Adoption/Foster Assessments

As the leading pet behaviour experts in the field, APBC Members have been used by a number of agencies to assess animals and the homes of potential adoptive parents or foster carers / fostering. In response to demand, a standard protocol for use in this context has been developed and the APBC can now provide this service via a special network of participating Full Members.

The service is designed primarily for dogs but may also be used for other animals.

The assessment process involves:

  • A visit to the home lasting approximately 1 & 1/2 hours
  • A report sent to the agency requesting the assessment, to include:
    • Owner experience and relationship with the animal(s)
    • Exposure and behaviour in various social situations, training background, and health issues
    • Practical considerations regarding home environment
    • Temperament and behaviour with members of the household, visitors, general public, and children (0-5yrs, 5-10yrs, 10+years)
    • A professional opinion on the risks these animals present to children, particularly those with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.
  • Advice regarding the introduction of children and animals

The cost for this service is at the discretion of the individual member providing the service in that area.

List of Members that offer this service:

  

ALI SCOTT BSC (HONS) PG DIP CABC CCAB
Name Ali Scott BSc (Hons) PG Dip CABC CCAB
Location Malmesbury, Wiltshire
Region south-west
Bio Ali provides a comprehensive service for pet owners in the diagnosis, treatment and management of behaviour and training problems in dogs and cats. Positive, reward based methods are used, promoting the highest standards of animal welfare and allowing people to learn how to communicate with their pets, without the need for force. Ali provides a minimum of 12 months support for all behaviour cases. Based in Malmesbury, Ali covers areas including Chippenham, Swindon, Stroud, Cirencester, Gloucester, Bath & Bristol.
Species Seen Dogs and Cats
Phone 07548 609718
ALISON WINTERS MSC CAB
Name Alison Winters MSc CAB
Location UK
Region
cover-all-of-uk
phone-virtual-consults-uk
east-midlands
east-anglia

Species Seen Dogs
Phone 07521 286304
BRYONY FRANCIS
Name Bryony Francis
Location Monmouthshire
Region
west-midlands
wales

Bio Regional Clinical Animal Behaviourist for the RSPCA, Wales & The Midlands. Private cases also taken: waiting list may apply.
Species Seen Dogs
Phone +44 (0) 7904063229
CARRIE CHILVERS (EVANS)
Name Carrie Chilvers (Evans)
Location North Yorkshire
Region phone-virtual-consults-uk
Bio Multi Dog Households & Aggression
Species Seen Dogs
Phone 01642 670404
CHRISTINE SPENCER
Name Christine Spencer
Location North/East/West Yorkshire
Region
cover-all-of-uk
international
phone-virtual-consults-uk
phone-virtual-consults-international
north-east
yorkshire-and-the-humber

Bio I am the founder of C S Canine Behaviour and Training and lead a team of professionals providing behaviour consultations, one to one training and courses for dogs of all ages from puppy to adult. We offer workshops for specific behaviour issue such as reactivity, impulse control, recall and loose lead walking.
Species Seen Dogs, Cats, Raptors
Phone 07711015499
CLAIRE HARGRAVE
Name Claire Hargrave
Location Wales
Region wales
Species Seen Canine and Feline
Phone 07907083668
CLAIRE STALLARD
Name Claire Stallard
Location Hampshire
Region phone-virtual-consults-uk
Species Seen Dogs, cats, rabbits
Phone 07821303393
DEBBIE BUSBY
Name Debbie Busby
Location South Manchester/Cheshire
Region
cover-all-of-uk
international
phone-virtual-consults-uk
phone-virtual-consults-international
north-west

