Thank you for your interest in rehoming a dog from the RSPCA Chesterfield & North Derbyshire Branch.
We want as many people as possible to be able to re-home a dog from us – what’s important is matching you and your family with the right dog. Below you can find information about what steps to expect during our rehoming process along with lots of other useful information. We hope to see you soon!
1. Register for your perfect match
To start the rehoming process you will need to visit the animal centre where you’ll be asked to complete an application form. During your visit you will be able to view the dogs and we can give advice on how to find the right dog for your circumstances. Some of our dogs, for example, may still need help with toilet training and learning to be left alone, so need to be matched with someone who has the time for this. Others may not be used to living with children and therefore may not be suitable for a young family. We’ll discuss with you any specific needs that your chosen dog has, and suggest any adjustments to your home, garden or lifestyle that may be needed. We are looking for life-long, permanent homes for our dogs and we need to be sure you can provide such a home. This means we have to ask questions about your personal circumstances, including your ability to meet routine and emergency vet bills. No appointment is needed to come and view the animals and you are welcome to visit the animal centre as many times as you need to find the dog that is right for you.
2. Getting to know your chosen dog
Once you’ve found your perfect match, then it’s time to get to know each other! If you have any other dogs or family members, you will need to bring them along for a further visit to ensure the whole family is happy with the decision and that the dogs get on with each other. We will normally hold the dog of your choice for 48 hours. This will allow everyone to come along and agree to the new addition and for you to provide any permission needed from the property owner where the dog will live. All members of the household, including any existing dogs, must come to the animal centre before a dog can be reserved. We do require proof of vaccination for existing dogs before mixing can take place. All existing dogs in the household need to be vaccinated and, depending on the circumstances, may need to be neutered as the RSPCA Chesterfield & North Derbyshire Branch promotes responsible pet ownership.
3. Home visit
One of our home visitors will visit your home to discuss your new dog with you. Your home visitor may give you tips on adjustments to your home and lifestyle that will help you and your new rescue dog settle into a safe, secure and happy life together. This could include information on preparing your home and garden, removing any potential hazards and shopping for the right collar and lead, identification tags, food, bed and toys. We may also arrange a post adoption visit to see how your new dog is settling in.
4. Collect your new dog
When everyone is happy that your chosen dog is the right dog for you, and that your home is suitable and ready for its newest addition, it’s time to head back to the centre to have your new family member officially adopted to you! You will receive lots of useful information to help get your new dog settled in. Your new pooch will be microchipped, neutered, vet checked and fully vaccinated, as well as having up-to-date flea and worming treatment. You’ll also receive four weeks’ pet insurance cover with Petplan absolutely FREE. This is all included in the one-off adoption fee, so adopting a rescue dog is not only great for animal welfare, it’s also brilliant value for money too!
Adoption fees | Dogs over 6 months from £175 | Puppies under 6 months from £250 | Dogs over 8 years old from £140. Our dog adoption fees include a £15.00 voucher to spend in our on site pet food and accessories shop.
These fees do not take into account the feeding, veterinary treatment, loving care and attention our dogs have had during their stay at the animal centre.
Why rehome from us?
Though there are many places you can find dogs or puppies for sale, we recommend giving a rescue dog or puppy the chance of the happy life they so deserve.
“We adopted Beauty from the RSPCA Chesterfield Animal Centre. I constantly tell everyone that bringing her into our lives has been one of the best things we’ve have ever done. Thank you for helping Beauty, and giving us the chance to offer this wonderful dog a new start and a good chance at the life she so desperately needed and deserved.”
– Cheryl & Andy | November 2017
Help and support for adopters
Introducing a new dog to your home will be exciting, rewarding and at times, challenging. It may take quite a while for your new rescue dog to settle into life with you, but don’t worry, if you do encounter some tricky bits, you’re not alone. Once you’ve adopted your new rescue dog, we’ve prepared lots of free online content for you about dog welfare and advice.
Remember, we’re still here for advice and support. Please get in touch with the animal centre and we’ll do our best to help with any questions you may have.
Please be aware that information relating to the temperament and behaviour of our dogs has been based on observations of them whilst in our care. Please note that there may be differences in behaviour observed in an animal centre environment compared to in a home environment. Any background information or history from before our dogs came into our care has been provided by third parties and will be shared by us in good faith. We cannot give any guarantee to the validity of the information provided or how one of our dogs may behave or react in a new home.
Please be aware that after the adoption, you will become legally responsible for obtaining and funding all future veterinary treatment for your new rescue dog. This includes treatment for any pre-existing condition(s) and/or any conditions that your new rescue dog may have contracted at the animal centre and applies whether or not the symptoms were present or made known to you prior to adoption.
Frequently asked questions about rehoming
A dog on hold means that someone is potentially interested in this particular dog, but further action is needed before it can progress to a reserve. Other family members and/or existing dogs may need to meet the dog. It may be that written permission from the property owner where the dog will live needs to be obtained, some adjustments to the home and/or garden are could be needed or someone is simply thinking about the dog to decide if they would like to proceed any further. We will normally put a dog on hold for 48 hours.
Once all the above has been completed a dog can then be reserved and the home visit process can start.
No, not at all. Our animal centre is open six days a week (closed Mondays), including weekends and Bank Holidays (but excluding Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day). You are welcome to visit the dogs at the animal centre at any point during our viewing hours of 11.00am – 4.00pm.
Adoption fees for dogs:
Dogs over 6 months from £140
Puppies under 6 months from £200
Dogs over 8 years old from £120
These fees help us to cover the costs of caring for hundreds of dogs every year. Every dog adopted from the RSPCA Chesterfield & North Derbyshire Branch is:
Neutered (or comes with a neutering voucher)
Treated for fleas and worms
You will also receive four weeks’ free insurance with Petplan absolutely FREE. This is all included in the one-off adoption fee.