Welcome to our on line rehoming form. Please answer all questions truthfully and honestly



Please read the information listed below and they decide if you wish to use our REHOMING SERVICE and keep the dog at home with you or if you wish for us to collect your bulldog (URGENT CASES ONLY)
If you are not in the mainland UK you need to contact your

local Bulldog Rescue

Why do you need to Rehome your dog
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Fantastic team work Bulldog Rescue! Our bulldog will be loved and enjoyed by a lovely new family which is everything we could have asked for. Thank you for everything you have done to make her adoption happen

Very good at finding the right home for a dog and really go into how the new family and the dog will fit together

Thanks for your help and support with what has been the most difficult decision we have ever had to make, letting our bulldog go has been heartbreaking but his needs come first. The lady that came to do the home visit was lovely and really helped us in realising what was best for our dog and it was very reassuring knowing he would be happy and that Bulldog Rescue would find the right home for him



  • Find a home that matches your dogís exact requirements from a very large waiting list

  • Find a home that doesnít require your dog to travel huge distances as we will rehome him locally (within a 2 hour radius but not on your doorstep)

  • Find a home without your dog having to suffer the trauma of going into kennels



  • Wave a magic wand and make behavioral problems go away

  • Find a suitable new home in only a matter of hours or days, the process will take a minimum of a few weeks as we have to be sure that the family we select is the right family for your dog

  • Be available 24 hours a day, Bulldog Rescue is run by people who have full time jobs elsewhere. We are all volunteers that give up spare time to help bulldogs. Please bear that in mind if you feel this service isnít going to be quick enough or isnít able to solve your problems overnight. Please call us if you need your problem sorted quickly but please do not take him elsewhere as general rescues do not understand bulldogs like we do.



  • Ensure that everything that happens is whatís best for YOUR DOG, it may be easier to advertise him in the paper or dump him in the local dogs home, but the family that end up with him will almost definitely NOT be the right family

  • Keep you informed of every stage of the rehoming

  • Run background checks on the new home and ensure a home check is undertaken before the new family meet you or your dog

  • Make sure the microchip (where inserted) is registered to the rescue to ensure he never ends up somewhere he shouldnít

  • Keep an eye on your bulldog after he has moved to ensure heís happy and being well looked after.

  • Retain the right of first refusal so if for any reason the new family cannot keep him at any point throughout the rest of his lifetime we will always take him back.

  • Be available to the new family for the rest of your dogs lifetime offering support and advice whenever it is needed.



  • Take responsibility for anything you have lied about on the intake form

  • Rehome any dog that you know has bitten, shown aggression towards people or that could be a danger to his new family. If you are rehoming him because of aggression towards people then the kindest thing you can do is put him to sleep. Please do NOT make the problem someone elses, aggressive behaviour does not disappear because heís been rehomed Ė in fact it could make it worse.




In an ideal world every bulldog would stay with the person that took him home as a puppy and I think that most people buy their puppy with absolutely every intention of him staying with them for the rest of his days. However, pups don't arrive with a crystal ball and none of us can be absolutely sure that their life won't change so much in the future that keeping that dog becomes impossible. Itís true to say that in rescue we certainly come across those that have literally given up at the first hurdle and there have been some fabulous excuses given as to why they can't keep their bulldog. But it's also true to say that there are some genuine reasons why bulldogs need to be rehomed also and providing it's done properly there are some occasions when rehoming is definitely in the dogs best interest. If your life has changed so much so that it now affects your dogs quality of life then it's probably much better that a new family is sought rather than struggle on in a situation that clearly isn't working any more.


This is a situation that plainly needs dealing with properly and your dogs best interest must be put at the forefront of your mind. Before placing an advert or contacting the rescue the first thing you need to do is check your contract of sale and make sure that you haven't signed to agree to return your dog to his breeder. Even if you havenít signed a contract of sale it's probably a good idea to contact your breeder first and just make sure they're not expecting you to return your dog. Not every breeder will be in a position to take back a dog or help you find a new home and in these cases the rescue service is the best option and certainly the safest alternative. Adverts in papers are never a good idea, they attract the wrong kind of buyer and making money should never be your priority. We also donít recommend that you use the on-line sites that specialise in selling live animals, that has never sat comfortably with me.


