Adopt a Homeless Dog
Why Adopt a Dog from us?
- We have no profit motive and are only interested in doing the very best for our dogs
- Our dogs all receive the veterinary treatment they need and are vaccinated and neutered prior to homing
- Our wonderful community of volunteers is on hand via our on-line forum to provide you with ongoing support and encouragement
- We will often have worked with the dog(s) you are interested in over an extended period and have invaluable insights into their character we can share with you
- We are committed to our dogs for their life and in the unlikely event that your homing doesn’t work we will welcome them back, all that we ask is that you are realistic and give it your very best shot
- By homing a rescue dog you are making a place for us to rescue another
- You are not feeding the insatiable demand for puppies that encourages unscrupulous dealers and often causes new owners huge additional cost and heartache
Adopt a Homeless Dog
Welcome! Thank you for considering a Rescue Remedies dog. We do our utmost to ensure our dogs find the best possible homes and that each adoption is successful.
1. Our Homing Questionnaire
If you are ready to rehome a dog within the next seven days, please fill in our homing questionnaire. It is the first point of enquiry for all prospective adopters. Our questionnaire incorporates a check list so families can mentally and physically prepare themselves and their home for their new family member.
2. Chat with our Homing Team
After you submit the homing questionnaire, our Homing Team will contact you to arrange an appointment to chat about your lifestyle and adoption expectations. Please check your email, spam folder, texts and voicemail to make sure we do not miss contact with you. We ask all our potential adopters to be as realistic and flexible as possible. The more open minded adopters are regarding a dog’s age, colour, markings, sex and breed, the better our chances are of matching you with a dog that fits you. Please keep an open mind, as the Homing Team may direct you to another dog that is more suitable for you, based upon the information you share on the homing questionnaire and during the interview.
3. Home Check
Following your chat with our Homing Team, we will schedule a home check to ensure that your home is well-prepared and safe. If you are adopting a Terrier, we may request that your garden is Terrier-proofed.
4. Meeting Your Dog
Once the above steps are complete, we will invite you to meet your dog at its foster home or kennels. Many dogs can be homed directly after the first meeting, but some will require two or three meetings before they go home with their new family. Note that our kennels and most of our fosterers are concentrated in the South East and you need to be prepared to travel to them and back with your new dog. If you already have a dog we will ask you to bring it with you so that we can check compatibility.
5. A Lifetime of Security
We offer our dogs lifetime rescue backup. Sometimes even the most perfect home falls through. We stand by our dogs and welcome them back into our rescue in those rare circumstances.
Please remember that many of our dogs come from impoverished backgrounds. They will be desperate to please, but may need to settle and learn new skills as they adapt within their new homes. Our dogs need support, patience and understanding. At first they may not have the skills to be all things to all people, but with the right homes and loads of love and attention, they absolutely shine.
Before You Adopt
Adopting a dog is a big decision! Prepare yourselves and your home before you meet your new family member. Here’s some advice to help you get ready:
1. All residents of the dog’s home must agree that adopting a dog is right for the family. Talk with all family members, lodgers, property owners (if renting) and friends or neighbors who will be involved with the dog or affected by its presence in your home.
2. Ensure you have the time available to nurture and support a new dog in your home. For example, if you are planning a short break away or visitors will soon be arriving in your home who may not be used to a dog, consider beginning the adoption process afterwards.
3. If you have a resident unneutered dog, please spay or neuter it before filling in the homing questionnaire. Our rescue requires that resident dogs are neutered before we place one of our dogs in a new home. All our adult rescue dogs are spayed or neutered prior to rehoming. If you adopt a puppy from us, we will require you to sign a Neutering Agreement. If you are unable to neuter your resident dog, we will request written advice from your vet. For more information, please see our leaflet, Why Neuter?
4. Check your garden boundaries. Make any relevant repairs before you submit your homing questionnaire. Make sure your garden fencing and boundaries are appropriate for the type of dog in which you are interested. Bear in mind that Terriers in particular are fantastic escape artists.
5. First time dog owners should look into positive training courses and one-on-one sessions. Understanding basic training requirements and dog behaviour will set you and your dog up for success.
6. Our homing process can move very quickly. All prospective adopters should be ready to accept a new dog into their home within seven days after they fill in our homing questionnaire.
Make the Right Choice
Getting each adoption right is critical for our rescue dogs. Once we rehome our dogs, they depend on their new families to keep them healthy and safe. Choosing the appropriate dog for your lifestyle is a crucial element in the homing process. Here is some guidance to help you make the right choice:
1. Research the dog breeds and types you are interested in. There is a wealth of information on the internet and in books and you will also find breed characteristics detailed on our breed specific web sites. Speak to people you know who have experience with the breeds you’re considering. Become familiar with breed traits and characteristics. Understand how much exercise and mental stimulation your preferred breed type requires to keep it physically and mentally fit. Make sure you will be able to invest the time and energy required for that breed.
2. A dog’s age will impact how energetic or settled it is. Puppies and younger dogs necessarily require more attention. Adult dogs will generally be more settled. There is also a better chance that an adult dog’s traits and personality will be evident, whereas a puppy may not present its full temperament until later in life.
3. An older dog may be right for you if you think your time commitment will be shorter. Healthy dogs typically live between 10 and 15 years – sometimes longer. Make sure you are able to commit to keeping a dog for its entire lifespan.
4. Expenses will vary along with a dog’s breed, age and temperament. Ensure you understand the costs associated with keeping a dog. Consider food, vet fees, medications, insurance, toys and other equipment, training, grooming, and pet walking, sitting or kenneling costs.
5. Visit our Live Forum to read about all our dogs available for rehoming. Keep an open mind about what breed might be right for your family. You may be surprised at what you find. Take a look at our Dogs Rehomed section to read about our successful adoptions and what owners have experienced with their new family members.