1. How much can we tell you about the dog you want to adopt?
Sometimes rescues will know a dog's history and sometimes they won’t. We are very experienced in assessing a dog's personality and this will be described as accurately as possible but there are NO guarantees.
You should expect that whatever your dogs personality, they will need time to settle in with you and adapt to life in a home, which is very different to a shelter or the streets.
2. Will your potential rescue dog be health checked?
Yes as far as possible.
Our Romanian rescue uses a very trustworthy vet and they have monitored the dog often for months and sometimes for years. As with any dog there are NO guarantees. Street life is a hard life. For an extra cost the dogs can be tested for vector borne diseases through a 4DX blood test.
3. Will the dog need to be toilet trained?
Some dogs seem to know from the outset that they need to go outside and others need to be shown.
You should expect to train it, exactly as you would if it were a new puppy, not matter what age dog you’re getting.
4. How much does it cost to bring a dog over and what has to be done?
A dog or cat must be neutered prior to adoption and in most cases, it has been done already. Required vaccinations, worming, flea treatments and an EU pet passport are also included in the adoption fee.
The standard adoption fee is £175 - £200 dependent on age. (this may vary in some rare cases i.e. animals requiring specific treatment prior to transport, etc.)
Transport to the UK varies from £250 to £270.00 depending on where you live in the UK e.g. England / Wales is £250 & £270 for Scotland.
We use a private pet transport company for our animals that are very efficient, caring, and DEFRA approved. All important documents and fees are covered via the transport costs paid prior to departure.
5. What should I expect from my rescue dog to start with?
All dogs are different and there isn’t a straightforward answer.
The first few days the dog needs to have some quiet time in a peaceful space. For most of them this will be their first time in a house. Some feel quite at home within a matter of hours but for some the first few days can be quite traumatic. Within a week or so they should seem like a different dog! Many younger dogs seem to experience a real puppy phase.
This is where equal mixtures of patience, stimulation and consistency come in.
Give them time and give them your heart and you'll be rewarded hundreds of times over! Rescue dogs may take up to 6 months to fully bond with their new adopters and fully settle into home life.
6. Will I need to change anything in my house?
Asides from checking suitability as a rescue home, a home check will also check that you have a secure garden, this is essential. Rescue dogs can take time to understand boundaries.
Fences need to be intact and high enough that they can’t jump over them. Some people use a child gate in the house to confine a dog to the kitchen, or stop it going upstairs. This can help some dogs initially but it's good for a rescue dog to have a quiet place to retreat to. It is unlikely to like a crate, but if you wish to try it in one, you must make sure it is plenty big enough for it to move around in.
7. What else will I need?
Slip lead - this is extremely important for your dogs safety, especially in those early weeks and months. Suitable harness - we’ll provide a list of recommended harnesses that have an extra belly strap to avoid your dog slipping out.
8. When can I walk my dog?
You must not walk your dog for at least 2 weeks after them arriving. They need this time to get used to their surroundings and begin to form a bond with you and understand you are a safe place.
We strongly recommend you keep them on a lead in your garden for the first few days at least - a frightened dog can jump a 6 foot fence, please don’t underestimate them.
Eventually, you will likely want to let your dog off the lead for more exercise.
Please make sure they have bonded with you fully and you have practised and mastered recall training before letting them off.
Don’t take any risks. If you are with another dog who is off the lead, they will tend to copy them.
9. How do I change the Microchip details?
We will do this for you, your dog will be dual registered through PETtrac.
10. Will my dog know its name?
No, the name is purely to help the shelter. If you don’t like the name, a dog will usually learn it’s new name within 2-3 days or less! Try not to pick more than two syllables though.