Thoughts on "many Tears" or other rescue centres in the South of England?

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diplodocus Mon 14-Jan-13 13:09:08

We're seriously thinking of getting a young dog or puppy in a few months and would be hoping to get one from a rescue. We have DCs aged 5 and 7, so are looking for somewhere that will let families with young children adopt suitable dogs. I'm quite keen to use a rescue that "fosters" dogs in a home environment and obviously we're keen to use an organisation that will put a lot of effort into ensuring they match us with a dog that suits our family (and will like living with us!). We're quite interested by Many Tears - any of you have views about them? Otherwise any other good rescue centres you can recommend in the South (e.g. Hants, Dorset, Surrey, Sussex etc.). Any advice gratefully received.

mistlethrush Mon 14-Jan-13 13:12:04

What sort of dog are you looking for? I know that lots of the greyhound / whippet / lurcher rescues actively foster their dogs out because its better for the dogs and gets more of their characters known so that its easier to match them to the right family.

assumpta Mon 14-Jan-13 13:15:42

Hi, I don't know anything about Many Tears. We got our lovely rescue dog from All Sorts Rescue in East Sussex if that is any help. The poor boy was covered in fleas though, but when I enquired about giving a flea treatment, they said he had been sprayed, but he was still full of them. In fairness they probably only had him for a week before we got him. He also had developed horrendous kennel cough, which took him a long time to get over. He had apparently been a stray in Ireland, then they are shipped over. The rescue were very helpful, but although it works on a 'donation', the 'donation' they suggested for our dog was £300. He was worth every penny, we were delighted to give him a home and we love him dearly. Rescue is definitely the way forward.

Marne Mon 14-Jan-13 13:16:20

We have just picked our pup up from 'comfy care' in Dorset (bournemouth), all there dogs are in foster homes (no kennels). We have 2 dc's 6 and 8 and they have been fine about homing a pup with us, i know some rescues near by wont home dogs with children under 8. So far our expereance has been good (obviously its early days).

diplodocus Mon 14-Jan-13 13:21:56

We're not fussed on breed - looking for a mid-sized dog who doesn't need excessive amounts of excercise but is still keen to be active. We have a good sized garden and back onto fields where we can walk him / her each day and when ready can go off the lead. It's the temperament we're most concerned about. We'd consider a lurcher (although am a bit concerned they are difficult to train on recall because they are sighthounds - is that true?) - a greyhound would probably be a bit big.

diplodocus Mon 14-Jan-13 13:23:10

assumpta and Marne - thanks for both your suggestions. Will certainly look into thme.

I adopted from Many Tears and have visited their centre a few times. They can come across as abrupt as they are very busy, but are very thorough with ensuring the dog is a match for the home IYSWIM.

I know they have been criticised on here for charging for behavioural help but I found them very helpful after we had adopted our pup. He became ill after we brought him home and Sylvia the owner offered to take him back to look after him herself until he was well (no way I would have let him go) and told me to call anytime though the night if I needed advice. This was despite her mum being critically ill in hospital at the time.

I'm so glad I convinced them we could offer a good home, we ended up with the most wonderful dog ever, and I will certainly adopt from them again when the time is right.

diplodocus Mon 14-Jan-13 13:41:13

Thanks Tooearly - very helpful.

higgle Mon 14-Jan-13 16:54:43

We had our first rescue dog from MT - he had beenwith them ages because he was a Staffie and they don't seem to have very many of those. They were very nice and friendly, did a thorough homecheck and contacted us later to check we were getting on OK. When we were looking again we wanted another Staffie as lovely as the first - a quiet older chap who didn't mind being home alone in the mornings. MT did not have a suitable dog so we got DD2 from Rescue Remedies, he was in foster and again we got a lovely welcome, lots of information and a great match for our family. I'd recommend both, it is also rather nice that both have forums you can keep in touch on.

diplodocus Mon 14-Jan-13 16:58:41

Thanks higgle - and everyone else for taking the time to be so helpful. Will look up Rescue Remedies as well. A quick look at these sites suggests there is no shortage of lovely dogs and puppies looking for a home!

LadyTurmoil Mon 14-Jan-13 18:06:47

If you look at the recent thread "Problem getting a rescue dog, are none suitable with kids?" you'll find a few links to rescues sites in the South East. Sorry, my internet is super slow today otherwise I'd paste them in here but it would take ages! As tooearly said, MT have been criticised and I do wonder whether they just help to perpetuate the cycle of crappy breeders in Wales (altho' only tough legislation and enforcement will really help, imo). I don't have first hand experience of them but they do give you lots of info on the dogs, have good write-ups from fosterers, which I think is v important. I once asked about Dorset Dog Rescue on here and a lady who worked in the rescue field said they hadn't got a v good reputation. I wouldn't recommend Allsorts in Sussex particularly. I looked after a puppy from there for a week for someone, it had kennel cough, a really foul smell and the runs - I don't think they'd looked after it v well and, in hindsight, they seemed very keen to get it rehomed and didn't really ask many questions which would have uncovered that the breed (active collie cross) wasn't really suitable for the people who were adopting. There's also www.dogpages.co.uk which has a section for the South of England, listing all rescues sites in that area. If you're keen on a particular breed, there are breed specific rescues you can find by doing a google search.

kitsmummy Mon 14-Jan-13 18:27:53

We've just adopted a puppy from MT, it was a good experience here. Esther is a boxer x border terrier and she's fab. She was in foster and the fosterer and MT seemed to really want to ensure she was going to the right home.

