All Dogs Matter | How rehoming works
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All Dogs Matter

COVID-19 UPDATE 

During lockdown please only send in a rehoming form or call about adoption if you have seen a specific dog on our website that you are interested in, or if you need to rehome your own dog.

Step 1

Find a dog and register your interest

Visit our dog rehoming page to view profiles of dogs that are looking for homes. Here you will find key details about them, including age, breed, temperament and whether they can live with other dogs, cats or children. When you have found a dog that fits your requirements please complete our rehoming questionnaire.

STEP 2

Assessment

When we have your details, our team will assess your requirements and aim to match you with the right dog. Each dog is assessed when they come to All Dogs Matter to find out what they are like and what sort of home, lifestyle and environment would be the most suitable for them. This includes whether they would be suitable to be rehomed with other dogs, cats and children.

It may be that you don’t get the perfect match the first time, however we will work with you to ensure you find the right dog for you.

Meet

If there is a good fit between you and the dog, we will then set up a meeting for you at our kennels or directly with the foster carer. If you have any other dogs or family members, you may need to bring them along for a further visit to ensure everyone is happy with the decision.

STEP 3

Rehome

Once your dog is rehomed with you we will continue to support you where possible and give you a phone call to find out how everything is going. We are also on hand to give advice in the future should you need this and we will always offer to take the dog back if for whatever reason it doesn’t work out.

Cost

Our standard adoption fee is between £150 and £250. The price varies because some dogs will be most costly to care for than others. For example, a female dog costs more to be neutered than a male dog, and a dog may come in with a skin condition or ear infection that needs to be treated. It also depends on the age and breed of the dog. The fee covers initial vaccinations, microchipping, neutering and four weeks insurance with Petplan.

Ready to adopt an ADM dog? Here are some key things to consider before you decide

  • Adopting an animal is a serious, life-changing step that you should consider carefully. Caring for an animal demands time, money and commitment – is this the right decision for you?
  • It is a decision that could transform your life for the next twenty years. There is the initial adoption fee, of course, but you must also take into account all the following costs: food and grooming, veterinary bills, sitter/kennel fees and insurance.If you work full time, do not get a dog unless you can either afford a dog-walker or make time for the dog in your schedule. Dogs are intelligent pack animals, they need to interact with you.
  • Do not forget that you are your dog’s companion just as much as (s)he is yours. The dog will need walking everyday come rain or shine, and taking out at regular intervals. You will have to make trips to the vet and of course work on socialisation and interaction with other dogs and people. Training should be enjoyed by the whole family, and everybody should be committed to taking responsibility for the dog.

The Process

The time it takes to rehome a dog with us can vary, depending on a range of factors. The average time would be around a week, from application to bringing the dog home. If you would not be ready to adopt within that timeframe, we would advise waiting until you would be.
Our adoption fee is between £150 and £250, which includes neutering, vaccinations, microchipping, and four weeks of free insurance for dogs under 8 years. You should also take into account all the following costs: food and grooming, veterinary bills, sitter/kennel fees, and insurance.
When you see a dog that you think would be a good match for your lifestyle and situation, we would ask you to fill out the rehoming questionnaire. As we're a small team, we are not able to take speculative applications. Instead, we ask you to keep checking the website for a suitable dog.
Our rehoming team will have a look at your questionnaire to see if you're a good match with the dog you've applied for on paper. From there, we'd get in touch with you via email or phone to discuss your application in more detail.
As a general rule, we only rehome to people within London and the home counties. If we have a difficult dog that would suit being further out in the country, we would search further afield to find them the perfect home.
ADM is a small and dedicated team of about four people. For each dog, we can have upwards of 20 applications. Therefore, we aren't able to keep in touch with everyone about a suitable dog. Instead, we'd ask you to keep an eye on the website and get in touch when you see a dog that would fit your lifestyle.
We do not home check. We ask for a utility bill, as well as pictures/video of your garden.
We would prefer if you wait until a dog that suits your lifestyle comes available on the website. As a small team, we aren't able to keep in touch with everyone that applies speculatively. Instead, we prefer to hear from you when a dog is suitable on the website.
We do get puppies, however it is very rare. If you are specifically looking for a puppy, we would advise you to keep checking our, and other dog charities', websites until the suitable dog becomes available.

 

Your Circumstances

Adding a new dog into the family is a 15+ year commitment where everyone needs to be aware and ready to adopt, therefore we do not condone pets being bought as a suprise. Sadly, we see this as a common reason for dogs coming into our care.
We do not rehome our dogs with children younger than 8 years old living in the home or visiting. This is because our dogs either come to us as strays, internationally, or as a private rehome from previous owners; therefore it's very rare we know the full history of the dog, and wouldn't want to put the dog or child at risk. If you are specifically looking for a dog that can live with children, we would recommend looking on a website called Dogsblog as you can search for 'children-friendly' dogs.
We would rehome a dog into a flat, provided that we have prior knowledge of the dog living in a flat before, and that it wouldn't negatively affect their health. As we don't have the full history most of the dogs that come into our care, it is rare we do get a flat-friendly dog, however keep an eye on the website and fill out a rehoming questionnaire if there is a flat friendly dog you're interested in.
Absolutely! We regularly rehome our dogs into a property where another dog is present. We would match the personality of the current dog with the adoptive dog. As a general rule, we rehome opposite sex dogs together.
We sometimes get cat-friendly dogs come in for rehoming, although this is a rare occasion - usually less than 3 to 4 a year. It's also important to remember that if a cat has not lived with a dog before, they will most likely leave home in search of a more safe environment. For that reason, we only rehome cat-friendly dogs with cats.
We look at every application on a case-by-case basis, therefore working full time would not automatically rule you out. However, we do advise that dogs spend more than four hours on their own. They are social creatures and will need regular toilet breaks. Therefore, if the potential adopter is able to meet the demands of the dog, they could still be considered for adoption. This includes coming home to visit them, feeding at meal times and walking regularly. They may need to look at other options like dog walkers or day boarding services to help, of which some dogs would not be suitable for.

 

Post-Adoption

When a dog is reserved on the website, that usually means they are on a trial adoption in a home. This is process is around a week long, After this time, we will update the website to reflect whether the dog is adopted or back up for adoption and taking applications again.
If an adopter is concerned about the behaviour exhibited by their rescue dog, they should contact us directly to discuss how we can help.
If the adopter is no longer able to care for their ADM dog, we will take the dog back into our care, where we will update their details and find them a suitable forever home based on their personality. At ADM, we pride ourselves on having a very low return rate.
We will be honest, and let the adopters know everything we know about the dog and their previous circumstances. When a dog is handed into our care, we try to get all the information we can from the previous owners. When dogs are stray or come from abroad, we don't know as much information about their previous life. The dog will be assessed in the kennels and foster home, to analyse their behaviour and find the suitable home they're looking for.

 

Our Work

We work on an international level helping to rehome abandoned and unwanted dogs from overseas. We’ve worked with Humane Society International UK as an Emergency Placement Partner shelter to rehome dogs rescued from South Korean dog meat farms, and Paws Crossed shelter in Egypt to rehabilitate and rehome street dogs. These dogs are given a new life with experienced and loving owners in the UK. On average, we help around 30 international dogs a year from a range of countries.
It has been over 10 years since All Dogs Matter started rescuing unwanted and abandoned dogs in and around London. Since then, we’ve rehomed approximately 3000 dogs with loving new owners.
We are based in North London. Our office is in East Finchley, and our kennels are in Waltham Abbey.

 

If you feel like you still have an unanswered question, please do get in touch with us by phone or email.