For many, the idea of adopting or ‘rescuing’ a dog carries with it a certain image. However, more and more dogs find themselves in need of a new home through no fault of their own, and this has grown significantly since the pandemic.  As such no longer are shelters the preserve of the ‘problem dog’, but they are instead packed with dogs of all types, from all manner of backgrounds and circumstances. These days we get as many pedigree dogs as mixed breeds.

We update our dogs on this website as well as Facebook as often as we can, but as dogs come in daily it is always worth calling or popping by, as you never know who might be waiting for you!

Before you arrive and to avoid disappointment, below are some basic ‘must have’s’ you will need in order to adopt a Clymping Dog:


We perform home checks and follow up visits:

1) You must have a private, fully enclosed garden with a high fence.

2) You must be in a position where the dog will not be left alone for long periods of time.

3) In the interests of safety we do not rehome a dog to homes with children under 5 years old.

4) Households must be home checked / provide veterinary references prior to a home trial.

5) If the adoption does not work out the dog must be returned to the sanctuary.


1. You’re going to meet a lot of dogs and hear a lot of details about them, so bring a pen and paper to jot down some notes so you can remind yourself later. Everyone these days has a camera on their phone and it is ok to take photographs of the ones that catch your eye.

2. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. You’re going to be getting down in a dog shelter and at least a little bit dirty with dogs, who may not have had a bath recently and who may not know that they shouldn’t jump or climb on you. The dogs are craving love and attention so they will be excited to see you.

3. Bring the family! You are essentially choosing another member of your family so adopting a dog should be a team effort. We want to avoid at all costs a scenario where you have to bring the dog back simply because it was not the dog your other half was expecting. Please don’t bring any other dogs or pets along with you unless you have discussed it with us first. We are happy to arrange for your existing dog to meet their potential brother or sister but this is something that has to be done with careful thought.

4. Leave yourself plenty of time, at least a couple of hours, so you can get to know a handful of dogs and let us tell you all we know about them. We promise to be completely honest with you about our dogs and will tell you if we dont think a dog would be right for you. Our aim is to find forever homes for every dog that has come to us but it has to be the right home for them.

More than 100,000 dogs await new homes in UK adoption shelters – can you help?