Our DC are 4 and 9, so they were keen that we get a dog that would definitely be suitable for them. One dog I enquired about wouldn't have been suitable and they said so.

blinkedandmissedit Mon 14-Jan-13 19:11:27

We have also recently adopted from Many Tears. Our adoption took slightly longer due to us applying just before Xmas, and understandably they will not re-home puppies just before Xmas. In all the adoption process lasted 2 weeks. We applied using an on-line form. The next day a lady at the rescue called us and we had a lengthy conversation. She then passed our deatls onto the fosterer who called the same day. She went through details about the puppy and asked us some questions. Later in the week we had a home check, then one week later we met our pup and took her home two days later.

It did all seem a bit daunting, but actually the questions were all sensible. We haven't had a dog before and the process has meant we have some idea of what we are doing. The fosterers were great and gave us the puppy's routine, as well as lots of advice. The home checker was great and as she's local has told us to get in touch if we need to.

As we adopted a puppy, the fosterer was very strict about who she would go to apparently. However, we are not experienced dog owners, but did do some research into training and raising a puppy. Basically, they want to ensure people are adopting that will train the dog and not return a badly behaved untrained dog to them with less chance of rehoming as it's now less cute.

They do have many ex-breeding dogs who they have strict criteria for rehoming and we wouldn't have been allowed one of those.

diplodocus Mon 14-Jan-13 22:42:30

Many thanks for all these replies. Think that MT may suit us well, and if we end up paying for follow up then so be it. Also like the look of Comfy care so will bear them in mind. Hope to maybe be posting in a few months that we have a new family member!

LadyTurmoil Wed 16-Jan-13 13:25:08

Good luck with your search - looking forward to updates!

Callisto Wed 16-Jan-13 15:53:55

I'm in the process of getting a dog from Hope Rescue. They rescue dogs from council pounds and although they are based in S Wales they foster all over the midlands and SW. They have been v professional and fast acting so far.

Here is the link: [www.hoperescue.org.uk Hope]]

Callisto Wed 16-Jan-13 15:54:45

Bugger, try again: Hope

Callisto, congratulations! I have a lot to do with Hope - attend a lot of their events, and see their volunteers often. They are a highly reputable charity and I particularly like the way they insist on foster assessments of dogs before adoption. You will be in very safe hands. They have a terrific programme of events - if you are ever in S Wales, come along!

Another reason for liking them a great deal is that as well as their excellent work in rehoming, they have taken a more strategic approach on pound dogs and now GUARANTEE to at least two local Councils that they will find homes for all the unclaimed pound dogs, thus ensuring a big reduction in numbers killed. For this they are to be hugely congratulated. They are also leading the Welsh end of the campaign on BSL, and I'm likely to be attending some joint meetings with them shortly on the Welsh Govt's current consultation on Dangerous Dogs. The lady who founded them actually started out with one of our greyhound charities but she was so moved by the plight of Last Hope (only look him up if you are feeling brave sad) she went on to found her own rescue and it is now going great guns.

I get very tired from hearing from certain large rehoming organisations in Wales that they can't campaign as it would jeopardise the supply of profit dogs - Hope and many other rescues demonstrate that it's perfectly possible to be good at rehoming dogs and to take a strategic view too of the issues concerned, thus ensuring we are not just providing a conveyor belt, and in effect enabling the easy disposal of dogs.

LadyTurmoil Wed 16-Jan-13 16:34:44

Great to hear details about Hope Rescue. I don't have any axe to grind - positively or negatively - and I do have big reservations about whether they just help perpetuate the breeding/profit cycle but they do have a lot of dogs and foster all over the UK, which does make it easier for some people if they are a long way away from Wales. Scutttle is there a central register (apart from the Dog Pages site) that lists ALL UK rescues, that people can be directed to???

For checking out rescues in general, several ways to go. Obviously there is DogsBlogs which lists quite a few. There is Rescue Review which is a great idea in encouraging people to give feedback on their adoption experiences - always worth a look. Big national charities such as Blue Cross and Dogs Trust will have their branches listed on their sites, similarly for the RGT which supports a lot of branches doing greyhound rescue. Ultimately, there is no fully comprehensive list - rescues vary enormously in size, types of animal taken/homed and their structure, and are not registered/licensed by anybody unless dealing with dangerous/wild animals (beware of any rescue that claims to be). Otherwise you are best probably using the old mantra "Google is your friend" grin Or of course asking on here!

