5 dog rescue homes near Sunderland: centres where you can adopt a pet for your home - and how to apply

Dogs who are rehomed are given a second chance at finding their forever companionDogs who are rehomed are given a second chance at finding their forever companion
Dogs who are rehomed are given a second chance at finding their forever companion

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Looking to give a dog a new home? In the past year, puppy prices have soared due to an increase in the number of people working from home or on furlough and in need of some canine company.

Instead of purchasing a pup, why not check out these animal rehoming centres near Sunderland and adopt your new furry friend?

Paws for Thought

170 Fulwell Rd, Sunderland SR6 9QT

This charity works with you to identify the right dog for your needs and theirs rather than asking you to apply for a specific dog which you are not compatible with.

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You can apply to adopt a dog on the website, and your application will be followed up by a member of staff who will find out more about you and match you to a dog in their care or keep you on record until one becomes available.

The charity also stresses that before you can adopt, you will need to go through an ‘exhaustive vetting process’, as the dog’s welfare is of highest importance.

Happier days for strays

Sunderland SR4 7AA

This voluntary service is a small independent charity which operates mostly on Facebook and applications are welcomed through completing a home visit form.

You can view the dogs available through their Facebook page, and enquire by sending a direct message.

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Adoption costs £200 for dogs and £250 for puppies for one year or under.

All of the dogs are vaccinated, microchipped, neutered, flead and wormed and all receive a basic health check at one of the service’s veterinary practices before adoption.

RSPCA Sunderland Hartlepool & South Tyneside Branch

5 Ashfield Terrace, Chester-le-Street DH3 3PD

This RSPCA branch is an independent charity which works to rehabilitate and rehome abandoned, neglected and abused animals into loving homes in line with RSPCA guidelines and morals.

The sanctuary is currently closed to the public but continues to support people who wish to adopt an animal.

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The charity does not offer viewings of dogs until a successful application has been determined.

Animals in the care of the RSPCA are neutered, microchipped and vaccinated (where appropriate) before they are rehomed.

To enquire about adopting a dog from the RSPCA, email [email protected]

Stray Aid Ltd.

Cornforth Ln, Coxhoe, Durham DH6 4EL

Stray Aid rehomes a number of companion animals and takes great care to ensure the dogs in their care are homed with new owners who can offer permanent security and meet their needs.

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The charity asks that you read their full terms and conditions before registering and make yourself aware of the adoption process.

You can view all their available dogs on the website and mention which dog you are interested in on your registration form.

Brysons Animal Shelter

Galloping Green Rd, Gateshead NE9 7XA

To rehome a dog from Brysons, you must go through an interview process to discuss your lifestyle, home and what preferences you have.

The staff at Brysons will work hard to ensure you receive a dog compatible with your needs. If you request to adopt a dog which is not suitable, the charity will also make you aware of other dogs which are more suitable.

The adoption process details are available on the website and adoption costs £125 for a dog.

To enquire about any of the pets, you can contact the charity via email or phone.