Bio I’m a registered clinical animal behaviourist helping wits’ end owners to transform their dog or horse from difficult (or even dreadful!) to delightful. Virtual/On-line, home and yard consultations are available. I have a BSc in Psychology, a Masters in Animal Behaviour, graduate membership of the British Psychological Society and a lifetime of training and rehabilitating difficult dogs and horses, including my beloved horse Rusty, who arrived knowing nothing except how to rear over backwards and became my best eventing buddy, and Finn my favourite lurcher whom I met when he was on his one way to trip to the vets for aggression and who lived the rest of his life with me as my dog of a lifetime. I also love mentoring up and coming behaviour practitioners and supervising animal behaviour students. I provide expert witness services and am available internationally for talks, lectures and workshop on all aspects of behaviour, consulting and human behaviour change. Whatever the behaviour problem you’re having, everything Whatever your horse’s or your dog's behaviour problem, if there’s anything your horse or dog is doing that you’re not happy with, I can help you, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Email me at info@animalbehaviourclinics.com or text me on 07748 369424.
Species Seen Dogs, Horses
Phone 07748 369424
DEBORAH FRY
Name Deborah Fry
Location Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire and parts of West Sussex / Remote-based consultations nationally
Region
phone-virtual-consults-uk
south-east

Bio Deborah is based in Hampshire and travels across the South of England for behaviour assessments. She works with dogs, cats and rabbits exhibiting all problem behaviours. Deborah also offers nationwide remote-based services.
Species Seen Dogs, cats and rabbits
Phone 01252 629836
DR CANDY D'SA
Name Dr Candy d'Sa
Location Hampshire, Surrey, Kent, Wiltshire, London, Herts, Bucks, nationwide for legal cases
Region
cover-all-of-uk
phone-virtual-consults-uk
phone-virtual-consults-international

Bio Behaviour Consultant and Expert Witness, 17 years experience
Species Seen Dogs, cats
Phone 07788 872728
DR LAURA MCAULIFFE
Name Dr Laura McAuliffe
Location Surrey (venue in Redhill and also Chertsey)
Region
phone-virtual-consults-uk
greater-london
south-east

Bio Laura sees clients across Surrey and the South East of England, seeing clients at the private Dog Communication venue and also seeing clients in their homes. Specialising in reactivity and anxiety issues but also experienced in a wide range of behavioural issues.
Species Seen Dogs
Phone 0777 3227789
DR REBECCA LEDGER
Name Dr Rebecca Ledger
Location Canada
Region
international
phone-virtual-consults-uk
phone-virtual-consults-international

Bio Aggression, Anxiety, Fear, Separation anxiety, Noise phobias, Hyperactivity
Species Seen Dogs, Cats, Rabbits
Phone +16045699663
ELAINE BROOKS
Name Elaine Brooks
Location Devon
Region phone-virtual-consults-uk
Species Seen Dog Cat Rabbit
Phone 07502280986
ELAINE HENLEY
Name Elaine Henley
Location Ayrshire, Glasgow, West of Scotland, East of Scotland, Highlands, Borders
Region
cover-all-of-uk
phone-virtual-consults-uk
phone-virtual-consults-international
scotland

Bio Elaine provides behaviour consultations for dogs, parrots and cats; as well as expert witness reports.
Species Seen Dog, Parrot and Cats
Phone 01294 833764
EMMA BROWN
Name Emma Brown
Location Cornwall / Devon / Somerset
Region
phone-virtual-consults-uk
south-west

Bio Emma qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon in 2001. She spent 15 years in mixed practice before moving to small animal practice in 2016. Emma is particularly interested in the links between disease and animal behaviour and especially how an understanding of behaviour can improve the welfare of the animals that share our lives. In 2014 Emma completed a post graduate diploma in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare at Newcastle University. Emma is an RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Companion Animal Behaviour and an Animal Behaviour & Training Council (ABTC) Registered Veterinary Behaviourist.
Species Seen Cat / Dog
Phone 01208 72323
ERICA PEACHEY
Name Erica Peachey
Location Merseyside and Cheshire and North Wales
Region
phone-virtual-consults-uk
north-west
wales

Bio i have been a behaviour consultant for over thirty years. Behaviour consultations Pet dog and puppy classes. One-to-one training sessions. Court assessments. Fostering and adoption assessments. Online consultations and classes. TV work.
Species Seen Dogs, Cats
Phone 01516252568
GEMMA STEPHEN BSC HONS
Name Gemma Stephen BSc Hons
Location Grimsby, Humberside, Lincolnshire, Doncaster, South Yorkshire
Region
phone-virtual-consults-uk
phone-virtual-consults-international
yorkshire-and-the-humber

