Adopting a Dog

Giving a home to an abandoned or unwanted rescue dog is probably one of the most rewarding experiences humans can have. However, it is important to realise that you will be taking on a serious commitment, and that your new dog will depend on you for its entire life – often up to 15 years.

We always have dogs of all ages, sizes and shapes ... all with different personalities, temperaments and needs. Some may need an extra-special new home, others may need owners with experience of their particular breed and some may not be suitable to share their new home with small children. Always keeping our dogs' characteristics and previous experiences in mind, we do our best to match the right owner with the right dog on an individual basis.

If you are considering taking a new companion into your home and family, please consider that you will need time and patience to allow for your new dog to settle in, as well as spend time on any training he or she may need. If you have small children, they should always be supervised around your new dog to avoid harm coming to either of them.

When choosing a new dog we strongly recommend that all members of the family the dog will be living with, come and meet the potential new family member.

Also please bear in mind that a dog you see, or a particular breed you may have set your heart on, may not actually be the most suitable dog for you or your circumstances.

Please note that if you are not the owner of your property we require a letter of authority for you to keep pets from your Landlord. This will be required before a reservation can be placed.

Please note that all adoptions are subject to a home check carried out by SDR to ensure the potential home is suitable for the dog to be adopted, more information on the home check procedure can be obtained by contacting the kennels.

The Adoption Process

Do not visit the centre without an appointment.

If you are interested in adopting a dog, please

  1. Look at our website ( to see if there is a dog you are interested in, read through the dog’s profile to see if you think that the dog may be suitable. The website is always up to date with dogs that are available and will be highlighted if the dog is already reserved. Our viewing kennels will not be open to the public. All viewings will be on a strict appointment basis to maintain social distancing. Please do not visit to view the dogs without an appointment 
  2. Submit a pre-adoption form to and CC If you do not have access to the internet please contact the centre on 01494 482695 and we will complete a form over the phone. A dog carer will contact you closer to the time of reopening. If the application meets the needs of the dog, we will then send you the dogs assessment to review. If the application does not meet the dogs needs or we have already received a suitable application, we will let you know and request that you keep an eye on the website for another suitable dog. 
  3. When you receive the assessment review fully and email any questions back to and CC and the dog carer will then contact you and answer your questions.
  4. If you are happy with the responses and would like to meet the dog, we will then arrange an appointment. Appointments will be daily between 2-3.45 except Thursdays. Prior to meeting any dog we would require two forms of ID one of which must be photographic showing your address (i.e. driving licence, utility bill/landlords letter) and if you live in rented accommodation, you will be asked to provide written permission from your landlord or housing authority, confirming that they are happy for you to keep a dog in the property. If you already have a dog/s the permission must state, the number of dogs allowed in your property.
  5. Please arrive at your appointed time with all other occupants of the house and wait in your car a member of staff will come out to you (maintaining social distancing to check you in) The dog carer will then get the dog out of kennels for you and give you a lead for you to take the dog for an offsite walk – we will not have facilities onsite for you to have indoor meetings. If the meeting goes well you can then put a reserve on the dog.
    At point of reservation we will require a £20 non-refundable deposit (deposits are non-refundable unless the reserve is cancelled by SDR) and at point of adoption the £20 would be deducted from the adoption donation.
  6. The reserve will be in place for 7 days, if within the 7 days a second visit has not been completed or arranged the reserve will be removed. All occupants of the household must visit the dog at least twice within 14 days.
  7. If you have another dog/dogs we will carry out a controlled dog mix
  8. One of our volunteers will complete a homecheck, please ensure prior to arranging the homecheck that your garden is 100% secure as it will fail the homecheck if not and the reserve may be removed.
  9. Providing the homecheck passes we will contact you and ask that you collect your new dog within 7 days (on either the Tuesday or Friday adoption day detailed in step, to free up the kennel for another dog needing our help.
  10. You will then attend an adoption talk held every Tuesday and Friday at 3.45 and will be able to take your dog home after the talk, it is at this stage the donation is taken and we will give you an adoption pack including 2Kg of food.
    On the day you take your dog home you will need to bring with you a collar and/or harness and a lead and ensure you have means of securing the dog in the car for the journey home.
    Our dogs have been treated for fleas, wormed, vaccinated, *neutered, behaviour assessed, vet checked and microchipped, all for the donation relevant for the age of the dog. *For dogs under 10 months, bitches under a year and those currently in season, a neutering voucher will be issued.
    Puppies up to and including 12 months - £200
    Dogs from the age of 1 year up to and including 6 years - £160
    Dogs from the age of 7 years and upwards – £120
    Of course, the more that you can afford to give us, the better standard of care we can give to the dogs we currently have with us, and to the dogs that may come to us in the future.


To Reserve a Dog we will Require:- 

  1. Deposit – A £20 *non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a dog (*deposits are non-refundable unless the reserve is cancelled by Stokenchurch Dog Rescue). At the point of adoption the deposit will be deducted from the adoption donation
  2. Proof of I.D – Potential adopters will need to produce two forms of ID showing their address of which one must be photographic proof of identity(i.e. driving licence, utility bill/landlords letter) at point of reservation.
  3. Landlords Letter - If you live in rented accommodation, you will be asked to provide written permission from your landlord or housing authority, confirming that they are happy for you to keep a dog in the property. If you already have a dog/s the permission must state the number of dogs allowed. This will be required before a reservation can be placed