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Rehoming conditions

    • General

      • We are open Tuesday through to Saturday between Noon and 4pm.    We do not allow general look arounds the kennels unless on one of our Official Open Days held throughout the year.  These will be advertised on our website and facebook page.  Please do not visit outside these hours as you will be unable to see the animals, your journey will be wasted and you will have taken time away from the animals. Please make sure you leave plenty of time to meet the animal concerned.  Last viewing is at 3:30 as we need to close at 4pm prompt to ensure the animals are kept in a routine. Always ring before any journey to make sure the animal(s) you are interested in are still up for rehoming. Please note as a minimum we will need proof of ID and address before anyone can take a dog out for a walk.

      • Why do you want a pet? Pets may be with you for many years. If the pet is for a child, how long will that child remain interested and when that interest has worn off are you prepared to give the pet the attention it will continue to need.

      • Are you about to have a life changing event? Moving home, new baby – this is not the time to get a new pet.  Please consider very carefully rehoming an animal if you have a child under 6 months.  Sadly we received a lot of animals in from homes with babies of this age.  Often youngsters do get rashes, breathing issues etc but one of the first thing health professionals ask is if there are any animals in the home.  Sadly their then recommendation is to rehome the animals.

      • Are you going on holiday in the next four months?  If so and you are interested in getting a dog, please contact us when you come back off holiday.

      • Can you afford a pet? Have you considered insurance and if not how would you pay for an unexpected emergency. Are you prepared to maintain a parasite control program, and one that works? Vaccinations must be carried out yearly and in some cases 6 monthly. Our animals are not eligible for cover under the PDSA scheme.  Have you taken into account our adoption fee, which is far less than the cost of routine veterinary treatment.

      • How many hours are you planning on leaving the animal alone? Is this an appropriate length of time?

      • How much time do you have for the animal, sun, wind, rain and snow.

      • What will you do with your pet while on holiday? If using a boarding facility do you know a local facility and do you know the costs?

      • Don’t expect to take an animal home the first time you come to us.  Once we have all agreed the right animal for you, including any necessary home checks.  We would ask that your new pet joins you within the next 4 days.

      • We do not allow any of our animals to go as a surprise.

      • You must be over 21 to adopt a dog. Over 18 to adopt an other type of animal.

      • We do not rehome to homes with children under 6 months, or homes that anticipate a pregnancy, adoption or fostering of a child in the next year.

      • We ask for an adoption fee for all our animals. This is non-refundable and does not cover even the basic costs of the animals in our care.  The minimum fee is £150 for dogs, £200 for puppies, £90 for kittens, £75 for cats, £50 for rabbits neutered, £20 for guineas (these will generally have to go in pairs), £10 for other small furries, £15 for ferrets, from£15 for birds (Budgies £15 a pair, Parakeet £20, Cockatoo £60, Small Parrot type £50, Large Parrots type POA) . A £20 deposit is payable on agreed reservation and is non-refundable in the event you no longer decide to rehome the animal.  Generally this adoption fee does not cover even the basic costs of BARK for the adopted animal.  Please consider an extra donation.  Thank you

      • On collection of your new pet the adoption fee is payable and you will be required to sign our adoption rehoming conditions. This includes in the event a rehoming fails, for any reason, you must contact us to arrange an appointment to return the animal into our care. The animal must not be given to a third party without our prior consent.

      • All our dogs and cats and rabbits must be neutered, breeding is not allowed from any of our animals for any reason, and vaccinated. If these procedures are not carried out before the animal leaves us they must be carried out at the earliest opportunity and proof provided. If the procedures are carried out at Galedin, who have branches at Berwick-upon-Tweed, Coldstream, Kelso, Galashiels, Eyemouth, Duns we will provide a voucher that will cover the entire cost. In certain circumstances we may be able to issue vouchers for use at particular vets in Edinburgh. These costs will not be covered at any other vets.

      • All dogs, cats and rabbits require regular worming and flea treatments and a yearly health check-up and booster vaccinations. Please check with your vet for the approximate costs of these.  Galedin vets have a pet health Plan which covers these costs and is well worth considering.  More information can be found at galedinvet.com/health-plan/

      • All animals must be registered with a vet.

