Giving your dog up for adoption

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

Contact your local rescue centre

  • Taking your dog to a local rescue centre will give you the peace of mind that your dog will be fully cared for until a new home is found
  • 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. Rescue centres are not there to judge and only have the dog's best interest in mind 
  • Rescue centres have the capacity to ensure your dog goes to the best possible home - our thorough adoption process means we can ensure they are rehomed with the perfect new family
  • Here at Battersea we conduct a thorough behaviour assessment with every animal to help identify any problems your dog may have. Our canine behaviourists work with our dogs to help with issues in advance of finding them new homes
  • You will be able to check-in on the progress of rehoming your dog with our Rehoming team
  • No matter how desperate the situation is, we strongly advise against leaving your animal anywhere to fend for themselves if you can no longer care for them. This would be very stressful for your dog, there is no guarantee they would be found and they may fall into the wrong hands. It also makes it much harder when dogs are brought to us with no history as we have no indication of their past which can slow down the rehoming process while we get to know them.

Bringing your dog to Battersea

If you would like to bring your own dog to one of our three centres please call us first:

Centre Telephone Email
Battersea London 0207 627 9218 dog.intake@battersea.org.uk
Battersea Old Windsor 0178 449 4442 bow.intake@battersea.org.uk
Battersea Brands Hatch 01474 875 105 bbh.intake@battersea.org.uk

*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 the Home are asked to consider a donation of £50 to help cover a small amount of the costs that the Home incurs.

If you're worried your dog may outlive you

Our Forever Loved scheme 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 scheme.