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We at Birmingham Dogs' Home are primarily here to ensure that the abandoned dogs coming into our care are rescued from their plight, reunited with owners who may have lost them or rehomed to families that will respect and nurture them.

Our rehoming procedure is designed and operated principally to be both practical and fair. It takes into consideration the high number of dogs brought into our homes on a daily and weekly basis as well as our desire to find the best possible home for each individual dog in our care.

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The public are free to walk around our homes to view dogs at any time between the opening hours of:

7 days a week
11am - 4.45pm

Visitors should be aware that not all dogs are available for rehoming. Some are stray dogs due to be claimed by their owners while others are under assessment by our staff for either medical or behavioral concerns.

Once you have spent time with one of our dogs and are satisfied that you would like to offer the dog a home, our rehoming staff will take you through the various stages required to complete the process.

No pressure is placed on anyone to offer a dog a home. However, we do stress to anyone considering this option, that they must take as much time necessary before deciding to reserve a dog in our care

(Please see responsible dog ownership)

Meet Our Dogs

We are only able to show a small selection of the many dogs available for rehoming, and the information provided on each dog is for guideline purposes only. For more information on each dog, or to view all the dogs available for adoption, please visit our rehoming centres directly.

Rehoming Procedures

How do I rehome a dog from BDH?

  • All visitors to our homes are free to walk around at their own leisure during the opening hours of 11am and 4.45pm, Monday to Sunday.

  • If you find a dog that you are interested in, you need to remember the kennel number that they were in and then proceed to reception where a canine rehomer will provide you with as much information that we have on that particular dog.

  • If you are still interested in the dog and wish to see him/her out of the kennel, you will be asked a few questions with regards to your living arrangements to ensure that the dog and breed is suitable to be rehomed with you. If all is well, then the dog will be brought to you and you can take it for a walk on our field or paddock area.

  • All adults and children that will live with your new pet MUST see the dog out before a reservation will be made.

  • If you have other dogs living in the same house, they too must come to visit their new friend before a reservation will be made. (If you foresee an issue with this, please speak to our canine rehomers who will be able to advise you)

  • Any new owner will need to show two forms of ID showing their address (i.e. driving licence, utility bill) and also make a £10 deposit to reserve any of our dogs. (Deposits are non-refundable unless the dog is claimed by its current owner or the reserve is cancelled by the home)

Rehoming of stray dogs can only be done after a dog has been with us for seven days, as required by the law.


How much will it cost?

In most cases Birmingham Dogs Home makes a charge for rehoming depending on age, condition and breed. Typical charges range from £150 to £200. In certain cases, a dog may be homed at a reduced charge, however, this will only occur in rare cases where dogs are of extreme age, have ongoing medical treatment or have had excessive period of stay within either home. (Charges are made at the sole discretion of the charity) 

Why do we charge a fee to rehome a dog? 

As a charity, we do not receive any Government funding and so rely on dog charges and much more critically, the generosity of the general public to give donations, which allow for us to continue rescuing and caring for the homeless and unwanted dogs from the West Midlands and South Staffordshire area.

It costs us approximately £772 per dog that enters our home, so you can see that we do not make any profit on dogs that we rehome. Owning a dog is also a huge financial responsibility, so we want to ensure that any new owners are aware of this fact and are fully committed to offering one of our dogs the best possible home that they can do.

And remember.... each dog that you rehome from us will be come packed full of love, which we all know, money just can't buy!

 All normal rehoming (i.e., with a charge) will include the following:

  • Free first part vaccination

  • Free flea and worming treatment

  • Free micro-chip

  • Free 4-weeks pet insurance

  • Discounted neutering voucher

  • Free collar, identification tag and lead

  • Free starter pack of advice and special offers

In all cases, before a dog is rehomed, the following will be completed:

  • Health assessment by our vet

  • Behaviour assessment by our staff

  • Home visit/vet recommendation (new owners to us)

Birmingham Dogs' Home makes every attempt to ensure a successful adoption but cannot guarantee any dog's temperament or health once it has been rehomed.

Dog Names

1 Max 11 Charlie
2 Jake 12 Jack
3 Buddy 13 Harley
4 Baily 14 Rusty
5 Sam 15 Toby
6 Rocky 16 Murphy
7 Buster 17 Shelby
8 Casey 18 Sparky
9 Cody 19 Barney
10 Duke 20 Winston
1 Maggie 11 Dakota
2 Mollie 12 Katie
3 Lady 13 Annie
4 Sadie 14 Chelsea
5 Lucy 15 Princess
6 Daisy 16 Missy
7 Ginger 17 Sophie
8 Abby 18 Bo
9 Sasha 19 Coco
10 Sandy 20 Tasha


1. Choose a name that will be easy for your dog to learn. A two-syllable name usually works best. Get your dog used to hearing his name often. It should be spoken in a gentle and happy manner.

2. Don't give your dog a name that sounds like a command. Avoid names like "Joe" (No), "Jay" (Stay), or "Fletch" (Fetch).

3. Your dog deserves a respectful name. The attitude you and others develop toward your dog can be affected by the name you give it. Avoid derogatory names like Bozo and Doofus. Steer clear of names that have negative connotations like Diablo, Lucifer, Satan, and Cujo.

4. Your dog's name should not sound like any other name within the family, a close friend or neighbor. You want to avoid confusion and hurt feelings. (My neighbour and my dog were both named "Charlie", and my neighbour would think I was yelling for him whenever I would call my dog in from the yard.)