      • All dogs and cats will come with four weeks free insurance with Pet Plan.   On a policy issued at kennels all animals are covered for ill health and accident from day one (excluding any pre-existing conditions).  It is highly recommended that this cover be continues.

      • All animals are vet checked. However there may be undetected health problems that occur and you agree to cover the cost of these.  If there are any problems in the first two weeks please contact us immediately.

      • We will advise of all known health and behavioural issues. However, due to the nature of rescue, there may be problems that are undetected.  You agree to contact us immediately in the event you have any concerns. We offer life time back up to all our animals.

      • In the event of any animal needing to come back to us you agree you will make arrangements to bring the animal back at an appointed time. We cannot collect.

      • All animals come with a voucher for 10% off your first purchase at Direct Petsinstore


      • We carry out home checks for all our dogs. For this reason our normal rehoming area for dogs is within a 15 mile area of the kennels.  Occasionally, subject to the dog having had all vaccinations and veterinary treatment, this area can be extended and if we have a home checker that covers that area although sometimes it may not be possible to place particular animals in those areas due to support we believe necessary.  Please note all home checks are carried out by volunteers.  Current additional areas may include Alnwick, Seahouse, Rothbury, Morpeth, Hawick.  Please note that when a home check takes place we base this on the suitability of your home and lifestyle (not the decor!).  Please ensure the home is as it will be when you take the dog (eg if you plan to put up a fence it must be in place at time of home check)

      • All pet dogs by law must wear a collar and tag at all times with a minimum of your name and address. This must be in place on collection of one of our dogs.  All our dogs are microchipped and details will be updated to the new owner together with BARK’s contact details.  It then becomes the owner’s responsibility to keep these details up-to-date at all times (and within 21 days of any change).  Failure to do so at best will result in a fine at worst will result in the permanent loss of your dog.

      • All dogs, unless previously agreed, in writing, must be kept as a house dog.

      • If you have another dog arrangements must be made for them to visit the centre and meet any possible new dog under supervision, there will need to be at least one handler for each dog.  This cannot be done on the first visit.

      • On collection your dog you will need an identification tag, collar, lead and food (we will advise on his/her current diet)


      • All our cats are vaccinated, neutered, deflead and wormed as appropriate. All cats are microchipped as this offers extra protection for your cat should it be found as a stray. We will transfer the microchip details to the new owner and it then becomes the owners responsibility to keep these details up-to-date at all times

      • If you have a genuine interest in one of our cats we will arrange for you to view them.

      • We do not allow our cats to go to new homes the same day they are seen.

      • We do not carry out home checks for our cats but need proof of address and details of which vet you will be registered with.

      • On collecting your new cat you will need a cat box (plastic not card), litter and tray, bed and food (we will advise on his/her current diet)

      • All cats, unless previously agreed in writing, must be allowed, after a suitable time, access to both inside and outside areas. We do not allow our cats to be kept as house cats only.

      • To adopt a cat from us we will need to be sure he/she will be safe when he/she is finally let out (most cats should be kept in from a minimum of 3 weeks). We will also need proof of address and details of your vet.

      Small furries and Birds

      • To adopt a rabbit or guinea pig from us we will need to see photographs of his/her living accommodation and the garden, proof of address and details of your vet.  We would strongly recommend consulting the Rabbit Welfare Associationand also checking out rabbitwelfare.co.uk/rabbit-housing/why-hutch-not-enough/

      • To adopt any other type of animal from us as a minimum we will need to see photographs of his/her living accommodation, proof of address and details of your vet.

      • All our rabbits are neutered, vaccinated and wormed as appropriate.

      • If you are getting one rabbit to bond with another, both must be neutered.

      • Under no circumstances do we allow rabbits and guinea pigs to be housed together.

      • We will use your personal data only when legally permitted to enable us to perform the contract between us, where we need to comply with a legal or regulatory obligation or where it is necessary for our legitimate interest and where your interest and fundamental rights do not override these interests.


Sample adoption agreement