How to adopt a dog from Sava's Safe Haven:

STEP 1: Find your suitable dog

Check out our adopt pages for available dogs or cats, or simply message us and let us to find your suitable dog based on your lifestyle and requirements.
All our dogs are mixed breed, rescued from street. They are not pure breed.

STEP 2: Meet our adoption criteria

When adopting an animal from us, certain criteria is required before a reserve can be placed:

  • Our dogs must be a full member of their adopted family, we will not rehome dogs to live outside;
  • The applicant must be able to afford to pay the adoption fee and transportation costs together with the ongoing costs of owning a dog such as vet bills and insurance
  • Adopters must be over 23 years of age, and if living with their parents we will involve the parents in the adoption process, in order to ensure they are supportive of the adoption and of the animal residing in their property
  • We are unable to rehome to people without an enclosed private garden;
  • We are unable to rehome to families with children younger than 5 years;
  • Written permission from the landlord will be required for applicants in rented accommodation;

STEP 3: Fill our adoption application

When you have found an animal you are interested in adopting, please complete the questionnaire application noted below. The application entails questions concerning general contact information, about your family’s situation, lifestyle and expectations as well.  This questionnaire helps our staff see if your lifestyle and expectations are a good match with the individual animal and what aspects of care or behavior we should provide additional education about.



STEP 4: Arrange a phone chat  and homecheck with our team

Adopters will receive an email notifying them when the call will be conducted.
A home visit may be required before the adoption of any animal. This allows to ensure that the new home is a safe, secure and suitable environment.
A volunteer will be sent to your home to conduct an home check and offer advice on adopting a pet. The volunteer will take note of the following:
  • Condition of other pets
  • Whether adequate shelter is provided
  • Where the animal will sleep at night
  • Size of property/height of wall
  • Ensure that the property is fully enclosed

STEP 5: Finish the procedures and organise transport

If everything goes well and we feel that the animal is a good match for your home, we will email/phone call you with instructions concerning payments, transport, and continuing care for your new animal companion.

You will sign an adoption contract with us, fully legally.
The standard adoption fee is £200.00 for puppies under 8 months old, £175.00 for adults under 6 years old and in some circumstances we may be able to lower our adoption fee for our senior dogs, please contact us to discuss this if you would be interested in giving one of our old-timers a home.
Transport varies from £250.00 for England and Wales addresses to £270.00 for Scotland addresses. 

We use a private pet transport company for our animals. They provide a professional, caring service and deliver direct to your home address. They are fully licensed and approved by Defra. They complete all the legal documentation required in relation to import and export duties. The cost of transport includes all the relevant agent fees and taxes too. So this makes the process more simplified for adopter without the worry.

Some important notes

Ready for travel: All of our dogs & cats are healthy, they come with passport and are vaccinated, dewormed internal and external, neutered and microchipped. Dogs have the following vaccines as routine DP DHPPI, DHPPI LR (Leptospirosis 2 and combined rabies) for the puppies entering the shelter, we also vaccinate them against kennel cough (KC), using the NOBIVAC KC vaccine. Additional vaccines/tests can be made at an extra cost if required. i.e. KC & snap 4DX test.

 Cats have two vaccines: Polivalent & anti-rabies.

All our available dogs are healthy to the best of our knowledge, tested for canine parvovirus, distemper and heartworm, and receive a thorough health check before they depart for their new homes. 

Tests are not routinely carried out for the following diseases as these are not prevalent in our area, but tests are available at additional cost if required: Lyme disease (Borrelia burgdorferi infection), Ehrlichia canis and Ehrlichia ewingii, Anaplasma phagocytophilum and Anaplasma platys.