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Rehoming Checks

The home check process enables wardens to meet prospective dog owners in their own homes and to offer detailed advice to:

  • Safeguard the welfare of the rehomed animal
  • Provide practical advice to minimize potential nuisance complaints (garden fouling / barking etc)
  • Ensure owners are aware of their responsibilities as responsible dog owners including the penalties associated with offences (fouling and straying etc)
  • Potential costs of owning a dog – feed costs, medical fees, insurances etc

Wardens are acting as agents for the Kennelling Provider, and report their opinions back to that agency.  It is the decision of the Kennelling Provider not the Borough Council as to whether a dog should be re-homed with a prospective new owner.

Typically the Kennel will contact us to arrange the check.  However if you would like us to visit and advise before you decide to have a dog please contact us:

Tell us:

  • Your Name, Address, and a contact telephone number
  • The type of dog you are considering having

We will advise you of the reference number of your report, which you should quote if you contact us again about this matter.

What we do

  • The details you provide will be passed to the Dog Warden
  • A warden will arrange to visit you at home, and offer practical advice and assistance.

What happens if the Wardens believe my home is unsuitable?

We only advise on suitability.  The Kennels  may still be willing to place a dog with you.

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