Waiting for the right rescue dog- how long?(36 Posts)
We have been considering a dog for a long time. Never had one as a family ourselves but growing up both DH and I had dogs at home and all our immediate families have dogs now.
We also dog sit (at our house) for various relations and friends dogs.
We would love to rehome a rescue.
Not picky on breed, happy with a cross breed. Prefer small/ medium but happy with an older dog
But feel like we have been looking for ages and DH is starting to mention getting a puppy.
We have kids under 8 so that rules out a lot of the rescue dogs but Im really sad a fit hasn't come up. I'd like to keep waiting but wondering how long it has taken other people in similar situation?
I have spoken to all the local rescue centres and check their websites every week at least.
Any ideas/ hope welcome! I think we could be a really good forever home to a rescue but don't want to wait another six months ideally.
A bit more rescue but join your local Facebook page that is for pets, people regularly looking for homes for their dogs because they've not got the time/changed jobs/had a baby/got to move into rented.
We were lucky as one came out quite quickly rehomed direct from her previous owners whose landlord said they needed to rehome
rescue = risky
obviously you have only their word to go on as to why they are rehoming and the dogs temperament but I think a high percentage are very genuine.
Contact the pure breed rescue groups (each breed has their own). They often have lovely dogs and are more relaxed on the kids under 8. Most are run or sponsored by the breed clubs.
Whereabouts in the country are you? Some areas seem much more blessed with good rescues than others. Many Tears in S. wales have loads of lovely dogs and will rehome to homes with young children in the right circs. There are a few dogs there we have considered but they are over 400 miles from us and insist on meeting the whole family before they will rehome. I just can't face the through of dragging two kids halfway down the country to meet a dog we may not be allowed to have or may decide isn't for us.
There are several charities who rehome dogs, including puppies, from countries like Bulgaria or Romania.
The ones I can think of are bulgariasstreetdogs.wix.com/helpbulgariasanimals or www.ukromaniandogrescue.com, but there more. I think at least some of these organisations operate across the whole of the UK, so it might be worth googling. Good luck !
Thanks all, some great points
I've seen the Romania rehoming charities by felt a bit unsure about them? Happy to be told I was worrying needlessly though
We are in the Midlands so Wales is doable to visit but I thought most places would only home locally to them as they do a home assessment? Is that not true?
I have had my ear out for a good year as honestly thought a dog would find us (naive I know) in the way of someone moving or getting a full time job etc.
I have looked at pre loved but it seems full of dubious breeders and people seeking 'unwanted' dogs which does make me nervous. If you genuinely couldnt keep your dog wouldn't you take it to a reputable rescue centre not sell it? Maybe I'm not being fair?
Always, I think most rescues have contacts or access to people all over the country who can home vet for them. If you are in the midlands somewhere like Many Tears would definitely be an option for you, I'd think.
Generally, try smaller rescues as they are more flexible re younger children.
Hope Rescue, Four Paws Rescue have been recommended here before. As far as rescues working abroad, I recommend Balkan Underdogs. They have some lovely dogs, very easy process and good backup/advice via their FB groups.
Look at their website, Nadja, Livia, Eleanor or Lenny might suit you
We've just taken a Romanian rescue from 1Dogatatime on Facebook. I knew the lady that runs it a bit and followed them on Facebook. They do regular home checks though. She's been great. Here two months now and doing good. But I do think that you have to be prepared for a few blips with a foreign rescue dog. You may get one that has been someone's pet and is fine (a lot are just dumped for a new dog) but some of them won't have been in a home and will need patience and training. I'd do it again, but I don't think I would ever give up on a dog and I'd ride out issues. We probably had more challenges with our second lab who came from a uk rescue, but it just came down to giving him more exercise.
I wonder if it would be worth contacting a rescue and offering to dog walk with your family, so they get to know you and consider you more? Some rescues will overlook it, I know the German Shepherd Elite rescue do for the right family.
Keep looking. Something will be out there.
Picture of Nadja.
Bit more clarification - the dogs are not just "off the streets" they are rescued, put in kennels or often in foster homes. Balkan Underdogs fundraised for a person to spend time with the dogs every day, walking, socialising etc. So the dogs have had a lot of attention before they get to their UK family
Thank you all
I have emailed Balkan about a few dogs (Lenny is particularly lovely!) and will see if they respond and I've started looking at the other websites.
I have been to visit and spoken to the local smaller rescues but they all seem to have large dogs available.
I guess with any rescue it is a bit of a risk but then even with a bred dog bought as a puppy I know temperaments can vary hugely and you can never tell. I am certainly prepared to train and work with a dog. I don't expect immediate success but I think inevitably having kids makes me extra anxious to get it right as much as possible and having a dog that has been well assessed and/ or fostered helps
We have a Romanian rescue in the family, she was fostered here with a family for quite a while to be assessed before re homing. She had been neutered by the charity, had full passport and lots of medical checks, worming etc before being released.
She was about six months old, very sweet girl, gentle and happy to be out of Romania I think.
Lovely pup. I wonder what the other half is?
We are in the same situation, I am not sure where to go next, as I have a 4yr ds so rescue centres seem out for us, also seem to be lots of one of two breeds in our area. North west.
What sort of dog are you looking for moocowmrs? Have you had dogs previously? Have you spoken to any rescues personally? (Sorry for 20 questions).
We have adopted from Many Tears and later on from Heathlands both our dogs are pretty much as described. They had both been fostered within homes who were able to assess both the dog and us as new owners (both will also consider families with young children).
Many Tears have a network of home checkers. We live in a small East Anglian village, we saw our girl on the website, she was in foster in Surrey, applied, we were home checked by one of their home checkers who lives just 5 miles from us and we went down to collect her. She was almost 9 weeks old when she came to us. Their home checkers often check for other rescues too.
Mollie, our Many Tears rescue
Another vote for Many Tears because of their excellent honest write ups of dogs and because they use many fosterers. You could also try Ziggy's Gundog Rescue Foundation (the rescue part of Cool calm and canine), Love Underdogs whose dogs come from abroad. NANNA Northamptonshire Animals Needing Nurturing & Adoption, Rescue Me Romania, Wonky Pets Rescue. For puppies try Pupsneedinghomes Rescue East Sussex. These all have Facebook pages as well as websites.
As I've mentioned before, Balkan Underdogs is a reputable charity working with dogs in Eastern Europe, rehoming but also spay/neutering. They have lots of lovely dogs at www.balkanunderdogs.co.uk.
One such dog looking for a home is puppy Mica (in pic)
Oh my goodness - coincidence :-) I will be fostering NikNak as of tomorrow (and her 2 sisters) and I am sure that Mollie was a previous foster of mine also - (did you change her name or was that her name with MT also? Did you adopt her from Carshalton Beeches?).
Please don't be put off adopting a rescue because you have children. I fostered and re-homed 73 Many Tears Rescue puppies last year. I have 3 children - daughter aged 11 years and twins aged 7 years. I also have 2 of my own dogs plus 2 rabbits, 2 guinea pigs and a cat. All the rescue puppies that I foster are extremely well socialised and are completely used to toddlers, children, adults and small furries. A large percentage of my foster pups were adopted by families with young children so I am sure that would not be a problem :-) Good luck, xxx
In foster in Gloucestershire
This thread is lovely compared to another one that I have read about getting yet another puppy from a breeder.
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