You may have a dogís home or pound local to where you are and although I appreciate that taking your dog there would be easier for you, itís not always in the best interest of your dog to be left with hundreds of other dogs and with staff that do not have the breed experience to find the right home for him. Bulldogs in all breed shelters stand a very good chance of ending up in the wrong home.


Please also do not advertise your bulldog as ďFree to Good HomeĒ, if you really do not want any money for him then use the breed rescue service, a vetted home is much better than someone who just wants him because heís free.


So how is best to rehome a dog? This may seem like a stupid question but you would not believe how many people get it wrong. The first rule is simple, because someone wants a bulldog, it does not make them a good home or indeed the right home for your dog! The second most common mistake is rehoming to a family member, its unlikely this family member really wants a bulldog so taking yours on because they're helping you out is not a good idea and it rarely works.


Finding the right home takes time; would you give your child to the first person who expressed an interest? Probably not. In rescue we keep a list of potential new homes, but even getting on that list doesn't guarantee a dog, we will ask the basic questions such as name, address, how big is the garden, is the fencing in good order, how long are you at work. But also why do you want a dog, why a rescue dog? What happened to your last dog? Would your vet vouch for you? As well as if you'd be prepared to take on dogs of a certain age, dogs that werenít housetrained, dogs that had insecurity problems and in doing so we have a database of people across the entire UK who are not only willing to take a dog from the rescue but who we already know what type of personality they are willing to take. By having this information we are able to match the dog to the home and select a family that suits that dog. So many assume that rehoming is just a case of finding a family willing to take on a bulldog, but what if the next bulldog on the list couldn't be safely placed with other dogs, and the next family in the queue had other dogs? We see it so many times when bulldogs go into all breed rescue centres, once word gets out that there's a bulldog in the local shelter everyone who just wants a bulldog descends on them and without the breed experience mistakes are often made and dogs end up in homes that are totally unsuitable. I think the basic rule of thumb is "what's best for your dog". Taking him to the local pound or advertising him as ďFree to Good HomeĒ might be best for you, but itís not necessary whatís best for your dog. This is going to be the last thing you ever do for him, and as a last act of responsibility you owe your dog the chance to end up in the right place, not out of sight out of mind. I know youíve made up your mind and I know you want your dog rehomed as quickly as possible, but surely you can give him the time thatís needed to get it right first time Ė it will after all, be the very last thing you do for him.


There a number of reasons why a dog could be rehomed:




Dogs are unhygienic around babies:

This is a reason we hear a lot and it's a subject that is very difficult to give advice on as every woman and every new mother will have different priorities. However, dealt with in the right way there really is no reason why a dog should be rehomed because there is a baby on the way. The first myth we need to dispel is that dogs are unhygienic around babies, in fact the opposite is true, children raised around dogs have a much stronger immune system because they are exposed to germs they would not normally be exposed to and as long as your dog is wormed on a regular basis there is no health risk to your child whatsoever.


It's too dangerous to have a dog around the baby:

If your dog has never shown any form of aggression towards people throughout his lifetime there is no reason to assume that your dog will be dangerous to have around your baby. There are of course some simple rules of common sense and no dog should ever be left alone with a child, but it is also very very important that you do not give your dog reason to be jealous of the baby. In many cases the baby is several months old before this reason is given for a rehoming and when you look a little deeper into situation you realise that the new mum has been so afraid that her bulldog will hurt her child she's taken to shutting him out every time the baby is around. Subsequently, this has given the dog reason to be jealous of the new arrival and a behaviour has developed that wouldn't have done if the dog had been included. Preparing your dog for a new arrival should be done before you bring the baby home. Bulldogs in particular do not like changes in the home so objects that are going to suddenly appear should appear in advance and one at a time. Items such as prams, Moses baskets, baby seats, nappy boxes etc should be introduced to the dog well ahead of time so once the baby arrives everything else has become part of the surroundings.


