Surrendering your beagle

People have to give up their beagles for many reasons and it is usually a very difficult decision to make.

In the first instance, it is recommended that you contact your dog’s breeder. 

A reputable breeder will always want to help you with any queries or advice you may need. If this is not possible you should contact Beagle Welfare’s national rehoming manager.

Sometimes a change in your approach to handling your hound can make a difference and Beagle Welfare may be able to offer you specific help and advice which will enable you to keep you beagle.

rocky the beagle at beagle welfare

Surrendering process

  • The first step is to contact the national rehoming co-ordinator by calling 01283 575 175. You can also email but please be aware, we cannot rehome dogs via email. We must have direct contact with you.
  • Please have as much information to hand when you call. If you were supplied with any paperwork when you acquired your beagle, then this will be useful. We will also require recent, clear photographs of the beagle.
  • You will initially be asked various questions, including the reasons why you need to give him/her up, if they are used to other pets, children, being left at all, and any particular problems or good points.
  • If your hound has bitten, for whatever reason, or has a temperament problem you must let us know. We have a legal responsibility to advise new owners of all temperament issues no matter how big or small. We reserve the right to refuse beagles with serious temperament problems as it is unlikely that a home could be found that will take such hounds in.
  • If there is a local Beagle Welfare Area Officer close to you, then they will be asked to contact you and supervise the rehoming of your beagle, otherwise the national rehoming co-ordinator will remain in charge of rehoming the beagle.
  • When we take a hound in, we require owners to sign the ownership over to Beagle Welfare and hand over any Kennel Club registrations documents and vaccination records. If at all possible, make sure that vaccinations are up to date.
  • If your hound needs to be taken in urgently, then we will try to help as quickly as possible. We have a number of specialist beagle kennels located around the country and we also have the services of experienced foster homes. There are times when there are no kennelling or fostering spaces available. If suitable, beagles can be placed on the website rehoming list and remain in their own home until a new home is found for them.
  • We aim to find the best possible permanent home for all our beagles as soon as possible. New beagle owners are home checked by our area officers and volunteers, before being able to adopt a hound from us. Many of our homes have owned beagles for many years and are experienced beagle owners.
  • 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.