Adopting A Dog

PLEASE READ: Offering a home to a dog is a decision which should not be taken lightly.  Our dogs are rescue dogs, they have not had the best start in life and we want to ensure that their next home is a loving life-long permanent one. Prospective owners should be committed to working with their new family member to overcome any hurdles or issues which may crop up.


Most of our rescues have a period of time in foster care where we assess them in order to give prospective owners an honest insight. Some will have been assessed whilst in kennels. Either way a period of adjustment when the dog arrives must be expected. This might go smoothly or it might not, we cannot say, but all we ask is 100% commitment on your part to make this work.


In most cases dogs will be only be homed where:

  • There is someone around for part of the day.

  • There is a totally secure garden with a 4 or 5ft minimum fencing/wall height (which is already in place).

  • There are no cats (unless cat friendly stated).

  • Children are over 5 years old  (unless the dogs has already lived with young children)



Things to Consider 

  • Having a dog requires time and patience.

  • Have you considered the costs involved i.e. vet bills and pet insurance?

  • Would your lifestyle and routine suit a dog - a dog should not be left for more than 4 hours at a time.

  • A dog most likely will require some training.

  • Different breeds/ages of dog will require different exercise.

  • Your home - are all family members happy to adopt and care for a dog? Is there a quiet area for the dog to relax? How will existing pets cope?

The Adoption Process




5) If the initial meeting goes well we will arrange a trial period with you to have the dog and you will sign a pre-adoption agreement.

6) At the end of that trial period if you would like to proceed with the adoption, and the charity is happy to proceed, you will sign an adoption agreement and pay a donation.



7) Minimum Donations 

  • £300 for adult UK dogs up to and including 7 years of age

  • Puppies as above, but adopter will be responsible for paying half the neutering costs. Owner pays in full and charity will reimburse half the cost on proof of receipt

  • £200 for adults aged 8 and over


8) The charity will always be there to support you and the dog and are happy to remain in touch.


Please note that:

  • Our priority is the well being of the dog and we base our decisions on what is best for the dog.


  • Jersey Rescue Dogs will inspect a dog if there is a cause for concern once adopted.


  • Donations towards adoption costs are non-refundable.



An Adopter's Responsibilities


  • To give the dog the loving and safe home they deserve.


  • Only to let the dog off the lead when in a safe environment when it has a solid recall but never to be off lead on the roads.


  • To not breed or use the dog for any purposes of financial gain.


  • To keep the dog indoors as a family pet.


  • To keep the dog in a sound and healthy condition, ensure veterinary treatment is given when necessary.


  •  The adopter is responsible for pet insurance (recommended) and veterinary costs incurred.


  • To not have the dog euthanized unless recommended by a veterinary surgeon.


  • If you are unable to care for the dog or the dog needs to be re-homed, they must be returned to the charity.


  • To notify the charity of any serious medical issues that arise and if the dogs becomes lost or stolen.


  • The dog wears a collar with an identity disc at all times and you have applied for the relevant licence in the jurisdiction you live in.

1) Fill out our application form providing us with as much detail as possible including the name of the dog you are interested in. (Please note we no longer accept general enquries.)


2) We will be in touch to discuss your application.


3) Subject to a successful application form, we will arrange a home visit to meet you and answer any queries you may have.  At this time we will assess the environment the dog will live in and ensure it is safe and suitable . Your garden MUST be secure before we visit. We will bring the dog to meet you. This may be a walk in the area initially. It depends on individual circumstances ie other pets


4) If you haven't met the dog at the above stage and your home check was successful, we will then arrange for you to meet the dog.

Jersey Rescue Dogs is a member of the THE ASSOCIATION OF JERSEY CHARITIES No. 334.

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