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.for all concerned.
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 be aware that 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.
On Lead commitment as a Rescue
Dog Rescuers explore expectations, risks and tolerances. Most people looking for their new family member are attracted on looks and familiarity of breed traits. Let’s be honest Rescueremedies’ dogs have been dumped because they didn’t live up to the demands placed upon them, or families going through changes of circumstance and find they can no longer carry their dog forwards as part of their lives.
Rescue of Last Resort
For many years we have never gone out looking for “easy to home” dogs. We are renowned for taking only death row dogs: Dogs with no more time in their council pounds where other Rescues have picked off the easy dogs, we then step forwards for the dogs left behind. We take the dogs from vets who have refused to insert the needle. Very often these dogs have low self -confidence and deficits in dog skills.
WHY THEN do we as a Rescue ask for our dogs to be kept on a lead?
We specialise in bull breeds (Staffierescue; Ambulldogrescue) and terriers (Terrierrescue and Patterdaleterrierrescue).
Bullbreeds and Staffies
Bullbreeds and Staffies are social beings and will look to run over to people and other dogs. The general public do not want a bull breed running over to them, especially if they have a dog. If a bullbreed is challenged by another dog, very few will turn the other cheek. Therefore other dog owners have a point, as they will not be able to totally trust the encounter. We should never inflict our dogs on others. Generally bull breeds don’t like dogs running over into their personal space, so that is why it is best to be at hand with your dog on a lead to manage encounters and ensure your Staffie’s social etiquette is honoured. People’s views differ but we take this stance as a Rescue. Better safe than sorry.
Terriers have an independent mindset. Many are not 100% trustworthy in dog encounters as they can be cantankerous if pushed. We deal with ‘high end’ terriers such as Fell terriers, Patterdales and Parson’s Jack Russells who have hunting instincts. If off lead and they ‘commit’ to some reference point in the distance, they are rarely distractible and will run over roads, down fox holes and to that item of fascination to engage with adrenaline flowing. We all know terriers who have lessened traits but our terriers have been given up because families found they had a “high end” terrier or they were actually found stray and unclaimed.
Off lead risks
We have many examples of where we have homed our dogs into responsible families and later heard of incidents mainly due to being off lead: A Staffie has a control order imposed upon them with “muzzle for life” even though they didn’t start the altercation: Some have been seized. We have had Terriers that are killed after getting out of a front door, running after a fox, or killed a cat. Accidents do happen but we are looking for responsible families who are astute to risks. We ask for our homing families to step up to plate and give our dogs safety and security.
Our dogs have already lost one or more homes before arriving at our door, and had a close shave with death. Our commitment to them, and ourselves, is their next family will be responsible and offer them safety first: Our dogs need to be under our control in public. Our bull breed families need gumption to stand firm for their dogs. Our terrier families need to be alert to risks and secure their dogs outside; in their car and in the home, to counter their ‘flight’ tendencies. Many of our dogs would have been dead had we not put ourselves out to take them in. We are happy to wait for the right family.
We will not accept abuse over our Rescue’s policy and if we are not convinced a family is firmly signed up to safety as their key concern, we will close the application down.