Releasing your animal for rehoming

Animal Concern Cumbria has high demands working with people releasing their animals for rehoming.  We also work with feral colonies and social work agencies dealing with demanding cases and animals in need of urgent care.  There is no fee to release your animal with us, however if you would like to donate helping us to continue our work, please see our Support Us page. 

Ensuring we are able to help as many animals as possible and not overcrowding our cattery and kennels, intakes are managed through our Giving up an Animal Process, taking into account the animals circumstances and the charities resources. Despite best efforts it is impossible to help every single animal and emergency cases may need prioritising.  This may result in your pet being rehomed via our Home to Home scheme going on our waiting list for intake. 

There may be some circumstances where we are unable to help due to behavioural needs (e.g. resource guarding) and you will be asked to contact charities with onsite behaviourists (e.g. Oak Tree Animals' Charity) or ones who have had success dealing with the behavioural trait (e.g. Animal Rescue Cumbria).

It is not possible to bring an animal to our Centre, without undergoing our Intake Process

  • Please fully complete our Intake Form (see below) with as much information about your pet.  This helps us to put in place any necessary training, medical or behavioural measures to help your animal adjust into the rehoming process as smoothly as possible and reducing their stress during this time of change.
  • Once the Animal Care Team have looked over and discussed your pets rehoming requirements, a member of the team will contact you to discuss your release request.  This will be done as soon as is practically possible, please bear in mind our team are busy with animals and may not be able to respond immediately.  We appreciate this is a stressful and distressing time, however please bear with us. 
  • Dogs will have an assessment with our team at your home, this is to build a picture and gain more information about them and their lifestyle needs, starts to build familiarity, the team can assess any behavioural or medical needs and understand the possibility of rehoming. 
  • Photographs of your pets may be requested prior to intake.
  • Information from a Vets may be requested and your consent given to the vets needed.
  • Owners permission is required for any animal release.

Please ensure your pet is already micro-chipped, fully vaccinated and neutered prior to intake.  Although not mandatory it helps reduce the time your pet has to spend in our kennels or cattery before being ready for rehoming and reduces any stress of vets visits and recuperation following treatment.

Please understand working to our process enables us to help many more animals. It might seem frustrating at times and delays can be a consequence of the many serious cases we are asked to help with (often hidden from view).  Our key aim is to ease you through the process and ensure we take on animals we know we can rehome.

The form can be returned by email to or by post to Animal Concern Cumbria, The Mary Irwin Centre, Egremont, CA22 2UA.