Many tears rescue any experience?

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Blueskytoday Fri 28-Oct-16 10:23:35

We are hoping to get a rescue dog and have been looking at a few sites.
We want another small dog similar size to our current cavalier and Lhasa.
RSPCA etc seem to have lots of large type dogs.
Many tears seem to have a lot of the small ex breeding etc dogs.
The many tears system has confused me, it appears that you choose a dog on the website, fill in an application, have the home check, if you are successful you meet the dog and take it home from the foster home or their kennels in wales within 3 days.
I've had rescue dogs and also bought dogs from family homes before.
I've always met the dog/ puppy, and been able to see them in person, how they interact etc, and been able to make a decision as to whether they will fit into our family .
Several times I've viewed dogs and have had concerns about them e.g. Being terrified of men, or I just had niggles about the breeders .
Or sometimes you just don't click with a dog.
It just feels alarming to me to pick a dog from a photo and a brief description. What if when you meet the dog you just don't click with them?
I've noticed the dogs in foster homes tend to have a few photos and much more detailed description of their behaviour etc.
has anyone had any experience of this or any suggestions for other rescues, we are in Lancashire.

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DanielCraigsUnderpants Fri 28-Oct-16 14:47:27

I've heard of them, an employee at a place I used to work was always fundraising for them, but like you I'd rather meet a dog. I haven't heard bad things, but the system you describe wouldn't suit me. I would meet the dog before doing anything else.

insertsomethingwitty Fri 28-Oct-16 15:20:59

I have literally just adopted a Many Tears dog. For us it was a very positive experience, but please feel free to ask specific questions. If you go and meet the dog and it doesn't suit you are under no obligation to take it with you. Our dog was in foster care. I had a long phone conversation with the fosterer as she knew the dog well. We were also given plenty of time at the meet and greet and if we hadn't felt the dog was right we could have walked away. I got the dog I expected if you see what I mean, we didn't have any surprises with her when we brought her home.

insertsomethingwitty Fri 28-Oct-16 15:22:31

I think the system works well as then you don't have a stream of unsuitables lining up to meet the dog. By the time you get to meet the dog you have already been home checked and shown a certain amount of commitment.

WatchingFromTheWings Fri 28-Oct-16 15:27:12

I live local to Many Tears. We popped in to have a look at the dogs, saw one then came home to apply online. We brought our new addition home within 5 days.

Showmetheminstrels Sat 29-Oct-16 08:41:25

I tried repeatedly to adopt a dog from them but got blocked every time- we are experienced rescuers with dogs of a certain breed and a big garden, work from home etc but from our first contact with them they had clearly decided we would only be given one particular dog- who I'm sure was lovely but just wasn't what we were looking for, and there was a definite air of "You don't get to pick, we will pick for you".

So we went somewhere else.

shockingsocks Sat 29-Oct-16 09:44:59

No personal experience but I know two rescued ex-breeding bitches from there and they are delightful. We live not too far from them and they have a very mixed reputation. I know people who think they're great and others who really don't at all. The system you describe does seem a bit odd however. That said, ex-breeders seem to be lovely dogs to rescue - they come out of their shell really quickly and seem to utterly dote on their new owners - it's lovely to watch them blossom. Is it worth telling them your concerns about 'choosing' a dog before you've met it and see what they say? Good luck.


Blueskytoday Sat 29-Oct-16 10:55:18

Thanks for the replies everyone,
I've put an application in for a cavalier who's come from a home to many tears and is well socialised etc, as thought we are out of the house too much for an ex breeder who will need someone around most of the time.
Application refused as they feel that our working out of the home is not suitable.
The dog would be with our two, not on her own😏.
If I didn't work I wouldn't be able to afford to look after the dogs, vet fees etc etc.

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Lara2 Sat 29-Oct-16 16:38:07

Have you looked at Rescue Remedies? They re-home all sorts of dogs. They're based near London, but home all over the country. We recently adopted from them and found them very realistic about people working. Don't be put off by the fact that they seem to rescue a lot of staffies and bull breeds - they have others if that's what you're after.
Good luck!

OutToGetYou Sat 29-Oct-16 16:41:54

Most rescues won't allow you to adopt if you work more than four hours a day out of the house.
We foster dogs and we only get people already approved by the charity come to see them, we can't have hundreds of people coming and going all the time trying to decide if they want them.

Jgro78 Wed 23-Aug-17 14:33:08

Do not bother with Many Tears if you work from home! I have wasted a lot of time filling in the adoption form, only to be told "we do not consider people who work from home". They should clearly state this on their website. I have worked from home about 11 years (my own business so very flexible), had a dog for 9 years, she is perfectly happy and healthy and we just wanted to adopt a friend for her. The fact that I work from home does not mean I cannot do anything with the dogs! Quite the opposite! I feel discriminated and just wonder where these dogs actually get sent to.

Hoppinggreen Wed 23-Aug-17 16:03:01

We almost got a dog from them
The lady who phoned was very nice and agreed that we would be a really good home for the puppy concerned
However, we HAD to go to Wales THAT Saturday to collect the puppy ( this was on Tuesday). It was quite a distance but would would have done it if we hadn't had a weekend away booked in a cottage with family. I offered to come home on the Sunday morning but they wouldn't move even by a day
I'm sure there were good logistical reasons but we were literally the perfect home for this particular dog (rehoming lady agreed) . She didn't seem to understand why we wouldn't cancel the weekend and the suggestion was if we were keen enough we would.
They seem to really care about the dogs though, which is great

BagelGoesWalking Wed 23-Aug-17 16:22:10

I have a problem with Many Tears, I know it's not really their fault, it's the conditions they have to work with but...