All new mums worry and no one is expecting you to not worry but the words "I'm pregnant so obviously I need to get rid of the dog" is echoed down my phone line almost on a daily basis. You do not have to "obviously" rehome your dog, you just need to be organised. Walking your dog out with the pram whilst still pregnant might look daft but is much easier than trying to walk the dog alongside a pram that is spooking him with a baby screaming inside it. A few simple tips that will make life easier include:


  • Introducing baby items ahead of time
  • Introducing the dog to the baby's blanket upon arriving home from hospital giving your dog the opportunity to get used to the new smell
  • Not shutting the dog out when the baby is in the room
  • Allowing your dog to sit with you whilst you feed the baby
  • Walking the dog out with you when you take the baby out in the pram


As the child grows there are other issues that need to be addressed. Make sure you teach your dog to give up his toys, you don't want to suddenly find yourself in an argument with the dog over a building brick, if he is used to giving things to you on command there'll never be an issue over guarding a childís toy he shouldn't have. Using a play pen for your toddler and a crate for your dog should become second nature and remember once in a high chair your child will become an excellent source of marmite on toast so if you don't want him sat waiting under a high chair stop him from being around at meal times before you reach that point so it doesn't suddenly change, for what will appear to your dog, to be for no apparent reason. They learn very quickly that children are an almost endless supply of food!!


Remember your bulldog has the attitude of a Sherman tank and toddlers will be knocked over on a regular basis, it is rarely meant in malice and whilst it might upset you, in most cases the child will be flat on his back laughing his head off.






This is quite possibly the most common reason given for a dog needing to be rehomed, especially if both of you work or the dog belongs to the person with the most unsociable hours. Whether or not your dog needs to be rehomed depends entirely on the personality of your dog, some dogs, especially the older ones, enjoy the uninterrupted hours of sleep, others find it very difficult to cope without company and will either become destructive or very vocal. Above all dogs left for very long periods of time will find it impossible to hold their bladder so if it is impossible for someone to let the dog out regularly rehoming is probably the best option all round.






Sadly many landlords now forbid pets and in many of the divorce situations the one who has kept the dog is the one that's moving into such a property. There are organisations that specialise in helping you find rented accommodation that allow pets but otherwise if you are unable to afford long term boarding, rehoming is sadly the most common outcome.







If there is one thing the bulldog likes to fight with, it's another dog, usually another bulldog. Having more than one bulldog is not uncommon and you've probably already been told when buying your first bulldog that you won't stop at one. Sadly, this is true, but more sadly not all bulldogs get along. Following some simple rules when getting a second bulldog will help avoid a nasty fight but doesn't guarantee they will always be friends. Keeping dogs of opposite sex is the first general rule, so whatever sex your current dog is, look to get the second of opposite sex. Two bitches can become very "bitchy" and two males can become territorial. The most common time that you will most probably experience a problem is when a bitch comes into season, but it can also occur a few months after a season has finished around the time a litter would be born if she had been mated. This is hormonal but almost impossible to reverse once it has happened. Bitches in multi bitch households where the instinct is to be the bitch that gets to mate can see some terrible fights between girls. As well as marking (one of the reasons why bitches in season wet in the house) they also need to "see off" the competition with an instinctive hormone fuelled behaviour which in some cases "teaches" the dog that aggression towards other dogs gets them canine respect. It is true that once two bulldogs have fallen out it is very difficult to get things back to how they were so it really does make sense that when your bitch comes into season you keep them completely apart, however difficult that may be, because if you can prevent a serious falling out you will most probably prevent a permanent hatred towards each other. There is a chance that the problem could resurface a few months later, this is because it would be around the time she gave birth and even if your bitch wasn't mated, her natural instinct tells her that this is the time she would give birth. In most cases this time comes and goes without incident, but sometimes they'll suffer a phantom pregnancy or become aggressive towards other dogs around them whilst she prepares herself for something that you know won't happen - but she doesn't. My advice with a multi bitch household is to let your pup have her first season and keep her separate from her housemates during the 3 week period that leads up and fades away from her optimum mating time. Then spay her before the next season occurs. Waiting until after the falling out has occurred before spaying her is too late, the mind is already set and reversing it could be impossible.


