History - Jorja had a loving home but change of personal circumstances meant her owners could not meet Jorja's needs.
Personality - Jorja is a rapidly growing puppy, already the size of a small labrador at 6 months old, she's going to be a big girl. She is incredibly affectionate and playful, though has never lived with children or other dogs, and given her size would only be suitable to live with older children. Jorja's personality is still developing and she will need an owner with time and patience to be able to provide her with the training and socialisation she needs.
A little message from Jorja-
“"My top is made out of rubber, my bottoms made out of springs, I'm bouncy, bouncy, bouncy, bouncy, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun!"
Adopting a Dog
Adopting a Dog
Thinking about taking on a rescue dog? Please think carefully, these dogs have had their lives tipped upside down through no fault of their own.
They will take time to settle into a new home. There will be problems you will need to work through, hence the free training and support Oakwood gives you. They might poo in the house, they might bark when you leave them, they might destroy something, these are not reasons to bring them back to us after one or two weeks. Please listen to what we tell you at the viewings and during the visits, we know these dogs and disclose everything we know. Deeply consider what you are told about the dog and its personality before you offer the dog a home. It does them no favours to go into a home for a week and then come back to the kennels.
With training and guidance they will settle, if you do nothing and bring them back after a short time then it makes them harder to place next time as they get upset every time they are brought back and the problems become harder to tackle. Please be sure you can commit to a rescue dog before you take them home.
Click here to visit 'Our Dogs' page to see the current dogs available, please note this is updated as regularly as possible, but changes can occur at short notice.
Our adoption policies, terms and conditions are in place for the benefit of our dogs and their adopters. We differ from most other rescues in the extensive support we offer post adoption for the life of the dog. We also re-home to anyone who can care for a dog, it doesn't matter if you work full-time or have children, providing they are over 1 year of age. Every home has something to offer, more than anything we look for your committment and ability to provide everything the dog needs. Then it's just a case of finding a dog that is suitable. Our policies are linked to our dogs and not to you as a person.
The process from reservation to adoption takes between 1-2 weeks depending on the dog you are adopting. Please dont apply before you are ready to start the process as this takes up extra admin time for us a rescue, which takes us away from caring for our dogs.
Free training services for a period after the adoption (depending on which dog you adopt, you will receive anywhere from 1-6 months of free, unlimited training) & half price obedience training for the life of the dog.
All dogs are neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, and up to date on flea and worm treatment.
A dog that is suitable for your lifestyle, home and other commitments.
A dog that has been assessed for behaviour by experienced and qualified staff.
Ongoing support for the life of the dog: support, advice and training just a phone call away, and a safety net should you ever find yourself unable to care for the dog.
Regular support visits throughout the dogs life to make sure you are ok and to help deal with any concerns quickly.
Adoption Welcome Pack: Including 4 weeks FREE Insurance and much, much more.
What we expect:
Prospective owners must be 18 or older
Homecheck is required - this checks for the safety and security of the dog once it is in your home.
Any other family members, and dogs you own must come along for an introduction to make sure they all get along.
Insurance must be taken out on the dog for the life of the dog - to ensure that veterinary care and liability is covered in the event of an accident.
Everyone in the home must be in agreement about adopting a dog.
New owners must be willing to provide your chosen dog with the level of exercise and stimulation it requires everyday.
New owners to give the dog reasonable time to settle in and adjust to their new life which can be around a month to 6 months, sometimes longer.
If you are unable to keep the dog it must be returned to us. However, this is not a get out clause. Adopters must be willing to work through situations to try and keep the dog.
An adoption contract must be signed on the day of adoption and an adoption fee is to be paid.(which is non refundable)
Annual vaccinations, flea and worming treatment and insurance must be kept valid and up to date and copies provided each year..
The dog must not be left alone in the home for longer than 5 hours or overnight, other arrangements must be made – we can provide day-care. We can also recommend some excellent dog walkers and pet sitters if required.
Unfortunately due to the time-consuming nature of young dogs and children, we are not able to re-home to people who have dogs or children under 1 year old.
The Adoption Process
1. Complete and send our Adoption Application Formhere (please only submit this if you are wanting to adopt a dog immediately). If you want to adopt in future please complete the form a minimum of 2 weeks before you want to adopt. We cannot hold applications for people who want to adopt in the future.
