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My dog had to be put to sleep 2 months ago now, we are all still heartbroken but would like to start to look to rehome another broken soul. Our boy who passed was in such a bad place when we got him but we spent many years giving him the best life we could and he was forever greatful.
I have looked online at our local dog shelter and it says that they will not rehome to a family with children, the RSPC in our area says they will not rehome any dogs older than 2 to families with young children they must be teenagers. I can understand this reason as they may not know how the dog will react with children etc but my problem is we are really wanting another dog and I have always vowed always to rescue but how else can I do this.
We are a very outdoorsy type of family and have always had a dog and we know we could give one a wonderful life but I'm really against getting a puppy when there are millions of dogs in shelters waiting for there forever home. My question is has anyone got any ideas? Thank you
I also forgot to add I have also looked in the surrounding areas to my town and they seem to have the same policy
There are many small independent rescues that individually match dogs to you. What area are you in?
It depends where you are- there's one charity in Dorset if it's not too far from you who regime to children families, dependant on each dog etc?
Try breed specific rescues. Our boy is from a pointer rescue, although he’s a mix
I’m so sorry for your loss.
Cast your net wider. Don’t just look at local rescues.
I would look at rescues where they foster dogs rather than kennel them. They are much less likely to have a blanket ban on families with children adopting. They will have a much better idea of the suitability of a dog to your family. Don’t know what sort of dog you fancy but black retriever x foster.
Thank you for all your replies. I've just been looking on dogs trust and every dog nearest to me said the same no young families. @Wolfiefan how would I do that would a google search do? I just know that there's a dog out there that needs us but it's really looking hard! My boy came to us by chance, so I've never gone down the rehoming charities route before. No specific bread but a smaller dog would probably be preferred.
@YouJustDoYou a bit too far for me I'm afraid I'm in the Lancashire area x
Just google for welfare for x breed and look through any small breeds you fancy.
Bet there is a very naughty cairn terrier out there for you 😂
There are 2 independent rescues in Lancaster - Animal Care & Woolfwood?
@RandomMess thank you so much. Just looked at the first one again most dogs suitable for older children but I can keep checking that. The woodlands didn't seem to have dogs just cats, rabbits etc but the website wasn't very good on my phone so could try again on my laptop
LOL I spelt it wrong and yes it's a bit rubbish on the phone
Google WolfWood dogs for rehoming and hopefully will
Take you straight to the correct page.
Dogs Trust are great at assessing the type of home a particular dog needs, they do get dogs in suitable for families with very young children but it may take time and you would have to keep looking every few days. If you’re prepared to travel you can go to any of their branches. We have adopted two DT dogs, both suitable for families but it took time. I think when rehoming you have to look at it like getting a puppy ie you might have to wait a long time and travel a distance to get your perfect dog. We waited a year to find our second DT dog , she needed to fit in with our family and other elderly dog. She was definitely worth the wait! We have also adopted two big softies from Labrador R Rescue SE. They tend to have a lot of dogs that have come directly from families (relationship breakdown, circumstances changes etc) and so will often have less restrictions on the type of environment they can be rehomed to.
If you are willing to travel this is a good rescue, dogs in foster across the UK
EGLR also foster dogs out. Many tears do have some in foster homes but many of their dogs are from puppy farms and have specific needs. Starfish is a rescue near us that fosters. Also worth considering breed specific rescues and maybe asking at the vets if they know local places. Good luck.
Second many tears, they have a lot of puppies in at the mo and assess each application on an individual basis depending on the dog.
I know everyone says get a greyhound, but the charity i regimes mine from didn’t mind that I had kids, rent and don’t have a six foot fence. They instead judge on a case by case basis. Plus she is the best dog that ever lived.
I have a greyhound and I childmind he's been brilliant.
A lot of shelters have this policy but I rehome a 2 year old staffy x husky from an independent rescue shelter and they were happy for her to go with children. May be a case of just contacting lots of rescues and explaining your situation?
I came to recommend many tears too. When we are in a position for a second dog we will be going to them (holiday booked, job etc stopping us at the moment)
Lots of rescues on Facebook....keep trying...so much better than adding to the pain and misery of the dog-breeding industry.
There'll will be loads of rescues who will judge you and your family on an individual basis and not 'computer says no' basis that the bigger charities seem to have.
I wouldn't have got my rescue cat or my 2 rescue dogs going through RSPCA etc (I tried) because I always failed one of their rules....fair enough...but I knew I could provide a good permanent home to my pets ... and have always had animals growing up so I just turned to the internet.
Got my cat through a private re-home (think preloved...but it's over 15 years ago...so I cant remember. The cat is still with me..sunning in the garden as we speak!
If you are prepared to adopt from abroad your choices will be huge. They are generally much more relaxed about rehoming to families with children or to people who work. There's an overwhelming number of rescues from overseas, Romania, Spain, Gran Canaria, Serbia, the list goes on. Some will just deliver a dog directly from abroad to your home or a pick up point (definitely not what we wanted) but some do foster in the UK so you can meet the dog first. I am currently going through this process myself and it has been daunting, but I think/hope I've finally found one that will work for us. I have found some rescues to be more helpful than others, you just have to trawl through and be persistent, and keep in mind what you want from a dog.
Have a look on Facebook at Rescue Dogs for UK Adoption. Good luck.