The same with males, they will usually only fight over territory, this a testosterone fuelled behaviour and castration removes the production of testosterone, however there is a contradiction with males in that castration under the age of 18 months is not recommended as it interrupts important hormonal changes within the brain. Your male dog will probably not become territorial until he reaches the age of 9/10 months old and you'll notice that hormonal changes are happening by his behaviour and the fact that he cocks his leg to pee. Castration before or during this hormonal change can prevent your male from undergoing important chemical changes in the brain so a close eye needs to be kept on him as he approaches 9/10 months of age. You'll notice that he becomes a bit of a lout around this time so how you react to his sudden "braveness" will most definitely affect how his personality develops as he rises to the heady heights of king of the castle.


However, having said all that, if you are already in a situation where your dogs go in for the kill on eye contact, you really only have two options. Keeping them totally separate for the rest of their lives (anyone who is a regular visitor to my house will know that many of our dogs are kept apart) or you rehome one.






This is becoming a more common reason for rehoming dogs and we're finding that in many cases its doctors orders to get rid of the dog in families where the children suffer asthma or eczema. Sadly, I also know of many cases where the dog has been rehomed and the child's allergies have not improved and of course it's too late to get your dog back. I usually suggest a trial period without the dog, ask a family member, or put the dog into boarding kennels for a period of one month maximum. If your dog is the problem you will see a dramatic improvement very quickly, however if he's not the problem you have saved you and your family a lot of heartache, I always worry what signal it sends to the children when the dog is rehomed on a whim.


There are anti allergy wipes that you can use on your dog and in older children nose sprays can help. In serious cases it is wise to rehome the dog, but in many cases it can be worked with if you really want it to.






This situation is very individual to every dog, some bulldogs really don't mind being on their own and as I said before, view the interruption in their sleep as a nuisance, other's resent being left alone and will chew or bark in an effort to stop you from leaving. Some dogs that come into rescue that have been abandoned never forget so it's important that you do this properly. Ask yourself how your dog is coping on his own, if he's treating it as a time to sleep then you probably don't have a problem, if behaviour problems are developing it's better to rehome sooner rather than later as it is much harder to rehome a dog with behavioural issues.






Firstly, why did he bite you? Did he really mean it? Is he usually aggressive towards people? If not then thereís a chance itís due to an illness or itís a pain induced reaction that needs to be checked out by the vet first before any rash decisions are made. But in the event that you need to rehome your bulldog because he is aggressive towards people by personality then I urge you not to make it someone elseís problem. Dogs that have already learnt that aggression gets them their own way rarely change their ways and it's true that if the person who knows that dog better than anyone else in the world doesn't trust him, then how can you possibly ask someone else to take him on and still sleep at night? It sounds harsh and so many people recoil in horror at the though of putting the dog to sleep but lets run through a few scenarios.


Firstly, you find someone experienced in dogs who say they can take on the problem and retrain the dog, it's unlikely and in the best case the dog will end up living in an outside kennel with no company and no one able to safely go near him to feed him, groom him or treat illness and injury. Or the person realises that he can't do anything with the dog and gives him to someone else, either the dog gets passed from pillar to post and the psychological damage and the aggression worsens with each new home, the dog ends up biting someone so seriously it makes headlines and causes long term serious damage to the reputation of the breed, or someone lays into him with a baseball bat because it's the only way he can be controlled. There is another unlikely scenario, but possible all the same and that's that he ends up in a dog fighting ring with people who encourage the behaviour and that sweet puppy you brought home is training bait for the next big fight. If you are scared of your dog please don't make it someone elseís problem, bulldogs are rarely aggressive towards people and in my experience if they are there's usually an underlying illness and euthanasia is the safest and kindest option all round. Please call us if this is your reason for rehoming your bulldog on 0871 200 2450 between 10am-1pm or between 2pm and 4pm Monday to Friday




























































































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The bulldog rescue re-homing service allows those who need to find their bulldog a new family the opportunity of finding a safe and vetted pet home for their dog without the need of advertising him or screening out potential new homes themselves. Bulldog Rescue is a voluntary organisation in place to help pure bred bulldogs and their owners across the UK, we are not a dogs home and therefore are unable to offer kennel accommodation but in emergency situations are able to offer a limited number of short stay foster care places via our network of volunteers across the country.


