Considering giving up your dog?

We'll help you make the right decision for your dog.

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We know that life rarely goes according to plan and things don’t always work out, including owning a dog. We’re here to help. If you think you may need to give your dog up for adoption, please get in touch.

We know this is a tough decision, and we won’t judge you for needing to find your dog a new home. We take in dogs for all sorts of reasons: from changes in accommodation and finances, to relationship breakdowns and family crises. Asking us for help is the most responsible thing you can do for your dog.

What should I do if I need to give up my dog?

We understand what a difficult call this could be. Our team will listen without judgement and will help you make the right decision for your dog. We may be able to give advice on managing the issue that has led to you considering rehoming your dog, or we could point you in the direction of further advice or assistance. Whatever the situation, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

If we decide together that rehoming your dog is the best thing to do, and we think we can help with this, we’ll take your details for our rehoming team and they will contact you as soon as they can to discuss your situation in more detail.

As we have limited resources, we will do everything we can to help but, in some circumstances, we won’t be able to take a dog. If that’s the case, we’ll be honest with you about it. We’ll try to act in the best interests of your dog at all times and with their welfare and happiness in mind. We'll offer advice if we can, and hopefully be able to point you and your dog in the right direction to get the support that you need.

If you are interested in our Home Adoption programme, please call us on 01 879 1000 – Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm where a member of our Rehoming Team will take you through our eligibility assessment.’

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