I know they rescue mainly ex-breeders who come to them in the most horrendous condition. So it's great they are rescued, found good homes, given vet treatments etc. But I feel it just perpetuates the horrific breeding conditions. For every ex-breeder rescued, one of their pups has been kept to become a breeding machine for the rest, or most, of their lives. Many Tears must know the people operating the puppy farms well by now, they must get dogs on a regular basis from the same bastards.

I can't help but feel they should be campaigning to end the puppy farms, not just rescuing. I know it's a huge problem in Wales and Ireland, in particular. I know that it's ridiculously hard to get these places closed down, I know it's a matter of educating the public and I'm sure they are doing something, I just don't feel it's enough to rescue dogs, when they know puppy farming will just go on and on and on.

FuturistDaisy Mon 25-Sep-17 09:25:22

Have been turned down by Many Tears before even getting a homecheck. First time was told we had a holiday booked with our own dog coming with us, which was a month ahead so OK fair enough. Told please do reapply! We waited until we returned, second time was told because we both work from home. I am not knocking their methods but do wish they would be straight from the start about the rules on working from home. We adopted our last dog from another rescue as a friend for our existing dog and they came to do the home check, saw how much time we gave our dog and a decent sized house with a big enclosed garden with country walks on the doorstep and had no hesitation in letting us have him. Sadly feel what does one have to do to home a dog from Many Tears? If we didn't earn money wouldn't be able to afford look after a dog in the first place.

nodogsinthebedroom Mon 25-Sep-17 15:07:26

Just in case you are still looking for a small dog (this one's a terrier though)

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nodogsinthebedroom Mon 25-Sep-17 15:09:01

Gah, link fail - hope this works

nodogsinthebedroom Mon 25-Sep-17 16:04:44

Just noticed that this is from 2016! Hope the OP got a lovely rescue dog in the end.

Pigeonpost Sat 07-Oct-17 00:13:50

We're (hopefully) collecting a Many Tears dog tomorrow. DH works from home. I'm a SAHM though so maybe that's the difference. Although in reality he does most of the dog walking...

Pigeonpost Wed 11-Oct-17 19:17:35

Our Many Tears dog has been with us for 4 days, he's bloody brilliant. There is something slightly off about the info MT gave us though as his apparent history just doesn't seem consistent with his appearance/behaviour (but in a good way, not a bad one!) and we had to dig for further information this week about his vet treatment since being rescued. We managed to negotiate 7 days between passing the home check and collecting him but probably only because his fosterer said she'd fudge it for us. I thought the 3/5 days thing was a bit restrictive although I can see why they do it to weed out time wasters.

ClementineWardrobe Wed 11-Oct-17 23:30:10

My rescue is from Many Tears, she's an ex breeding mini schnauzer and she's wonderful. Very scared still but coming on in leaps and bounds - literally!
They get a lot of criticism for what they do but the alternative is that the exhausted sick used up studs and bitches are shot or drowned when no longer useful. There are campaigns to end the farming like cariad but in the meantime MTAR are saving where they can. I am glad the sentencing guidelines have been extended to five years for animal cruelty now. Maybe the courts will start handing out proper sentences And also taking away all the proceeds of the farming as criminal proceeds; they waltz about Wales in their brand new bloody Land Rovers while the dogs die in their outbuildings.

rightsaidfrederickII Thu 12-Oct-17 11:51:38

Can't understand the criticism for rescuing ex-breeders myself. The puppy farmers aren't going to stop breeding because they can't rehome the ex-breeders - they'd just shoot / drown them instead.

The only way to stop the puppy farm trade is by legislation, and the public being more aware of the problems / how to spot one, and so not buying from puppy farms

Dorrie77 Tue 27-Mar-18 17:39:38

This message is about my negative experience or I should say experiences, as the same experience has happened twice.

Last year or the y ear before, after going through the process of adopting a dogand going down to the dogs' home to see if my dog would get on with the one I was interested in. On arrival, I was told, "very sorry, dog has been transferred to foster care in Exeter".

This time there was a lack of communication and on last Sunday I received a phone call to say that t he dog that I was interested in had been transferred to a foster home in Surrey. I asked "why"?, and I was told they would phone back. No phone call was received, so on the following day, I called down in person. Whilst I was there, a person, who turned out to be the husband of the person I was talking to, who said to me, "I am here to put you down, should you become violent". When I pulled him up about this, he tried to make light of it and he said that his wife was always telling him about his mundane remarks.

The fact is, after listening to my recording and yes, I did record this conversation, it sounded more like a veiled threat, and of course recordings help to establish beyond reasonable doubt, who said what. Based on my past experiences, I only bring a pocket recorder with an extended concealed mic where I believe there is a need for one.

So to anyone who is considering adopting a dog from Many Tears, to be prepared for any possible disappointments, and sad to say, I am not the only person who has had a negative experience, which is not good when you are relying on t he good will of the public, because apart from the financial aspects, if t he public have a positive experience, they will recommend a charity that they went to. I certainly would like to have been one of those people.

missbattenburg Tue 27-Mar-18 18:34:20

* I only bring a pocket recorder with an extended concealed mic where I believe there is a need for one*

This is illegal. Just so you know.

Dorrie77 Tue 27-Mar-18 20:21:04

Forgot to add to my previous message, that I was made aware that it is the fosterer who decides which applicant is best suited, who may be residing a couple of streets away or 200 miles away etc, and just as equally the same appllies to an applicant who is considered not suited whereas I was under the impression, that decision would be left to the kennels from whee the dog came from and the fosterer would give any information it had on t he development of the dog in their care.

JesusInTheCabbageVan Tue 27-Mar-18 21:03:49

missbattenburg No it's not. Just so you know.

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