How our adoption process works.
If you are considering adopting a new dog please take your time to think about everything as it is a big decision and a big commitment for everyone in your household. Please make sure it is what everyone really wants and will commit to.
If the dog you have picked is from a foreign country, please read the new adopters webinar on The Dogs Point Of View facebook page/ website. This gives a good insite into foreign dogs and give sgood advice on helping them to settle in.
Please be aware that a rescue dog will rarely settle in within a few hours/days of bringing it home, no dog will. Many of these dogs have been through a lot, they need time and patience to settle. If you cannot offer this then a rescue dog is not for you.
Owning a dog is a big responsibility. Please think carefully before you take this commitment. The average lifespan for a dog is 12 years and you will need to meet all your dog’s needs for his entire life.
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All our dogs will have had at least their 1st vaccination (some will be fully vaccinated), they will be neutered where possible and will be microchipped. They also come with four weeks free insurance cover from Petplan.
When you visit the rescue to view the dog you have seen a picture of, we will ask you to complete our pre-adoption questionnaire which can be found here. This can help us all decide that the potential adopter is the right match for the dog they have chosen. WE can also decide at this point that the potential adopter is not the right match for the dog. This may be because of how the dog reacts to the owners dog, one of the members of the family, whether they are frightened of any walking aids or electric scooters or indeed how the adopter treats the dog or something they say that rings alarm bells.
NO DOG, UK OR FOREIGN CAN BE EXPECTED TO BE THE SAME AT HOME AS THEY ARE IN THE KENNELS. all dogs will need time, patience and a willingness to let the dog settle in their own time. This can be different for each dog They may be cat, dog, people friendly with the situations they have been observed in. We cannot know how a dog is going to react once it is in a new environment
. IThe final step is the completion of our adoption form which can be found here
About our adoption fee.
Our rehoming fee is usually £450 and upwards, although this does vary as we have let many older or infirm dogs go to homes for a reduced fee. This fee covers any medical treatment the dogs have had in their home country spaying/neutering, (if old enough), any blood tests, microchipping, also flea and worming treatments.
Dogs not requiring any of the mentioned treatments will still be the same fee as we have limited fundraising opportunities, so any extra fees help towards the general running of the rescue.
A fellow rescue group wrote the following which sums it up for all rescues.......
Recently someone asked,"Why would you charge £££ for a rescue pet?
Why not just place it in a good home?"
The answer is because we need adopters who are willing to support all rescue pets, not just the dog they adopt.
A young, healthy dog might cost us £50-100 in vet care, and many people will want to adopt it. While an older one with health issues can easily cost £500-£1,500 in veterinary expenses, and it may require months of foster care for rehabilitation. Sometimes it may be a long time until anyone comes forward to adopt a certain dog so in the meantime we have feed and flea and wormer treatment to pay for. Donations from the younger, more adoptable dogs help offset the cost of caring for the others.
Most of our dogs have a sad story to tell and some have suffered through years of neglect or abuse. We hope that you too are willing to give an opportunity for a better life to all of our dogs by supporting them through donations.
Without these funds, our rescue efforts would not be possible. Thank You.
Returning a Halfway Home Adopted Dog.
If you should need to return a dog that you have adopted from Halfway Home Dog Rescue we will always try to help. As our kennel spaces are usually full, and we often have dogs from death row waiting to come in, there may be a wait for a kennel space (this may take up to 4 weeks).
IMPORTANT - When you adopt a dog from Halfway Home it should have had its 1st and 2nd vaccinations. We do recommend a booster for Lepto 4 if this has not already been done in the country of origin. This is at the owners expense. You can walk the dog out and about when it has started to settle, after a couple of days.
Please note that we will NOT take any dog back in unless their vaccinations are correct and up-to-date, and you bring us the vaccination certificate to support this. Sometimes people ask us to rehome their dog when the vaccinations are not up to date - this means that the dog is not properly protected and we will NOT take them into kennels until they are.
If you should need to rehome your dog we will put a photo and write-up on our website of the dog which, as we have a lots of people regularly viewing, can work very well in helping to find a new home for your dog. To help us continue our work, we would appreciate a small donation for this. Please email a full write up, including your contact details and send some good photo's to firstname.lastname@example.org