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 at point of application.

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

10 Steps to Adoption

(A brief guide to adopting a dog from Stokenchurch Dog Rescue)

Due to the present COVD-19 restrictions we are obliged to enforce social distancing and we must kindly request that you do not visit the centre without an appointment. This means all viewings will be on a strict appointment basis.

To avoid disappointment please note our viewing kennels will not be open to the public.

We are pleased that you are considering adopting one of our dogs. These are the steps to help you along the way:-


  1. Please start by looking at the dog adoption webpages showing dogs available for adoption: - If there is a dog you are interested in, read through the dog’s profile to see if you feel that the dog may be suitable. The website is always up to date with dogs that are available. Should a dog’s picture be shaded out as ‘reserved’, then it is no longer available for you to adopt. Please kindly note that you will be unable to visit to view the dogs without an appointment.

  2. If you find a dog on our website that you would like to adopt then please submit a pre-adoption form to  and cc  If you are helping someone who doesn’t have access to the internet then they are welcome to contact the centre on 01494 482695 and we can arrange for an application form to be posted out. A Dog Carer will contact you within 24 hours of receiving your application if you are a suitable match. We place great emphasis on finding the correct home for our dogs. If your application meets the needs of the dog, we will send you more specific information about the dog. Should your application not meet the dog’s needs, or we are already processing a previous suitable application, then do keep an eye on the website for another suitable dog.  
  1. Please read the information we send about the dog and email any questions to: -  and cc: One of our Dog Carers will then contact you to answer your questions. 
  1. If you are happy with the responses to your questions and would like to continue with the adoption then we will contact you to arrange an appointment to meet the dog at the kennels. Appointments can be made daily between 1.30-3.45pm except for Thursdays. Prior to meeting any dog we will require two forms of ID one of which one must be photographic showing your address (i.e. driving licence, utility bill/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 another dog/s then the permission must also state the number of dogs allowed in your rented property.



  1. Please note: MASKS MUST BE WORN BY ALL VISITORS DURING DOG MEETS – WITHOUT A MASK WE REGRET THAT WE CANNOT PROCEED WITH THE MEETING. Please arrive at your appointed time with all other occupants of the house and wait in your car for a member of staff, who will come out to register you whilst maintaining the necessary social distance. The dog carer will then collect the dog from the kennels and give you a lead so that you can take the dog for an offsite walk. Due to current restrictions there are currently no suitable on-site facilities for you to have an indoor meeting. If the meeting goes well you may then put a reserve on the dog.



  1. At point of reservation we will require a £20 non-refundable deposit please (deposits are non-refundable unless the reserve is cancelled by SDR).   At point of adoption the £20 will be deducted from the adoption donation.

  2. The reserve will be in place for seven days.  If within the seven 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.

  3. If you have another dog or dogs we will carry out a controlled dog mix.

  4. Home check - One of our SDR team members will complete a home-check. Please ensure prior to arranging the home-check that your garden is 100% secure. Please note the home-check will fail if the garden is not secure and the reserve may be removed.


  5. PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE WEARING A MASK TO COLLECT THE DOG AS, WHEN COMPLETING THE PAPERWORK, REQUIRED SOCIAL DISTANCING CANNOT BE MAINTAINED – WE CANNOT PROCEED WITH THE COLLECTION IF MASKS ARE NOT WORN. Providing the home-check is passed, we will contact you to ask you to collect your new dog within seven days – on the following Thursday. Before collecting your dog you will need to attend a virtual adoption by Zoom. Please ensure you have downloaded the app to a phone, or a tablet or a laptop ahead of the talk – we will send you an invitation link for the talk. These talks are held every Tuesday at 3.45pm. We kindly request that you collect your dog on a Thursday afternoon at an appointed time. It is at this stage your donation will be taken. We will give you an adoption pack including 2 Kg of food. If you are late for your appointment, we will allocate you the next available appointment that day (though please appreciate it may not be the following appointment slot) so that your collection does not overlap the next appointment.

On the day you take your dog home please note 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.  

We are pleased to advise that, prior to going home, all dogs have been treated for fleas, wormed, vaccinated, *neutered, behaviour assessed, vet checked and micro chipped, all included in 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 - £275 

Dogs from the age of 1 year up to and including 9 years - £200 

Dogs from the age of 10 years and over – £140 


AFTERCARE:  Please remember we are always here if you need to talk to us about advice or guidance on caring for your SDR dog after adoption.