How long does it take to complete the adoption process?
Are the dogs lead trained?
It depends on the dog. We can provide more details about each dog. Some will walk nicely on a lead, others are so excited that they will pull and therefore need lead training. Some will never have been on a lead.
What happens if the new dog and my current dog don′t get on?
We have a team who will offer you support and advice to manage any difficult situations. In most cases, issues can be resolved if the recommendations are followed through. If there is no improvement, we will discuss if outside support would be useful i.e. a dog behaviourist. If there continues to be no improvement, we will discuss and arrange for the dog to be returned to SRS and re-homed.
Do I have to get my dog insured?
We recommend that all dogs/puppies are insured in order to ensure that they will be well cared for during their lifetime however we do acknowledge that some adopters may prefer to save each month for their veterinary care. Please note that upon adoption all vet costs become your responsibility unless otherwise agreed with SRS in writing.
We are so grateful that you are considering helping one of our dogs.
We hope the following information answers your questions but please don't hesitate to contact us if you need answers to other questions.
I work. Will that exclude me from adopting one of your dogs?
No. We consider each application on its own merits, although the welfare of our dogs will always be the main priority. We do not place dogs in a family home where they will be left for longer than 4/5 hours a day at any one time. We will accept homes where a dog walker or alternative arrangements can be made.
I would like to adopt a puppy, is that possible?
Yes, we have many rescued puppies. At three months old, the puppy will receive their rabies vaccination. The puppy can then travel 21 days after, but not before. This is a legal requirement.
Do I have to get my dog/puppy neutered/spayed?
Yes, we require all dogs/puppies to be neutered/spayed. We do not re-home dogs to be used for breeding, guarding or anything other than as a family pet.
Where do I collect my dog from?
That depends on the individual dog. For dogs coming directly from Romania our chosen transporter delivers dogs directly to the adopters door. For the UK dogs they can either be collected from their foster home by the adopter or we can arrange for delivery via the volunteer transport network (at the adopter's cost)
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I′m interested in adopting a dog but I have a cat.
We frequently cat test our dogs for potential adopters.
I live in a flat. Will that exclude me from adopting one of your dogs?
No. We consider each application on its own merits. The welfare of our dogs will always be the main priority.
Are the dogs house-trained?
It depends on the dog. The dogs in UK foster homes are generally house-trained. The dogs in Romania depend on whether they have lived in families previously. Many of our adopters find that the adult dogs do not like to toilet inside, leading many adopters to believe that their new dog may have previously lived in a home.
When do I need to pay the adoption donation fee?
We only request for the donation payment to be made, once a successful home check has been completed.
Can I get a dog who will live in a kennel outside instead of in my house?
We generally do NOT home dogs where they will be loving outside except in exceptional circumstances. We do not re-home dogs to be used for guarding.
My dog is exhibiting behaviour difficulties. Can you help?
Yes absolutely! We offer continued support to all of our adopters, regardless of the length of time the dog has been with you. Please contact the SRS team for support. Upon adoption we will also provide you with a Quick Start training plan which we ask all families to follow.
I have young children. Will that exclude me from adopting one of your dogs?
No. We consider each application on its own merits. We are careful to assess both the dogs and the families. The welfare of our dogs will always be the main priority.