Adopt a dog
Attention: Please take into account that we do all this on a voluntary basis! It takes time to go through the procedures to make sure that you get the dog that suits your home best. If you want a dog this very second then please reconsider filling in a form. If you are waiting for a homevisit and have gotten another dog then please let us know immediately.Please see our notes section on Facebook for lots of helpful basic training and introductions advice for your new dog.
Please be aware that you cannot book or reserve A Dog's Life dog just by expressing an interest in it. Applications are taken and homechecks are carried out on a first-come, first-served basis. YOU MUST HAVE PASSED YOUR HOMECHECK BEFORE A DOG WILL BE BOOKED TO YOU. If you are not first in line you will be made aware of that and invited to undergo a homecheck should the home in front of you not work out.
Please note that all potential homes are subject to a homecheck and no exceptions will be made. It is also worth remembering that we are all volunteers and while we will endeavour to arrange a home-visit as soon as we possibly can sometimes it can take a little while so your patience is appreciated!
A Dog's Life reserves the right to refuse any home.
1. We do not place dogs in homes where they will be left alone without human company (another dog will not suffice) for long periods on a regular basis.
2. We only place dogs into homes where they will be kept mainly as a house dog. The dog must sleep in the house. Our intention is that our dogs are taken on as cherished members of the family. We do not permit our dogs to be kennelled outdoors.
3. The garden must be secure and escape-proof, bearing in mind that many dogs can both climb and dig. The home-visitor will check this as a matter of priority and advise accordingly. We do not condone electric fencing, shock-collars or barbed-wire as a means of containment.
4. We do not give dogs as presents or surprises! Applicants who are applying on behalf of another person must make that person aware of the application, and must provide contact details for the intended owner.
5. We neuter all of our dogs and bitches, and we have a strictly upheld no-breeding policy. As such where there is an existing dog we will not rehome one of our dogs unless the existing dog is neutered or, if too young, where proof can be provided in due course that the dog has been neutered. This is applicable to all dogs in the home. If you are adopting a same-sex dog then your own dog still needs to be neutered.
6. Those rehoming dogs must give an undertaking to provide the dog with regular appropriate exercise and veterinary care.
7. You must be over 23 to adopt one of our dogs.
8. As the dogs new owner you will be required to accept and acknowledge the full legal responsibility for any injury, loss or damage sustained by or to a third party caused by the dog.
9. We do not home same-sex Bull breeds together.
10. We require a minimum donation of €120 per dog. For this donation the dog you receive will be neutered, fully vaccinated and microchipped. You will also receive lots of aftercare to help your new dog settle in properly and also follow-up training consultations with our qualified trainer should you need them. This donation is necessary for us to help more dogs and also offsets the expense of supporting dogs who have to remain under our care for longer.
If you are interested in adopting one of our dogs and can agree to the rehoming criteria listed above then please download the Adoption Form, fill it in and send it back to
If you have not had a response within 2 days then please contact Martina on 086 3871498