page very carefully and ensure that you are your family are ready for the commitment of adopting a dog. 

 

Once you have, please fill in the Potential Owner Enquiry Form as your first point of contact. CLICK HERE to view the form.