• Surrender

  • The BTRF team understand that it will have been a very difficult decision to rehome your pet – it is never the easy option. But sometimes changes in personal circumstances, owners health issues or other life changes force this decision.

    We won’t judge anyone having to make this decision because at the end of the day we all have the dogs interest at heart and it is often the kindest thing to do.

    Because we understand how difficult this decision will be, we want to help and support you through the rehoming process. We will deal with this in a sensitive and understanding way. We want to assure you that we do the very best to find the right home / foster home and then put all the back up and support in place to help your dog settle in as smoothly as possible.



    We don’t have kennels, we work home to home and where appropriate foster to home. This means that we can work with you right through the process until the dog goes into is adopted home. We will only rehome Bedlingtons and their crosses.

    Because of the economic climate at the moment, we are experiencing a drop in donations.  Because of this, we are having to work in a different way when we are rehoming our dogs to enable us to maximise our funds.  

    The process is explained below, so please do read this carefully before completing a Surrender History Form for us. We are also here to answer any questions you may have prior to making the decsion to rehome.

  • Behavioural Assessments

    We always arrange a Behavioural Intake Assessment for all the dogs that are coming into our care.  The assessment is an essential part of the rehoming process as it enables us to match your dog to the right home. It also enables us to put in place the appropriate training / behavioural and any medical back up and support to help the dog settle into the new home.

    Where the dog needs behavioural support an appointed behaviourist will work with the new family to help the dog through its issues. Our prime objective is that the dog stays in the new home and doesn't bounce out. 

    This does of course incur costs to the charity. Therefore we do ask that the gifting owner helps to cover the cost of the assessment if at all possible (generally in the region of £100 - £150). Every case is taken as an individual of course, but even a donation towards the assessment will help us in our work.

  • Veterinary Records

    We will also ask you to arrange for your veterinary surgeon to send us through a copy of your dog's medical records. This will help our care team to assess whether any ongoing medical support will be required when the dog goes into the new home. 

  • Fundraising Campaign

    If from the assessment and medical records, it becomes clear that there are either medical or behavioural issues (or both) that will need to be addressed in a new home and the gifting owner is unable to help fund this, we will initiate a Fundraising Campaign to raise the necessary funds to cover at least the initial estimated costs for rehabilitation and rehoming. 

    We now have to work like this as funding is tight and often dogs come to us that do have more complex and costly medical / behavioural issues that have to be addressed to help both the dogs and the new home. 

  • Home checks / Interviews

    While the assessment is taking place, our Rehoming Supporter Officers will start to shortlist possible homes.

    Following the Intake Assessment, when we are happy we have found a potential new home from our initial shortlist we will arrange for a home check / interview.  These are always carried out by an appointed qualified behaviourist.  We will keep you updated right through the process.

    We do not put surrendering homes and new homes in direct contact to protect the privacy of both parties but we do arrange a Meet and Greet, which is overseen by an appointed behaviourist in a neutral venue so that both potential new homes and surrendering homes do get to meet.


    BTRF have very strict ethics where rehoming dogs is concerned. At all times we have the dogs welfare in mind.

    • You can be assured that we do not breed any of the dogs that come into our care. Entire dogs will be spayed/neutered when appropriate once they are settled in their new home, unless there is a genuine medical reason not to.
    • We do not buy dogs that are for sale from a private individual or on any public media sites or from rescue centres.
    • We would advise you not to advertise your dog on sites like Gumtree / Preloved etc or social media such as Facebook. Selling your dog through these methods means you have no control where your dog will end up. Increasing numbers of people are trawling these sites for dogs to use as bait dogs for dog-fighting rings, often posing (very convincingly) as loving family homes. Or in the case of unneutered dogs & bitches to breed from them and then casting them out.
  • How to proceed with rehoming

    If you do need to rehome your dog for whatever reason we will ask you to complete a Surrender History Form for us by clicking the link below. Please be as honest and comprehensive as you can as this will help us when looking for a new home.

    If you need any further help or advise please contact our Training and Behaviour Advisor, Kaye Scott on kaye.scott@bedlingtonrescue.co.uk