How to Adopt a Dog in London

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Go to any park in London, and you will be overwhelmed with the number of puppies. Lockdown puppies. It seems that anyone who ever wanted to own a dog decided that lockdown was the perfect time to do so. It makes some sense since most people were working from home and able to devote time to training and bonding with their new puppies.

The problem is now that as people go back to the office, some are realising they cannot continue to care for their puppies anymore. So many young dogs are ending up in London shelters as a result.

Surprisingly, however, the stock of adoptable dogs in London shelters is low right now. Why? They’ve had to reduce the number of dogs and cats currently in their care while following Government guidelines. As a result, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home only had 27 dogs as of July 2021. They did, however, have 70 cats available for adoption.

As a result, it can be difficult to find a dog to adopt in London at the moment. Regardless, we’ll explain the steps involved in adoption. Also, keep in mind that if you want your new family member to be covered by pet insurance, you may need pre-existing condition pet insurance, as he or she is likely to have had some issues in the past that a regular pet insurance policy might not cover.

Steps to adopting a dog

While the steps can vary depending on which shelter you adopt from, here are the typical steps to take in order to adopt a dog in London:

  • Look online at the pets that are currently available.
  • Complete a rehoming application form
  • Meet your potential adoptee
  • Get a home visit
  • Arrange pet insurance
  • Collect your dog
  • Settle your dog into its new home

How to adopt a dog from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home (lovingly referred to simply as ‘Battersea’) has been caring for and rehoming unwanted pets since 1860. Battersea is non-selective, so they take pets regardless of breed, sex, condition, age, temperament, health or other factors.

In addition to caring for and rehoming pets, they also provide expert information and advice to pet owners who are considering sending their pets to Battersea. They also assist Local Authorities and other rescue organisations

To adopt a dog from Battersea, check out the list of available dogs here.

How to adopt a dog from the RSPCA

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) is the world’s oldest and largest animal welfare charity. They’ve been rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming or releasing animals across England and Wales since 1824. They also run a national cruelty line, which can be reached at 0300 1234 999 between 7 am and 10 pm, 7 days a week. They have over 150 local branches, including three covering London.

In July 2021, the RSPCA had hundreds of dogs and cats available for rehoming.

To adopt a dog from the RSPCA, check out the list of available dogs here.

How to adopt a dog from Pets4Homes

Pets4Homes is known as a site for listing puppies for sale, but they also have a section for pets up for adoption. In July 2021, they had over 1,200 pets listed for adoption, nearly 500 of which where dogs. Over 100 adoptable dogs were located within 50 miles of London. In addition, many are rescues from abroad, including countries such as Romania and Cyprus.

Pets4Homes also includes listings from pet owners looking to rehome their pets, perhaps due to a change to family or work circumstances.

To adopt a dog from Pets4Homes, check out the list of available dogs here.

How to adopt a dog from DogsTrust

Founded in 1891, DogsTrust is a charity focused on its 20 rehoming centres, funding preventative work and providing information to help dog owners understand the needs of their pets. The DogsTrust website is chock full of useful advice for dog owners, covering important topics like training, behaviour, dog care, dog school, and getting a dog. They care for over 15,000 dogs each year in the UK.

DogsTrust receives no direct government funding and relies solely on donations from the public. Their Hope Project helps homeless people cover the cost of veterinary treatment for their dogs. And their Freedom Project is a dog fostering service for people fleeing domestic abuse. This service has been going strong for 16 years and has helped over 1,500 people who are going into the refuge.

In July 2021, DogTrust listed close to 500 dogs available for adoption, 25 of which were located in their Harefield, West London branch.

To adopt a dog from DogsTrust, check out the list of available dogs here.

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