Rehoming dogs

A guide to the dog rehoming process at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. 

Our rehoming process

Our rehoming process is carefully tailored to each applicant, so please allow plenty of time. We are busiest over weekends and during school holidays.

Dogs are rehomed all over the country, but you'll need to be able to collect the dog from one of our three sites. If you live more than ten miles from the Home you can start the dog rehoming process online. Fill in an application form and a rehomer will telephone you to go over the application with you.

If you live too far away for a home visit you'll need to provide a letter of recommendation from a vet or rescue centre. In some cases we may request you ask a local rescue centre to carry out a home visit. Please note, this doesn't guarantee you'll be able to rehome a dog from us. 

Battersea has dogs of all ages, colours, shapes and sizes, each with its different personality and temperament.  Each dog is assessed to find out what it's like and what sort of home, lifestyle and environment would best suit it.

One dog might be relaxed about being left alone, for example, and can be left by itself for three to four hours, whereas another can't be left alone at all as it gets anxious or destructive. One could be best suited to a rural home, another to a flat in the city. Each animal is carefully matched at the interview stage with the most suitable owner.

How much does it cost?

Our rehoming fee is £135 for dogs (over 6 months) or £165 for puppies (under 6 months). Included in this cost are the following:

  • Microchipping
  • Initial vaccinations, flea and worming treatment 
  • A collar, identification tag and lead 

In many cases your animal will be neutered. You will also receive a starter pack of food, advice and special offers.

We accept cash or debit/credit card as payment (we are unable to accept cheques).

Each rehomed dog will be covered with four weeks’ free Petplan insurance so that right from the start, your dog will be covered for accidents and new illnesses as they settle in to their new surroundings.

When our rehomers extend this free cover to a full policy Petplan will donate 10% of the cost of the premium to Battersea, as well as 10% of the cost of the premium each year the policy is renewed.

This 10% donation isn’t only available to people rehoming an animal from Battersea. Visit for a quote and more information about all Petplan policies for your pet. You can also call 0800 980 0500 quoting ‘BDCH’ and 10% of the premium will be donated to Battersea.

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ID and guidelines

Please bring with you:

  • Identification with your name and address. If you are submitting a joint application, please bring identification for both adults
  • Written permission from your council, housing association or landlord if you do not own your home
  • All members of the family. It is vital that everyone who will be living with the dog meets the animal
  • Any other dogs (not cats) which will be living with the new dog

Note you have to be 18 years old or over to rehome a Battersea dog and 21 or over to rehome bull and guarding breeds. 

Please remember:

  • We cannot guarantee any animal seen on the website will be suitable for a prospective owner
  • We cannot guarantee any animal seen on this website will be at the centre on the day of your visit
  • Although each animal has a full behaviour and temperament assessment while at the Home we cannot accept responsiblity for its temperament once it has been rehomed

Home visits

A home visit is not always necessary. As everyone’s situation is unique, we assess each person on a case-by-case basis, analysing their personal circumstances, home environment and experience as a pet owner, before deciding whether to carry out a home visit. Read more about our home visit policy.

Battersea's rehoming process

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