We are only able to offer assistance in rehoming  pure bred bulldogs and therefore ask that you ensure your bulldog is a pure bred before completing the paperwork. We sadly cannot help any of the cross breeds, these include Victorian, American, Sussex, Old Tyme, Dorset, Old English, 19th Century, Aylestone, Pickwick etc etc or any other bull breed (ie: Staffordshire or English Bull Terriers etc).


Please complete the form enclosed and return it to us as soon as possible. We will be unable to commence our search for a new family until this has been received. Please only sign the disclaimer if you are honestly able to do so. We cannot rehome a known biter and draw your attention to the fact that we will not accept liability if you are not honest with us about anything concerning your bulldogs health, behaviour or temperament. If you cannot honestly sign please contact us immediately as if a dog is returned to us for biting a person we will have no choice but to put him to sleep.


Stage One:

Please complete the following form (click Next)


Stage Two:

Once this form has been received, together with a photograph of your dog, your local volunteer will contact you in order for us to arrange a visit to both you and your dog at home. This visit is so we can discuss the procedure with you and so we can meet your dog. We will then list your bulldog for rehoming on our web site and send his details to everyone registered on our waiting list in your area.


Stage Three

Everyone that applies for a dog from Bulldog Rescue must be registered with us and our waiting list is split into regional waiting lists. Applications are collected over a period of one week after which we will go through the applicants and select who we consider to be the most suitable, in the event that there are no suitable applicants we will continue to collect applications until the right home is found.


Stage Four:

Once we have selected a possible new home we will firstly run back ground checks and then telephone the family to speak to them in person. We will then send them your dog's profile detailing what we know about him/her. If they  accept the dog we will then send the same volunteer that came to visit you out to see them for a brief chat and a formal homecheck


Stage Five:

In the event that we are satisfied that the family chosen is suitable we will then contact you with their details. It is much easier that the final arrangements are made directly between you as it saves a lot of to-ing and fro-ing from us, it also gives you the opportunity to make sure you are happy with our choice of family.


Stage Six:

You now need to contact the family selected and arrange for them to visit you and your dog at your home. It is very important that they come to you as allowing them to view the dog on home territory with people he is familiar with will give them a much better opportunity of assessing his personality. We do however ask that we are kept fully up to date with the progress, we like to know the day the family plan to visit and of course we need to know if this visit is successful or not.


Stage Seven:

Providing you are happy with the family selected you may allow them to take the dog home with them from this visit. This is the last opportunity you have to change your mind but we point out that you are under no obligation to go through with the rehoming right up until the dog has left your property. If for any reason you are not happy with them simply tell them you cannot go through with the rehoming as once he has left your possession he automatically becomes bulldog rescue property and remains so until the adoption processes has been executed. In the event you are contacted by the new family because the placement is not working you must contact bulldog rescue immediately, it is usual for us to arrange collection via a network volunteer as soon as possible as he is our responsibility by this stage.

Please ensure that the following items are sent with your dog:
  • Dog bedding/bed/crate - do not wash the bedding so there is a familiar scent in the new home
  • Favourite toys
  • Collar, Lead, Harness etc - remember to remove any name tag from the collar
  • Food/Water bowls and a bag of food so the diet can remain the same or be changed gradually
  • Vaccination card

Please ensure that the following items are returned to Bulldog Rescue with the Permission Form

  • Kennel Club Registration paper and pedigree - these are held on file here
  • Microchip documentation if applicable - microchips are transferred to Bulldog Rescue

What Now?

Once we have your permission form we will begin the search, if you change your mind after you have returned this form to us  please let us know immediately as we may already have a new home arranged and keeping us informed will not only save us time and money but will also avoid disappointment to the new family if the process goes too far. If there are a large number of bulldogs in the system we will rehome them on a priority basis.


