Applegarth Dog Rescue Re-homing Policy 

Please read prior to completing an Adoption Application

At Applegarth Dog Rescue we do our upmost to ensure that we find the very best home for each of our dogs.  

It is paramount that Applegarth dogs are homed in an environment that best meets the needs for the specific dog applied for. 

Just like many small rescues, we do not have a re-homing centre which allows you to visit and view all the dogs available for adoption. All Applegarth dogs are in foster-homes in the South East of England. 

All our dogs are independently assessed, overseen by a qualified behaviourist while in foster. They are vaccinated, micro-chipped and flea and worm treated. During their time in foster each dog has a basic health check with a UK vet.


If at any stage of the adoption process an Applegarth representative, fosterer, homechecker, behaviourist  or any other rescue volunteer are not completely happy with the match for any reason, the adoption process will be stopped. 

Puppy Close Up

Please look at our Dogs Available For Adoption  - this is regularly updated with all dogs that are looking for their forever-homes, under assessment or expected arrivals. 

If you are interested in offering one of our dogs a home, then we ask that in the first instance you please complete our adoption application.  Please email for an application form.

Once your application is received, it will be discussed with the re-homing team, who will then get back in touch with you. 

We endeavour to respond as soon as possible. However we are all volunteers with other jobs & commitments, so on occasion this may take a couple of days.

If we feel you can offer the very best home to the dog that you have applied to adopt, we will then arrange a meet and greet between your family and your chosen dog.  As we use foster homes,  this may be anywhere within the South East.  If you have an existing dog, we will ask that you bring them along as well to ensure this is a good match for both your own dog and for the Applegarth dog. 

If all goes well during the meet and greet we will then arrange a home-check.  This is to check the safety and security of your garden and house for the dog you are considering, and also to establish where the dog will be sleeping.  

If all meetings are successful,  then we will arrange for you to collect the dog and take him/her home.

Homing Guidelines

Adoption guidelines will be sent out to all new adoptees prior to your new family member joining you and your family. 


Our minimum child age for re-homing dogs is  8 years.  However where applicable, we will specify different minimum child ages for certain dogs based on their background , breed or character. 


All homes other than those for elderly or medical dogs must have a suitable, fully secure outside area. The majority of our dogs are young and will not have solid recall. The stress of moving into a new home can often cause the dog to panic, we have a duty to ensure that the dogs are kept safe during the transition period, and that they have a secure environment to explore and run around in while they settle into their new lives and training is put into place.

The height & type of fencing needed will depend on the breed, age and character of the individual dog but a minimum of 5 ft will be required for all dogs, made of sturdy materials with no holes. 

Hedges alone are not adequate as a dog can easily push their was through if busy following a scent, scared or adventurous. 


Working Hours

We do not automatically preclude full-time from home workers from adopting our dogs, however the dog they are considering must be of a suitable age, personality and background to fit with that lifestyle. Many of our dogs are very young and will need someone home and available much of the time to help them settle. 


Puppies and dogs under 6 months of age will only be re-homed into families where someone will be around for most of the day, and who will commit to a programme of socialising and attending training classes; that will ensure that they grow up to be the very best dogs that they can. 

Dog Friends

Anybody applying for a puppy/young dog will need to be prepared to invest a large amount of  both time & effort, particularly in the early days. 

All puppy/young dog must be neutered at a suitable age,  (unless a vet advice's there is a medical reason not to do so), and evidence sent to the rescue. Neutering will be arranged at the cost of the new adoptee.