If you simply have an enquiry, please use the adopters enquiry form, click here
2. Receive a call back or email from one of the team to discuss your ideal dog and requirements and book a viewing (Please check your junk mailbox as often our 1st email we send goes into here). We try to call potential adopters back within a week, but as we only have two staff who deal with applications this process may take a little longer if we are experiencing a high volume of applications.
If we leave numerous messages/emails and you do not get back to us within 1 week we will delete your application. Unfortunately this does happen and takes up large amounts of time for our staff. We are unable to continuously try to contact people who do not return our calls/emails.
3. Make an appointment to see the dogs you have been matched with who appear most ideal to your lifestyle, bring photo and address ID so we can verify you.
4. Pay a reservation fee of £50.00 which secures your chosen dog whilst you get to know them. This holds your dog pending checks. Once reserved the dog will no longer be shown to our prospective adopters. You also receive your welcome pack and a booklet with important information you need when bringing home a new rescue dog.
5. Take your chosen dog out for a walk, out for the day to your home, and get to know them in every way possible over a week or so.
6. A homecheck will be carried out by one of our staff or volunteers. Home checks over 15 miles from Oakwood require fuel costs to be covered by the adopter (40p/mile). If you live outside the HU postcode area then we have a different process, see below for our out of Hull adoption process.
We do have a UK wide network of volunteers who can do home checks all over the country, the fees only apply if we have no one in your area, which is very unlikely.
7. If everything goes well, complete the adoption process with signing the contract, paying the remaining adoption feeand taking your new family member home!
If you like the sound of our process then please complete our Adoption Application Form. Remember you can't choose a dog from a picture or from the first meeting. You need to get to know the dog, see how it fits into your home, family and life. That way when you do sign the adoption contract you know it will be forever.
For potential adopters who live outside of Hull
If you live outside of the local area, then we will need to carry out a home check before you come to Hull to view the dogs, this will ensure you don't have a wasted trip if your home check doesn't pass for some reason.
Once the home check has passed we will then arrange for you to come over to Hull to view our dogs. We recommend you allocate at least a day and a night so that if you see a dog you like you can spend some time with that dog and not have to make a decision within an hour. For example, travel up Friday evening, meet a few dogs then go back to your B&B or hotel and have a think. Come back the next day and spend more time with your shortlisted dog/s, take them for a walk, play in our play area, take them out for the day etc.
Once you and us are happy that the dog you have chosen could be suitable then we ask you to complete all the adoption paperwork and pay the adoption fee in full.
If you need to speak with us about this process please call us on 01482 823555.
Our fees are as follows:
Dogs under 6 months - £275.00
Dogs 6 months to 7 years - £200.00
Lurchers, Staffies and other Bull Breeds (Excluding Bulldogs, Old Tyme Bulldogs and French Bulldogs) - £150.00
Dogs over 7 years - £125.00
These differences are not because we value dogs differently but because dogs have differing requirements for example older dogs require a higher commitment to vet care and so to help towards this we reduce the cost of our older dogs. Lurchers, Staffies and other Bull Breeds are so numerically high in rescues across the UK that it can often take a long time to get them adopted, for this reason we offer a lower adoption fee for these dogs to try and ensure that they do not spend months or even years in rescue.
We require a reservation fee of £50.00 to be paid on reserving your chosen dog. This is non-refundable/transferable if you decide to un-reserve the dog and not complete adoption. If we decide the dog is not suitable for you, we will fully refund the reservation fee. When you complete the adoption, the reservation fee counts towards the total adoption fee.
So what do you get for your adoption fee?
Full vaccinations worth up to £45
Microchip for life worth £15 (you will need to change details if you move house and this does come at a cost)
Neutering worth up to £200 (depending on size/sex of dog)
Vet health checks in their time with Oakwood worth £45.00
Free training for between 1 and 6 months after adoption, then half price for the rest of the dogs life!
Free telephone/email advice when you need it, anytime, 365 days a year - priceless!
Full behaviour assessment whilst in the rescue worth up to £150.00
Up to date with worming/flea treatment worth £15.
4 weeks FREE Petplan Insurance and much more.
Adoption Application Form
If you are interested in adopting one of our rescue dogs, please complete the form below and a member of the team will be in touch with you. Thanks.
Please note: None of your answers to the questions on this application form will deem you unsuitable for adopting one of our dogs, but are there to help us find an ideal match for your lifestyle, home and circumstances. Whether you live in a flat, have 3 children or work full-time; we firmly believe that everyone has something to offer a dog in their life, and that there is a perfect home waiting for every single one of our rescue dogs... you might be one of them!