Once we have been informed that the dog has moved we will then send the new family their adoption paper work. This paperwork signs the dog over to them but allows Bulldog Rescue the right of first refusal should they be unable to keep him at any point throughout his life time. It also prevents them from breeding or showing their new dog and requires them to stay in touch with Bulldog Rescue throughout his life time. They will also be eligible for 6 weeks free insurance courtesy of Pet Plan.  Any microchip will be transferred to Bulldog Rescue thus ensuring that we will be informed should the dog ever escape, be stolen or find himself in a rescue centre at any point in the future.


How long does this all take?

This depends on each individual situation, please be aware that the service is run by volunteers who give up their free time, many of us have day jobs, families and dogs of our own. Of course older dogs or dogs with known health or behaviour problems are obviously that little more difficult to find a suitable family for and we would much rather take our time in finding the right family than allow the dog to move to an unsuitable family only to find that the placement fails. It is rare for a placement to fail, but if it does it is often because there was something about the dog that we didnít know about. The new family is selected from the information supplied regarding what your dog needs but no one can be 100% sure how things will be following the move. Common reasons for failure are aggression or problems between the new arrival and an existing dog, Bulldog Rescue are responsible for the dog at this stage and it is usual for us to arrange collection by a volunteer. We advice that you ask your vet to check him over prior to completing the documentation so any obvious problems can be disclosed, Bulldog Rescue may be able to help with the costs of any required treatment if there is no pet insurance in place.


Thank you for coming to Bulldog Rescue, by using our service you are helping to make it possible for us to help other bulldogs in need across the country. We are the only official bulldog breed rescue for the UK and are Kennel Club registered, endorsed by the London Bulldog Society we are also members of the Bulldog Breed Council and operate to a strict policy. Our aim is to always do the very best for every bulldog that passes through our system and to ensure that his new home is exactly the right home for him. This service is free to everyone that needs to rehome their bulldog and remember that should you need to talk to anyone after your dog has left your care we are able to offer a counselling service as well as we appreciate just how difficult this decision has been for you.


We look forward to hearing from you again very soon and should you need to discuss any part of this process before returning the permission form please feel free to do so.



























In the event that your situation is genuinely urgent, we have a limited number of foster spaces and can arrange for your dog to be collected or delivered to the nearest available place.

Please be aware that foster space is incredibly limited and we prefer to keep these spaces free for genuine emergencies and for cases that are genuinely urgent. If you can keep your dog whilst we search for a new home please help us by doing so and using the Rehoming Service

Please be sure that you are 100% happy with this situation, once your dog has left your care you will have no further legal claim on him. The volunteer will ask you to sign your bulldog over to Bulldog Rescue on collection, this ensures that he is covered by our liability insurance whilst in our care. We will ask the vet to check him over and will deal with any obvious medical problems before he is put up for rehoming. We will then select a family from our existing waiting list. There are several hundred people on our waiting list and we do not operate the list on a system of first come first served. The family will be chosen via a system of area and suitability and we will attempt to find your bulldog a family that matches his needs and requirements. We will vet the potential new family as much as is practically possible and we aim to stay in touch with every single bulldog we rehome.



Please ensure that you send the following items with your dog:

  • Dog bedding/bed/crate - do not wash the bedding so there is a familiar scent in the new home
  • Favourite toys
  • Collar, Lead, Harness etc - remember to remove any name tag from the collar
  • Food/Water bowls and a bag of food so the diet can remain the same or be changed gradually
  • Vaccination card
  • Kennel Club Registration paper and pedigree - these are held on file here
  • Microchip documentation if applicable - microchips are transferred to Bulldog Rescue

Thank you for coming to Bulldog Rescue, by using our service you are helping to make it possible for us to help other bulldogs in need across the country. We are the only official bulldog breed rescue for the UK and are Kennel Club registered, endorsed by the London Bulldog Society we are also members of the Bulldog Breed Council and operate to a strict policy. Our aim is to always do the very best for every bulldog that passes through our system and to ensure that his new home is exactly the right home for him. This service is free to everyone that needs to rehome their bulldog and remember that should you need to talk to anyone after your dog has left your care we are able to offer a counselling service as well as we appreciate just how difficult this decision has been for you.