Adopt a Dog

It is important that anyone wishing to be considered for adopting one of our dogs reads the information here before contacting us.

NISBTR is always looking for loving new homes for the Staffordshire Bull Terriers that come into our care – families that are totally committed to providing a home for life. Anyone interested in adopting one of our dogs must demonstrate an understanding of Staffordshire Bull Terriers and rescue dogs in general.

All our dogs are placed in foster care so that they can be assessed over a period of time in a home environment. They are temperament tested and assessed for their suitability to be rehomed with children and other dogs. We can never guarantee a dog’s future behaviour but we can give potential adoptive families a very good idea of a dog’s character and individual needs. At NISBTR we know from experience that a gradual rehoming process works best, therefore we take time to match the right dog to the right family.

NISBTR respectfully asks that all potential adoptive families consider these important factors.

  • Breed – Is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier the right dog for you and your family? Research the breed thoroughly before deciding.
  • Children – Do your children know how to behave responsibly around dogs?
  • Cost – Consider the cost of food and veterinary bills etc.
  • Existing pets – Consider the impact on other pets in the family.
  • Rented accommodation – Does your current landlord agree to having dogs in their property? Should you have to move, will you be able to secure future accommodation where dogs are permitted?
  • Working hours – Do you have time outside working hours to care for a dog? Should your work hours increase, do you have family or friends who can help take care of your dog?
  • Future children – If you are unable to cope with a child/children AND a dog, please do not contact us.
  • Exercise – Do you have the time and commitment to exercising your dog properly? Some Staffordshire Bull Terriers can need two hours or more of rigorous exercise a day.
  • Long-term commitment – The average life span of a Staffordshire Bull Terrier is around 12 years – many live way beyond. Are you committed to keeping a dog for life?
  • Relationship breakdown – Will you be capable of taking care of a dog after a relationship breakdown?


Anyone interested in rehoming one of our dogs will be subject to a stringent home check to determine their suitability to adopt. Once checked, families are invited to meet the dog that they are interested in rehoming. If another dog/s is already in the family several ‘meet and greets’ will be arranged. If both parties are happy to proceed NISBTR will offer a home trial. This allows time to ensure that the dog fits in perfectly with its new home environment. During this time representatives of NISBTR are always there to offer help, advice and support whenever needed.

At the end of the home trial, if both parties agree, an adoption contract will be signed. The contract includes a clause that allows a representative of NISBTR to make regular checks on the dog during the following twelve months and at any time after that if it is deemed necessary by us.

Once you have read the above please CAREFULLY READ the full profile of the dog you may be interested in adopting to determine whether you can offer a suitable home for that particular dog.

If you feel you meet your chosen dog’s criteria please contact us via telephone on 07563 368 589 or by sending us a pm on our Facebook page.

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Our adoption fee for dogs up to the age of 12 months is £125

Our adoption fee for dogs aged 12 months and above is £80


We will always be here to offer life-long support and advice whenever needed.


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