Bio I specialise & consult in all dog behavioural cases on a 1-2-1 basis or online platforms. I also run specialsed behaviour classes for puppys, adolescent/adult dogs, reactive dogs & scent games (classes are based in Grimsby area)
Species Seen Dogs
Phone 07872472721
HELEN JARRATT BSC (HONS) PG DIP CABC CCAB
Name Helen Jarratt BSc (Hons) PG Dip CABC CCAB
Location Wiltshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire
Region
phone-virtual-consults-uk
south-west

Bio Happy to help owners to love life with their dogs. Over 24 years experience with a wide variety of issues. I am particularly keen on over-excitable dogs and puppy training to prevent problems developing.
Species Seen Dogs
Phone 07759743996
JAMES CARROLL
Name James Carroll
Location Greater Manchester And Surrounds
Region north-west
Bio Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist
Species Seen Dogs
Phone 07814517758
JANE WILLIAMS
Name Jane Williams
Location East Anglia
Region east-anglia
Bio Jane has experience seeing a variety of behaviour problems including phobias and aggression cases.
Species Seen Dogs, Cats, Small Mammals, Reptiles
Phone 07973985009
JO WRIGLESWORTH
Name Jo Wriglesworth
Location Cheshire
Region
phone-virtual-consults-uk
north-west

Bio Full member of APBC since 2010, Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist
Species Seen Dogs and Cats
KAREN INGRAM
Name Karen Ingram
Location Cheshire
Region north-west
Species Seen Dog
Phone 07709636556
KAREN WILD, CCAB
Name Karen Wild, CCAB
Location Lincolnshire
Region
phone-virtual-consults-uk
phone-virtual-consults-international
east-midlands
east-anglia

Bio All aspects of behaviour work taken, including severely aggressive behaviour, separation anxiety, resource guarding
Species Seen Dogs, cats
Phone 01778560465
KAY MCGUIRE MSC, BSC (HONS)
Name Kay McGuire MSc, BSc (hons)
Location Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire
Region yorkshire-and-the-humber
Species Seen Dogs
LAURA TRAVIS
Name Laura Travis
Location St Neots, Cambridgeshire
Region
east-midlands
east-anglia

Bio Behaviour consultations on vet referral. Full member of the APBC, ABTC registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist, ABTC registered Animal Training Instructor.
Species Seen Dogs
LAURA WARD
Name Laura Ward
Location Bucks
Region south-east
Bio I have always had a passion for animal welfare and behaviour. I started my career with animals as a registered veterinary nurse, working in private practice and charity hospitals. I studied for my degree in Applied Animal Behaviour whilst working nights on the emergency team at The Blue Cross Animal Hospital in Victoria. In 2014 I started Minds Alike Animal Training and Behaviour, and now enjoy a busy case load from many referring vet practices in my area, as well as managing a small team of ABTC Training Instructors to enable the business to also support our clients with 121 training and classes. In 2020 I achieved CCAB status.
Species Seen Dogs, cats, horses
Phone 07931 566921
LONI LOFTUS
Name Loni Loftus
Location North Yorkshire
Region
phone-virtual-consults-uk
north-east
yorkshire-and-the-humber

Species Seen Horses, Cats and Dogs
Phone 07754189319
LUCY BINGLEY CCAB
Name Lucy Bingley CCAB
Location Suffolk
Region east-anglia
Species Seen DOGS, CATS
Phone 07879493520
MAUREEN BYRNE
Name Maureen Byrne
Location Midlands, Republic of Ireland
Region
international
northern-ireland

