Adopting with Brysons Animal Shelter

All throughout this week, The Supervet is live from Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter; Animal Rescue Live - a full weeks worth of shows dedicated to adopting animals, with the objective of re-homing all animals in the shelter by Friday. For anyone who seen the show last night, you may have seen Sausage - the potty-mouthed parrot. If you watched it and didn't want to adopt her, you'll not want to read this post. From watching this last night, it inspired me to complete a post I started a while ago - all about our adopted Jack Russell, Chase.

I had a golden lab when I was a little girl, and ever since then I have wanted a dog to call my own. Living in an apartment with a dog when we already had four guinea pigs wasn't an option, however we now have a house (and SIX guinea pigs - adopted of course) and felt the timing was right to give a dog a home.

I knew of Brysons Animal Shelter from years back. A lot of our friends and family already have great connections with them, and they're based in Gateshead. We didn't have any specifics at all, we would just know who the right one would be. You can look online to see what pets need a home, and I had been keeping an eye on the Dog Rehoming page for months just waiting for the right one to come along, and this was the day we seen Chase. As soon as his listing came online, I was down at the shelter to take him for a walk.

Brysons have a very strict adoption process - which is necessary to find the right home for the animals. Firstly you need to have walked or visited the animals to make sure you can create a bond with them. All members of the family that live with you need to meet the animal, again to ensure that you all get along. Once this has happened, you then get to take your potential pet home for a day trial. We had Chase 9-4pm, just to spend some quality time with him in our home to make sure he settled and was comfortable with his surroundings. We didn't really plan much for this day as we didn't want to overwhelm him, so we just went for plenty short walks and playtime with his toys in the house as well as plenty treats to make him feel at home.

After our day trial, we had a home visit by one of the Brysons volunteers. This is for Brysons to make sure that they have checked out your home, to check that you have ample space and a secure garden. It's also a great chance to have some quality time with an expert of the rehoming process so you can ask lots of questions over a cuppa.

Once all of that was complete, we got the agreement that Chase could be ours! This was a great day to know that we had been accepted to re-home him. We were offered a week home trial - so even after spending the week with him at our home, we could still walk away if we felt we couldn't cope with the responsibility. There are so many opportunities for you to try out owning a pet, which hopefully limits the amount of return adoptions. From day one however, we knew Chase was already part of the family. I mean, that face...

Chase was responsibly surrendered to Brysons, which means he was taken to the shelter willingly by the owner so that someone could give him a home when the owner could no longer look after him. The show last night followed the story of a guy that could no longer cope with a dog with everything else going on in life, and this showed that it must be so incredibly hard to make that decision, however it is the best decision for both the owner and the animal. We were so lucky that Chase had such a loving, caring home previously - and we are so thankful that now we can call him our own. This meant that for our first dog we were able to concentrate on routine and getting to know Chase instead of re-training and rehabilitating. It couldn't of been the easiest of decisions, but as the saying goes everything happens for a reason, and Chase is now part of the family. As you can see, he is one happy boy...

Again, we were very lucky with Chase, however there are some seriously bad cases where the animals have had an extremely bad time, and have come to the shelter in a really bad way. It's heartbreaking to know that people can be so cruel with animals, and I can't ever imagine our pets going through that. The real heroes are the shelters - taking in every animal that needs care, attention and re-homing. Brysons are always very honest about reporting on the background of the animal, and recommend certain types of owners that would be best to adopt. It's always worth holding out for the right pet for you, and it's certainly worth adopting over shopping for a new pet.

On a personal note, it's the most rewarding thing I've ever done. I have adopted guinea pigs previously, but being able to give a dog a home just warms your heart in a way that you just don't get from buying a pet.

Brysons don't only re-home just dogs - they re-home cats, horses, guinea pigs and rabbits. If you are looking for a new pet - it's so much better to give a home to an animal that doesn't have one. If you would like to find out more on Brysons Animal Shelter, please follow the details below...
Phone: 0191 487 5858
Location: Galloping Green Road, Eighton Banks, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE9 7XA

I can thoroughly recommend adopting, and not just through Brysons, there are hundreds of shelters around the UK. If you are seriously thinking of owning a pet, please think about re-homing.


K x


  1. Awwwww he's so lovely, he has the happiest face - he's a proper little smiler! So great you've given him such a happy and loving home! We're hoping to be able to adopt a cat soon!

  2. I'm totally biased but he is the cutest☺️ You should check out Brysons or Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter if youre thinking of getting a cat - they have so many that need a home it's heartbreaking x

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