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Do you work with a rescue?

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D0oinMeCleanin Thu 28-Feb-13 09:29:42

Who will your rescue rehome to?

I'm getting sick of reading about what 'rescues won't do' as if they're all one massive group, with all the same blankets rules and no independence or intelligence of their own and how they need to do 'more' hmm to help.

The rescue I work with will:

Rehome to people with babies and children, providing we have child friendly dogs in and the potential owners are able to demonstrate that they understand simple child/dog responsible ownership, this is demonstrated by answering very simple questions like "What if the dog chews a favourite toy?" or "How will the dog and child be supervised?" We even welcome children as volunteers at our meet and greets/fundraisers. Most of our dogs are child friendly, as a breed greyhounds and their crosses are very laid back, easy going dogs.

Rehome to people who work out of the home, providing that we have dogs who would be happy to be left and you can show you have taken time to make arrangements for the dog on the days you will be out a long time (dog walker/family/friend dropping in halfway through the day is enough)

Rehome to people with no garden, so long as you have thought about where the dog will go to the loo.

Rehome to people in flats, so long as you have thought about toileting

Rehome to people outside our area if the home sounds right and you pass a homecheck.

Rehome to people with small furries, so long as we have small furry friendly in. Again we have these more often than we don't.

Rehome to people with existing dogs, as long as the dogs get on well when they meet.

Frankly, if you are turned down by us, then you really ought to rethink whether you are suitable dog owners at this moment in time, because we are very sensible and laid back in our policies, but not to the detriment of the dogs, we won't give you a dog if you plan to leave it home alone for 12 hours a day, no responsible breeder would either.

mistlethrush Thu 28-Feb-13 09:34:55

The one we got ours from also homed with us - very boisterous 7yo DS, small furry, planning on leaving dog at home some of the time... and at that stage, without a safe garden (needed work).

Dogs Trust who we visited at the same time also had no issue (OK, they recognised us from adopting our dog from them years ago, but we've had DS since then so things have changed).

That's really reassuring, as I was getting the impression we may find it hard to rescue another dog in the future. It sounds like some rescues are giving all rescues a bad name.

We have a 14 year old shaggy rescue dog who is obviously not going to be with us forever. While I would love to rescue another dog now and have two together for a bit, financially two sets of insurance/vets bills would be difficult. Looking on Many Tears etc it seems preferable to rehome where there is a pre existing dog, so I was a bit worried.

Thanks for posting about this.

DeepRedBetty Thu 28-Feb-13 09:42:48

The one I work with takes everyone on their merits and doesn't do blanket rules. Which I why I like them and merrily link to them at any opportunity grin.

DeepRedBetty Thu 28-Feb-13 09:44:43

just like this maybeyoushoulddrive

Dogs Trust actually have a rigid policy in the other direction - my friend's gran couldn't adopt a dog from them because she was over 70. sad However, she was fortunately able to adopt one from the lovely Wiccaweys (another national charity who say very clearly on their website that they will rehome to people who work and with DC, it just depends on the individual dog).

The last homecheck I did was last week for EGLR - again a family, with two very sweet DC, aged 6 and 3.

I listed the charities I know in S Wales who cover familiies and working adults in the other thread. These include charities I don't volunteer for directly myself but have got to know, or based on the info on their websites. Here they are again. Most of these have the eminently sensible policy of matching the dog with the adopter, so an individual dog might not be suitable for an individual home, but that is not a blanket policy.

Oh, and like Dooin, I volunteer for various web based groups that are able to arrange transport for dogs and to do homechecks for rescues who are further afield.

Greyhound Rescue Wales, Greyhound Welfare, Greyhound Rescue West of England, Shropshire and Borders Greyhound Rescue, Evesham Greyhound And Lurcher Rescue, Animal Lifeline Wales, Lizzies Barn Rescue, Hope Rescue, Croft Rescue and Four Paws Rescue.

D0oinMeCleanin Thu 28-Feb-13 09:48:25

Many Tears take in a lot of ex breeders who have never been without canine company before and find it harder to find their feet in a home without an existing dog to show them the ropes. They also get lots of puppies, who they will happily home to people with no other dogs.

I don't think it is certain rescues as such, giving other rescues a bad name, more people who have been turned down by one rescue immediately assuming they will all be the same. They're not. They then go on to tell others how they couldn't get a rescue dog because of x,y and z and people take that as fact.

Very few rescues now have blanket rules on who they will rehome to. As much as we would like to send every dog to a home where someone is in all day and has nothing to do but play with the dogs, we do understand that in reality these homes are few and far between and we also understand that most dogs will be very happy in a normal family home.

D0oinMeCleanin Thu 28-Feb-13 09:50:44

Yup, I also know of rescues who will rehome to elderly people and people with health issues, the one I work with and the one my dad fosters with both consider people who are elderly or have health problems .

DeepRedBetty don't do it to me grin they all look like they would fit happily infront of our fire!

Scuttlebutter great to have a list thanks, will file away for later reference.

Dooin thanks for all the information. It's been a long time since we rescued - and even then I went for a cat shock Am so glad our lovely dog was there and I fell in love...

mind77 Thu 28-Feb-13 10:36:29

I am involved in two. One rescue has a rough set of guidelines but will actually be flexible on all of these if prospective adopters can show they will work round issues(and they state this on the website).

These being, they 'like' children to be over 5 but will let you adopt if they are younger so long as they have a suitable dog and you show you are responsible.
They want any other resident dogs to have been neutered/spayed, but again are flexible with this if you have been unable to do so for behaviour/medical reasons.
They will rehome to people in flats, full time workers,people who live hundreds of miles away. They will rehome if you have existing animals so long as the dog has been assessed and proven to be ok with these animals.

The other rescue who I have began fostering for are just as flexible. No blanket rules. They will take every potential adopter as they come and try and find a dog to match their circumstancessmile

There are still the occasional rescues out there with such strict guidelines that they make it very hard for people to adopt, but it doesn't take much to find rescues that are extremely accomadating. 5 minutes on the internet and I could probably search out a good 10-15. Most good rescues know they need to be flexible. They would rather rehome suitable dogs in a flat or to full time workers then see it pts or languishing in kennels for months on endsad

blinkedandmissedit Thu 28-Feb-13 12:49:19

We got our pup from Many tears and we do not have another dog. They don't only get in ex-breeding dogs, they have lots of other dogs in too. Our situation is 3 kids - youngest is 8, I am home most of the time.

toboldlygo Thu 28-Feb-13 13:16:33

The Siberian Husky Welfare Association pretty much adheres to everything you've outlined, D0oin, with the exception that probably 95% of the dogs aren't small-furry-friendly so you might wait a long time to be matched with a dog if you have cats.

They also rehome dogs nationwide - my boy dog was fostered in Durham, we live in Shropshire, our home checker came from Staffordshire, we arranged to collect him from a fundraising event in Derbyshire. They regularly organise transport runs with volunteers to shuttle dogs to foster and permanent homes.

That said, years ago before we got into sibes we were looking for a rescue dog and found it very difficult. We approached our local Dogs Trust, RSPCA centre and two independent rescues - all turned us down at the initial phone call as we don't have a garden. I've since heard that the Dogs Trust are more flexible in this regard now and the RSPCA have improved significantly in regards to people who work outside the home and will now take dog walkers/daycare into consideration when they didn't a few years back. Things are improving. smile

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