How to rehome a Battersea dog

Rehome a Battersea dog: five simple steps

Step one: Register

Before we can match you with a dog, you will need to register your details and answer a few questions related to your current living circumstances as well as your preferences. As you progress through the registration form, we will share additional information that will help you better understand why it might take us longer, or in some cases why it might not be possible, to find you a dog. We use our 160 years' of rehoming experience to match you with your perfect pet, which is why we encourage people to not apply for a specific animal as, chances are, we might be able to find you an even more suitable dog.

The form should take no more than 15 minutes and will help us find a dog that’s right for you.

If you are unable to complete the online form, send an email to to request the registration form in an alternative format.

Step two: Receive an automated reply

To ensure successful matches between people and pets, we use a combination of extensive rehoming experience, our staff expertise and analytical tools. After registering, you will receive an automated response from us with an indication of your likeliness to rehome based on what you've told us, as well as the next steps of the process.

Step three: Leave it with us

Making good matches between people and pets is the most important thing to us, but it can take time. So if you don't hear from us for a while, rest assured that in this time we're busy caring for our dogs and cats and ensuring each one gets the best possible chance of happiness in a new home.

Step four: Speak with a rehoming team member

When we think there's a good chance we can find you a match, we will contact you to arrange a call. One of our expert rehoming team will then get in touch to chat about a few more details.

Step five: Rehome

We will then arrange a visit to a Battersea centre to meet your potential new dog. This is where your new friendship begins! We know that rehoming a pet is an exciting and emotional experience, so we’ll give you plenty of expert advice and support to help your new dog settle in.

Apply to rehome

We’ve been placing rescue pets with new owners for 160 years, which means we have a lot of experience. When you rehome an animal with Battersea, we’ll guide you through every step of the process.


Dogs in our care

Every rescue at Battersea has a unique character, quirks and lots of love to give — and it’s our job to help you find the one that’s perfect for you. Meet some of the dogs currently in our care.

Have a question? We're here to help.

We have a page dedicated to answering all of your questions about rehoming a Battersea dog.