Frequently Asked Questions

Many previous questions are listed here

Hopefully we will have the answer to your questions below. If not then please do not hesitate in getting in touch via ‘Contact Us’.

Rehoming Questions

What do I do if I’ve lost my dog?

Please click this link to check your local council area. Phone the local dog pound, vets and register your details on ‘Dog Lost’. Also, please contact your ‘microchip’ company stated on your documents.

Can you take my dog?

Please complete the ‘Rehome Your Dog Form‘ and someone from the YRDR will get back to you.

What information do you need to rehome my dog?

Please take a look at ‘Rehome Page‘ for this information.

What do I do if I’ve found a stray dog?

Please contact the Dog Warden or local pound. Note that the Dog Warden service does not operate at weekends. Also, please take the dog to the nearest vet who will scan the dog free of charge.

Questions to become a Fosterer

Does the YRDR need more foster homes?

YES!! Please ‘Contact Us‘ and we will get back to you.

Do I live too far away?

While we re-home our dogs all over the UK, when we have our dogs in foster care this does need to be within the West Yorkshire area. This is because most of the dogs coming to us will need vet visits for things such as neutering or vaccinations. Also, we need our foster carers close so that we can provide all the support they need.

Can I foster if I have cats?

While we do have fosterers who have cats we find this very much limits us to which dog we can place with you. You would also need to be very experienced and careful in introducing them to each other.

What does it mean to foster a dog?

The dog will live temporarily in your home. You will help us by exercising and gaining more understanding about the dogs requirements. All food and general costs will be covered by the YRDR.

Will I be able to pick which dog I foster?

Within reason you will be able to choose which dog to foster.

Will I be given very difficult dogs?

The rescue will be totally honest as to the temperament of the dog. We always try to match a dog with the fosterers requirements.

What if I want to adopt my foster dog?

The fosterer is always given the option to adopt the dog.

What if my foster dog needs to go to the vets?

Veterinary costs are covered by the YRDR.

What happens with my foster dog when I go on holiday?

Other foster cover will be arranged but we will require as much notice as possible.

What if I can only foster for a set amount of time?

We do require emergency foster carers on stand by. All foster carers are invaluable.

Adoption Questions

I’ve filled in an Adoption Form. Why haven’t I heard back?

We sometimes have a large volume of applicants. If you haven’t heard back from us within 3 days please contact us.

I want a particular breed, can you contact me when you have one?

We will always try our best to contact you in this instance. There are numerous rescue centres which rehome specific breeds of dog. The kennel club have a list of rescue centres – please click here.

How much does it cost to adopt a dog?

As all rescue dogs receive veterinary care including vaccination, neutering, micro-chip and full health check, we ask for a minimum of £150 donation to the YRDR.

How do I know if the dog will be good with my kids?

Firstly we do not re-home dogs where there are children under 5 years old. This is to ensure everyones safety. Very young children may not be able to understand the needs of a rescue dog.

When we do place a dog in a house hold with older children the dog will have been tested around children prior to adoption.

As a responsible rescue safety of all concerned is our first priority.

Can I adopt if my dog/s is not neutered?

As a rule we do not allow our dogs to be re-homed with un-neutered dogs. From our vast experience a bitch in season or a dominant male can cause conflict with other dogs.

However if there is a medical reason why a dog can’t be neutered we may consider it.

After adoption, if I have major problems can I return the dog?

We will offer help, advice and training in the first instance. We will require as much notice as possible to find a foster home for the dog. Any dog rehomed by the YRDR MUST be returned to the YRDR if you are no longer able to provide a home.

Who pays for vaccinations / neutering if it’s not already done before adoption?

Initial vaccinations and neutering will be paid by the YRDR.

What is the Homecheck about?

To confirm your address and also that the dog will be rehomed into a safe environment.

Can I come and look round your kennels?

No. We do not have kennels. All our dogs are cared by foster carers in their own homes.

Can I reserve a dog as I’m going on holiday?

Unfortunately not, please contact us on your return.

What is the adoption process and how long does it take?

We try and arrange a homecheck and complete the application within a week.

Can I be considered if I live in an apartment?


How old do I have to be to adopt a dog?

Over 21.

How high does my fence need to be?

This depends on the size and nature of the dog. We need to ensure that your property is safe for the specific dog.

If I’m 1st to apply will I get the dog?

Not necessarily.

If the dog I apply for is taken, will you help me find another?

Yes, many times we have similar dogs and will contact you if we are able.

Do your dogs have to be neutered?

Yes, as a responsible dog rescue we neuter all our dogs.