Bio I am a Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB) specialising in dogs, and I can help with all dog behavioural issues on a one-to-one basis, including aggression towards people, other dogs or other animals, separation anxiety, fears and phobias, training issues. I am fully Garda vetted, and with specific training in court procedures and presentation of evidence, I can provide expert witness service for legal cases involving dogs.
Species Seen Dog
Phone 086 8200010
MORAG HEIRS, CLINICAL ANIMAL BEHAVIOURIST, PHD, MSC, MA(HONS)(SOCSCI), PGCAP
Name Morag Heirs, Clinical Animal Behaviourist, PhD, MSc, MA(hons)(SocSci), PGCAP
Location York/North Yorkshire
Region
cover-all-of-uk
phone-virtual-consults-uk
yorkshire-and-the-humber

Bio Director of Well Connected Canine Ltd, Morag leads a team of trainers and behaviourists working in private practice and with rescue organisations across Yorkshire. Specialist in: using scentwork in rehabilitation, repetitive behaviours, separation related distress, fears and phobias (esp noise related), legal assessments, deaf and/or blind dogs. Working with colleagues who specialise in dog:dog aggression.
Species Seen canines
Phone 07786864700
NATALIE LIGHT BSC PGDIP PGCERT CCAB FHEA
Name Natalie Light BSc PGDip PGCert CCAB FHEA
Location Hampshire
Region south-east
Species Seen Dog
PENARAN HIGGS
Name Penaran Higgs
Location London, but virtual consults can be UK or international.
Region
phone-virtual-consults-uk
phone-virtual-consults-international
greater-london

Bio I hold a degree in psychology and worked with children with special needs before re-training as a Companion Animal Behaviour Counsellor. I am a Clinical Animal Behaviourist, registered by the ABTC as both a behaviourist and a trainer I assess trainers for the APDT. I offer behaviour consultations (and training) for London and surrounding areas, but can work online anywhere in the world. I use only kind and reward based methods to help dogs and cats behave in a way that their owners would prefer.
Species Seen Dogs and Cats
Phone 07471 821 696
PETMIND
Name PetMind
Location Scotland
Region scotland
Species Seen Dogs and Cats
Phone 07939043355
PIPPA HUTCHISON MSC CCAB
Name Pippa Hutchison MSc CCAB
Location Glasgow
Region phone-virtual-consults-uk
Species Seen Dogs & Cats
Phone 0141 280 0273
RACHEL RODGERS
Name Rachel Rodgers
Location Cheshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and North Wales
Region
phone-virtual-consults-uk
west-midlands
north-west
wales

Bio Rachel Rodgers is an experienced dog trainer and behaviourist based in Cheshire, UK. Having worked with a range of species, from dolphins to dogs, Rachel went on to be a manager for the RSPCA and Dogs Trust Dog School. She has a PGCE (Professional Graduate Certificate in Education) and has spent time as a lecturer in Animal Behaviour and Welfare and Canine Behaviour and Training. Rachel specialisms include; separation related behaviours, sound phobias and canine dementia.
Species Seen Dog
Phone 07506059019
ROSIE BESCOBY
Name Rosie Bescoby
Location Bristol/North Somerset
Region south-west
Bio Pet Sense provides new pet problem prevention consultations and media work. New behaviour clients are not currently being taken.
Species Seen Dogs, Cats & Rabbits
Phone 07817478707
SANDRA GILLILAND
Name Sandra Gilliland
Location County (optional)
Region northern-ireland
Bio I offer 1-2-1 dog training and can deal with training and behaviour in dogs throughout Northern Ireland. I have assessed dogs and written reports for Court upon instruction from local Councils and individuals in relation to The Dangerous Dogs (Northern Ireland) Order 1991 and Dogs (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 2011. I co-planned, co-run and tutor on three courses which are accredited by the Open Collage Network, Northern Ireland. The first is a Level 1 Practical Dog Handling Course that takes place at a local animal rescue, the second Level 1 Puppy Development Course and the third, a Level 3 Principles of Dog Training and Behaviour.
Species Seen Dogs
Phone 07775575661
VICTORIA WELSH
Name Victoria WELSH
Location County Durham
Region north-east
Bio Providing home consults across the North East for all dog behaviour problems. Also puppy training and online consultations.
Species Seen Dogs
Phone 0191 4102325
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