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Dog Information

Although this branch does not generally take in dogs, we do welcome them at our clinic and occasionally have one or two dogs looking for adoption.  Take a look a our Dogs for Adoption page to see who’s there.

Special homes for special animals – How to rehome a dog from us

Some of the dogs in our care have had a tough time, so it is very important that their next home is the right home and a home for life.  That is why we ask everyone who is thinking of rehoming a dog from us to fill in an application form before being contacted by one of our fosterers to discuss whether you would be a suitable new owner for the dog; we find this is the best way to find out more about you and help us to choose the right home for each dog.

We believe there is a home to suit every dog in our care – sometimes it just takes a little time to find the perfect home

Home Checks

We carry out a home check for all of our dogs and, in some cases, minor changes may be suggested that help ensure your home is as dog friendly as possible.  We will also call or visit afterwards to make sure that you and your new dog are adjusting well to your new life together.

Adoption Fees

Puppies and Dogs up to 12 months of age £195.00  –  Dogs over 1 year old £155.00

This includes:

  • 6 weeks Free Pet Insurance
  • Neutering
  • Full course Vaccination
  • Microchipping & Flea and Worm Treatment

How to adopt a dog from us

If you feel you can offer one of our dogs the rewarding home they deserve please download an application form, print it out and fill it in.


Application Form


Once you have completed the application form, please scan and email it to us at clinic@rspcastortvalley.org.uk or post/deliver it to Dog Applications, RSPCA Stort Valley, 23 The Stow, Harlow, Essex, CM20 3AN

Due to the high volume of interest in our dogs we can only accept applications made using the RSPCA Application Form.  Once your form has been read you may be contacted by the dog’s fosterer

Please do not phone our clinic to discuss the dogs, our clinic is always busy and you may prevent an animal in need from getting help.

All prospective owners will be subject to an RSPCA home check

We take a week or so to collect all the forms and identify who we feel would be the best match and they are then invited to meet the dog.  If they reserve the dog then a home visit will be arranged. Otherwise, the next suitable home will be contacted.

The same procedure is used should the home visit not be successful and is repeated until a suitable home is found for the dog; it is only then that we will contact unsuccessful applicants and let them know that the dog has been reserved – until this happens we could still contact you to come and visit the dog.

Stray Dogs

Should you find a stray dog please report it to your local Dog Warden care of your local council.

The RSPCA Stort Valley Branch is not able to take in stray dogs. The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 (section 68) makes your local authority solely responsible for dealing with stray dogs. The Department for Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) have useful guidance notes on local authority responsibilities for stray dogs. To arrange for a stray dog to be collected, please contact your local authority dog warden.The RSPCA and other animal welfare charities cannot pick up stray dogs or accept them from people who find them.  Instead, we direct people to their local authority. We can only deal with a stray dog in an emergency, for example, if it is in imminent danger of death or severe suffering and the police and local authority are unable to attend.

Neuter your Staffordshire Bull Terrier or Staffie Crossbreed dog for just £70 each male or £90 each female

We are running a campaign to assist financially with the neutering of Staffordshire Bull Terriers and Staffie Crossbreed dogs.


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Contact the Clinic

Contact us on 01279 306058 or email: clinic@rspcastortvalley.org.uk

Our phone and email address are only monitored when the clinic is open