The Finding Furever Homes re-homing process is a structured and thorough process which enables us to find the best match for each of the dogs in rescue.
Dogs can be re-homed anywhere throughout the UK but you will need to be able to visit with all of your family and any resident dogs at least once for a meet and greet to make sure you are a good match for each other. However, prior to any visits to the rescue centre, a home check will need to be carried out at your home to make sure you have the right environment & circumstances for adopting one of the dogs.
Please bear in mind the location of the dog you wish to adopt and be sure that you are willing and able to make the journey to meet the dog BEFORE arranging a home check.
By visiting your intended dog in either their foster home or at kennels, you will be able to find out as much as we can possibly tell you about the dog and we will always be honest with you, warts and all!! We do not want anyone to adopt a dog and go away with any misconceptions; therefore we will tell you everything we know to allow you to decide whether or not that dog is for you. We never want the dog to be returned because of something we didn’t tell you at the start as that is very unsettling and unfair on the dog.
At Finding Furever Homes we generally have dogs of all ages, breeds, colours and sizes, each one with a different personality and temperament and a different need or requirement of a Furever Home. Every dog is individually assessed in order to find out what sort of home, lifestyle and environment would best suit it so we can create the best match possible for you and our dogs. Please don’t be offended if we turn you down, at the end of the day the dogs are our priority and they have already been let down at least once in their lives, therefore we have to be as sure as we can be that this tine it will be FUREVER.
What is the Home Check Process?
Anyone who is looking to re-home one of our dogs will need to undergo a home check. At your home check, one of our experienced home checkers will visit you in your home end have a chat with you to ensure that you are aware of the implications of adopting a rescue dog and answer any questions or concerns you may have. The home checker will need to know that the dog will be treated as one of the family and that your choice of dog is suitable for your needs and lifestyle. We require all family members to be present for the home check so please organise that at a time that they can be. Our experience tells us that everyone has to be committed and involved to give the dog the best possible chance. We will also need to see some form of ID as well please to confirm your name and address.
The home check is intended to make sure you have the space, time and circumstances to make sure that the dog has the best possible home. It’s not about checking that you have hoovered under the sofa or dusted behind the radiators – it’s about your commitment and circumstances being right for the dog – and yes, right in our opinion I’m afraid – we will know the dog better than you at this stage so please trust our judgement and years of experience.
This process also takes into account the age and dog experience of any children in the home or visitors to the home and requires that the dog lives in the house as a pet. We will also be interested to hear what previous dog experience you have and how you will go about integrating a new dog into your current situation. Please do be prepared to put time aside for this meeting – it isn’t just about checking you have a secure garden and high enough fences!
The home check is there to ensue that our rescue dogs find the best home and that both dog and new owner are well matched.
Our basic criteria ask that:
- You have a safe end secure property ideally with garden.
- If you rent the property, you must have permission from your landlord to keep pets in the property AND we will need to see this at the home check visit.
- Your working hours and lifestyle need to be compatible for the dogs needs. Dogs are very social animals and thrive in human company; therefore it is unfair to keep a dog when you are away from home for long periods at a time (such as long working hours).
- Any resident pets, especially dogs, have been neutered or spayed.
Experience tells us that certain factors are more likely to risk an adoption not working out for all parties, hence our criteria is built upon those experiences which we hope you will understand. Our intention is always to give the best possible chance for the dog and there are certain factors which we know tend to reduce those chances and so we try to foresee any future problems right from the start.
Please don’t be offended and think we are suggesting ‘you are not good enough’ — it is simply experience that suggests certain factors are important HOWEVER we will judge each individual case on its merit according to the dog you are interested in.
How much does it cost?
Costs may vary, but adoption fees are typically between £150-£200. Many people ask why a charge is involved and that is simply to contribute towards the cost of neutering, vaccinating and general care of the dog. It actually costs over £350 for vaccinating, neutering and the worming/de flea process so actually we lose money on every dog …
All dogs are checked by the vet as part of the assessment process. We will always advise you of any medical conditions that we are aware of at the very start of the re-homing process so that you can decide whether it is something you are prepared to take on or not.
Adopting a Rescue Dog — Your Commitment
If you are going to adopt a rescue dog, please be sure that you are prepared to put in the time, effort, patience and commitment that a rescue dog will need. You will get a million times return on that investment, but you must be prepared to commit.
Be aware that most dogs will not come home with you and fit automatically into your family and lifestyle, some dogs will take days, weeks or even months to adjust and settle. Moving to a new home is stressful event for anybody and most animals as well as people take time to adjust and settle into their new environment. You MUST be prepared to invest the time and effort and manage children and other pets accordingly. The first few days following adoption you should arrange to be with the dog and do NOTHING. Keep the first week very routine, low key and boring – NO great hikes, welcoming parties, great nephews and nieces over on the bouncy castle – quiet, dull, routine and NO dog to be off lead for at LEAST 3-4 weeks until you have had time to build a relationship and test and practice recall in a safe, secure area.
Dependent on the dog and their behaviour, you may wish to sign up for training classes, especially if nobody has ever cared enough about him or her to have taught the basic rules and boundaries. So ask yourself, are you prepared to put in the time, effort and possible cost that the process may entail? For our puppies we will insist you enrol for training and socialisation classes so again, please do your homework and be able to tell us your intentions.
PLEASE seriously consider all of these factors before adopting — these dogs have been messed about enough without bouncing in and out of new homes which just upsets them further.
Caring for your Rescue Dog
Once you have found your new furever friend and your home check has proved successful and you are ready to adopt you will be asked to sign a contract which requires that you to agree to:
- Take very good care of the dog, providing medical attention if and when It is ever needed.
- Ensure that the dog is wearing a collar and identification tag at all times and will NEVER be allowed to roam unsupervised.
- The dog will be treated as a family pet only and will live inside the house with you and not kept in outdoors kennels or enclosures.
- If at any point, for any reason you are unable to care for/keep the dog that you will NOT hand it over to any 3rd party or other rescue and will return it to the originating rescue only.
- If, for some reason, the dog has not been neutered or spayed when it leaves rescue, (perhaps
because it is too young or for a medical reason etc) you will be required to sign a contract to ensure it is neutered at the appropriate age and that vaccinations and regular vet checks take place.
Please do visit our Furever Homes page to see how much fun and rewarding a rescue dog can be… we promise that the truth is, they rescue you!
Good Luck with your application and thank you for considering giving a rescue dog their Furever Home.