The best place to start your search and keep up to date on dogs that are available for rehoming is on our online dog gallery. All dogs that are ready for rehoming will have their own web profile providing details about their character and the sort of home that they are looking for. Once you have found a dog that matches your requirements, make a note of the dog's reference number and give us a call on the number provided on their profile.
At this stage our Rehoming team will look into the behaviour and background of the dog that you are interested in to see whether they may be a suitable match for you to come and meet them. Each dog is assessed when they come into Battersea to find out what they are like and what sort of home, lifestyle and environment would best suit them. Within this assessment we take into account a dog’s suitability to be rehomed with:
- Other dogs – we will take into consideration a dog’s previous behaviour around other dogs.
- Cats – we will take into account a dog’s previous behaviour around cats and also their apparent ‘chase drive’ which indicates if a dog can live with a cat or not. All customers who rehome dogs to live with cats are provided with detailed support packs on how to introduce them safely.
- Children – a lot of the dogs in our care arrive as strays with no information about their previous history. As a result, we take great care when rehoming dogs to households with younger children.
We cannot guarantee any animal seen on the website will be suitable for a prospective owner. Sometimes the first dog that you pick won’t be the most suitable, so please keep an open mind regarding other matches. There is no limit to how many animals you can meet during the rehoming process to ensure we can help you find the perfect match.
When a suitable match has been found, you will be able to meet your potential new dog. Please remember that the kennel environment can be stressful for some animals and they may not behave as they normally would in the home. Some animals may appear shy, while others are loud or boisterous. The Rehoming staff will give you a better indication of the dog’s true personality upon meeting them.
All members of the family will need to meet a potential match. It is vital that everyone who will be living with the dog meets the animal.
Any other dogs who would be living with the new dog will also have an introduction; this will need to be arranged prior to your visit.