What’s the process?
Every rehoming centre has its own policy and processes however they are usually very similar in what they look for and questions they ask. Each case is individual case and so be prepared to be honest about your situation and be realistic in your search.
How long does it take?
Again each case is individual; some centres may require home visits to ensure your home is pet friendly or a few weeks after rehoming to ensure your new dog is settling well. Others will require a face to face meeting or several visits with the dog to allow the dog to get used to you. It could take a week or a few months if he dog needs some extra training or social experience etc. Be patient, remember the goal is to rehome this dog and they will do whatever they can to make it happen, it may just take a little time. Also if you are moving home or changing job you may want to start the process early to avoid disappointment and ensure everything is settled before the dog arrives, provide as much information as you can for the centre.
What are they looking for?
Each dog will have a different requirement so they will be looking at the home you can provide.
- The home – is it secure and suitable for the breed and temperament of the dog.
- The family – some dogs may not be able to be rehomed with young children, this will need to be considered.
- Other pets – some dogs may not be able to be rehomed with cats or other dogs.
- Work commitments – how long will the dog be left while you are at work? Some dogs should not be left alone; the centres will also have conditions that the dog will not be left alone for longer than a few of hours at a time.
- Dog specific – some breeds will need a lot more exercise than others, some dogs will need further training and some will need further socialising. These issues should be pointed out by the centre to ensure you can provide them.
Will I be able to rehome a chosen dog?
It cannot be guaranteed you will be accepted to rehome your chosen dog; you must fill the criteria the centre is looking for. Be open minded and realistic in your choices. Many centres will help you find a good match for you and your family.
Does it cost?
Many centres will ask for a donation or an adoption fee, this is to cover some of the cost of care for that dog, for example vaccinations, neutering and microchip. It may also be go towards future care for other dogs coming in the centre. Although many may be voluntary contributions if it a small price to pay to help many more dogs receive the care they deserve.
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