Adopting a Dog

All of our dogs will have been health checked, micro-chipped, fully vaccinated, will be up to date with flea and worming treatments and come with 4 weeks Petplan veterinary insurance, if eligible. All male dogs are neutered prior to rehoming and we will cover the cost for bitches to be spayed when the time is right. This is discussed on an individual basis and it is a condition of adoption that this is done. On adoption, we normally ask for a minimum payment of £170, which helps to pay for the costs of the care that we provide.

Our Rehoming Process

The first step is to speak to one of our Rehoming Officers tel: 01335 300825, or you can visit on one of our Open Days and chat to a Rehoming Officer then. You will be asked some questions about yourself, your home and everybody else who lives there, including other pets. This will enable us to help you choose which dog might be most suitable for you and your family. A little time and care at this stage is a good investment as it can be very sad for both you and the dog you choose if it does not work out.

Choosing Your Dog

Of course, we all know that "the dog picks you" and personal preference is important, but try to keep an open mind and give some thought to the type of dog that might fit in best with your household, your job and lifestyle, children and any other animals. You are welcome to come to The Ark as many times as you need to make a final decision and it is a good idea for the whole family, including any other dogs that are already a part of it, to visit at some stage. We will give you as much information and advice as we can about the dogs, including the assessments and observations we have made whilst they are at The Ark. All our dogs have one thing in common......they have no home to call their own, nor that special, loving bond with a human. That's where you come in. Once both you and the Rehoming Officer (and the dog, of course!) are happy with your choice, you can arrange to collect your new friend and take him home. Please remember that, except on Open Days, visits to The Ark are by appointment.