Welcome to the Happy Staffie Rescue assessment day info page


Our rehoming centre is located at

Unit 212

Foley Industrial Estate

Lisle Avenue



DY11 7DH


Please note that this address is different to our head office address displayed on our website and search engine results. DO NOT use our 7 Carlton House address as this is a charity shop.

You can use this link to help locate the centre on Google Maps https://goo.gl/maps/J6aajFr5VM3t1jW87


Surrendering your dog into rescue can be a very sad and stressful time for you and your dog. There are a few things that can be done to help reduce the stress for you and your dog.

  • Bringing your dogs belongings with you is a good way to help your dog settle into a new environment, items you should bring on the day include food, used bedding, toys and treats. (Most of these items can stay in your car until after the assessment although your dogs favourite toy may help during the assessment).

  • If your dog is up to date with vaccinations you can save us the expense of getting this done again as long as you have an in date vaccination card as proof. A vaccination restart costs the charity around £40.

  • The centre is located on quite a busy industrial estate with a strict parking policy. We ask that you park in one of our dedicated bays in front of our white mesh fence.

  • When you first arrive at the centre it's advisable that you give your dog a few minutes to sniff around outside, at the top of the ramp by the centre there is a grass verge. By taking your dog there rather than coming straight into the centre will give them a chance to have a relaxed sniff around and a toilet opportunity.

  • Dogs pick up very easily on your emotions and if you are sad/stressed they may become protective or aggressive to strangers. This obviously isn't going to help with an assessment in a strange place and could result in your dog failing the assessment. Please try to be as positive and upbeat to your dog as possible.

  • Our staff will often not interact with your dog upon arrival and just simply spend a few minutes talking to you, this is quite normal and will mean your dog doesn't get over stimulated or excited.

  • To help us reduce stress please listen carefully to the instructions given by our staff at all times.

To download and print off this information please click here 

If you have any questions about the assessment/surrender process please email help@happystaffie.co.uk before your assessment day.