5. If your dog is going to be around kids or the elderly, avoid upsetting names like Nightmare, Killer, or Monster.


A Alfie, Annie, Armani, Amber, Angus, April, Archie, Albert, Arnold, Axel

B Belle, Beau, Benson, Bess, Boss, Bruno, Buddy, Buster, Billy, Bonnie

C Chaos, Chester, Chico, Candy, Charlie, Chief, Chip, Casper, Coco, Cookie

D Daisy, Digby, Dodger, Duchess, Duke, Dixie, Dolly, Dylan, Dennis, Domino

E Ebony, Elmo, Elvis, Emily, Ellie, Eddie, Elliot, Eric, Elsie, Eve

F Faith, Fizz, Fido, Findlay, Fred, Fergus, Foxy, Fudge, Fitz, Flash

G Genghis, Gino, Gonzo, Gizmo, Gnasher, George, Gypsy, Grace, Gucci, Gus

H Harley, Havoc, Homer, Hope, Hugo, Harvey, Honey, Henry, Holly, Hooch

I Indie, Irwin, Itchy, Iris, Isaac, Ivory, Iggy, Ida, Izzy, Ice

J Jack, Jackie, Jade, Jake, Jerry, Jet, JoJo, Jock, Jessie, Juno, Jasper

K Kaiser, Kevin, Kirby, Kosmo, Kara, Kenny, King, Kane, Kelly, Katie

L Laddie, Lady, Lilly, Lola, Lucy, Lulu, Lassie, Lucas, Lenny, Leo

M Major, Minnie, Murphy, Marley, Meg, Mia, Mitch, Monty, Max, Molly

N Neo, Nell, Nancy, Ned, Nelson, Ness, Nibbles, Noah, Nipper, Nugget

O Oscar, Owen, Olga, Olive, Otis, Oliver, Oslo, Ollie, Oreo, Ozzie

P Penny, Peggy, Pepper, Paddy, Patch, Pebbles, Pickles, Poppy, Pippin, Princess

Q Quintana, Quibbles, Quirky, Quebec, Quartz, Queen, Queenie, Quasar, Quentin

R Rebel, Rex, Rover, Ruby, Reggie, Rosie, Rogue, Rogan, Roscoe, Rufus

S Spencer, Spike, Sammy, Sid, Spot, Sadie, Samson, Saxon, Scampi, Shadow

T Ted, Tiny, Troy, Tank, Timmy, Toby, Trudy, Todd, Tyler, Turner

U Ursula, Usher, Unique, Ulysses, Unity, Utah, Urchin, Utopia, Ulwin, United

V Versace, Vicki, Vixen, Victor, Violet, Viva, Venus, Verne, Vinnie, Valerie

W Waffles, Wallace, Whiskey, Wes, Wellington, Widget, William, Willow, Wilma, Winnie

X Xanadu, Xavier, Xena, Xenon, Xyster, Xyston, Xystus, Xereasia, Xiphias, Xylan

Y Yogi, Yvette, Yen, Yoghurt, Yvonne, Yonder, York, Yuri, Yoshi, Yardley

Z Zach, Zelda, Zero, Zorro, Zane, Zena, Zeus, Zephyr, Ziggy, Zurich

Dog Breeds

Here is an A to Z of dog breeds.

A Alaskan Malamute, Affenpinscher, Afghan Hound, Airdale Terrier, American Bulldog

B Basset Hound, Beagle, Bearded Collie, Bedlington Terrier, Belgian Shepherd, Bernese Mountain Dogs,Bichon Frise, Border Collie, Border Terrier, Boston Terrier, Boxer, Borzoi, Bulldog, Bullmastiff, Briard

C Cairn Terrier, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Chihuahua, Chow Chow, Chinese Crested, Corgi, Cocker Spaniel

D Dachshund, Dalmation, Dobermann Pinscher, Dogue De Bordeaux, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Deerhound

E English Setter, English Bull Terrier, Elkhound

F Field Spaniel, Finnish Spitz, Flat Coated Retriever, Fox Terrier, French Bulldog, Fox Hound

G German Shepherd, German Spitz, Golden Retriever, Gordon Setter, Glen of Imaal Terrier,Great Dane,Greyhound

H Hungarian Vizsla, Hungarian Puli, Harrier, Havanese, Hovawart

I Irish Setter, Irish Wolfhound, Irish Terrier, Italian Spinone, Italian Greyhound, Ibizan Hound, Irish Water Spaniel

J Jack Russell, Japanese Chin, Japanese Spitz, Japanese Akita

K Keeshond, Kerryblue Terrier, Komondor

L Labrador Retriever, Labradoodle, Lakeland Terrier, Lhaso Apso, Leonberger, Lancanshire Heeler, Lowchen, Lurcher

M Maltese Terrier, Manchester Terrier, Mastiff, Mongrel, Munsterlander, Miniature Bull Terrier

N Neopolitan Mastiff, Newfoundland, Norfolk Terrier, Norwich Terrier, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

O Old English Sheepdog, Otterhound

P Papillon, Parson Jack Russell, Patterdale Terrier, Petite Basset Griffon Vendeen, Pekingnese, Pharoah, Hound, Pointer, Pomeranian, Poodle, Pug, Puli, Pyrenean Mountain Dog

R Rhodesian Ridgeback, Red Setter, Rottweiler, Rough Collie

S Schnauzer, Scottish Terrier, Shar Pei, Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie), Shih Tzu, Shiba Inu, Sealyham Terrier, Siberian Husky, Skye Terrier, Sloughi, Smooth Collie, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, St Bernard, Staffordshire, Bull Terrier, Springer Spaniel, Saluki, Samoyed, Schipperke

T Tibetan Mastiff, Tibetan Spaniel, Tibetan Terrier

W Welsh Terrier, West Highland White Terrier, Whippet, Weimaraner

Y Yorkshire Terrier

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