Beagle rehoming process

Thinking about adopting a beagle?

Before you consider rehoming a beagle please be sure that you have read the entire contents of this website and that you understand the beagle’s needs and characteristics.

Don’t even think of rehoming a beagle if you are out at work all day – that’s why many of them come into rescue in the first place. A lonesome beagle is a very vocal and destructive little hound. They’ll ruin your home and your relationship with your neighbours!

If you think you can give a beagle all the exercise, he needs by taking him for a couple of long walks at the weekend, forget it! These hounds need daily exercise – and that’s for the rest of their lives.

The oldies may not need as much, but the stimulation of a daily outing keeps their zest for life. Remember, beagles are scent hounds and many are not reliable off lead!

We have to get to know you before we will allow you to adopt a beagle. You will need to ring up and request an application and have a chat with one of us.

We will then send out the application to adopt by email or post. On receipt of a completed application, we will arrange a home check visit.

Completed application to adopt forms should be sent to the national rehoming manager (email:; post: Beagle Welfare rehoming centre, Coulters Hill Cottage, Pipey Lane, Burton upon Trent, DE13 8SJ). If your application has been approved they will be able to answer your enquiries about the beagles awaiting rehoming.

Thinking about rehoming a beagle?

A rescued beagle will have been uprooted from the home it knows, may have spent some time in kennels, and so it may take some length of time before it feels that your home is also its home.

During the settling in period, you must be prepared for your beagle to howl or scratch doors, even be destructive when left alone. However, beagles usually adapt to new circumstances quickly – you just need to have patience and understanding to help it adjust to a new life.

Owners’ experiences of owning a rescued beagle are shared in Happy Tails published in our twice-yearly magazine, In Full Cry.

Adopting a beagle – the process

  1. Telephone one of the contacts below to discuss making an application: Beagle Welfare rehoming centre – 01283 575175 (We aim to answer calls between 11am to 4pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and from 11am to 2pm on Saturday and Sunday and Bank Holidays. We are closed on Wednesdays.) Linda Thomas (National Secretary) – 01260 299033 (available 12.00 midday to 6.30pm), Karen Purdon – Scotland only – 07709 780 040. Available 17.00 to 6.30pm Monday – Thursday | 12.00 – 18.30 Friday – Sunday.
  2. If appropriate you will be sent an application to adopt to complete and return.
  3. If necessary someone will contact you to organise a home check.
  4. If your application is approved you can start looking for the beagle for you.

Rehoming a dog, any dog, should never be undertaken lightly and all potential adopters are urged to fully research the breed – have you read the entire contents of this website? If you haven’t got the time and patience to do that, then you certainly won’t have the time and patience to live, harmoniously, with a beagle!

Consider your lifestyle, your family and your working commitments, is a beagle the right breed for you and more importantly (as far as we’re concerned!) are you the right person for a beagle?

If you have decided a beagle is the dog for you, but for various reasons you would prefer one that isn’t a puppy, you might like to consider giving a home to a ‘rescued’ hound. There are many reasons for rehoming beagles.

Sometimes the hound has not been given the necessary love and care and has developed some bad habits through lack of attention and training. Often the owner’s situation changes, and the beagle finds, through no fault of its own, that it can no longer live with them. Divorce, illness and bereavement, can all be reasons why a beagle needs a new home.

Beagle Welfare has also helped with finding special homes for hounds which have been ‘institutionalised’ for several years, used as breeding stock for beagles sent to laboratories, or in puppy-farms supplying pet shops and dealers.

  • A home visit will be arranged at a mutually suitable time. It is important that all members of the family are present as the Beagle Welfare representative will be explaining typical beagle characteristics (very often having their own beagle with them) and ensuring that everyone is fully aware of the pluses and minuses of owning a beagle. They will aim to answer all your questions about the breed and assess your suitability to own a beagle. An essential part of a home visit is an inspection of the garden and to make sure it is securely fenced.
  • Once a successful home check has been carried out, the adoption can proceed. We will always take into account your personal preferences but we will not allow you to have a beagle if we do not think it is a good match.
  • Beagle Welfare will supply as much information about the beagle as possible, however, we cannot guarantee a beagle’s behaviour in every circumstance.
  • The new owners are required to complete the legally binding BW2 form which requires the beagle to be returned to us in the event the owner is no longer able to keep the beagle.
  • At the time of adoption, we expect a generous donation for the dog. Without these funds, Beagle Welfare could not continue to care for the breed.
  • Adopters must have realistic expectations with regard to the settling in period. Some beagles adapt very quickly to their new environment but others may have been through a great upheaval and take quite a long time to adjust.
  • Beagle Welfare is always available with help and support for any beagle adopted from us and should it become necessary, we will always accept a beagle back into our care.
  • Many of the people involved in the rehoming process are volunteers and give up their spare time to help out on the process, therefore we ask for your patience with this process. We will deal with your application as soon as we are able.