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How To Find A Reputable Dog Rescue Centre

There are hundreds of animal rescue centres across the UK. It can often be difficult to know which one to choose. You also need to make sure you get a dog from a reputable animal rescue centre. There are a few things that you should look for when selecting where to get a new dog from.

It’s definitely worth considering adopting a dog over getting a puppy. There are so many dogs all over the country in desperate need of a loving home. Rescue dogs can make wonderful pets with the right care and attention.

Most of the major dog rescue charities offer an excellent service, which one you choose simply depends on your circumstances. This includes major animal welfare charities such as the RSPCA, The Dog’s Trust, Battersea and The Blue Cross.

If you are thinking of adopting a dog here are some tips when it comes to finding a rescue centre.


Rescue centres should make sure that the dogs they rehome have had all their vaccinations. This protects the other dogs in the shelter and the people who rehome them. Check that the dog you want to adopt has had all their vaccinations.

Dogs safe for rehoming

Some rescue dogs can be very challenging and sadly some dogs are not suitable for rehoming. Reputable rescue centres will put all dogs through rigorous temperament testing and will produce detailed information about a dog’s character and specific requirements.


Many rescue centres will make sure that all dogs are neutered or spayed before they are able to be rehomed. This is to reduce the chances of them producing unwanted puppies. Some rescue centres will include this in the rehoming fee whereas others will expect you to pay.

Home checking

All reputable rescue centres do home checks for prospective dog owners. This is very important because they need to make sure that your home is suitable for the specific dog you want. Most rescue centres will expect you to have a secure, enclosed garden so that your dog cannot escape.

Asking about your circumstances

Be prepared for the rescue centre to ask you about your circumstances. Reputable rescue centres will not allow you to adopt a dog if you work long hours and won’t be able to take care of them. You will be asked a series of questions about your lifestyle and the type of dog you are looking for. This is very important as it helps the rescue centre match you with an appropriate dog.

Guidance and support

Some of the better rehoming centres will offer you ongoing support and advice throughout the process. For example, if you take your new dog home and experience a few problems you should be able to speak to them and get advice.


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