Direct Adoption

Live further away from the centre and cannot drive down to adopt a dog? No problem!

We are introducing our direct adoption option which involves the dog being brought to you! This process is not available for every dog, and only specific dogs are allocated for this option. 

This is not an option for local adopters, this applies to applicants over 30 miles away from the rescue centre.

What is direct adoption?

You must be 100% sure on a dog if choosing direct adoption. If you are not comfortable with this you can opt for the usual long-distance adoption route.

Direct adoption is the option of not having to travel to the centre to adopt a dog - instead, we can have them travel up to yourselves once all the relevant checks and phone conversations etc have been made!

  • The application process remains the same and you will need to complete an application form on the site which must be approved.  You MUST have photo and address ID which you will be asked to send over.
  • Following this, you will have your first screening call with a member of the adoptions team who will find out what you're looking for and discuss your best match from the direct adoption dogs (see them below).
  • Once this has been completed you will be given another screening call to discuss what our adoption entails, book in the virtual home check, virtual viewing and discuss the costs for the direct transport to your home - please bear in mind that there will be added costs for this service, each postcode will have individual prices. The date for the drop-off will potentially be a different length of time to our usual long-distance process.
  • You will be sent the bank details to make the non-refundable deposit to hold your dog and secure your home check and at this point, you will receive the information on your chosen dog along with a support pack.
  • You will then have your virtual home check (you must be able to access FB or WhatsApp) which lasts around 1.5hrs if passed.
  • After this is complete you will have a 30-minute virtual viewing booked in with your matched and held dog - at this point, you are free to ask us any questions about the dog or ask for any support/advice that you need.
  • You can change your mind at any point and proceed with our normal long distance adoption which will involve coming up and viewing the dogs in person.
  • If you are happy to go ahead you will then receive your adoption contract and a travel date will be confirmed with you, you will need to pay the adoption donation and transport costs prior to the dog arriving with you.
  • Your dog will be driven to your door with their passport and your adoption packet - at this point, you must have a suitable lead, collar and ID tag to place on the dog, the transporter will use your slip lead to get the dog off of the transport for you.
  • Join the IDR support group and let us know how you're doing or if you need any help and support!

Not all of our dogs will cope well with being placed on transport and going straight into a home with new people. The dogs chosen for DA have a little more confidence than other Oakwood dogs.

  • There will be a £50 non-refundable donation to secure your virtual homecheck and virtual viewing (pending your home-check).
  • Adoption donations for dogs are as follows:
    • 0-11months - £350
    • 1yr-6yrs - £250
    • 7yrs-9yrs - £180
    • 10yrs+ - £50
    • (Rare/pure breeds - £350)
  • Transport costs: dependant on location

Direct Adoption Dogs

Direct Adoption is available for select dogs, below are the dogs that are currently at Oakwood awaiting their forever homes.

Click the dog's photo to find out more about them!


  • Kids: Over 10 years
  • Dogs: No
  • Cats: No

Fencing - 5ft minimum

Is Direct Adoption the route for you?