Adopting a Hope Rescue dog

Please note that appointments to meet the dogs at the rescue centre are by prior arrangement only. Due to our site layout our kennels are not open to the public for general viewing. An online Adoption Interest Form should be completed first. Appointments are available in 45 minute slots from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. each day except Wednesdays. 

Our adoption process at Hope Rescue ensures that the right dog is matched to the right home. The procedure for adoption is as follows:

  • Complete an Adoption Interest Form
  • Telephone chat with a member of the Welfare and Adoption Team 
  • Appointment at the centre to meet the dog(s) 
  • Home Check
  • Final meeting and collection with all canine and human family members (if they have not already met). Please note that some of our dogs may require more than one meeting prior to adoption..
  • Adoption Agreement completed
  • Follow-up call or visit (if applicable)

Whilst we do have some basic adoption criteria, they are guidelines as opposed to blanket policies. We try to be flexible to match the needs of the individual dog and the suitability of the home offered. Each dog will have its own specific requirements for a new home and this will be detailed in their adoption information.

How do I apply to adopt a dog?

Details of our dogs available for adoption can be found here. Each dog has its own record, with photos and information on the type of home they are looking for; please ensure that you read this information carefully before submitting an application. Most of the dogs will be at the rescue centre, but some will be in foster homes; Once you have completed an on-line application form then a member of our welfare and adoption team will ring you for a chat. If we think you are a good match for one of our rescue dogs then we will make an appointment for you to come and meet our dogs at the rescue centre in Llanharan. 

Are your dogs neutered and vaccinated?

All of our dogs are neutered (if over 6 months), first vaccinated, flea treated, wormed and microchipped prior to adoption. The microchip will be dual registered to both the adopter and Hope Rescue. If a puppy is not old enough to be neutered then this must be carried out at the owner’s expense when old enough (a subsidised neutering voucher can be provided in some cases), the relevant form completed by the vet and returned to Hope Rescue.

Do you have a minimum age requirement for children?

We do not have blanket age restrictions for dogs being adopted where there are children in the family. Each dog will have its own requirements for the ages of children and this is specified in their adoption information.

My existing dog is not neutered – is this a problem?

We do not allow our dogs to go to homes with existing dogs that are not neutered unless this is for medical or behavioural reasons - if in doubt please enquire first. All Hope Rescue dogs are neutered if over 6 months old. We believe neutering is a key aspect of responsible dog ownership. We are also mindful that having an entire dog in the house could mean settling a new dog in and building their own canine relationships can be more difficult.

Can I adopt a dog if I work?

We will allow certain dogs to be adopted by full-time workers where specified in their adoption information. However, you must make arrangements for someone to visit during the day eg a dog walker/sitter. If the dog has been in a foster home it means that we do have an idea how each dog reacts to being left for certain periods of time. Please let us know what your "typical" day is like so we can try and match the right dog with your needs.

Do you allow dogs to be adopted for “working” purposes?

We do not allow our dogs to be adopted into working homes (ie hunting). However, we do encourage people to apply for dogs that would excel with a "job" to do such as agility, flyball and Cani-x. We do not generally let dogs go to homes where they are kept outdoors in kennels, gardens or runs, with the exception of dogs that have previously lived outdoors and are happiest in this environment.

How much is your adoption fee?

We ask for a minimum adoption fee of £180 per dog/puppy. This is an important contribution towards our general running costs and in some cases, may not even cover the cost of care that the dog has received from us.

Do I need to take my adopted dog to training classes?

We strongly encourage adopters to attend positive and reward-based training classes, particularly for puppies and bull breeds. We can assist with identifying appropriate classes if required.