Adopting a Dog or Puppy – The Process

Step 1

You can view all the dogs and puppies that are in need of a new home here on our website. We’ll first ask you to read our dog care information and then fill out our dog adoption questionnaire below.

Step 2

Once we’ve received your form and assessed your home’s suitability for the dog in question, we’ll arrange a home visit. This is to make sure your new pet has an environment with everything it needs and to make sure that the animal you are interested in is right for your whole family and lifestyle. It is also an opportunity to offer you further information on how to care for your animals, from vaccinations to diet, and for you to ask any questions you might have.

Step 3

Once your home visit has been successful, we will give you the details of the fosterer, so you can arrange a convenient time to meet your potential new family member. All family members, including any dogs, will need to be at this meeting.

Step 4

To go ahead with the adoption, you will need to complete and sign our adoption form and leave the minimum donation for your new companion(s) with the fosterer.

Minimum donations:

  • £350 for dogs under 5 years old – will be chipped, neutered and vaccinated
  • £500 for puppies under 6 months – we cover chip, vaccines and offer low cost neuter
  • We assess older dogs individually and ask between £150 and £350 – will be chipped, neutered and vaccinated

A.R.C. covers Richmond Upon Thames, SW London and Surrey areas and home visits are carried out as part of the adoption process. However, we understand that good homes are not always found nearby and so homes outside of our area will be considered if a full veterinary reference can be provided, along with photos of your home and garden.

We’re looking for dedicated homes, where a dog will not be left alone for more than 5 hours on a regular basis. Also, a home with a secure garden and proximity to open spaces for walking.

    Please note all of the fields are required.

    Contact Information

    Your Name

    Name Of Dog You Are Interested In

    Your Address (including postcode)

    Your Phone Number

    Your Email

    Members of household, including children (and their ages)

    Please can you confirm you have read all our dog care pages/leaflets


    Previous & present ownership of dogs/other animals

    What animals have you had in the past

    What animals live in your household at present? Please give details of their age / breed / treatments:

    Please can you tell us your veterinary surgery so we can obtain a veterinary reference (if you live outside our area this is essential)

    If applicable, how do you think your resident animal(s) would react to a new dog?

    Your Environment

    Type of property


    If rented, do you have your Landlord's permission for a dog?


    Do you have a garden


    If YES, what is the size of the garden and height of boundary...

    Access to garden

    Dog Flapvia Back DoorOther

    If OTHER please specify


    What is the maximum length of time the dog would be left during a day?

    What arrangements would you make if the dog had to be left for more than 5 hours?

    Where in the house or garden would you leave the dog when you are not there?

    If you have a holiday planned in the next 6 months, how will your dog be cared for when you go away?

    Do you accept that along with the pleasures of having a dog, comes: (click the box to accept)
    * The chewing of furniture, and other things!
    * moulting
    * the occasional ‘soiling accident’
    * ‘scooping the poop!’
    * digging up the garden
    * sharing the home with a child/baby

    Please use this space to tell us about your lifestyle and home

    Exercise & Training

    Accessibility to open spaces for walking

    How many hours / times a day do you plan to walk your dog?

    Do you think it is necessary for a dog to have basic training?



    We neuter all dogs before rehoming if old enough. If you accept a dog that is not neutered, do you agree to get it neutered?


    Are you prepared to seek veterinary advice on routine vaccinations, worming and fleaing at an average yearly cost of £230 throughout your dogs life?


    Are you prepared to give your dog a good diet which can cost approximately £30 - 50 month?


    How would you deal with the long or short-term medical care of your dog? (time, money and energy)