Meet the dogs!

Meet the dogs...


Appointments are booked after you have submitted an adoption application form and this has been approved by the adoptions team. Please do not turn up at the centre without an appointment as you will be turned away. We politely ask that you follow our adoptions process to avoid having a wasted journey and also disrupting our care of the dogs by turning up uninvited.

All new dogs into rescue are assessed and then offered to the people on our waiting list before being offered for general adoption. Your ideal dog will arrive at the centre and get adopted without you even knowing about it, unless you're on our adoptions waiting list.


Here you can view the dogs currently in rescue. We aim to provide a full behaviour assessment on each dog covering a range of areas from how they cope socialising with other dogs, how they interact with children and whether they could potentially live with cats.

Oakwood Dog Rescue works closely with International Dog Rescue,providing UK kennel space with the goal of rescuing dogs from the terrible conditions of the Romanian public shelters. Below are some of the dogs that have been lucky enough to have found a sponsor and are now safe at Oakwood looking for their forever homes...

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Mia - Available

Sex : Female
Size : Large
Age: 4 years

Mia has had a tough life and has been in UK since November 2018. She was housed at another rescue that weren't able to find her a forever home. Mia loves her people but she can get frightened of strangers coming up to her on walks. She is currently on a diet as she arrived quite hefty but she has a love of tennis balls and has been working on her fitness chasing them. Mia is a very loving dog and all she wants to do is please you. Sadly she has never had a stable home in her life. She does not like to share her humans with other animals and she needs an adult only home as she's a big, strong and bouncy girl.

The perfect home for Mia: Adult only home. She does not like to share her people with other dogs. She does not like cats.

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Max - Available

Sex : Male
Size : Large
Age: 2 years

Max came to the centre in 2018 after spending his young life at a public shelter in Calarasi, Romania. He had spent his entire first year of his life being mistreated, neglected and unloved. Luckily, Max was brought over to the UK where we took him in and have tried to show him what love really is. Max has now turned two years old and he has spent his second Christmas at the centre last year. He has been over-looked in viewings as he is unsure of new people and takes time to build trust with humans. He is a young dog with a lot of potential that needs an adult only home. Once Max knows he can trust you he is like putty in your hands - he has charmed the staff and has his own fan club that love to take him on walks. Max is crate-trained, muzzle-trained and walks well on a harness!

The perfect home for Max: Adult only home. Female dogs only. He does not like cats.

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Little Max - Available

Sex: Male
Size: Medium
Age: 6 years

Yes you've seen this face before, Max came to the centre earlier this year. He was saved from being brutally beaten and attacked by other dogs on a very frequent basis. He was constantly bleeding and battered, due to this, Max lost a section of his jaw when another dog viciously attacked him. Max feels much safer when he is the only dog in the house. He gets frightened and defensive around other dogs as he's afraid he will be attacked. Max recently came back to us due to no fault of his own. He is a little more wary than he was before and is now looking for a home where he feels loved and safe. He travels well in a car and enjoys his treats.

The perfect home for Little Max: Chidren 13 and older. He does not like to share his humans with other dogs. He can live with cats.

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Poppy - Available

Sex: Female
Size: Large
Age: 8 years

Pretty Poppy is a sweet older lady that is looking for a home where she can rest and spend the rest of her days with consistent people in her life. Poppy is beginning to struggle with the stress of kennels.

As you can see from her photo, Poppy has some issues with her sight but this doesn't hinder her in the slightest! She is very sweet and really enjoys being around people, she is a gentle girl that deserves to be out of kennels!

Poppy loves a good walk and having a good cuddle.

The perfect home for Poppy: She could live with responsible and calm children over the age of 13. She does not like being around other animals as they startle her due to issues with her vision.

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Bertha - Available

Sex: Female
Size: Small
Age: 2 years

Bertha is a very timid dog that has been terribly mistreated and manhandled in the Romanian shelter. As a result of this, Bertha is afraid of people and will need a very special and patient person to take her on as a project. She will take time to bond to her new family and is best suited to experienced owners that do not expect too much of her.

Unfortunately, Bertha will never become a confident or happy dog in rescue and requires a 1-2-1 environment where she can build up a solid level of trust with her owners.  Bertha requires 6ft fencing in her garden, due to her nervous nature she will run and hide if spooked.

The perfect home for Bertha: Adult only, quiet home. Male dogs only. She does not like cats.

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Logan - Available

Sex: Male
Size: Small
Age: 1 Year

Logan came to us in October and was quite frightened to begin with. He started to show us that he soon wanted affection, he was just a little timid upon greetings. He enjoys his walks and can be quite bouncy when he is more at ease. He doesn't like sharing his people with other animals and so must be the only pet in the home.

