How on earth do I get a rescue

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whenwillthemadnessend Tue 21-Jul-20 14:30:51

All I hear is don't buy rescue but it's an impossible task.

Can't have other animals.
Must have another dog
No children under 14 (youngest is 12and a half.

Any advice?

I'm starting to think a pup will be the only way which is very sad.

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MsMarvellous Tue 21-Jul-20 14:34:41

I've heard it said on here before that breed specific rescues can sometimes be more flexible and will be able work with homes to find a suitable dog. It's hard but if you persevere you should get somewhere.

What breeds are you looking at?

CalledYouLastNightFromWaitrose Tue 21-Jul-20 14:40:32

We were looking at getting a service (guide dog for blind specifically) dog that hadn't completed training. Their criteria wasn't as restrictive as rescues we'd seen (we have 4 DC age 5-14, not previous dog owners).

whenwillthemadnessend Tue 21-Jul-20 14:41:36

Any Cross breed but prefer wire hair like a border terrier or softer longer hair like a border collie

If a pure breed we like

A border collie
Border terrier

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whenwillthemadnessend Tue 21-Jul-20 14:43:14

Thanks call you. I'll look at that.
I don't suppose you have a link?

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GingerAndTheBiscuits Tue 21-Jul-20 14:47:24

Having recently adopted a rescue I’d say trust them that their criteria are not too strict and are all about finding the right match of home to dog. The rescue we adopted from in hindsight (and blinded by naive enthusiasm) was not as stringent as many and as a consequence we are dealing with some issues that feel fairly insurmountable.

Floralnomad Tue 21-Jul-20 14:49:45

Not all rescues have those criteria , particularly the ‘must have another dog’ as lots of dogs in rescue need to be only dogs . I think you need to widen your search .


Runnerduck34 Tue 21-Jul-20 14:51:32

We gave up on dogs trust in the end, we have one existing dog, two cats, chickens, 4 children ( 2 under 12) we WFH so someone always here, well it was impossible!! The only dog they might consider us for was a puppy but they'd be literally dozens of people queuing outside every time they posted they puppies available.
We then tried a local rehoming charity who had a dog they thought might be suitable for us but was then turned down as they thought it might jump our hedge, in the end a friend of a friend was looking to re-home her dog as she had developed allergies so we rehomed her much loved Labrador.
Honestly if you have young children I think you might have to resign yourself to buying a puppy.

GrumpyMiddleAgedWoman Tue 21-Jul-20 14:52:44

If I ever tried to rescue again, it would be through a breed-specific rescue. They will understand the breed, they often foster the dogs in people's homes so have a good handle on their individual pros and cons, and they'll have a better idea about how a dog is with children, cats etc than a dog out of a pen at the local shelter.

CMOTDibbler Tue 21-Jul-20 14:53:27

Its not impossible, but the child/cat friendly and not having issues that mean they need another dog ones go very quickly and generally aren't the ones you'll see on a rescues website.
I foster for EGLR and we frequently have dogs suitable for you - but you need to be looking on the Facebook site and ring up as soon as you see one. My last (admittedly gorgeous and very easy) pup they had to close the interest list in 2 hours she had so many calls. But I have had pups go to people with really small children, in flats, who worked, with other animals (we have cats and chickens ourselves) - and other ones who needed another dog and a human around all the time and couldn't be trusted near small furries.

CalledYouLastNightFromWaitrose Tue 21-Jul-20 14:55:34
They are mostly labs and golden retrievers, sometimes GSD.

Other "failed" service dogs (hearing, armed forces) can be smaller breeds, I believe spaniels are another common service dog breed, but we wanted a retriever.

We have a local "rescue" that I wouldn't touch with bargepole. They specialise in bringing dogs and puppies from Europe etc but there's some very questionable things go on. Their criteria is very broad

Mistymonday Tue 21-Jul-20 15:08:00

Smaller local or specialist charities who do much more with less. We didn’t meet the criteria for Battersea etc as we work f/t (but Pre-CV often from home). We got our dogs from here, they have puppies and adults, they really care about the dogs and Rommie dogs are adorable and bright (but if not experienced with dogs, please be aware in some cases they need Rehab work - less so the pups, not beyond what a ‘normal’ puppy needs anyway). We have found it really rewarding to give confidence to a rescue dog but it is not for everyone.

Mistymonday Tue 21-Jul-20 15:09:15
Unlike many rommie rescues, with dubious practices, these guys do it properly. I researched various places for ages before I trusted them.

whenwillthemadnessend Tue 21-Jul-20 15:38:17

Misty monday. Thank you

Why did you come to choose these guys may I ask. I am a little worried about the exotic worms that I've read about with these animals? Thank you
It's really hard to know what to think.

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whenwillthemadnessend Tue 21-Jul-20 15:39:44

Thanks cmot

I do like the saluki bitch and it says she may possibly live with cats I'll show my DH.

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whenwillthemadnessend Tue 21-Jul-20 15:40:42

Oops not a bitch he is a dog.

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CMOTDibbler Tue 21-Jul-20 15:57:24

Brandon? He is lovely

whenwillthemadnessend Tue 21-Jul-20 16:45:05

Yes. I've mailed the admin 🤞

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Floralnomad Tue 21-Jul-20 16:48:23

He looks lovely OP good luck .

CMOTDibbler Tue 21-Jul-20 17:01:13

You are better giving them a call as then you can have a chat - it can sometimes take a few tries (as there are no staff, all the dogs are fostered in peoples homes)

TempestHayes Tue 21-Jul-20 17:24:04

The Wild At Heart Foundation work with European shelters and often bring over young dogs and dogs that have come from families with cats and children. They seem committed and I've heard good things, having heard their name come up a few times now with people I know who've gotten lovely dogs.

Like many of us with children and jobs, I too have been trying to find a rescue option but the UK is a lot more reluctant nowadays. Maybe it's for the best - if the dogs won't be happy in homes with children, well, that's that.

m0therofdragons Tue 21-Jul-20 18:36:38

After looking for a year we have given up. Puppy joins our family in August. We have 3dc - 8-12 and a cat.

Gorygloria Thu 23-Jul-20 15:07:19

I'm in the process of adopting a 9yo Romanian girl who came over 2 weeks ago and has already transformed. She's cat friendly which I needed. She has a tumour on her leg so is being amputated but will have 2 weeks with me before her op so she will be settled. I would have taken any dog as long as it was ok around cats, which most former street dogs need to be. But beyond that requirement, her needs from me come before mine from her

whenwillthemadnessend Thu 23-Jul-20 20:56:45

Gory. That's lovely. Which rescue site in Romania did you use?

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bloodywhitecat Thu 23-Jul-20 21:08:49

I adopted this rapscallion from Spaniel Assist Rescue and Rehome, he's spaniel crossed with a Kerry Blue terrier and he's now 10 months old. I am 56. I have chickens. I have children (a 2 year old when we applied who has moved on to adoption and we now have a 3 month old baby and an 8 month old, we are foster parents). SARR were keen to match us to the right dog and very keen to see we could offer a good home. Sadly we have had to ask for help from them this week as DP has just been diagnosed with a serious health problem and our rapscallion, Alf, is now back with his foster mum while we are in this situation.

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