• How to Adopt

  • If you would like to apply to adopt a Bedlington Terrier or cross, we would ask you to download and complete the Home Enquiry Form. However before doing this, please read the follow questions which explains the Adoption procedure.

    PLEASE NOTE:

    Do be aware that we require an Adoption Fee for any dogs we rehome.  This goes towards veterinary treatment and behavioural / training back up and support for our dogs. Please read this before proceeding.

    We have a minimum adoption fee of £100 per dog. All the dogs will go to the new home:

    • Fully vaccinated
    • Microchipped

    If they need neutering we will provide a £40 voucher towards the cost of neutering, paid directly to the vet carrying out the procedure. All other costs will be down to the adopters.

    If the dog needs behavioural backup and support, the cost of this will be covered by BTR.

    Each Adopted dog comes with 4 weeks free Petplan Cover. Petplan will donate 10% of the premium to us if the new owner takes out a policy with them after the 4 weeks.

  • I would like to adopt a Bedlington Terrier or cross what do I do now?

    If you are considering adopting a dog we would ask you to consider the follow before completing a Home Enquiry Form.

    • We are unable to rehome to people who work fulltime
    • We expect the dog NOT to be left alone for longer than 4 hours per day
    • You need to be aware that Bedlington Terrier coats require grooming / trimming about every 6-8 weeks
    • We are unable to rehome to families with very young children
    • We do not rehome dogs outside of England, Scotland or Wales
    • We try to rehome dogs in their local area if at all possible to avoid transporting them around the country
    • If you are currently in a rented property, we would need to see a copy of your Rental Agreement
  • I understand the requirements what do I do now?

    If you would like to apply to adopt a Bedlington Terrier or cross, please download and complete the Home Enquiry Form. This form should be returned to:

    Kaye Scott
    Training and Behaviour Advisor
    Bedlington Terrier Rescue
    c/o 7 Belvedere Rd
    Biggin Hill TN16 3HX

  • What happens after BTR receives my Home Enquiry Form?

    When we receive your completed application form this will be passed to your Area Coordinator who will initially make contact with you by telephone to make themselves known to you and to talk through your requirements. You will then be added to the potential rehomers list.

  • What happens when a dog comes in that fits our requirements?

    Please bear in mind that although you are on our list it doesn't mean that you will be considered for the next dog that comes in. Each dog has different requirements, therefore we will contact you if we feel you are right for the dog and vice versa.

    Once a dog that fits your circumstances becomes available your Area Coordinator or our Group Coordinator, Frances Fuller will contact you. We then put the potential new home in contact by telephone with the current owner (if this is possible). If this is successful for both parties we will then organise a home check. 

  • Why do I need to have a home check and what is involved?

    Our home checker will take a good look at your garden, to make sure it is a safe environment for a dog. So if you have any fencing that needs repairing or replacing, please have this done before applying for dog.

    But the Home Check is so much more than just checking the home environment. As far as possible our Home Checks are carried out by members of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers - this is an organisation that we work with regularly as our Training and Behaviour Advisor, Kaye Scott is a current member and on the committee.  Their training ethics are the same as BTR - positive reward based. We therefore ask our Home Checkers to talk to you about ongoing training and to answer any questions you might have about caring for your new rescue and how to settle them into your home environment. 

    It is important to remember that just because you have had a home check it doesn't necessarily mean that you will be offered the dog. The home check is an important part of the adoption and can be the deciding factor as to whether the home is the right environment for the dog or not. 

  • What happens after a Home Check

    After the home check we will contact you and inform you of the outcome.  If it is favourable we then ask that you arrange a 'Meet and Greet' with the current owner / foster carer. This is essential to make sure that the dog is right for you and vice versa.  Particularly important if the potential new home already has a dog in the household. This is usually carried out on neutral territory.

  • Will I know much about the dog that is up for rehoming

    When a dog comes to us for rehoming, we ask the owners to fill our Surrender Dog Information Form and ask them to give us as much information as possible. Sometimes we have very little information on a dog and for others we may have a full detailed history. Wherever possible we will try to verify any veterinary history but this may not always be forthcoming.

  • How long will it take before a dog becomes available?

    There cannot be any specific answer to this question. It really does depend on your requirements, whether you want a male or female, what age, if it can live with other dogs or cats or children. There are so many variables, this is why we ask you so many questions on the Home Enquiry Form and ask our Coordinators to talk to you.

    The welfare of the dog is our main concern and we need to be sure we get the best possible match for the dog and that as far as possible the dog is rehomed in the local area to avoid transporting them around the country. This is not always possible but it is preferable.

  • What about dogs that have training / behavioural issues?

    Please remember that a lot of rescue dogs come with "baggage" - this could be training or behavioural issues. Normally all that is needed is time, patience and often a good training class to help the rescue dog settle. However occasionally we would suggest a visit from a member of the BTR Training / Behaviour Team or if distance prevents this, we work with reputable trainers / behaviourists around the country - the cost of this will normally be covered by BTR. But we would expect the new owner to work closely with our Training / Behaviour Advisor as well as the trainer / behaviourist selected in your area to help the dog through the issues. If you are not able to take on a dog with specific behavioural issues then you can just tell us in the appropriate place on the Home Enquiry Form.

  • What if the dog has medical issues?

    FROM THE TIME YOU SIGN THE ADOPTION CONTRACT YOUR ADOPTED DOG AND ALL FINANCIAL COSTS RELATED TO YOUR DOG WILL BE YOUR RESPONSIBILITY unless previously agreed with our Group Coordinator.  We pass on all information from the previous owner, this includes medical conditions. We cannot be held responsible if a problem is not reported prior to rehoming.

  • How much does it cost to adopt a dog?

    We have a minimum adoption fee of £100 per dog. All the dogs will go to the new home:

    • fully vaccinated
    • microchipped

    If they need neutering we will provide a £40 voucher towards the cost of neutering, paid directly to the vet carrying out the procedure. All other costs will be down to the adopters.

    If the dog needs behavioural backup and support BTR will appoint a recognised, qualified positive reward based behaviourist and the cost of this will be covered by BTR.

    Each Adopted dog comes with 4 weeks free Petplan Cover. Petplan will donate 10% of the premium to us if the new owner takes out a policy with them after the 4 weeks.