The perfect home for Logan: Children 13 and older. He does not like to share his humans with other dogs. He does not like cats.


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Frank - Available

Sex: Male
Size: Small
Age: 3 Years

Frank escaped Romania looking awful, his negligence let to his skin and coat being very dry and unkempt. He can be a little shy around new people but he is learning that humans aren't all bad and can be trusted. Frank is crate trained and is starting to settle into the kennels. 

Frank is beginning to enjoy his walks and can be a little over excited when taking treats. He requires a dedicated owner that will give him the time and patience he needs.

The perfect home for Frank: Adult only home. Female dogs only. Not tested with cats. 


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Sooty - Available

Sex: Male
Size: Small
Age: 3 Years 

In Romania it is believed that burning a dog on the nose prevents them from contracting distemper. Unfortunately, this is not the case and poor Sooty has been left with a scar on his muzzle that will never heal. Sooty can be a little unsure upon first meeting but he soon becomes a very bouncy and lively boy! Sooty is very treat orientated so training will be a doddle! He is beginning to enjoy his walks and can travel in a car fairly well.

The perfect home for Sooty: Children 10 and older. Female dogs only. He does not like cats.

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Riley - Available

Sex: Male
Size: Large
Age: 1 Year 

Riley is a young dog that has had terrible treatment in the Romanian shelter. It has left him nervous and afraid of people. Staff are currently working on him and trying to get him used to even the simplest things like leads. As Riley was very roughly catchpoled by the shelter workers he is scared of mops and sweeping brushes. Riley is a sweet boy underneath and really needs a patient and experienced person to take him on as a project.

The perfect home for Riley: Adult only home. Female dogs only. Not tested with cats.


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Ralphie- Under Assessment

Sex: Male
Size: Medium
Age: 3 years

Beautiful Ralphie is back with us as his last home did not work out. He is a very sweet boy that can be wary of new people and loud noises. Ralphie has a burn on his nose which he got in Romania - it is likely he has been a village dog as it is common practice for them to scar the noses of dogs to 'prevent' distempter - which is folklore. They also scar the noses to make the dogs appear 'tough' and ward off threat. Ralphie is a very loving boy and enjoys playing with toys and going on long walks.

The perfect home for Ralphie: Ralphie is currently under assessment.

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Betsy - Available

Sex: Female
Size: Large
Age: 1 Year

Betsy survived a terrible skin condition in Romania but luckily it was cleared up before she arrived. Betsy can be a mischievous little girl and is a very curious dog. She will require a solid 6ft fence or taller around her prospective home. She is still very puppy like and enjoys attention. Betsy does not like sharing her people with other dogs.

The perfect home for Betsy: Children 13 and older. She does not like to share her humans with other dogs. Not tested with cats.


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Rufus - Available

Sex: Male
Size: Large
Age: 3 Years 

Lovely Rufus is a cuddle bug that has a lot of love to give. He enjoys being around people and also loves his food! As he has had to fight for his food in the past, he cannot live with another dog as it will be much too stressful for him. Rufus will be a great family dog with a bit of patience and training. He enjoys going on his walks and walks well on a lead.

The perfect home for Rufus: Children 5 and older. He cannot live with other dogs. Not tested with cats.


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Sally - Available

Sex: Female
Size: Large
Age: 7 years

Sally was the shelters longest staying dog. She was in the shelter for potentially years. She was too frightened of people and would hide away. Upon arrival she started to trust and is becoming a loving girl. With a bit of patience she will be a very loyal dog. She is just beginning to go out for walks, her lead work is a bit erratic at the moment and she's nervous of loud noises and lots of people. Sally will need someone that is around a lot as she is frightened to be left alone. She is not keen on other dogs and prefers human company.

The perfect home for Sally: Adult only home. She cannot live with other dogs. Not tested with cats.

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Sprout - Available

Sex: Female
Size: Small
Age: 3 years 

Fussy Sprout is a bouncy girl that enjoys attention. She is a little erratic on a lead but we are working on this. She doesn't like every dog she meets but has the potential to live with a small/medium male dog. She could live with children aged 10+, she can be bouncy when excited but has the potential to become a loyal family pet.

The perfect home for Sprout: Children 10 and older. Male dogs only. She does not like cats.

