Help with Rehoming

Help with rehoming your dog (Sussex and Surrey only please)

Are you having behavioural issues with your dog and feel you can’t cope?

Forced to re-home your dog through a relationship crisis, house move or illness?



One of our trustees is an instructor for a dog training centre and she can give you advice which might just mean your dog will not need to be re-homed. Please call Paula on 01372 274484 to discuss it.


It’s a terribly upsetting time and you need to know that your dog will find a safe, loving home.

Hopefully the following will reassure you:

Our rehoming policy

  • We do not re-home our dogs to homes where they will be left alone for long periods of time, i.e. full-time workers.
  • The maximum time we like our dogs to be left for is 4 hours on a daily basis.
  • The garden must be completely secure with fencing.
  • We do not re-home our dogs to families with children under 5 years of age.
  • If the person hoping to adopt lives in rented accommodation, we will need written confirmation from the landlord stating that dogs are allowed.

Apply for help with rehoming

(Sussex and Surrey only, please)

If you would like us to consider helping you rehome your dog, please phone any of the following between 9 am and 6 pm:

  • Helen 01444 400371
  • Paula 01372 274484
  • Chris 01273 553735
  • Marcia 01273 551815
  • Jan 01403 864742

We would prefer you to phone rather than email, please.

We will need all the following information before we can help you, so please have it ready before you ring:

  • Your name, location, phone number
  • Dog’s Name
  • Male/Female
  • Age
  • Breed/Type
  • How long have you owned the dog.
  • If you have not owned the dog from a puppy, do you have any information on the dog’s history?
  • Spayed/neutered?
  • Vaccinated?
  • How is the dog with adults, children, other dogs, cats?
  • Does the dog have any behavioural issues or problems?
  • What is your reason for re-homing the dog?

Our rehoming procedure

Following a person’s interest in adopting one of our dogs, we will carry out a home visit. Providing they meet the necessary criteria, we will arrange for them to meet the dog at his/her foster home. All family members who will be living with the dog must meet him/her. If they have another dog, they too must be brought along.

On some occasions, it may be possible for the prospective dog to be met either at the person’s home or at one of our Trustees’ homes. When somebody adopts one of our dogs, they will be required to sign an adoption agreement and we ask for a fee which is a contribution towards our running costs.

This sum also helps us to continue re-homing other animals in need and is not for the particular dog. However, if the dog is 8 years of age and over, we ask only for a donation and not a specific sum.

We will ring the new owner within 24 hours after adoption and will carry out a follow-up visit a few weeks later. This is to check on the dog’s progress and to see how it is settling into its new home. Should they experience any problems or have any concerns whilst the dog is settling into its new home, they can contact us. We are always available to provide help and advice.

All our dogs are neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped. If a dog is unable to be neutered whilst in our care (i.e. if the dog is too young), we will arrange for him/her to be neutered at the appropriate time.

If, for whatever reason the new owner is no longer able to keep the dog, he/she MUST be returned to Sussex Pet Rescue and under no circumstances be passed onto anyone else (as stated in the adoption agreement).