Heathlands Animal Sanctuary

Registered office: 13 Eastfield Road, Royston, Herts SG8 7ED

(Please note, no dogs are kept at this address)

Registered Charity Number 1067970

Having a pet is not a right, it’s a privilege.


So you have seen a dog that takes your fancy.

What happens next?

We have no set rules on rehoming but will discuss with you any problems we can foresee with your circumstances and try to resolve them in order for your to adopt one of our dogs. If declined, please remember it is never personal, just a case of nothing suitable for your particular home at that time.

All our dogs, cats and rabbits are neutered normally before rehoming. If not, animals are recalled for neutering once at the correct age or in optimum health. Dogs, cats and rabbits are fully vaccinated but again, if rehomed unvaccinated can be done from your home with one of our approved vets. Dogs are microchipped to Heathlands Animal Sanctuary. Once you have adopted a dog, you will need to update the microchip to your details in accordance with UK law. A copy of your adoption form will need to be sent as proof of ownership. Puppies born at the Sanctuary and rehomed at 8 weeks are deemed your responsibility to vaccinate as this way, you will be able to register your new puppy and enrol in any schemes/insurances etc right from the word go.

We hope this answers any questions you have about us, but if not please call


Our phone line is open 12 noon to 4pm daily except Wednesday and Sunday. We are unable to return any messages left outside these days/times

This is because, as a voluntary run charity, we simply cannot manage the high volume of calls that come in day and night so the phone is switched off outside the opening hours.

As many of our dogs come to us directly from the pound, they often have, or go on to develop, kennel cough. This is not normally serious but it is contagious. If you are concerned about your existing dog catching kennel cough please ensure your dog is vaccinated against this disease before considering adopting a Heathlands' dog.