If you need to rehome your Staffie

Rehoming your Staffie

We receive a lot of emails from people wanting help rehoming their Staffies so we’ve created this page to provide some guidance:

Think carefully first

It probably goes without saying (but we’ll say it anyway!) – think carefully before giving up your dog. You need to be sure before appealing for help.

Wherever possible – Get rescue backup!

It’s really important to try and get rescue backup if you’re rehoming your Staffie.

If you can get backup from a genuine animal rescue you will be able to safeguard your dog’s future as they will follow procedure’s such as homechecking adopters and taking the dog back if at any time the new owners cannot keep him/her.

» Post the dog’s details on Rescue Helpers Unite in the ‘Rescue Backup Needed’ section (login required), including:

  • A photograph (or multiple)
  • Details on the dogs age, health and temperament including his/her behaviour around children, other dogs, cats etc. – and in particular any problem behaviours – this is important for a safe rehoming
  • Confirmation of whether the dog is neutered/spayed, vaccinated, wormed, flea-treated etc.)
  • The reason for rehoming
  • The dog’s current location and your contact details (members on the RHU forum can PM you so you don’t need to give a phone or email unless you wish to)

You should also search for dog rescues in your local area and contact them direct. If you can’t find information for any rescues in your area, visit your local vets or kennels to see if they can give you any details.

If you definitely cannot secure rescue backup

Talk to animal people in your local area like vets, kennels, pet shop owners etc. – they may be able to put you in touch with someone looking for a Staffie (but DON’T rehome your dog to anyone who plans to breed or sell on your dog)

Create a poster displaying the dog’s details, a photo and your contact details so that you can advertise for adoption in your local area.

Homecheck and interview new owners – it’s important to visit the home of anyone who offers to adopt your dog so that you can make sure it’s suitable and has a secure enclosed garden etc. You should also talk thoroughly with potential new owners about their dog experience, who will be in the new home (adults, children, other pets etc.) and how the dog is likely to react to that.