Thinking of Giving Your Dog Up for Adoption?

If you are having problems with your dog, maybe even to the point where you are considering whether they may need to be rehomed – STOP! We CAN help you.

Recently we were contacted by Jane. She was at the end of her tether with her dog, a Rottweiler called Dave. Jane spoke with us and took some time to reconsider her options. We can provide you with access to people who care, who can help you overcome problems you may be experiencing with your dog. Like Jane, you can take advantage of our FREE advisory service. Please, speak to us using the form below.

I looked at his beauitful face last night, I have attached a photograph for you to see our Dave, and thought that whatever it takes I just cannot get rid of him as both my husband and I, and our vet and all the family, love him so much that if I have to change jobs to keep him than that is what I will have to do.

Thank you again for your help


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Other issues that are common factors in dogs being handed over for adoption include not just one specific issue, but a combination of smaller problems that cause a ‘tipping point’.

Maybe yesterday the dog did a wee on the carpet. Last night they caused some damage to something that was precious. Then, this morning as we were trying to get the children ready for school the dog just kept on barking.

Take a moment. All of this is totally normal. It’s also normal to wonder whether we can cope.

For many owners they feel guilt. They feel they simply aren’t a ‘good enough’ owner for the dog they have. They imagine a scenario where handing the dog over to a shelter and their dog gets to have an amazing new life with an amazing new owner who is just perfect for them. They feel they are making a decision in the best interests of the dog.

Be aware of this. Rescue shelters are full to breaking point. Scenarios as described above can happen. But they are the exception, not the rule. In most cases a dog will enter a shelter, their life will be totally changed and they will compete with many, many other dogs for a new home. They may stay in the shelter for many months or even years.

It is always better to try and fix problems that are fixable than to imagine a scenario where giving the dog to a shelter is the answer to the problems faced.

Some scenarios are not behaviour related, they are problems related to job changes, loss of accommodation or relationship breakdown.

Even these problems are not insurmountable.

There is help on hand.

Please note, is not a rescue. This is a website that lists rescue organisations. If you need to contact a rescue shelter directly, you will find contact details for all rescues at the bottom of every dog’s profile page. Something to consider is to go in to a dialogue with a rescue and ask if they are able to direct you toward some help. Most rescues have contacts in the community, dog trainers and other advice that can give the best opportunity for the dog not to have be formally handed over.

To locate a UK dog rescue shelter follow this link.