OwlLady Wed 16-Jan-13 17:01:12

My friend fosters dogs for the greyhound trust and previous to that the dogs trust and both would place dogs with families

a couple of my friends in Kent have adopted through last chance rescue which i think is Maidstone way

LineRunner Wed 16-Jan-13 17:05:22

In Hampshire there is the Ark at Stubbington, and Portsmouth City Council runs its own stray/rescue kennels at Burrfields.

Willowisp Wed 16-Jan-13 22:57:54

I got my dog from Friends of the Animals RCT. I was thoroughly vetted at home, has an interview over the phone, changed my mind over dog (for the better) & they are just fab.

We did drive 2 hrs to get doggie, but we love her & she couldn't be more ideal for us.

I did look at local rescues, but to no avail.

LadyTurmoil Wed 16-Jan-13 23:21:16

Have you looked at www.pupsneedinghomes.co.uk/ and poundpuppy.org/doglistp.htm?1 They're in Sussex (I think) and Dorset respectively.

LadyTurmoil Wed 16-Jan-13 23:35:20

Meant to add these too two as well: www.prodogsdirect.org.uk/#/dogs/4564213851 and www.heathlands.org.uk/ Bit further away but not impossible. They both have Facebook pages as well you can look for. Heathlands (Hertfordshire) have said on their FB page that they've got loads of puppies handed in to pounds (unwanted Christmas presents already sad which they will soon be putting up on their website www.facebook.com/pages/Heathlands-Animal-Sanctuary-Royston/162793817103330?fref=ts

mistlethrush Thu 17-Jan-13 09:22:37

We seriously considered two dogs from here which looks to be a really nice rescue, with lots of info on the dogs.

Elibean Thu 17-Jan-13 11:33:00

We adopted from Many Tears, about 18 months ago - a 5 month old pup.

We had a positive experience, the foster carer was lovely, all their questions made perfect sense (I'm glad they ask them, tbh), and the local lady who visited to do the homecheck was also lovely. I didn't find any of it daunting or scary, and actually found the homecheck practical and helpful!

Our kids were nearly 5 and nearly 8 at the time, and our pup seemed fine with kids. After a few months, it became clear that he had issues with being touched/cuddled too much - he was in a pound for the first 3-4 months of his life, so hadn't had much socialization with humans! So we had a few behaviour issues as adolescence hit.

I emailed MT, and they phoned and gave advice over the phone - helpful as they could be, but for us it wasn't really as useful as having someone meet the dog and give advice. So we paid ourselves for a one-off visit from a behaviourist, who was worth every penny. Our pup is not aggressive by nature, but he is scared of strangers - especially kids - and has growled, so we tell visitors to ignore him till he gets to know them. Its working beautifully, he's gaining confidence and our kids and their friends are fine with him.

BUT, as rescue pup, he does have issues - and we went through a stressful patch. He's not the dog I thought I wanted, iyswim, but I do want the dog we have smile

I digress! MT were fine, and the only thing I'd do differently is pick a dog who has been fostered with children, as opposed to just meeting lots of them when out and about: behaviour is different in a home setting. I have learned.

bryte Fri 18-Jan-13 07:51:28

There are some lovely young dogs and puppies on Lurcher SOS and Scruples whippet rescue at the moment.

Lara2 Sat 19-Jan-13 10:09:40

Stubbington Ark is ashore, give them a wide berth! Try Dog's Trust instead. If you'd consider a greyhound try Celia Cross kennels near Guildford. They do great work.
Re the Ark, I know so many people who have had problems adopting animals from there and the reasons were ridiculous! One person was refused a cat because she works, another was refused a dog because when they turned up unannounced for the home visit my friend's DH was collecting their daughter from school and friend had put on the form that someone was home all day (her DH works from home)!!! They continually bleat in the local press that they are struggling spacewise etc - I wonder why???

Lara2 Sat 19-Jan-13 10:10:24

Sorry, on my mobile! The Ark is shite!

WynkenBlynkenandNod Sat 19-Jan-13 10:21:59

Many tears have recently stepped into save a dog I know who originally came from them. Unfortunately the owners didn't have insurance and she needed a really expensive operation. MT stepped in at the last minute after the children had done their final goodbyes and gone to school, the op was a success and the dog doing well smile

There's also a MT fosterer who walks where we walk our dog. She goes to a lot of effort to make sure the dogs she looks after are really well socialised. My dog sitter fosters for Dorset Animal Workers Group which is a small rescue. Our cat (the sloppiest of the 4 we have) came from Pound kitten Rescue in Poole. They also have dogs - Pound Puppy Rescue.

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