Police dog re-homing

Northumbria Police Dog Section from time to time have dogs which are looking for a new home. Most of the dogs we rehome have not been police trained although we do occasionally have a retired police dog available. Most are under a year old and have failed to meet the required standards of The Dog Section.

We match our dogs to potential owners. If you’re interested in owning a police dog, please fill out an application form and you’ll be added to our database. If we have a dog that could be a match to you, only then will we make contact. Northumbria Police only re-house our dogs as pets and not for them to be used as guard dogs or for breeding purpose. 

Are you interested in rehoming a dog?

If you're interested in rehoming one of our dogs simply fill out an application form. Please note this does not guarantee an adoption. 


** You will only be contacted if a suitable dog becomes available**

Please note:

Unfortunately we will not be able to reply to every application.  The rehoming database is not a waiting list; we like to match each dog to the most appropriate home.

If we have a dog which we think you match with we will make contact with you by phone to arrange a suitable time for you to meet the dog and for a ‘home check’ at your address.

During the rehoming process a Police Officer from The Dog Section will conduct a check of police records to assess your suitability as a potential owner.

Provided the initial police checks and the home address are satisfactory then the fee for the dog would be agreed and the new owner signs to accept responsibility for ownership of the dog. Fees for our dogs range depending on that particular dog’s age, medical needs, pedigree and breeding. Only at this stage will the dog be handed over to the new owner.

New owners will be advised of any safety considerations with regards to the dog’s temperament dependent upon the police training it has received.

The new owner will be advised that if within 28 days of rehoming the dog there is an issue which makes it unsuitable for them or their family then The Dog Section will accept return of the dog and the purchase cost will be reimbursed.

All dogs under the rehoming scheme are microchipped and it is a legal requirement of the new owner to have the microchip details updated to reflect the change in ownership.

Could your dog be a police dog?

Get in touch

Northumbria Police are always open to the offer of dogs which may make the grade as Police dogs. We may be interested in German Shepherds or Belgian Malinois for use as General Purpose Police dogs and Springer/Cocker Spaniels for specialist work.

If you have a dog which meets these requirements and has high drive and confidence (not necessarily aggression) and you would like to have it considered for the role, then please email 8327@northumbria.pnn.police.uk with the details of your dog e.g. age, sex, etc. 

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