VIDEO: Taking on a rescue dog

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Rescue centres are always happy for people to come forward and home their dogs – but certain procedures must be followed. We talk to Wood Green about their rehoming policy...

When you arrive at the kennels, the first step in rehoming a dog is to complete a Dog Homefinder form, which can be found in the reception area. This helps provide the staff with information about your requirements and preferences.

The next step is to have a look at the dogs available. There is individual information about each dog on the front of the kennel to help you find the best dog for your home.

If you see a dog you like you will need to make a note of its name and reference number, and then a member of reception staff will be able to give you more details about the dog.

The next stage is a walk with your potential dog. As security the shelter asks for your car keys as well as two forms of identification – one of which should have your current address on.

After walking, if you feel that the dog is the one for you, then the dog is reserved for 48 hours whilst you arrange for the rest of the family, including children and existing dogs, to meet.

If you rent your home, we ask for written consent from the home-owner/landlord/council or housing association stating that they're happy for you to have a pet/s on the premises. In some cases this is noted on lease or tenancy agreements, which we are happy to accept a copy of. Wood Green then will conduct a home visit.

If you are unsuccessful on your first trip to the shelter, or feel that the dog you have walked is not for you, then don't give up hope! We get around 40 new dogs into the shelter every week, so it is worth visiting us as regularly as possible in order to find your new companion.

Once you have filled in a Homefinderform, we will keep it on file for two-months.

If you are moving/getting a new job/going on holiday within two-months we ask you to come back after this time to look for a new for a new dog when you are more settled. Most boarding kennels will not accept a rescue dog for six-eight weeks after homing due to the risk of kennel cough.