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All You Need To Know About Adopting A Dog

Find your new best (dog) friend!

Congratulations! You’ve made the right decision in choosing to adopt a dog rather than shop for one! We have many beautiful homeless dogs of all kinds at NCAR and you can search for your perfect canine companion knowing that our expert staff have had the chance to get to know the dog and can pass on their knowledge to you.

Want to adopt a cat? Visit this page

Some dogs will have had particularly difficult pasts and it’s unsurprising that a few may have issues. There is nothing more rewarding than showing a dog that it can trust people again once it has met the right family.

You can also check out our Sticky Pets here. These are the dogs who have been here the longest for a variety of reasons but they all have one thing in common – they all need a new best friend who understands their special needs and is willing to work with our dog behaviour experts to help them become the happy dog they were meant to be!

And every week we feature a Dog of the Week. A dog we’d like to draw your attention to that we think needs a special forever home as soon as possible.

And remember that we never put an animal to sleep unless they are suffering and will not recover or they are unsafe to rehome after a behaviourist has worked with the animal at length. Once we take in an animal, it will remain with us until a new home is found.

IMPORTANT NOTICE for families with children who want to adopt a dog

As many of our dogs come to the rescue as strays we are unable to rehome them with children under the age of 5 years old, as we have no history of these dogs behaviour. We do not home dogs at all to families with children under the age of 2 years old, for the safety of our dogs and your children.

And, like your children, all our animals are individual. As such, each adoption will be considered on that basis. Our staff are on hand to advise on the character and suitability of each dog.

First of all check out the list below but please don’t feel intimidated. We would just like to help you decide if you would like to adopt one of our dogs, and we hope to see you soon at the rescue.

Important factors to consider before adopting a dog

  • Is anyone at home for a reasonable time during the days, so that the dog won’t be left for any more than 3-4 hours at a time?
  • Will you be able to cope financially with owning a pet now and in the future?
  • On average, costs relating to keeping a pet dog are around £900 per year (this is only a guide).
  • Have you got a secure garden?
  • Do you have very young children – babies, where a dog may be nervous or feel jealous around the child and adoption is inappropriate until your child is slightly older?
  • Will your dog be sleeping inside or out?
  • Do you realise a dog is for life not just for Christmas?
  • Dogs from the rescue may not always be completely house trained after leaving a kennel environment, and may also need some obedience training!
  • Do you have any holidays booked in the next few months, if so we would advise you to leave it until you get back from your hols!
  • After reserving a dog at the rescue, there will be a home check, to make sure the garden is secure!

We always do a home check on every dog which is adopted from the rescue. We need to make sure the garden is secure, that the home is suitable for a dog and that you don’t live next to a main road where the dog may be injured.

Getting to know the dog

Once you have chosen your dog our carers will give you more help and advice as they know each dog personally.

Visiting NCAR

Unlike some rescues we don’t allow you to enter the kennels, dogs get very stressed when new people visit plus you don’t get to know each dog properly.

The dog comes to you

We’ll bring each dog out to meet you, so you can take each dog for a walk in your own time and really get the chance to make friends with your new dog.

adoption timescale

In most circumstances the adoption process shouldn’t take more than a week, home check included.. Allow up to an hour for meeting your new dog.

Dog Adoption Fees

Dogs (6 months and over)£200
Puppy (up to 6 months)£250
Pedigree Dog (full paperwork)£350

The adoption fee includes the cost of a number of vet treatments.


All our animals are neutered before leaving our rescue. This prevents the ever increasing number of pet animals who may end up homeless themselves. If, for any reason, this has not happened before the adoption date, then we will provide you with a neutering voucher for this to be done soon after adoption.


All our animals are vaccinated against serious disease. This must be continued annually
Dogs: Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parvo virus and Parainfluenza
Cats: Feline Infectious Enteritis and Feline Flu
Rabbits: Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease..


We microchip all our animals before they leave our care to ensure that they are registered if they were to go missing. We now use a company called Avid. They allow us to do a dual register. This means we can register each animal to NCAR and their new owners.

Worms and Fleas

We treat all our animals against fleas and worms using Frontline and Milbemax. These products are available from NCAR or your vets. We highly advise using these recommended products instead of other products you may get from your local pet shop.

If you were to take the dogs to the vets yourselves the suggested adoption donations don’t come to anywhere near as much!

On reserving an animal, we will need a deposit of £20 per dog or puppy.

The adoption process shouldn’t take much more than a week to be completed, home check included (this may vary by location).

View our dogs in need of homes

Do you need to rehome your pet?

We also understand that sometimes, through no fault of your own, it may be necessary to find a new home for a beloved dog. Whatever the reason, NCAR is here to support you without judgement. Visit our rehome your pet page to find out how we can help.

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