ADOPTION INFORMATION

Can you open your heart and home to one of our dogs and save a life today? It’s easier than you think to adopt one of our beautiful dogs or cats. Every dog adopted means there's a place for another to be saved.

For the first part of 2021 we have been navigating changes caused by both COVID and Brexit.

One of the knockons from lockdown saw the return of some adopted dogs and pups, something we rarely experienced before now.

There have been some changes to our process. For now, we won’t be bringing any more puppies to UK homes - they will be adopted in Germany and Austria, where they have been doing so well.

This is likely to change in future but for now ensures that pups are set up for success from the outset. 

Our well-deserving adult shelter dogs will be getting the spotlight here in the UK.

Most of our adoptions will now be done via UK foster homes, not directly from shelter. We have a few fantastic, dedicated fosterers already, but we need lots more. This is where you come in!

Some direct UK adoptions may still take place from the shelter. For these, we requite a demonstrable level of commitment and prior rescue experience.

Foster Homes Needed

Could you offer a stable, experienced place for one of our shelter dogs before they go to their forever home?

Do you have the knowledge, patience and time to help a dog start their training and find their feet? Reasonable expenses are covered, and full support provided by the team.

 

If you’d like to find out more, please read our foster information here:

https://www.barkingmaddogrescue.co.uk/foster-information

If you have any questions, please feel free as always to message the page or email adoption@barkingmaddogrescue.co.uk

Dogs in the UK

Please do read through ALL the information given, prior to filling out our form or sending us messages, being mindful of our volunteer team who will be dealing with your correspondence. 

We do have certain adoption criteria which we would need you to consider:

  • Our minimum age for adoption is 24

  • We seek adopters with experience of rescue dogs and/or those who have successfully worked through any problems with their dogs

  • Nearly all our dogs need another dog in the home. 

Thank you for your interest in our wonderful dogs. 

STEP 1

 

Read carefully through our ADOPTION INFORMATION and our ADOPTERS' GUIDE.

 

Have a look at DOGS TO ADOPT to choose a potential new family member.

STEP 2
STEP 3

 

Fill out our APPLICATION TO ADOPT   One of our experienced, friendly adoption team volunteers will talk through your application with you, exploring your experience and suitability via email. After this, if your application meets the dog's needs, we will contact you to carry out a home check. Previously we have endeavoured to reply to every application within a few days, but things are so very busy for us just now, that we have to say, if you haven't heard back within seven days, you can safely assume your application has been unsuccessful.  However, please do check your spam folder too.

STEP 4

 

Upon a successful home check, your adoption team volunteer will send you the link to the Dog's BFF Award, which we bring you through the ISCP. This isn't scary but is a short, easy course with a multiple choice questionnaire to complete and return after you have read the accompanying text. it was actually designed for older children but is a super way to whet your appetite for learning more about dog behaviour. This helps us know that you have basic understanding of why your dog or any dog may behave the way he is. Upon successful completion, you will be emailed a certificate that you can print out too.

 

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STEP 5

 

At this stage, we would ask you to pay your adoption donation. This can be done in two parts if you prefer. You pay the first part once your home check is completed, our team has gone over this with you, and you have confirmed, once again, your commitment to adoption, plus you have passed the Dog's BFF award. We ask a total adoption donation of £380, though of course, you can donate more if you wish as we have so many dogs in need. We use this money to cover all your dog's vaccinations, deworming, flea treatment, microchip, chip registration, European passport, vet check, ongoing care, transport and spaying/neutering if the dog is old enough. We ask for the second part of the adoption donation a minimum of one week prior to the dog travelling.

Depending on your dog's readiness to travel, the whole process can take as little as 3 weeks but is usually around 4/5 weeks, all being well. 

STEP 6

 

You sign the ADOPTION CONTRACT and your dog’s chip is registered in your name.

STEP 7
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Your dog gets on the happy bus from Romania and comes home! Most dogs are delivered straight to your door.

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SETTLING IN

You will need to be prepared for a settling in period that varies from dog to dog. Some dogs slip seamlessly into a home and others need more time for adjustment.

Things you will need:

  • A well-fitting harness

  • A slip lead

  • A crate for transport and for a safe space while they are settling in

  • Pet insurance

  • Training or puppy social classes

See our ADOPTION GUIDE.

Interested in fostering?  See our FOSTERING page.