Staffie & Stray Rescue

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Registered Charity No. 1163631

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Rufus Needs a Home

About Rufus

My Name Is… Rufus

I am…  A Bulldog x Staffie

I am… 3 Years old – DOB 16th October 2017

Can I be rehomed with other dogs? No

Can I be rehomed with cats? No

Can I be rehomed with children? Rufus has not lived with children before, we are looking for younger people in the home to be aged 16+.

I am looking for… A foster or forever home


Poor Rufus has been in a few homes during his life. In his home before last, Rufus was locked in a cupboard in the dark for most of his life. Understandably, Rufus has been strongly affected by this and doesn’t like to be left alone for to long as he panics. The home who saved him from his awful past has managed to build up his confidence to being left for 1-2 hours maximum, but a TV or radio must be left on to comfort him.


Rufus loves to be around people, he is very affectionate and trusting considering his traumatic past. He is very gentle taking treats.

He can get a little over excited at times.


We are currently assessing Rufus further, however Rufus can be strong to pull towards some dogs when he see’s them but can also ignore them and walk past politely. Rufus cannot be let off lead unless it is in a secure area where no other dogs are around. His recall is OK. Rufus has been known to have some dog friends when out and about on walks but this will be assessed further in a foster home.


  • I am looking for a foster or forever home
  • I must be the only animal in the home
  • I can be rehomed with younger people aged 16+

Please contact the rescue if you are interested in fostering or adopting Rufus.

Home checks, Vet checks and Adoption fees apply.

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Do you have a home for Rufus?

We are looking for foster families and adoptive families. We do ask foster homes to be within an hour’s drive of Bournemouth as the dogs in foster use our local vets and foster homes will be required to bring the foster dog back to us for any medical treatments.

We rehome to adoptive families within a 2 hour driving radius of Bournemouth. A home check and a vet check is required, with a £180 adoption fee.

We have a thorough rehoming programme to prepare you and your dog for each other. We also offer help and support for you both in the future. Learn about responsible ownership or contact us if you have any questions.

If you are considering fostering or permanently rehoming a dog, then please print off and complete one of the forms below:

Please note: We only rehome within a 2 hour driving radius of the Bournemouth area and do not place dogs in homes with children under the age of 6.

Apply by Email

Please print out the form and scan it in after filling it out. Email your completed form to us at

Apply by Post

Please email to ask for our postal address.

Other ways to help

If you can’t offer a home there are still loads of ways to help our dogs.

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