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Smokey - Available

Sex: Male
Size: Large
Age: 3 years 

Smokey is a shy boy that was very ill in the Romanian shelter and would have surely died from his ailments if he had not been brought to the UK. Smokey has been settling in and is becoming friendlier by the day but he is still wary upon greetings. He has been mingling well with other dogs at the centre and prefers friendly female dogs of a similar size. He is not confident enough for walks yet but is getting there. He will need someone that is around a lot as he struggles to be parted from people he trusts.

The perfect home for Smokey: Adult only home. Female dogs only. Not tested with cats.

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Snowy - Available

Sex: Male
Size: Small
Age: 3 years

Snowy arrived terribly matted and neglected. He is a shy boy that needs a patient owner that will able to allow him to find his feet in the home. Snowy cannot live with children as he is too nervous and they frighten him. He could live with a small female dog and feel more comfortable around another dog.

The perfect home for Snowy: Adult only home. Female dogs only. He does not like cats.

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Thistle - Available

Sex: Female
Size: Small
Age: 2 years 

Bouncy Thistle is a sweet girl that enjoys a hug and affection. She is beginning to go out on walks and is enjoying her time with dog walkers. She is selective about which dogs she likes but has the potential to live with a male of a similar size. Thistle could live with a sensible 10+ year old, she has had a difficult life and needs time to settle in the home.

The perfect home for Thistle: Children 10 and older. Male dogs only. She does not like cats.

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Sydney - Available

Sex: Female
Size: Small
Age: 2 years

Pretty Sydney enjoys nothing more than curling up on your knee and having cuddles. Sydney is a sweet little girl and is beginning to settle in well. She could live with children aged 10+.

The perfect home for Sydney: Children 10 and older. She does not like to share her humans with other dogs. She does not like cats. 

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Bertie- Under Assessment

Sex: Male
Size: Extra small
Age: 3 years

Bertie is a nervous and shy boy that has come to us from a public shelter in Romania. The transport has scared him a lot and he is not currently assessed.

The perfect home for Bertie: Adult only home. Bertie is still under assessment.

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Bot - Under Assessment

Sex: Male
Size: Medium
Age: 8 months

Bot was housed in a private shelter in Romania. Last spring his mother gave birth to 6 puppies. After 2 months all became ill with parvovirus. They were treated but they all died in 3 days except Bot who recovered surprisingly. Bot is a nervous boy but is beginning to warm up to the staff and volunteers at the centre.

The perfect home for Bot: Adult only. Bot is still under assessment.

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Dougal - Under Assessment

Sex: Male
Size: Small
Age: 2 years

Dougal is an extremely timid dog. The transport from Romania has traumatised him and he will huddle at the back of his kennel in fear. Dougal has never known a kind hand and is still trying to get used to being around people that want to help him. Dougal will be a project and his confidence will need a very special home.

The perfect home for Dougal: Dougal is currently under assessment.

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Holly - Under Assessment

Sex: Female
Size: Large
Age: 5 years

Holly is one of the sweetest dogs we have met. She has endured years of abuse and has had her tail cut off. Despite this, Holly loves cuddles and just wants fuss. She is the bravest out of all of our new arrivals and is beginning to go on short walks. She is still nervous and will need time and patience to bring her out of her shell. She is a big cuddly bear and she will make someone a very loyal and loving companion.

The perfect home for Holly: Holly is currently under assessment.

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Kara - Under Assessment

Sex: Female
Size: Small
Age: 4 years

Kara came to us from a private shelter in Romania. Kara is Sara's sister and the other surviving puppy from their litter that were horrifically thrown on a fire to get rid of them by their mother's owner. Kara is a nervous girl but is beginning to show that she can be very loving when she trusts you. She is also enjoying the company of the small male dogs in our care, and so she could use a small male dog in the house for confidence.

The perfect home for Kara: Kara is currently under assessment.

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Monty - Under Assessment

Sex: Male
Size: Small
Age: 2 years

Monty is a frightened boy that is beginning to grow in confidence. He still isn't sure of people and will stand near them but he is very wary due to the awful treatment he has faced throughout his short life.

The perfect home for Monty: Monty is currently under assessment.

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Sara - Under Assessment

Sex: Female
Size: Medium
Age: 4 years

Sara spent 3 years of her life in  a private shelter. Sara is one of 2 sisters that survived when the rest of the litter were thrown on a fire. They were saved by their mother who pushed them under a fence. Sara is a sweet girl when she can trust you, however, she is very shy due to her traumatic past. Sara will need a very patient and understanding home that will not push her. Sara's confidence will never flourish in a shelter setting and needs a forever home that will be dedicated enough to take her on as a project and build her trust in humans.

The perfect home for Sara: Sara is currently under assessment.