Our Adoption Process

All of our dogs looking for homes can be seen on our forum

If you see a dog you feel fits what you are looking for, please complete the Pre-Adoption Form; there is a link on every dog's details as well as on the links to the left of this page. 

Please note the following before applying:

  • All suitable applicants will be subject to a telephone interview and where appropriate a homecheck and/or additional references.
  • We ask that you travel to meet the foster dog in its foster home. We do not 'deliver' dogs and will only do so in exceptional circumstances and only where all necessary checks have been carried out. There may be a petrol charge levied for this.
  • There is a required minimum donation for every dog. This is currently £150*
  • If adopting a puppy you will be asked to provide details of the training classes you will be attending. Training classes form part of the adoption agreement for puppies.
  • If at any stage of the adoption process a TLDR representative, the fosterer, homechecker or other rescue volunteer are not completely happy with the match for any reason you may be refused adoption.

After Submitting Your Application

Your application will be screened for initial suitability (for example if the dog's details state that it is not to be homed with cats, but your application states that you have 5 cats we may not consider your application for that specific dog).

We are all volunteers, organising the rescue around home, family and work commitments, and during especially busy periods,or where there are multiple applications for the same dog your application may not be responded to for a few days. Please be patient, you will be contacted.

In the first instance all potentially suitable applicants will be contacted by telephone for an informal chat. This will include questions about your home, family, work hours, other pets, lifestyle and activities. This helps us to get a more detailed idea of the kind of home you have to offer a little dog.

We like to give all applicants a fair opportunity, so wherever possible we will endeavour to call everyone. If after several calls over a period of days we have not been able to speak to you, and you have not returned our messages, we will sadly have to close your application.

If following this telephone call we feel that you are not suitable for the dog applied for, we will offer to add your name to our waiting list, or may have another dog in assessment or available for homing that we can suggest you consider.

Applicants felt to be a suitable match for a dog are then offered an opportunity to speak to the foster carer of the dog, in order to gain more detail about the dog itself, to ask any questions you need to, and for the fosterer to assure him or herself that your home is indeed the ideal one for the dog in their care.

After speaking with the fosterer if all parties are happy to proceed, we will arrange a homecheck.

It is important that all family members wherever possible are present for this visit. The homecheck is to confirm the details already supplied and to look at the security of your home and garden. 

Please do not feel nervous, our homecheckers are lovely people and will make it as pain free as possible. They will be able to talk through any possible concerns with you (eg: a damaged fence) and suggest ways to resolve the problem. They may also be able to offer advice about training, insurance, settling in a rescue dog and so on. 

The homechecker returns their report to us either via the internet or in the postal system, so it may be a few days before we call to inform you of the result. And if it's that pass you've been praying for, we will happily make arrangements for you to meet the dog in its foster home.

As you can see, the processis quite thorough, but we do try to make it as smooth and speedy as possible, and will do our best to keep you up to date with progress.

*We do not sell rescue dogs. We ask for a minimum donation of £150 for a dog or puppy on adoption. This donation is non refundable. This money is not a purchase of the dog, but enables us to bring another little dog into our care that is in need. 

Please consider that every dog adopted from us is neutered or spayed where possible, vaccinated and microchipped and has been flea and worm treated. In some cases the dog may also have received a full dental, skin treatment or other necessary medical care to prepare it for a new home. We rely entirely on donations and fundraising, and without those we would be unable to continue offering unwanted dogs the chance of a new life and home.