Giving up your dog for adoption

It's a difficult decision to give up your dog for adoption. Here we have some advice on what you can do to ensure they have the best chance of going to a new loving home.

Battersea will never turn away a dog or cat in need of our help

Bringing your dog to Battersea

At Battersea we fully understand that circumstances can change and respect how much of a difficult but responsible decision it is to bring your dog to us. We are not here to judge and just have the animal's best interest in mind.

Battersea's core mission is never to turn away a dog or cat in need of our help, and we are committed to ensuring that every dog and cat receives the highest standards of care.

If you need to rehome your dog, please contact us first:

Visit Battersea London Battersea London

If you are looking to give up your dog to our London centre, please complete our online form by clicking the button below. Alternatively, you can email us at dog.intake@battersea.org.uk or call us on 0207 627 9218*.

Complete the online form
Contact Old Windsor Old Windsor

If you are looking to give up your dog to our Old Windsor centre, please email us at bow.intake@battersea.org.uk or call us on 01784 494 442.

Email Old Windsor
Contact Brands Hatch Brands Hatch

If you are looking to give up your dog to our Brands Hatch centre, please email us at bbh.intake@battersea.org.uk or call us on 01474 875105.

Email Brands Hatch

*Calls cost 5p per minute from a BT landline, mobile charges may vary. All income donated from these calls will go toward the care of the dogs and cats at Battersea.

Due to kennel space we operate on an appointment basis and may not be able to take your dog immediately. We do however treat each case individually. In emergencies we may be able to accept dogs outside of our opening hours but please be aware that experienced veterinary and behavioural staff may not be available.

Customers wishing to gift their pet to Battersea are asked to consider a donation of £50 to help cover a small amount of the costs that Battersea incurs.

Giving your dog to Battersea

Battersea has been looking after animals in need since 1860. Our core mission is never to turn away a dog or cat in need of our help, and we are committed to ensuring that every dog and cat receives the highest standards of care.

We know this is a very difficult time and you may have a lot of questions. This booklet will help answer some of those questions and explain the process that each dog goes through when they arrive in our care.

Read our intake policy and FAQs

Our core mission is never to turn away a dog or cat in need of our help. However, for the wellbeing of your pet we may need to make difficult decisions. It is important that you fully understand our policies including those around no reclaim of ownership or your pet being put to sleep.

Read our intake policy

Contact your local rescue centre

It is always best to take your dog to a local rescue centre. This will give you the peace of mind that your dog will be fully cared for until a new home is found.

Rescue centres have the capacity to ensure your dog goes to the best possible home. Here at Battersea, our thorough adoption process means we can ensure they are rehomed to a loving new family.

No matter how desperate the situation is we strongly advise against leaving your dog anywhere to fend for themselves. This would be very stressful for your dog and there is no guarantee they will be found or that they won't fall into the wrong hands. It also makes it much harder when dogs are brought to a rescue centre as a stray as there is no indication of their past.

If you're worried your dog may outlive you

Our Forever Loved service enables us to take care of your dog while we find them a loving new home. It will give you the peace of mind that your dog will be taken care of should you pass away before them. Find out how to join our Forever Loved Service.

Report it

If you find a dog and Battersea is one of your local rescue centres you can report it to us and we will do our best to ensure a happy reunion or rehome.

Report a lost or found animal