We find working breed dogs new homes – we are not a buy and sell page. Only our foster dogs have an adoption fee, to cover their vet checks, de-sexing (where appropriate), microchips, vaccinations and flea / worm treatments. We list on behalf of owners looking to re-home dogs without fees being charged (help with transport costs is fine). Please let us know if you are asked to pay a fee for a dog listed on behalf of the owner so we can remove the listing.

Please be aware that our primary focus, as a charitable trust, is to help farmers find long term homes for old, injured or failed working dogs. We can also help you find a home for pure working dog breeds such as Heading dogs, Huntaways, Border Collies, Kelpies that would benefit from a working or lifestyle home.
We will also list ex-hunting dogs but we do not list hunting dog breeds (including Labradors, Pointers, Terriers etc.) that haven’t actually been bred and used for hunting.
Please understand that if your dog doesn’t fit the above criteria we will be unable to list them on our website. Wherever possible we will refer you to rescue / rehoming organisations for your breed or location.

Please provide as much information as possible when filling out the form below.

This information forms the basis of your listing and helps people looking for a dog figure out if your dog would suit them. Before filling in the form you will also need a photograph of him/her A good photograph, along with good information will help him/her find a home more quickly. Ideally the photograph will:

  • Show him/her unchained and out of its kennel
  • Capture some of the personality of him/her
  • Have plenty of space around him/her to allow us to crop the image for our website and social media
  • Be a reasonably high resolution image, not a screen grab

Once you have completed and submitted the form, we will review your details and, providing everything is fine, add your dog to the “Dogs for Adoption” page on our website. Your contact details will be displayed with the listing. Unless you have asked us not to, he/she will also be advertised on our Facebook and Instagram pages. If you can, please follow the Facebook post and respond to any questions.

If you are running out of time and need to urgently re-home your dog, please also get in touch with our foster team.

When you are rehoming your dog, please make sure you do “due diligence” with regards to the new owner – we recommend references (e.g from their vet) and a property check – either in-person or via video. We also encourage you to have your dog  checked by a vet before they are rehomed, to ensure they are healthy before they go to their new owners. Please also consider offering a trial period when he/she is adopted, this allows everyone to make sure that the dog is the right fit for the home and vice versa. If you are unable to accept your dog back, please contact our foster team as we may be able to help.


The advert will expire automatically after one month. Please contact us to extend the ad and, if he/she finds a home before the month is up, please let us know.

Dogs for Adoption

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Foster dog check

First things first: is the dog an RWD foster dog, or is it listed "on behalf of" a member of the public? (The default setting is "listed on behalf").
Foster dog?

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When you're re-homing your dog, we recommend a property check and/or references to make sure the new owner is genuine. If you have any doubts, it is best to err on the side of caution. Please let us know if you need help or have any concerns about anyone enquiring about your dog.

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Retired Working Dogs is run by volunteers and funded through donations. Whilst $20 doesn't cover the time spent processing adoption requests, it does go towards the medical and food bills we cover as a charity. Please use this opportunity to help us continue to support the dogs.

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These additional fields are completely voluntary - if you don't have the information, please leave them blank. If you do have the information, please consider sharing it with RWD.

The details will not be shown in the advert, but will help populate our dog database so we can build up a picture across the country.

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