Adopt a Dog

We prioritise dogs and puppies who have been rescued by RSPCA inspectors from often appalling conditions, where their lives are in danger from neglect or physical assault. These are the rescued dogs and puppies in RSPCA branch care that are looking for caring forever homes. To see more information and photos (if available) please just click on the “.. continue reading” link which will take you to each dog or puppy’s full information and photos then by clicking on their thumbnail photos you will be able to view larger images.

Can you offer a permanent or foster home to any branch dogs? Please see the contact details on the right for more info or to arrange a meeting.


We ask for an adoption fee of £120 (cash please) to offset some of the costs we incur in caring for and treating the dogs in our care. Please contact us for terms when adopting an elderly dog. When compared with the initial expense of essential welfare costs when obtaining a “free” dog or puppy from the free ads or a neighbour, such as neutering, vaccinations and flea and worming treatment the estimated cost of which is now well over £250 by adopting one of our animals you are saving money and…….more importantly a life.

An excellent site for people who would like adopt but worry about coping with a rescued dog for the first time is



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akela4 Akela is a 10 month old Large Crossbreed female.   Akela needs a home where people understand big dogs and there needs.   She is still a puppy albeit a big puppy but she is still doing puppy things and still needs some more training.


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brianwilmslow3 Brian is approx 4 years old and a Mastiff x.   He came into our care through no fault of his own.  Sadly he has not had a good life so far, he has yellow staining on most of his body where he has been lying in his own wee and he is also very thin.  Brian just loves people but can be a bit barky with other dogs.   He does pull on the lead.   He has now been fully vaccinated, microchipped and neutered.   We would not rehome him with young children simply because when he does put is weight back on he will be a large breed dog

4 Cavaliers – applications now closed

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We’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of the huge number of families offering caring new homes to our Cavalier King Charles’ Spaniels and would like to thank everyone who has completed and returned their Perfect Match Form.  As a result we have had to close the window for applications for the time being.

Please be assured that we will keep everyone up to date with news about these little dogs.

kingcharles3 We currently have 4 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels in our care.  They consist of mum Ruby who is 9 years old and red in colour and three of her children: Poppy who is between 4-6 years and Black and Red in colour; Daisy who is also between 4-6 years and Tri colour; and last, but not least, is Davy who is 2 years and also a Tri colour.   They have always lived together but we think it would be nice for them to be rehomed separately because they just love attention.

They have been left for quite a few hours on there own so their toilet training may need to be started again.

These four lovely, little dogs will be neutered, vaccinated and, as you can see from their photos their coats are very matted, they will be clipped and shampooed before they go to live with their new families.   Please be aware that we will only be contacting everyone once these little dogs have been neutered, and ready to go to their new homes.

If you are interested in adopting one of these dogs please complete our perfect match form in word or our perfect match form in pdf and send it to us as an email attachment or list the questions and your answers in the body of your email.

First posted 7.5.17


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barneylargexbrd5hd Sadly, Barney’s recent potential adoption has not progressed so he is again looking for his very own special family.

Barney is a 3 year old large crossbreed who has come back into the Branch care because his new owners have separated so Barney is being left for long hours.  In his first home he lived with another dog and we have found him to be very obedient, sitting when asked, and giving a paw, coming when called etc.  He loves to play with a ball.

Barney is house trained and is good to walk.  He will only be rehomed with older children as he could quite easily knock little ones over. In his last home he lived with an 8 year old little girl whom he adored.

Many people who meet Barney for the first time are taken aback by his sheer size.  He is simply an enormous cuddle monster who just loves everyone he meets.

First posted 20.02.17



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tiggersitting Tigger (previously Billy) is a crossbreed  who probably has some Shar Pei in his make up and is thought to be approximately 18 months old.  He was found all alone on the moors above Glossop.  At the time he was extremely underweight and had a collar which had not been loosened as he grew.  Luckily for Tigger he was found in time and his collar hadn’t done any damage, but without a chip his previous owners have never been found and despite advertising him no one has come forward to claim him.  We think he was probably left on the moor without a thought for his welfare.

Our volunteer fosterer has worked wonders with him and he has gained weight, enjoys his walks, is house trained and knows how to sit and shake a paw.   He has been to a local dog day care centre where he has a chance to interact with lots of other dogs.  He is a lovely boy who loves everyone he meets.

All his new photos were taken at one of our fun dog shows where he was well behaved and met lots of other dogs and people of all ages.

We are looking for a family with older children, 10 and over, or an adult only home as he is still very much a puppy and quite a bouncy boy.   Following his abandonment he does need to be with someone most of the time and he will need to be taught that it’s okay to be left alone.

Floyd – Reserved

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floyd2 Floyd is a 2 year old neutered male.  Unfortunately through no fault of his own he is looking for a new forever home.   Floyd’s owner have said that he is a beautiful dog with good manners and can respond to commands well.

He is great off the lead and recall but can pull when excited on the lead. He loves other dogs and likes a good sniff at cats. Floyd is great with children and people and will wiggle his bum and spin his tail like a windmill in excitement.

Floyd doesn’t like the hose pipe he hates water spraying but ironically loves going to the dog groomers and having a wash and dry. He loves fetch and will play for hours and hours even when panting.

Holly (previously Roxie) – transferred to RSPCA Preston

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roxiemastiff4 Holly is a 4 year old Mastiff cross who has now been transferred to RSPCA Preston Branch’s Rehoming Centre.   This young lady is a lovely girl but can be a little nervous with new things and people.   Holly needs a family with older children, simply because she could possibly knock little ones over and also needs people who are experienced with big dogs as Holly is very strong on the lead.   We have found Holly to be quite playful and loves to play with a ball and will even give it you back.   She is also very gentle when you give her a treat we are all starting to get very fond of Holly she has a lovely nature and in the right hands she will become a truly lovely dog