A good rescue centre will know about the dogs in their care, and will also ask you lots of questions too. Don’t be surprised if you feel a little quizzed! You may also be required to have a home visit from staff at the rehoming facility. Everyone wants what is best for the dogs, and this involves finding them the most suitable home environment. Getting the right dog for your home will also benefit you too!
Good rescue centres will also usually microchip, vaccinate, neuter and provide initial flea and worm treatments for dogs in their care. This can save you money, as although rescue centres usually charge a rehoming fee, it is often less than the sum total of getting these procedures done.
If you aren’t sure about your local rescue centre options, your vet may be able to advise you of any they have worked with, or you can have a look at the charity Support Adoption, which has a list to explore.
You could also contact your local council. Many councils rehome dogs collected as strays or abandoned in the local area, and sadly dogs that aren’t found new homes may be put to sleep. While these centres may not provide as comprehensive a package as other rehoming centres, it is always worth a check as you may find the perfect dog for you!
Here at Vets4Pets we work closely with Battersea, who have amazingly re-homed over three million pets! As part of this partnership, every dog or cat rehomed from Battersea goes home with a completely free Vac4Life package, helping their new owners give them the very best health care.