How to rehome a dog

At Battersea, we make every effort to match you with the best animal for you. That's why we look at everything from your living situation to your preferences. Because getting it right leads to something very special.

Our staff are working hard to respond to rehoming enquiries and to rehome our dogs and cats following Government approved guidelines regarding social distancing.

At the moment we can only deliver dogs if there is access to an enclosed outdoor space such as a garden.

Customers who wish to rehome a dog or cat are advised to fill out an online rehoming application. Please be aware that due to reduced staffing at our centres, and a very high level of enquiries, there may be some delay in responding to your application whilst we prioritise existing applications.

Further information about how Battersea is rehoming its dogs and cats whilst following social distancing guidelines can be found below.

Three simple steps to rehome your new best friend

  1. Register - you can register online, or email info@battersea.org.uk
  2. Match - our rehoming team will help you find your perfect pet and introduce you to them
  3. Rehome - after a final medical check, we'll deliver your dog along with a welcome pack including food, a collar, lead, and advice sheets.

Register to rehome a dog

Battersea's rehoming process

Our rehoming process is carefully tailored to each applicant, so please allow plenty of time. Our staff will to discuss your individual requirements and answer any questions you may have during the process.

We ask that you put careful thought into what will be involved in caring for a dog and make sure that everyone in your household is ready for the responsibility.

Further information about each rehoming stage

Step 1: Register

Before we match you with a dog, you will need to register your details. You can do this by registering online, or by emailing info@battersea.org.uk.

You will also need to provide us with photographic proof of identity and proof of address.

After registering we might ask for photos or videos of your home or garden. This is decided on a case-by-case basis, for example we may want to check that your garden is suitable to exercise an energetic dog. If you live in rented accommodation, you may be asked to provide written permission from your landlord or housing authority, confirming that they are happy for you to keep a pet in the property.

Step 2: Match

Search

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.

Assess

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. 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.

Meet

When a suitable match has been found, you will be able to virtually meet your potential new dog, this may be through watching footage we have filmed of them at our centres or in their foster homes, or through a video call.

Step 3: Rehome

Before leaving our centre, your dog will receive a final medical check-up and a member of our Rehoming team will go through any additional information that you may need to help your pet settle into their new home. All customers receive our support as part of our aftercare – we will give you a phone call within a few days of rehoming to find out how you and your new dog are getting on and we are available for any support required thereafter.

When we deliver your dog, we’ll bring a welcome pack including food, a collar, lead, and advice sheets.

Cost

Our rehoming fee is £155 for dogs (over six months) or £185 for puppies (under six months). We accept debit/credit card as payment (we are unable to accept cash or cheques at the moment). Included in this cost are the following:

  • Microchipping
  • Initial vaccinations, flea and worming treatment
  • Neutering
  • A collar, identification tag and lead
  • Starter pack of food, advice and special offers
  • Four weeks’ free Petplan insurance as your dog settles into their new surroundings.

If you need any more information about adopting a dog, please read our dog rehoming FAQ.

Register to rehome a Battersea dog

Bringing an animal into your life can be a wonderful experience. Rescuing a dog or cat, however, is truly life-changing – for you, and your new companion.

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